Purchasing a used vehicle always comes with some risk. Did the original owner trade in their vehicle because it was constantly causing headaches? Will owning a used vehicle mean more trips to the auto mechanic than owning a new vehicle will? Thankfully, there are several makes and models of compacts, trucks, SUVs, and other vehicles that are known for being more reliable (fewer breakdowns) while others offer lower-than-average repair costs.
The numbers are provided by CarMD, which examined 14.4 million used vehicles in December 2019. The average repair costs are based on issues resolved after customers experienced “check engine light” (CEL) issues. The study looked at vehicles from 1996 through the 2019 model year.
2017 Subaru Outback – $59.92
On average, customers who own a 2017 Subaru Outback pay just $59.92 to fix issues associated with their check-engine light warnings.
Not only is this vehicle cheap to repair, but reviewers have also rated its off-road capabilities at “above average” thanks to its all-wheel-drive which comes standard. The Outback also features plenty of cargo space for road trips and short hauls. It’s a great option if you want plenty of cargo roof space that’s easy to access, thanks to a shorter height profile than you’ll find on similarly designed SUVs.