Because breaking down on the side of the road totally sucks.
No one wants to get stuck on the side of the road because of a broken down car. It totally sucks. The best way to avoid that is proper car maintenance and, better still, knowing which cars not to buy in the first place. It's true that US-build car quality has drastically improved in recent years, but there are still some people who are a bit hesitant. So here are the top five American cars with a proven track record for solid reliability from Consumer Reports.
This ain't a joke. The Ford Mustang GT has scored very well in recent reliability tests, and it's even recommended by Consumer Reports. With its 5.0-liter V8 under the hood, this rear-wheel-drive pony car combines high-end performance, everyday livability, and now proven quality – all for an affordable price. It doesn't get any better than that.
Sure it's had some bad publicity lately over questionable battery fires, but the Tesla Model S achieved the highest possible score on Consumer Reports testing. It's also earned a 5-star crash test rating from the NHTSA. Despite that whole battery thing, the Model S has so far been extremely reliable for its owners. And chances are you won't get stuck on the side of the road, unless, of course, the electric motor runs out of juice.
It's big and comes standard with rear-wheel-drive. The Chrysler 300 may just be the best American-built large sedan on the market today. It looks incredible and it's also fairly luxurious. All-wheel drive is optional and the standard engine is a powerful 3.6-liter V6. Oh yeah, the 300 carries a base price of just over $30,000. You can't find that type of bargain with anything comparable from Europe.
Most people don't need an SUV as big as the Chevy Suburban. Then again, it never hurts to have plenty of extra space on tap. The long-running Suburban has always been a popular model, but today many people are buying more fuel efficient crossovers instead. Fair enough, but for those who want a pure SUV that climb rocks instead of just parking lot bumps, the Suburban also has a proven reliability track record.
Luxury used to only come in large cars. Not anymore, and the Buick Verano is solid proof. This Acura fighter has been a sales hit for Buick thanks to its combination of power, luxury, and style. It's really a great choice for those looking to buy their first entry-level luxury car. And to top it off, it's scored well above average reliability ever since it first hit the market in 2011.