Most Reliable 2017 Cars: Sedans

Christian Wardlaw | August 31, 2017

Reliability is one of the most important factors considered by new-vehicle buyers when they choose a new car, truck, SUV, or van. After all, when you spend thousands of dollars on a product, you want to make sure it will last awhile without requiring major repair.

Based on data collected during annual surveys of thousands of new- and used-vehicle owners, J.D. Power knows which cars are likely to prove reliable over time. This information related to quality and dependability is converted into predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings in order to communicate these estimates in a simple and easy way.

The non-luxury sedans listed below, in alphabetical order, are top-rated in terms of predicted reliability, according to J.D. Power. When reviewing the ratings, keep in mind that they are relevant when comparing to other models within the same segment, and not across segments.

2017 Buick Verano

2016 Buick Verano photo

Buick has phased the compact Verano sedan out of its lineup. The company produced a short run of 2017 models, none of which included the formerly available turbocharged engine option. Standard, Sport Touring, and Leather trims were available in a limited range of colors, each equipped with a 180-horsepower 4-cylinder engine.

The 2017 Verano receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Diesel photo

Redesigned for 2016, the Chevrolet Cruze lineup expanded in 2017 with the addition of a 5-door hatchback and a diesel engine option. Teen Driver technology makes the Cruze more appealing to parents of young drivers, too. The lineup ranges from basic to upscale, the majority of Cruze trim levels powered by a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 153 horsepower.

The 2017 Cruze receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sedan photo

Hyundai redesigned the Elantra for the 2017 model year, and while the new car isn’t as dramatic in terms of its appearance, it is more refined and better to drive than its predecessor. A turbocharged Sport trim level also joined the lineup halfway through 2017, adding a measure of performance that was previously lacking.

The 2017 Elantra receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Toyota Avalon

2017 Toyota Avalon Limited photo

Toyota’s full-size sedan adds a long list of driver-assistance and collision-avoidance features for 2017, but is otherwise unchanged. The roomy car continues with a V-6 engine or a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain rated to get about 40 mpg in combined driving. Several trim levels and option packages can bring the Avalon right up to the edge of Lexus pricing territory.

The 2017 Avalon receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Toyota Camry

2017 Toyota Camry XLE photo

In its final year before a major redesign, the Toyota Camry continues to supply reliability and value in equal measure. This midsize sedan, traditionally America’s best-selling car, is available with a choice between a 4-cylinder and a V-6 engine, or as a gas-electric hybrid model with impressive fuel-economy ratings. Trim levels range from basic to sporty to plush.

The 2017 Camry receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Toyota Corolla LE Eco photo

The Toyota Corolla, legendary for delivering long-lasting dependability, is freshened for 2017 and gains a new hatchback version called the Corolla iM. Important driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies are standard for 2017, and the infotainment system is improved. Buyers can choose from a wide range of trim levels, including an Eco model with slightly more power and efficiency.

The 2017 Corolla receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 Toyota Yaris iA

2017 Toyota Yaris iA photo

Previously known as the Scion iA, the Yaris iA is a rebadged version of the Mazda 2 that is sold in other parts of the world. As such, it doesn’t look like a Toyota, it doesn’t smell like a Toyota, and it doesn’t drive like a Toyota. Equipped one way with your choice of colors and transmission type, the Yaris iA Sedan is expected to be reliable. For the money, it is also unexpectedly fun to drive.

The 2017 Yaris iA receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

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