Japanese Vehicles Dominate CarMD’s Latest Reliability Rankings

CarMD has released its latest Vehicle Health Index Make & Model Reliability Rankings which examine how often vehicles show their check engine lights and how much those resulting repairs typically cost.

According to the company, they analyzed the check engine health of more than 4.2 million vehicles from between 1996 and 2017. The data was collected from CarMD’s network of ASE-certified technicians who “recommend, validate and upload repairs and costs to the database on a daily basis.”

The results of the study show Hyundai vehicles have the lowest average repair cost for a check engine light issue as the resulting parts and labor typically cost owners $306. The company was closely followed by Mazda and Kia which both had costs under $320.

The costs vary significantly by model and three most affordable average repair costs were for the 2012 Mazda 5, 2015 Kia Forte and 2015 Chevrolet Traverse. The Mazda 5 was the clear winner as its average repair cost was just $109.30. The Forte and Traverse had averages of $150.02 and $152.60, respectively.

CarMD’s data also showed vehicles from Acura, Honda, and Toyota were the least likely to have their check engine light on. In terms of models themselves, the Honda Civic was determined to be the vehicle that is least likely to have a check engine warning. It was followed closely by the Toyota Camry and Corolla.

The company says at least 10 percent of vehicles in the United States have their check engine light on at any given time and repair costs car vary widely as sometimes the light is activated for something as simple as not fully tightening the gas cap.

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  • Kannag Don Amenra

    Not surprising to see Japanese cars at the top of a reliability index. Well done, again 🙂

    • Moveon Libtards

      You do know that Lexus from Toyota is almost exclusively designed and built in the U.S. with many going to Japan for sale? You do know most “Japanese cars” are designed and built in the U.S.? Just look at the difference in Japanese cars in the U.S. and Japan.

      But I do hope they are reliable, because that is mostly what sells them…not their looks or power that is for sure.

  • lagunas3ca

    This should help boost Kobe Steel’s share price and regain its value.

  • Hot Twink

    Not really a surprise. Unfortunately, they also dominate the ugly list…

    • fgclolz

      I’m baffled as to why they couldn’t make something that’s easy on the eyes as well.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Totally agree. Nobody dreams of owning a Japanese car. They are appliances for American suburbia.

    • Zed68

      Not Mazda

    • jsz00

      Not surprising comment coming from a narcissistic gay boy a.k.a. “hot twink”

      • Hot Twink

        That’s right sweetie… 😉

  • BarryFastCars

    The Mazda5 was such a cool car. I would love for Mazda to create a new one on the Mazda6 Sky-Activ chassis with kodo design. Is there a better car for an Uber driver?

  • Christian Wimmer

    I‘m totally confused by the graphic entitled „2017 RANK LEAST LIKELY“. Can some explain to me how this works?

  • Moveon Libtards

    Funny, wasnt this site and others trying to tell us how Japanese cars are as American as apple pie because they were being deisgned and built in the U.S.? And therefore we couldnt hold country grudges when considering a car?

  • Craig

    My dad’s 1973 Chrysler Imperial ‘check engine’ light NEVER came on. Now some will argue that’s because he removed the bulb. And that’s true. But still. It’s pretty impressive!

    • nauticalone

      My Dad had a 73 Chrysler Imperial too (gold w/ tan interior and white vinyl top) with a 440 CI. Good Car! Turned a lot of heads too!

  • brn

    In 35 years of driving, I don’t recall a check engine light that ever cost me $1. Other things have cost me money (suspension issues can get real expensive real quick). Never a check engine light.

    Weird study.