Hyundai has had a remarkably strong sales year for new cars this year. But even in 2008, the company was making quality cars backed by its 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. The Elantra got the maximum five circles in the J.D. Power reliability ratings and is ranked an above-average used car by Consumer Reports, where survey respondents reported no major problems. This model Elantra is selling for $12,435.
Toyota 4 Runner
This 2008 Toyota stalwart won the J.D. Power reliability award and is
rated much better than average as a used car in the Consumer Reports
ratings, where readers reported no serious problems. Reviewers praise
its capability both on the highway and off-road. The 2008 4Runner SR5
version is selling at about $27,730.
Ford’s first real contender in years against mid-size leaders Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Fusion won the reliability award in this year’s J.D. Power survey. Consumer Reports gives it a top Much Above Average used car rating. Readers there reported no major problems with their 2008 Fusions.
As it did last year, the Sienna wins the reliability award for minivans from J.D. Power, and it gets a better-than-average rating from Consumer Reports. Reviewers praise its comfort and seating; it holds up to eight people. The Sienna CE version is selling for an average $20,130, according to kbb.com.
Despite Toyota’s recent recall problems and lagging sales this year, its dominance of numerous categories in three-year-old used cars is a reminder of what a strong record of reliability it has achieved. Domestic companies certainly should not count out Toyota as a strong competitor.
In a category with no clear winner, the Toyota entry again looks like
the best bet. It gets four out of five circles in the J.D. Power rating
and an above-average rating from Consumer Reports. Reviewers praise its
roomy seating and comfortable ride for long highway trips. The 2008
Sequoia SR5 version is selling at $31,265 at dealerships.