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As new car prices continue to rise, dependability takes on an even greater importance considering a low purchase price can be negated by costly or consistent repairs and maintenance. Serving as a guide, J.D. Power’s U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study lists the most dependable models on the road using the real-world experiences of owners of various 2020 models over a three-year period. According to the most recent survey, two SUVs stand out as the most reliable models on the road, though one has since been discontinued. So, what’s the most reliable vehicle, and how much is its most affordable version?  Let’s take a look at the Lexus RX.

The Lexus RX is the most dependable vehicle in 2023

The 2023 J.D. Power Dependability Survey resulted in a tie for the most dependable vehicle honor, with the Lexus RX compact SUV and the subcompact Toyota C-HR crossover tying for the top spot. The C-HR has been discontinued — the 2022 model was the last — but the RX continues to soldier on in the compact luxury SUV segment.  

The RX’s reliability helped Lexus win the top spot for the most reliable automaker in the 2023 survey, with Genesis, Kia, Buick, and Chevrolet rounding out the top five.  

Plenty of RX models are available, including several gas-only models, those with hybrid powertrains, or as a plug-in hybrid. So, for those looking to save at the dealer and at the repair shop, how much is the cheapest version of the 2024 Lexus RX?  

The 2024 Lexus RX 350 starts at $49,950  

The 2024 Lexus RX may not be “cheap” for a compact SUV, but it is among the most affordable models in the luxury segment, with a starting price of $49,950 MSRP. Of course, an added benefit is its expected reliability.  

The base RX is fitted with a 2.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 275 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive available.  

The RX is rated for 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined by the EPA.  

The 2024 RX’s standard exterior features include 19-inch alloy wheels, heated and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, proximity key and LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights.  

The cabin is highlighted by synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats with eight-way adjustability, reclining 40/20/40-split rear seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and ambient interior lighting. Standard connectivity includes a 9.8-inch touchscreen with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, and a 12-speaker audio system.  

The base RX is fitted with several driver aids, including forward collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and a safe-exit system for rear passengers.  

Some of the other most dependable vehicles in 2023 to consider  

Those looking for an affordable and reliable model still may not want to dish out $50,000 for the Lexus RX (or can’t), even if its reliability and features present strong overall value. Below are the most reliable models according to J.D. Power’s 2023 survey in various segments, with starting prices below that of the 2024 Lexus RX.  

Compact car: Kia Forte  

Midsize car: Kia Optima  

Compact SUV: Kia Sportage  

Midsize SUV: Chevrolet Blazer  

Upper midsize SUV (three-rows): Toyota Highlander  

Midsize pickup: Toyota Tacoma  

Minivan: Toyota Sienna  

Compact premium car: BMW 4 Series  

Compact sport car: MINI Cooper  

Compact premium SUV: Lexus NX  

Small premium SUV: BMW X2