These 3 Used Toyota Cars Are a Decade-Old but Still Reliable
The Toyota Motor Corporation produces 10 million vehicles every year, yet it has built a reputation for bulletproof reliability. This makes Toyotas a favorite among used vehicle buyers. Here are three of the most reliable decade-old used Toyota cars around.
2007-2011 Toyota Camry
When the UsedCars.com website built a list of the world’s most reliable 10-year-old cars back in 2021, including the sixth-generation Toyota Camry was a no brainer. The Camry is a front-engine, FWD, mid-size sedan. Its base engine was a reliable 2.4-liter I4. But you could also opt for a 3.5-liter V6 to bump your horsepower from 179 to 268. Both these drivetrains proved dependable, as did the Camry Hybrid.
This Camry was a bit ahead of its time, with optional touchscreen, navigation, eight-speaker stereo, leather-trimmed heated seats, and even push-button start. The vehicle offered stability control, traction control, and electronic brake-force distribution alongside the standard antilock braking and airbags for the driver and passenger. Though the 2007-2011 Camry is now a bit older than one decade, its still worth considering.
2009-2013 Toyota Corolla
The Corolla is Toyota’s compact sedan. It is incredibly popular worldwide, and Toyota has sold more than 50 million cars with this nameplate. This makes the Corolla the most popular vehicle in history, and means there are many of these reliable Toyota cars on the used market. A decade ago, Toyota was building the 10th generation of its Corolla. The 2009-2013 base engine was the extremely reliable 1.8-liter I4.
The 10th-generation Corolla not only came with driver and passenger airbags, but it actually introduced side curtain airbags, in both the front and the back. There was a performance-oriented 2.4-liter engine which came in the XRS with sport tuned suspension. Some people even ordered this trim with a manual transmission. But such a car may have been driven aggressively and thus will need some maintenance. The I4 with the automatic has probably been treated the kindest.
2009-2014 Toyota Prius
When Toyota first rolled out its Prius, the hybrid’s fuel efficiency captured the world’s attention. But over the years, the Toyota Prius has also proven itself a remarkably reliable used car. The Prius’ electric motor/generator is engineered for regenerative braking: helping slow the car while braking and charging its battery in the process as well as launching the car from a standstill. As a result, the Prius’ traditional brakes and 1.8-liter I4 engine wear out slower than in a non-hybrid. The hybrid’s high-voltage battery will wear out eventually, but they often last 100,000 or even 150,000 miles. It’s never a bad idea to have a specialist inspect a used hybrid before you buy.
According to UsedCars.com, one reason the 2009-2014 Prius is so appealing is that Toyota made an effort to push the vehicle upmarket by including a range of options standard. This includes a power moonroof, air conditioning, LED lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen with voice-activated navigation and hands-free calling, a four-disc CD player, and disc brakes at all four corners. Note that while most Priuses have nickel batteries, Toyota built many of the AWD versions with longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries.
A Toyota by any other name
While these three Toyota sedans earned excellent reliability scores, you can find multiple alternatives–built by the greater Toyota Motor Company–on the same reliable chassis but with different badges. For example, if you want a hatchback Corolla, consider either the Toyota Matrix or the Scion xB. Likewise, the Lexus ES shares Toyota’s “K” platform with the Toyota Camry.
If you can find any of these vehicles with relatively low mileage, it may have hit its depreciation sweet-spot while still having most of its life ahead of it.