The 12 Most Reliable Vehicles of 2022

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The 2022 model year stands to bring some exciting innovations to the world of passenger vehicles. Yet, good old-fashioned quality continues to rank as a critically important factor for new car buyers. According to market research published by Automotive Management, nearly two-thirds of consumers single out reliability as the most important factor.

Modern vehicles rely on all sorts of high tech to improve their drivability. Even so, reliability is a different question, and it is not equal among manufacturers and models. If you’re in the market for a reliable new car, these 2022 vehicles rank among the model year’s strongest options. Here they are, grouped by manufacturer and presented in no particular order:

12. Toyota Prius

First introduced in 1997, the Prius was the first mass-market gasoline-electric hybrid in automotive history. This eco-conscious, fuel-friendly vehicle has gone on to become one of Toyota’s most popular products.

The 2022 version builds on the Prius’s strong reliability record. Reviewers have named it one of the world’s most dependable vehicles for several years running. Generous warranties back up outstanding fuel efficiency. The 2022 Prius models have fuel efficiency ratings as high as 58 miles per gallon.

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11. Toyota Tundra

Pickup truck enthusiasts have long embraced the Tundra. The vehicle has a track record of topping lists of the most reliable vehicles in its class. The 2022 model is poised to continue that string of excellence without sacrificing its signature power.

The 2022 Tundra features a potent engine that generates up to 437 horsepower. Its towing capacity extends to a whopping 12,000 pounds. Impressive multimedia and comfort features complement the truck’s brute strength.

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10. Toyota Avalon

Toyota’s Avalon is a full-size sedan with an outstanding reliability rating. J.D. Power & Associates gave the 2021 Avalon an impressive 85/100 score in its quality and reliability metric. That strong performance carries over to the 2022 Avalon, which has earned strong reviews from respected experts.

The 2022 Avalon will be the vehicle’s last version. In August 2021, Toyota announced plans to discontinue the model. If you would like to own a brand-new version of this underrated sedan, now is your last opportunity.

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9. Kia Sportage

With an industry-leading warranty and complete safety features, the Kia Sportage delivers excellent value. The 2022 edition is also poised to continue its long run of dominating reliability ratings in the crossover SUV class.

For 2022, Kia refreshed the Sportage’s exterior and souped up its driver-assist tech features. The only big knock against the Sportage is its mediocre fuel efficiency rating. It otherwise earns top marks for both reliability and performance.

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8. Kia Rio

Buyers in the subcompact category need look no further than the 2022 Kia Rio for class-leading reliability ratings. Its comprehensive warranty includes 10-year, 100,000-mile coverage for powertrain components. Basic warranty protection covers five years or 60,000 miles.

The vehicle offers decent power for its size, with its 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine generating up to 120 horsepower. Drivers also love its strong fuel economy and bumper-to-bumper dependability.

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7. Kia K5

Kia unveiled the K5 in 2021 as a replacement for its outgoing Optima model. The K5 picks up where the Optima left off in terms of reliability. The mid-size sedan may not be the most agile in its class, but reviewers praised its overall value.

The K5 has a lot to offer buyers seeking a combination of luxury, affordability, and dependability. Its interior is particularly stunning for the vehicle’s accessible price, which starts at under $24,000 (MSRP).

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6. Honda HR-V

The 2022 Honda HR-V turns heads with a sleek, stylish design and impressive interior. This popular mid-size crossover SUV also earns top marks for fuel efficiency and cargo space.

Yet, the feature many HR-V owners appreciate most is the vehicle’s outstanding dependability. Like most Hondas, the HR-V tends to significantly outlast its expected lifespan and only rarely requires service when properly maintained.

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5. Hyundai Tucson

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV with some of the industry’s most impressive reliability ratings. In 2021, J.D. Power & Associates gave the Tucson a sparkling 88/100 score for quality and reliability. The strong performance carried over to enthusiastic reviews of the model’s 2022 version.

The Tucson isn’t just reliable: it’s also stylish, practical, and fun to drive. Buyers in the compact SUV market will have a hard time finding a more dependable alternative.

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4. Hyundai Elantra

The iconic Hyundai Elantra returns in 2022 with an impressive lineup of performance specifications complementing its legendary reliability. Owners can get up to 43 miles per gallon and 201 horsepower for an MSRP starting below $20,000.

Some reviewers are divided over the 2022 Elantra’s curvaceous, futuristic styling. However, they are unanimous in their enthusiasm for the vehicle’s practicality and dependability.

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3. Buick Envision

Longtime General Motors (GM) brand Buick surged to the top of reliability ratings in 2021. The automaker’s 2022 lineup appears headed in the same direction. The 2022 version of Buick’s popular compact Envision SUV is one of the model year’s most dependable American mass-market vehicles.

The 2022 Envision earned glowing reviews from professionals. Multiple reviewers singled out its practicality, which is rare for a car competing for market share in the luxury class.

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2. Buick Encore

The Encore was another reason Buick’s reliability profile surged forward in 2021. The vehicle’s 2022 model extends its predecessor’s impressive practicality while offering a surprisingly roomy interior for a compact SUV.

Buick also beefed up the Encore’s safety features. The 2022 model has a whopping 10 passenger airbags and many other advanced safety and security technologies. It is also well-priced, with a starting MSRP of just $24,600.

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1. Ford Fusion

In 2021, the Fusion was a runner-up in a comprehensive U.S. vehicle reliability study conducted by J.D. Power & Associates. For 2022, Ford carried the Fusion name over to an “active wagon” model seeking to penetrate the booming SUV market.

That means the Fusion sedan will not actually be available in 2022. However, Ford is betting that the Fusion’s active wagon incarnation will win over buyers with its class-leading practicality and dependability.

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Research Tips for New Car Buyers

When researching new cars, consumers should cross-reference reviews and recommendations using multiple sources. Particularly reputable industry publications include sites like Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, and online magazines like Motor Trend and Car and Driver. You can trust these publications to deliver honest, unbiased information based on expert opinion.

J.D. Power & Associates is another high-profile provider of reliable information. The respected consumer analytics firm specializes in long-term vehicle dependability research. Its reviews and opinions carry high levels of authority within the automotive industry.


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