2011 honda civicAll auto makers promise their cars and trucks are durable, dependable, and affordable to repair – but only a few truly measure up. Now that it’s 2014, it’s time to look back on the vehicles of the past decade to see which ones have stood the test of time. Here we take a look at the most reliable used vehicles for your buck.


Toyota Yaris

The Yaris is the smallest car made by Toyota, but it packs a practical punch for the cost-conscious owner. Economical reliability is what the little Yaris does best.

Built to last through the long haul, Yaris is the kind of car that ends up being even more reliable than you expect. That’s why it’s a top pick among driving instructors that need something hardy and long-lasting. You can go months without so much as changing a light bulb. You can go years without any major repairs at all.

Honda Civic

Canada’s best-selling passenger car for 17 years running, the Civic is still going strong after all this time, striking a keen balance between reliability and performance that consumers find irresistible.

Civics keep their value over time, a key part of the reliability puzzle. Their solid build promotes safety and dependability in tough traffic. No one wants to get in a wreck, but if you do find yourself in a fender-bender, you’ll be happy it’s in this survivor of a compact sedan.

Mitsubishi Lancer

The sporty Mitsubishi Lancer doesn’t know how to die. This up-tempo rally racer will protect you in bad weather and zoom with efficiency when the sun is shining. Lancer owners enjoy low repair costs and infrequent problems to begin with. The Lancer is reliable enough to haul a family for years and fun enough to satisfy those who like a quickened pulse every now and then.