20 Most Dependable Cars on the Market

Before buying a vehicle, consider its dependability which will increase the value of your investment when it comes to its longevity and time to sell or trade it in. Some vehicles are simply made to last longer than others, so check out the most dependable cars to own before making your next purchase for a new or used auto.

Ford Mustang

The iconic Ford Mustang has been in production since the 1965 model year and has a well-deserved reputation for durability, muscular styling, and amazing performance. The Mustang was originally conceived in the form of a two-seat roadster, but when it arrived in April 1965, it was a four-seat sports coupe. The Mustang is not only reliable but also commonly agreed to be the reason for the “pony cars” becoming an incredibly popular segment. Like the Mustang, other early pony cars had short rear decks, sporty features, and long hoods.

The Mustang’s various generations and body styles will have slightly different levels of reliability, but as a general rule, you can depend on this sports coupe to keep running smoothly for years to come. The second-generation models starting in 1974 were more fuel efficient and sedate before Ford brought the Mustang back to its sporty routes in the ‘80s and ‘90s for the third and fourth generations. It once again became a pony car for the fifth generation in 2005, delivering a shark-like front grille, fastback exterior design, and more powerful powerplants. Importantly, those impressive powerplants were much more fuel efficient than those they were inspired by in the Mustang’s older history.

To get a better feel for the Ford Mustang’s dependability, take a look at some specific model years. Between 2010 and 2013, the V6 models had some issues with body integrity, so you may want to skip those particular configurations. They did, however, have average suspension reliability. The V8 version, however, had average body integrity, so if you want a reliable Mustang from 2010 and 2013, go with the V8. Both the V6 and V8s of these years got very high ratings for reliability on their electrical systems, drive systems, transmissions, engines, brakes, body hardware, and audio systems. For nearly top ratings, consider the 2014 Mustang, which regularly scored excellent or other close-to-top ratings, with the V6 delivering slightly better reliability than the V8. So far, the latest generation of Mustangs, which started in 2015, seems to be following the dependable trend of its predecessors.

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