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6 Dependable Cars That Won't Break the Bank

6 Dependable Cars That Won't Break the Bank

By Jeff Youngs, June 03, 2013
According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS),SM which measures customer satisfaction among original owners after 3 years of vehicle ownership, these 2010 model-year vehicles provide the best dependability in their respective classes, and can be purchased as used cars for less than $15,000.

2010 Ford Ranger
An oldie but a goodie, the compact 2010 Ranger pickup truck was nearing the end of a long lifespan by 2010, and owners reported so few problems that it was the top-ranked midsize pickup in the 2013 VDS.
2010 Hyundai Sonata
In its final year before a complete redesign, the conservative but dependable 2010 Sonata family sedan is the most dependable model among midsize cars, according to J.D. Power.
2010 Toyota Prius
Finding a used 2010 Prius for less than $15,000 might take extra effort, but even those with high mileage are dependable, and with a combined fuel-economy rating of 50 mpg and the interior room of a midsize sedan, this top-ranked hybrid hatchback won't break the bank.
2010 Toyota RAV4
Among compact crossover SUVs, the 2010 RAV4 is top-ranked for dependability. With effort, used examples can be found for less than $15,000, though they likely won't have the optional V-6 engine or all-wheel drive.
2010 Scion xB
Utility seekers will want to consider the 2010 Scion xB, the most dependable compact multi-purpose vehicle, according to J.D. Power research. A sizable vehicle, the xB offers room for 5 passengers or, with the back seat folded down, plenty of space for cargo.
2010 Scion xD
Small and affordable, the Scion xD combines dependability, good gas mileage, and a low price into a distinctively styled 5-door hatchback body style.
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