Consumer Reports: Best and worst cars on the road, plus car buying tips

The annual review of the best and worst cars on the road has been published by Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports' No. 1 rated car

Consumer Reports' No. 1 rated car

The Lexus LS 460L won the crown for the best car overall, scoring a 99 out of 100 on the road test. It comes with a hefty price tag of $76,572.

Rounding out the top 10 per car class, based on the road test, reliability and safety:

Family Sedan: Nissan Altima. Price: $23,970 to $30,335

Nissan Altima. Image credit: Consumer Reports

Nissan Altima. Image credit: Consumer Reports

Small Sedan: Hyundai Elantra SE Price: $18,695.

Sporty Car: Volkswagen GTI Price: $27,504.

Small SUV: Subaru Forester Price: $20,972 to $28,860

Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse

Family SUV: Chevrolet Traverse Price: $39,920.

Sports Sedan: Infiniti G37 Price: $37,225

Family Hauler: Mazda5 Price: $23,805.

Green Car: Toyota Prius Price: $23,150-$26,950.

Pickup Truck: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Price: $37,235.

DUDS: These received the lowest marks by Consumer Reports.

  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
  • Hummer H2
  • Ford Ranger XLT (V6)
  • Hummer H3
  • Jeep Liberty Sport
  • Smart ForTwo Passion
  • Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT
  • Dodge Nitro SLT
  • Chevrolet Aveo LT

Here’s the list for the best vehicles overall, regardless of class or size:

  • Lexus LS 460L
  • Infiniti M35 X (AWD)
  • BMW 135i (manual)
  • Porsche 911 Carrera S (manual)
  • Infiniti M35 (RWD)
  • Mazda5 Grand Touring
  • Infiniti G37 Journey
  • Nissan Altima 3.5 SR (V6)
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (manual)
  • Hyundai Genesis 3.8

Which cars were the best value?Just because a car is less expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best buy. That’s pretty obvious, but applying that to vehicles when car shopping is hard for the average consumer. This report card for total owner costs over a five-year period  — based on a combination of performance, utility and reliability for the money — helps. Top Values:

  • Honda Fit, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Golf, and Honda Civic are the top four, followed by:

    The Honda Fit is among the top values, says Consumer Reports

    The Honda Fit is among the top values, says Consumer Reports

  • VW Jetta TDI
  • Hyundai Elantra SE
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Camry (four-cylinder)
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid.

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65 comments Add your comment

BongWater Slurpee

March 18th, 2010
10:49 am

The Duds…all from the failed union hijacked US auto industry…LMAO!!

Huh

March 18th, 2010
12:09 pm

You’re listed Toyota after all the recent acceleration difficulties? A different picture should be painted at this point! Don’t you think?

Huh, yourself

March 18th, 2010
12:17 pm

Toyota has been and always will be a good purchase and a good car. Most of the Toyota hype and hysteria is being driven by spin doctors in the media and in the government…as long as the government owns a car company, they’ll do whatever they can to boost sales. What better way than to slam your top competition, Toyota.

They proved the Prius incident to be a fake, and more claims could very well be people trying to cash in on a litigation that could put more money in their pockets.

jd

March 18th, 2010
12:21 pm

Be a patriot. Buy German.

whats a dud

March 18th, 2010
12:44 pm

What do they consider a dud? I’ve own 4 Jeeps and all were fantastic. My current Grand Cherokee is 8 years old and has 127K miles on it. Only thing that has worn out was the radiator and that was at 115k. other than that it’s been flawless.

maybe its the gas mileage that gives it the bad rating, but at least my accelerator doesnt stick.

jakesdad

March 18th, 2010
12:48 pm

I’m w/yourself – there may be (& probably is) a legit issue w/the toyota accelerators but the govt has two HUGE conflict of interest in handling it! financially there’s their (re: OUR!) stake in GM but even before that there’s always been the UAW/Dem party ties… that said it’s a little ironic for us that this toyota business broke just weeks after we bought our 1st lexus (we’d owned nothing but Hondas & Acuras for > 15 yrs prior)…

BC

March 18th, 2010
12:49 pm

BIG 3 Wake Up!! We can build the absolute best cars in the world, bar none!! For some reason, they chose not to. I will stick with my German car until Detroit wakes up.

Big 3 can't wake up

March 18th, 2010
12:57 pm

As long as the pathetic Unions are in the US auto industry, they will continue to fail. They need to take a hard look at Hyundai and how they do things and try to mimic that.

Kill the unions or Detroit will never be back.

Tyler PIke

March 18th, 2010
1:02 pm

Autos really only need to have 3 main criteria:
1) U.S. Made
2) Tailgate large enough to hold the pig for Daddy’s BBQ
3) Drink Holders large enough to store the vinegar based sauce

WTH!!!

March 18th, 2010
1:05 pm

What happen to the BMX 7 series?!?!?!?!?!
I definitely think it should be ranked #1

IMO

March 18th, 2010
1:09 pm

That’s right, the unions run the auto industry. If that’s so, why are they wasting all that money on executive salaries? Do they just sit around and surf the net all day?

BongWater Slurpee

March 18th, 2010
1:17 pm

“You’re listed Toyota after all the recent acceleration difficulties? A different picture should be painted at this point! Don’t you think?”

NO, however your comment is a Dud!!

Donony

March 18th, 2010
1:17 pm

The only US vehicle I would own is a truck. Other than that, no thanks.

Toyota fan

March 18th, 2010
1:25 pm

I will never buy a Ford or Chevy cars as long as Toyota and Honda exists.

Chevy Silverado, Ford Fnnn series, and Dodge Ram are awesome/powerful trucks if you need to do major hauling/towing. Other than that, the new Tundra would be just perfect.

Joanne

March 18th, 2010
1:30 pm

I have purchased several Toyota Camry’s and they have lasted me almost fifteen years each. I wanted a car that would last me for many years and that car was made by Toyota. Regardless of the lastest problems with Toyota this year they have always manufactured some of the best automobiles. Always remember everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Duluth, GA

March 18th, 2010
1:43 pm

It seems as if everyone overlooks Nissan and Infiniti, but according to this report the Altima and G37 all ranked the highest in there category.

I own an Infiniti G35 and it is definitely the best car I have ever owned. Congrats to Nissan/Infiniti!

Marq

March 18th, 2010
1:59 pm

My Grand Marquis!
Its big, its fast (when I need it to be), has a V8, gets decent gas mileage, wont accelerate on its own, can run down to pepboys when something breaks to fix it, its roomy, can fit a Toyota in my trunk. If I crash into a Toyota I will probably win!

ZoomZoom

March 18th, 2010
2:12 pm

While these may be the best cars on the road right now, I am more interested in the one’s that will provide me the least issues in the long run. Being I keep my cars for more than 3 years, this is important. According to J.D.Power’s this is Porsche. Perhaps I should dump my “family hauler” Mazda 5 and look into a V6 Porsche Cayenne. According to J.D Power’s , my car is below industry average.
Oh well, there’s always next years list…

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/porsche-tops-in-dependability-study/

“J. D. Power’s dependability study measures the problems experienced by the original owners of three-year-old vehicles and includes 198 different problem areas. The rankings then are determined by the number of problems per 100 vehicles; and the lower the number, the better. This year’s study was based on responses from more than 52,000 owners.

Porsche had 110 problems per 100 vehicles. Lincoln was second with 114 problems per 100 vehicles, followed by Buick and Lexus in a tie with 115 problems per 100 vehicles. After that came Mercury with 121, Toyota with 128, Honda with 132, Ford with 141, Mercedes-Benz with 142, Acura with 143, Hyundai with 148, Cadillac with 150, Infiniti with 150 and Subaru with 155, which is the industry average. All other brands were below that industry average.”

Lance

March 18th, 2010
2:14 pm

I agree Duluth GA. Nissan and Infiniti are underrated. I have an infiniti sedan and it’s so nice and smooth. Best car I’ve ever owned.

IMO - Wake up

March 18th, 2010
2:19 pm

The executives get the high salaries becasue they worked for them and deserve them. Someone with a HS diploma or GED however, doesn’t deserve to make 50, 75, 85 grand a year with loads of benefits and retirement funds for working on an assembly line.

The unions have FORCED these car companies to pay these outrageous wages for jobs that anyone with half a brain can learn easily. With overhead like that, they can’t afford to put any more money into research and development that these other car companies can.

tman

March 18th, 2010
2:33 pm

The Big Three never cared about the average Joe when it came to car buying. They just put crap on the market and expected us to buy it and in the mean time the foreign companies were slowly gaining ground. This started in the late 70’s and they did not see it coming or they did not care. Now I see they have started to put some imagination into their car design…..too late…..you are so far behind. I drive a Honda and love the appearance as well as the longevity without the regular mechanic visits I had owning an American made car.

Voice of Reason #1

March 18th, 2010
2:54 pm

HYUNDAI GENESIS! I cannot believe I am driving a Hyundai, because their repuation was pitiful before. But they have really upped their game; I was a Lexus owner for over 18 years, but after someone crashed my sweet 1994 LS 400 (which had over 208,000 miles on it and still riding smooth as butter), I looked around and decided on the Genesis. Nice car. Great price, comparatively, and it was the 2009 Car of the Year. I’m happy with it and still have money in my pocket.

former georgian

March 18th, 2010
3:28 pm

I bought a Prius less than a week before all the complaints started. So far my experience has been the same as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who recently recented a Prius at LAX: “My Prius accelerated when I wanted it to, stopped on my command and got 50 mpg on the freeway.”(except I got 52mpg yesterday when driving 5 hours from Georgia to Alabama). The only uncontrolled acceleration I have experienced is when I’m going down a hill and take my foot off the brake(the car glides really well!). I know three ways to stop the car if there is an accelerator problem and always leave plenty of space between me and the car in front of me-the way we were all taught to drive. So far I would buy my Prius again-just wish I’d known about the negative press so I could have negotiated a better deal.

BongWater Slurpee

March 18th, 2010
3:39 pm

I looked at or attempted to look at the G35/G37 (2nd choice), however, the arrogant salespersons gave me not a second look, guess they didnt want to sell cars that day. Drove the BMW 3 and 5…it rode no better than the TL Type S and had VERY limited extras.

So I went over to Acura and bought the TL Type S.

Nice ride, NNIIICCCCEEEE and has ALL the bells and whistles.

Detroit Born

March 18th, 2010
3:44 pm

I was born and raised in Detroit Most of my family and extended family worked and still work in the auto industry there. Ive owned a few american cars but for the last decade and a half its been infiniti toyota and lexus. I love detroit and my parents sent us all to school on auto industry salaries but I refuse to be taken advantage of by companies who consistently build sub standard products for quick profit when I know for a fact they can engineer and produce a much better product if they really wanted to. Use the platforms of the Japanese, and Koreans.. thats all they did when they were upstarts in the U.S. Market was use the U.S. platform to mold their company and saw what not to do.. Americans deserve better from The big 3, its no doubt if they consistently built better products their market shares would increase. I would by a good american product again in a heartbeat. There are signs that they have learned their lesson and I look forward to seeing the future products and even purchasing them.

Bullwinkle

March 18th, 2010
3:44 pm

I’ve owned Fords all of my car buying life. Loved them all. Have an ‘87 Mustang with over 200k miles(runs well-no major repairs). Had a 2001 Expedition with over 160k (was totaled in wreck). Now drive 2004 explorer & 2007 Edge. No problems with either. Just do the routine maintenance and all will be fine with any make/model. All makes have a lemon once in a while.

6wheat7

March 18th, 2010
3:55 pm

people making 10-15 dollars hr can not afford cars from workers making 60-80 dollars hr.

Acura TL Type S.

March 18th, 2010
3:55 pm

Thin seats and stiff ride.

Couldn’t imagine a trip of any duration in that car.

lexus

March 18th, 2010
4:43 pm

Lexus all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No other car will ever compare! Great value, fantastic ride, will last forever. Plus Lexus dealerships really do treat customers like family. They always go the extra ten miles to make you happy.

Funny that no one seems to here the Honda brake recalls. Vehicles are not stoping.
Nissian gas pedals sticking.
Honda window regulators catching on fire.

I guess the media only attacks when your at the top of the industry.
We will wait for the other automakers to catch up.

Oh and I’ve worked for nissan/infinti as well as bmw. Being on the service side you may as well bend over when you have any sort of concern that is not covered under warranty. They help with nothing!

jdavis

March 18th, 2010
7:51 pm

Jeep Wrangler a dud? base on what, I have had three of these, my last one for two years and have had 0 issues. It is wonderful to drive for long road trips with my family of four and goes places all the non duds would have to be towed out of. I must admit the Wrangler doesn’t really shine driving around an apartment complex with a latte as I am sure is the typical person from Consumer Reports. But if you are a person that sometimes get out into the real world that is not all asphalt, you might decide a lexus comes up a little bit short. In short a Wrangler for soft City folk, well probably not a good buy. But for the rest of us a dud? I think not.

BongWater Slurpee

March 19th, 2010
7:43 am

The suspension is meant to be stiff. Great handling on the curvy roads. Seats…could use a lil more cushioning…

cletus

March 19th, 2010
6:48 pm

My AMC Pacer is carting me and the family around just fine, thank you.

Mike Mcdonnell

March 20th, 2010
6:28 am

Absolutely wonderful review. Extremely unbiased and gave each product an equal chance while coming up with a clear winner for shine/ gloss and for ease of use. Thank you very much.

http://www.consumerautoreview.com

Duane

March 20th, 2010
10:14 am

My first car was a 1992 Chevy Cavalier, which ended up with a blown head gasket after only 3 years. My 2nd car was a 1995 Ford Contour which ended up with a blown transmission the same week I sent in the last payment. Since then I’ve had a 2002 Nissan Altima which has been a joy to drive and maintain and is still going strong 8 years after I bought it. Detroit is dead to me.

Plain and Simple...not until

March 20th, 2010
10:19 am

A re-call Toyota or Honda is by far still a better NO re-call brand new American vehicle any day!

Not until the shear arrogance of American manufacturers take their heads out of the sand and stop believing that they are all mighty kings of Hertzberg and Demming theories, our automobiles will eventually be synomous to such tv manufactures as Ford Philco and RCA.

Hey kids, ever heard of these tvs? Hell to the naw!

Jeep Sahara Rebuttal

March 20th, 2010
11:03 am

I have to disagree with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara dud classification. My jeep rides great and is really fun to drive. I preferred the 6-speed manual over the automatic tranny – and the hard top/soft top combo is very innovative. Guess you can’t believe everything you read.

Steve

March 20th, 2010
1:32 pm

MAJOR problem with these ratings.

JD Power, and all other ratings companies base reliability simply on reported issue per number of 100 or 1000 cars. This sounds great and all, but it does not include recall numbers. This number only includes shop visits for ‘other’ issues.

Until these reliability ratings start including recall numbers, not by the number worked on, but by the number of vehicles recalled .. then they aren’t worth much.

Plain and simple .. you are simply spouting out an opinion. As a driver of American cars for my first decade, then a Nissan, then a Honda Accord, I am extremely thankful to be back in an American car. The Accord had two major problems in 3 years, both of which were known issues and not recalled. One was a failed cylinder gasket that caused oil to leak all over the manifold and I can just say I am glad it wasn’t at a place where I couldn’t pull off the road. The other was with a known issue with the transmission.

The Nissan was actually a much better vehicle, and I had it for 7 years. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the Nissan, other than possibly shoddy internal build quality (airbag not flush on dash, map light didn’t turn off easily when pushed in. I would be willing to get another Nissan, but I will never buy another Honda.

I seriously doubt I will buy a Toyota, not because of the problems .. but because they knew of the issue for three years and never started a recall until the press found out about the issues and a decent number of people have died. Then they come out with adds saying they closed the plants to address the recalls. BS!!! Are those people working on recalls that lost jobs? No. They closed the plants because their sales are nose-diving, and if you noticed, they only closed American plants. This company doesn’t care about Americans at all, only stealing their hard earned money. If you think American car companies are arrogant, then how about statign the truth. Toyota is arrogant and flat out lied to the public, and continue to do so. Keep blindly supporting them and prove your own bias.

chris

March 20th, 2010
2:56 pm

I personally will never own a foriegn car ever again,they do break down and parts cost much more to replace.My 2002 mustang gt has 100,000 trouble free miles on it and is driven hard daily,I also have a 2000 F150,a very reliable vehicle.I just don’t understand the facsination with foriegn car’s,my next car will likely be the 412hp 390ft lb tq 2011 v8 mustang gt.Avenge the 7th don’t be a traitor.

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guinman

March 20th, 2010
11:56 pm

North americans are morons when it comes to cars. Foreign auto makers have poured millions$ to propagandize their vehicles as some form of superior engineering and value. Only the suckers by the hype. Toyota has the largest fleet of lawyers and lobbyists of any car maker in the U.S. Japanese auto companies have donated untold millions to Consumer Union WHO PUBLISHES CONSUMER REPORTS! Consumer Reports is essentially toliet paper – opinion based reader questionnaires with no verified service records, and believe me, I know first hand by experience how a Kool aid sipping Toyota lover will lie through his teeth when he tells you his Toyota’s never have any problems! Only a small sample of cars are reviewed with CR staff, who’ve clearly been bought off with free field trips to Japan and other swag. How else can engine sludging, steering defect riddled, transmission failing Camrys that were so pitful to drive next to most competition be so adored and recommended by the auto media? Only the recent mazda 6 look alike Camry can take a hit in rear crash test, as every Camry prior was a rear ender death trap! CR clearly is fulfilling their end of the bargain by constantly propping toyota and honda products on a pedestal, when it’s woefully obvious how much cheaper built their vehicles are then they were 10 yrs ago. Matsuda, the founder of the Japanese consumer auto union, has been critical of Toyota for decades claiming what older ex Toyota mechanics have told me ‘toyota has secretly been fixing customers defective cars for decades’! Matsuda says that ‘everything Toyota does is in secrecy’, and take the EDR (black box) scandal as just one example. Toyota’s statistical claims of quality and reliability are essentially built on secrecy lies and deceit. How could a informed critical thinking person trust these paid off mouth piece studies? Honda dealers were recently caught filling out JD powers consumer questionnaires! My family has handed down two 20 yr. old Fords to kids – all original drive trains and unlike hondas and toyotas, they are both RUST FREE! First generation Tundras aren’t even 10 yrs old and are recalled for rusty frames! New Tundra’s are the laughing stock of the construction workers – who actually work a truck and realize how cheap a Tundra is when you through 8 sheets of dry wall in the bed and the tail gate cracks apart! The main goal at Toyota yearly is to make it cheaper! The Toyota Kool aid sippers who have the least amount of auto acumen of any brand, should wonder why several years ago Toyota stopped holding consumer/industry forums for feedback. The informed know that Toyota stopped holding these seminars because of negative feedback/publicity about their product. Over rated, over priced to buy and fix, Toyota is like the Emperor with his new clothes, only substitute the clothes for a badge! ditto for Honda.

guinman

March 21st, 2010
12:28 am

for big three can’t wake up and the like – Your comments about the american auto unions are hypocritical and pathetic as most Japanese auto plants in Japan are themselves unionized! I would concur that the UAW got way to fat and greedy, but that doesn’t make unionism a generally bad thing by any stretch! These are the the same ignorant morons who believe that Japanese vehicles are the only things worth buying. These are the same hypocrites that complain about U.S. gov’t bailouts for GM and Chrysler while touting their wonderful Toyotas from a company who took a 2 billion dollar bail out themselves from the Japanese gov’t in 09! Toyota and Honda also has taken handouts from U.S./Canadian tax payers in form of cash, free land and tax breaks to build plants with low paying/working condition jobs. If anybody believes that because accords and camrys are assembled in the U.S. that purchasing one is as american supporting as a domestic like a fusion that is assembled in mexico is kidding themselves as this just is not the facts. I invite you to google auto manufacturing U.S. domestic content and you will see that the mexican fusion has in fact more U.S. content! You will clearly see that more jobs and U.S. content still goes into domestic brands than any asian ones. Not only that, the profit goes to an American company instead of back to Asia. Even if Asian cars were superior(they are not and have NEVER been), they’d have to be a hell of a lot better to lure my business here in North America because last time I checked, their Asian markets are essentially closed to our domestic car industry!

In the small/medium car segment, most auto enthusiasts would claim the Mazda 3 is one of if not the best car in this segment. This car appears to be Japanese, but in fact is based on a Volvo C1 platform (same as Euro Ford Focus) with joint Ford/mazda powerplants, and other Ford/volvo content. Is this car now crap based on this knowledge Toyota lovers? – because it’s light years ahead of any corolla!

For the record I’ve driven more Toyota/Lexus products than 100 Toyota lovers will in their lifetimes and I wouldn’t keep one if it was given to me. Don’t the morons who shell huge coin for a Lexus realize that most models are just Camrys in disguise? Lot’s of companies make quiet, nice riding vehicles with superior looks and performance for less money. I can’t help but look and laugh at six figure Lexus’ with trunk hinges like grandpas 69 galaxy and realize what 3’s dressed as 9’s Lexus products are!

For the clowns who see camel jockeys driving Toyota Land Cruisers on Tv in various continents in the world and think that these Toyotas must be great remember that European and domestic vehicles are often not even available at any price locally, and if they are they are taxed to the point of being out of reach for most. Toyota prominence in many countries equates to lack of choice as opposed to superior vehicles. Old Land Rovers are notoriously poor for reliability – but are they really worse than a Land Cruiser?
Watch ‘Top Gear Bolivia special’ and see the constantly breaking down Toyota that couldn’t finish the challenge!

Rich

March 21st, 2010
11:56 am

guinman; Would you be a Union Member? Maybe bais, not that it is bad. We all are in some way.

Winger

March 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

Sell your obviously union-based opinions somewhere else. We’re all filled up here. Unions are destroying this country. I’ve dealt with them from every angle.

EVERY Jap car owner I know loves his vehicle. My Toyota Tacoma, used every day in the electric motor business, has 210K with nothing but maintenance – not one single non-maintenance repair. I guess I’ve really had a lot of problems, but their lawyers have convinced me otherwise. Right?

Other than trucks, EVERY American car owner I know just hopes the car will make it until it’s paid off. When non-union Americans make a vehicle that will give me as much value as I’m getting now, I’ll switch back. Until then, no union support from me. The Jap manufacturers’ plants in the US are non-union. Most of their cars sold in the US are made here.

PTC DAWG

March 21st, 2010
1:19 pm

Not surprised at all….I love my Lexus GS….can’t beat a rwd V8.

Sherilyn

March 21st, 2010
1:38 pm

“The Lexus LS 460L . . . comes with a hefty price tag of $76,572.” WHAT? You’re kidding me. The car pictured looks all of $35K, maybe $40K. Anyway, I’m not married to any brand (foreign- and USA-made alike put out crap vehicles sometimes) and I knew Dodge wouldn’t be on the lists. But I sure do love my badass Charger. VROOM, VROOM! :) I say drive what you love, and love what you drive.

ATLPeach

March 21st, 2010
1:56 pm

@Sherily, you must be kidding! That car is well worth the $76K price tag. You gotta see it in person. In a word…heavenly.

Love my Lexus GS. It has almost $200K miles and still drives smoothly. Very few problems. I will definitely buy Lexus again. It’s the best car I’ve ever owned.

WesSoHood

March 21st, 2010
2:43 pm

The big American 3 CAN & are standings up and against the foreign companies.. Are the big 3 employees over paid? yes, from the top to the bottom. It is unpatrotic not to buy domestic in 2010. That’s like eating at the Japanese restaurant everyday while your grandfather’s american food (you were raised on) restaurant across the street goes out of business. where does that leave your family, your country? we owe it to ourselves to take another look at domestic and do the right thing.

Sherilyn

March 21st, 2010
4:22 pm

Sorry, ATLPeach. I didn’t say they were bad cars but from that pic, it looks just like every other base Lexus I see on the road.

OldSchoolAl

March 21st, 2010
5:25 pm

I have to agree w/some of the others. I own a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/230K miles on it. Had some issues early, all warranty covered. The only repair after warranty has been a temp sending unit and a fan relay switch. My 2005 Altima has 110K and has had all motor mounts and the entire cooling system replaced. The Altima replaced a ‘98 Sable that had 190K on it when I traded it. Only issue w/that was a replaced alternator at 135K. I can’t knock some of the choices for the best cars, but American made does not equal “dud.”

Scoobie

March 21st, 2010
6:03 pm

I love my Lexus 2001 GS430….127k miles and not a single problem. Fit and finish is 2nd to none.