American manufacturers are nowhere in sight.
Let's be honest. $30,000 is a lot of money, no matter what you spend it on, but when you're spending it on a car, it's unlikely that you want or can afford to be without it for any period of time, especially not when it's because of a failure of some sort. To this end, the people at Consumer Reports will regularly test new cars and score them on various factors, one of which is reliability. After recent evaluations, the body has handed in its verdict, and Subaru has flourished with two vehicles in the top 15 most reliable models under $30,000. The Subaru Crosstrek performed particularly well in the reliability report with a second-place finish. The crossover scored an overall score of 85 and was only beaten by the Mazda MX-5 Miata by a single point.
The Subaru BRZ ranked two places behind the Crosstrek with a score of 83, putting it in fourth place. Interestingly, the mechanically related Toyota 86 is not mentioned in the report, but it does have a slightly higher base price. Nevertheless, it's good to see that Subaru is maintaining its reputation for stellar reliability, particularly in a car that is built to be driven hard. This bodes well for the next generation of Subaru boxer engines that will be arriving in a relatively short time. If these new motors perform as well as the current crop, Subaru's reputation for reliability will continue to be strengthened.
Among the other impressive scorers in the rankings were the Kia Soul, the Hyundai Kona, the Hyundai Elantra GT, and the Toyota Corolla. Other top contenders that also cost less than $30,000 were the Toyota Prius Prime, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Altima, Nissan Rogue, and Mazda CX-5. This makes it blatantly obvious that Japanese and Korean cars are without a doubt the most affordable and most reliable vehicles on the market. With competition between these Asian brands and their German counterparts at an all-time high, bragging rights in any sector is important to the benefiting manufacturer, but when it comes to reliability, it's the buyers that win.