These Are the 19 Most Reliable Used Vehicles in 2018


If you’re considering buying a used vehicle in the coming months, the recently released 2018 J.D. Power US Vehicle Dependability Study may help. This year’s annual survey ranks the most reliable used cars based on 2015 model years in 19 categories.

J.D. Power analyzed data from nearly 40,000 respondents to rank the most reliable used cars. The rankings in each category are determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. The more reliable the car, the lower the score it received.

In keeping with their reputation, Toyota Motors won six of the 19 categories. That’s the most of all the automakers. GM vehicles won five categories, coming in second.

For the seventh year in a row, Lexus ranked the highest in overall dependability among all brands. Porsche ranked second. In terms of mass market brands, Buick ranked the highest in overall dependability.

Fiat was the most-improved brand, with 116 fewer problems per 100 vehicles. It still ranked near the bottom compared to other brands though. Infiniti had the largest improvement in rank, moving from 29th most dependable brand to fourth.

Here’s how the 2018 brand rankings unfolded:

  1. Lexus
  2. Porsche
  3. Buick
  4. Infiniti
  5. Kia
  6. Chevrolet
  7. Hyundai
  8. BMW
  9. Toyota
  10. Lincoln
  11. Nissan
  12. Honda
  13. Audi
  14. Mazda
  15. Mercedes-Benz
  16. Ford
  17. MINI
  18. GMC
  19. Volkswagen
  20. Acura
  21. Jaguar
  22. Volvo
  23. Dodge
  24. Ram
  25. Subaru
  26. Mitsubishi
  27. Cadillac
  28. Jeep
  29. Fiat
  30. Land Rover
  31. Chrysler

Individual Car Category Winners

These were the most reliable used cars for each category, as well the models that followed.

Small Car: 2015 Kia Rio

The Chevrolet Sonic and Nissan Versa followed the Kia Rio.

Small Premium Car: 2015 Lexus CT

The BMW 2 Series followed the Lexus CT.

Compact Car: 2015 Toyota Prius

The Buick Verano and Nissan LEAF followed the Toyota Prius, which is a good showing for electrified cars.

Compact Premium Car: 2015 Lexus ES


The Infiniti Q40 and BMW 4 Series followed the Lexus ES.

Midsize Car: 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

The Toyota Camry and Buick Regal followed the Chevrolet Malibu.

Midsize Sporty Car: 2015 Dodge Challenger

The Chevrolet Camaro followed the Dodge Challenger.

Midsize Premium Car: 2015 Lexus GS

The BMW 5 Series followed the Lexus GS.

Large Car: 2015 Buick LaCrosse

The Chevrolet Impala and Ford Taurus followed the Buick LaCrosse.

Individual SUV, Van and Pickup Category Winners

These were the vehicles that ranked highest within their category, as well the models that followed.

Small SUV: 2015 Hyundai Tucson

The Chevrolet Trax and Volkwagen Tiguan followed the Tucson.

Small Premium SUV: 2015 Audi Q3

The BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA followed the Audi Q3.

Compact SUV: 2015 Chevrolet Equinox

The GMC Terrain and Ford Escape followed the Chevrolet Equinox.

Compact Premium SUV: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

The Porsche Macan and Lexus NX followed the GLK-Class.

Midsize SUV: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

There was a three-way tie for most reliable midsize SUV following the Traverse between the Buick Enclave, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Venza.

Midsize Premium SUV: 2015 Lexus RX

The Lincoln MKX and Lexus GX followed the Lexus RX.

Large SUV: 2015 Ford Expedition

The Chevrolet Tahoe followed the Ford Expedition.

Minivan: 2015 Honda Odyssey

The Chrysler Town & Country came after the Odyssey.

Midsize Pickup: 2015 Toyota Tacoma

The Nissan Frontier followed the Toyota Tacoma.

Large Light-Duty Pickup: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado

The Ford F-150 followed the Chevrolet Silverado.

Large Heavy-Duty Pickup: 2015 Ford Super Duty

The Chevrolet Silverado HD and the GMC Sierra HD followed the Ford Super Duty.