Consumer Reports released its 2009 Annual Auto Issue, which includes used-car reliability scores. The model data identifies the reliability of used cars from 1999 to 2008. The data comes from Consumer Reports subscribers, who report on the problems they have with their new vehicles over time.
A few notable points include the increased reliability of European vehicles, which now match newer domestic models. Also, five-year-old-vehicle reliability scores from Ford, Hyundai and Nissan are virtually tied.
Both facts help validate what many car shoppers are hearing in Ford and Hyundai commercials: That their reliability is better than ever.
While reliability has improved industry-wide, Toyota and Honda continue to dominate Consumer Reports’ “Best of the Best” used-car list.
Below are some CR top picks for used cars (1998-2008):
How used cars are holding up (Consumer Reports)