Most Reliable 2021 Japanese and Korean Cars According to Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has released its annual ranked list of cars, trucks, and SUVs ranked across several categories. It’s no surprise that Japanese and Korean cars topped the list. Japanese cars are known for their reliability and perform well in Consumer Reports testing. These Four cars topped the list of most reliable 2021 models from Japan and Korea.

The 2021 Toyota Prius leaves Consumer Reports impressed

2021 Toyota Prius | Toyota

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The 2021 Prius tops the list with Consumer Reports. Sporting almost 10 mpg difference from the previous 44 mpg. It has quite the driving range with 43 mpg city and 59 mpg on the highway. The reduction in fuel economy is an expected trade-off for the heavier all-wheel-drive version.

The paltry 10.3 seconds it takes to go from 0 to 60 means you won’t be winning any races. Consumer Reports recommends the XLE trim package for its all-around comfort and reliability.

The 2021 Honda HR-V is a perfect, practical example of a Japanese SUV

A blue 2021 Honda HR-V subcompact SUV crossing a city intersection

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The 2021 Honda HR-V hasn’t changed much from the previous model year. This is the last iteration of this generation. It ranks very highly with Consumer Reports for several reasons. Passenger comfort is not a priority for the HR-V. Its jarring ride and stiff seating aren’t meant for leisurely country drives. This is an agile and compact daily driver meant for urban transportation.

The HR-V is surprisingly spacious for a sub-compact SUV. Seating and cargo space can be configured for a multitude of purposes. This all-wheel drive has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that gets a combined 29 mpg. It’s been noted that its sluggish acceleration is noticeable.

Hyundai Kona

A blue 2021 Hyundai Kona EV
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The Hyundai Kona is one of the most reliable 2021 cars on the market. The Kona has nimble handling and a sporty style that makes it feel youthful. Slower acceleration may be a deal-breaker for some, but for buyers willing to take their time, it’s a fun and affordable car. The Kona has a reputation for being popular with younger drivers, but it’s a versatile and practical choice for anyone.

This car scored well for ease of entry and exit. It has been noted that the Kona offers a stiff and noisy ride. It also lacks creature comforts for rear passengers. The back seat is tight without feeling cramped. The rear seat is serviceable but not meant for long trips with large groups. The EV version earns the same high marks and makes a great choice for eco-conscious shoppers.

Consumer Reports notes the Mazda CX-5 got some upgrades for 2021

A red 2021 Honda CR-5 subcompact SUV parked on a city street
2021 Honda CX-5 | Honda

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The cabin of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is one of the most comfortable among the other Japanese cars at the top of Consumer Reports’ 2021 top picks. The 2021 model year features improved sound insulation and ride quality. The suspension is more comfortable as well, adding to the enjoyment of the ride. Safety features have been increased as well, with collision detection standards on all models.

Improved interior materials and features make the cabin feel more expensive. This isn’t a bare-bones, practical car. It’s a practical car with a personality. Wide-opening doors and a roomy back seat make this the perfect choice for traveling with a larger group. The CR-5 can also tow up to 2,000 pounds making it a great fit for active families who spend time hauling gear.