german vs japanese car reliability

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Japanese cars are well-known for their reliability. This is mainly because of the technique to make the car parts perfect before releasing them. … German cars have their own version, but Japanese cars win due to their reliability factor.

When shopping for a new or used car, in addition to having a car fit your specific needs and budget, it’s important to factor in its reliability ratings. For decades, Japanese cars have always been widely known for their renowned reliability, not only from Japanese-car owners but also from automotive sources such as Consumer Reports and J.D. Power. Some of the German, Korean, and American brands are making their products more reliable year after year, but are Japanese cars really more reliable than the rest?

What makes a car “reliable?”

A car’s reliability is typically dictated by the number of repairs a car needs in a given year, or perhaps over the span of ownership. While the term carries a wide interpretation, depending on who you ask, a car that is deemed “reliable” is typically one that lacks multiple and repetitive breakdowns or repairs, while cars that are unreliable are typically in constant need of repair

A Honda Accord on display at an auto show

The proof is in the numbers

When conducting research on cars, Consumer Reports is a great resource to use not only for their car reviews but also for their rankings. Among all of the categories that they rank cars on, reliability is among the most important as they detail the car’s rankings from previous and also show comparison to other cars in the same category. Every year, they put out a list of brands that they have found to be the most reliable and this year’s article tells a likely story.

According to Consumers Reports’ recent rankings, the top three automakers that scored the highest as far as reliability were Lexus, Toyota, and Mazda. And the “most reliable” cars were the Lexus IS, Mazda MX-5, and the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, which each scored an 81, 77, and 77 respectively. In case you’re wondering, Porsche came in fourth place followed by Genesis. So it’s clear that the Korean and German brands aren’t too far off from having some of the most reliable cars on the market, however, it looks like the Japanese brands are still on top.

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