The most reliable cars of 2020
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It's difficult to find an awful vehicle in 2020, but there are cars, trucks, and SUVs that are more predictably reliable than others. We've listed them here.
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In 2020, motorists who buy a new car rightfully expect it to provide many years of trouble-free operation. Warranties are gradually getting longer and more generous, too, so odds are an issue that occurs during the first few years of ownership will be covered by the manufacturer. Cars aren't perfect, but they're better than ever.

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And yet, there are cars, trucks, and SUVs that are more predictably reliable than others. Some come from companies with a decadeslong reputation for making long-lasting vehicles, while others are built with time-tested components known for their durability. There are more than a few organizations that make it their business to weed out the reliable from the maintenance disasters, but we're relying on Consumer Reports scores and our own hands-on assessments to single out the most reliable cars of 2020.

At a glance

Vehicle Category Toyota Prius Most reliable car overall Hyundai Elantra Most reliable compact car Lexus GS Most reliable luxury car Lexus NX Most reliable crossover Toyota 4Runner Most reliable SUV Honda Civic Si Most reliable performance car Toyota Sienna Most reliable minivan Ford Fusion Most reliable family sedan Toyota Tundra Most reliable truck Chevrolet Bolt Most reliable EV

Toyota Prius

The most reliable

Why you should buy this: Fewer fill-ups, fewer repairs.

Who it's for: High-mileage commuters

How much it will cost: $24,325+

Why we picked the Toyota Prius:

Despite its mildly complicated powertrain (at least compared to an internal combustion engine), the Toyota Prius is as basic a form of transportation as it gets. It's appealing for several reasons, but its highlights include an affordable starting price, excellent gas mileage, and hybrid class-leading reliability. Its looks aren't to everyone's taste, but it offers a comfortable cabin that comes with all of the tech features you'd expect to find in a modern car;…
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