Wouldn’t it be nice to buy a vehicle and know upfront that it would be easy and affordable to maintain and repair it during your ownership? Well, industry experts don’t wield crystal balls, but they work with a substantial amount of data to make predictions on which sedans, trucks, and SUVs are more likely to be reliable based on past or similar models.
U.S. News has published a list of 10 Easy Cars to Maintain and Repair. If you’re in the market for your next vehicle, look at the cars, SUVs, and trucks that made this list. It could help you find a vehicle that’s likely to be reliable.
Hyundais and Kias
Which Hyundais and Kias? All of them. The first thing you have to mention with Hyundai and Kia is that they come with some pretty impressive warranties. That means until that coverage expires, any repairs are free. These vehicles offer exceptional warranties with five years or 60,000 miles of basic coverage and 10 years or 100,000 miles of coverage on the powertrain if you’re the original buyer.
If you’re a subsequent owner, you still get five years or 60,000 miles coverage, which still beats some of the competition. Not only are Hyundais and Kias reliable, several of their vehicles placed at or close to the top in the new car rankings U.S. News offers. The 2020 Hyundai Kona, 2020 Kia Optima, and 2020 Kia Telluride all placed well.
When you get under the hood of a Subaru, you’ll discover the automaker has color-coded user-serviceable items and access points to make them easy to find. Most Subarus offer a four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine with the oil filter located at the motor’s top. It makes for pleasingly quick and easy changes.
You’ll also find a wide array of information for mechanics and DIY enthusiasts alike when maintaining and repairing Subarus. If you have an issue, you can easily find a solution for it out there. Subarus are a bit more sophisticated than some of their peers because most have an all-wheel-drive standard.
Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra
There are a lot of Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierras on the road today. Both pickup trucks are much loved and have a solid reputation for reliability. They aren’t redesigned as often as some of their peers, so this is a big plus. That means there are plenty of accessories and parts for them on the market and a comprehensive library of how-to guides and tutorials.
Mechanics and DIY enthusiasts alike easily maintained these trucks until the latest generations deployed in 2014. While more advanced, the current generations are still easier to maintain and repair than some of their competition.
Because of their popularity, most mechanics are well-versed with both trucks. Ford may sell more trucks from their F-Series, but the line isn’t as easy to repair and maintain as Sierra or Silverado with their simple, naturally-aspirated engines. GM still uses steel, which also makes repairs easier than the aluminum Ford uses for its construction.
Described as a Lego set for adults by U.S. News, the Jeep Wrangler is still one of the simplest vehicles to service, repair, and maintain. And that applies even with the latest technology updates in the latest JK generation.
Jeep owners love telling tales of breaking down in the middle of nowhere and fixing their Wrangler on their own. One thing that significantly helps is the sheer volume of aftermarket accessories and parts available for Jeep Wrangler and its new 2020 Jeep Gladiator variant. Sure, you can still use Mopar parts from the automaker. But many find they can cut down on maintenance costs with the aftermarket items.
There’s also a wide selection of how-to guides and DIY video tutorials available for Jeep Wrangler to get you through most repairs and maintenance tasks. With so many resources available, it’s easy to see why Jeep Wrangler earned a spot on this reliability list.
Millions of Corollas are on the road today. Like Jeep Wrangler, that means there’s an abundance of parts and know-how available for these highly reliable cars. Up until the 2020 Toyota Corolla release and its hybrid variant, people counted on Corolla’s established but reliable track record of easy repairs.
The new models are more sophisticated than their predecessors to keep current. Still, the Toyota Corolla has stuck with its reliable four-speed automatic transmission, and it’s still an easy car to maintain and fix when needed. The new models have also held onto their strong predicted reliability ratings.