With new vehicle sales still moving along at a robust rate this year, shoppers may want to stick to Japanese luxury cars if they’re looking for a worry-free ownership experience, according to Cars.com.
The automotive website today released its list of the most worry-free 2014 cars to buy and own and the top five vehicles were from Japanese makers with the first four being luxury cars.
The Lexus RX 450h, Lexus ES 350, Lexus RX 350, Acura TL and Toyota Camry Hybrid captured the top five spots.
The new index combines the site’s thousands of consumer car reviews, years of reliability data, expected maintenance costs and standard warranties to determine which cars will provide a worry-free ownership experience.
“Car shoppers have a lot to sort through when looking for a new car,” said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com’s executive editor. “How much a car will cost to repair over time is a huge consideration.
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“There’s a lot of information out there about reliability and maintenance, so we combined it all into one formula to help shoppers make informed purchase decisions and enjoy worry-free ownership of their new car.”
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The rest of the top 15 are:
- Toyota Avalon
- Toyota Tundra
- GMC Yukon
- Toyota Sienna
- Honda Ridgeline
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Toyota Camry
- Lexus LS 460
- Toyota Sequoia
- Honda Civic
“Cars.com’s Worry-Free ranking gives consumers a list of cars that editors are confident will provide the most worry-free ownership experience, based on proven reliability, low expected maintenance costs and strong warranties,” said Wiesenfelder.
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“We analyzed reliability scores given by Cars.com consumers, and years of reliability data from two leading industry sources: J.D. Power and Associates, and Consumer Reports. We scrutinized five-year estimated maintenance costs and manufacturer warranties. We also made sure that none of these cars received poor crash test ratings.”