It's not what you might think.
Reliability isn't the most exciting topic, but it is important, and that's why you're reading this. Recalls are a pain, and they affect every car company from Lamborghini to Hyundai and even Subaru. But what you may not be expecting is that according to Which? - a consumer watchdog in the United Kingdom - the most reliable new car you can buy there is a sports car. Any guesses which one it is? We'll give you a hint. It sends its power to the rear wheels, it is available in two body styles, and it eschews turbocharging in favor of quick-revving N/A fun. Got it yet? It's the Mazda MX-5 Miata!
According to the report, 47,000 drivers told Which? about any issues they had with their new cars in 2019 and 2020, and just three percent of all MX-5 drivers said they'd experienced a fault in the previous 12 months. Thus, Which? named the MX-5 Miata the most reliable new car of all models aged between zero and three years.
The consumer group states: "Contrary to what you might expect, you don't need a bulky, solid-looking car to get a dependable model [and] the MX-5 received our full five-star reliability rating." Of course, not everyone can live with a small two-seater, which is why many opt for reliable trucks instead.
The current MX-5 is powered by an apparently trouble-free 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine producing 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with your choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or a six-speed auto as an option.
In the US, it starts at a base MSRP of $26,580 before destination and taxes, so it's one of the most affordable sports cars around. Hopefully, the next-generation NE Miata will be just as reliable and just as exciting to drive. But with the little roadster likely to introduce some form of forced induction, we'll wait to judge. So if you want a fun sports car but can't convince your significant other that it's a good idea, show them this article.