Breaking up is hard to do unless it's with a car, truck or SUV that doesn't live up to expectations. Whether its buyer's remorse, high ownership costs, reliability issues or maybe the reality it just didn't live up to the hype, a surprising amount of new car buyers part ways with their purchase within the first year of ownership. Econo-boxes aren't exclusive to this list and high-end European marques hold a large number of spots, meaning that luxury may have its limits. Here are some of the cars, trucks, and SUVs that people trade-in or sell before their first year of ownership is complete, according to data.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the German marque's mid-size luxury sedan that's slowly evolving into a mini S-Class. The styling is now starting to follow that of the bigger sedans and the technology and luxuryne on the inside mirrors the bigger cars as well.
Despite the upscale appearance and features, the C-Class is the car that is gotten rid of most by owners in the first year, with 12.4% of buyers saying "Auf Weidersehen" to the handsome sedan. Maintenance costs, insurance costs and high cost of ownership likely has a lot to do with that high return rate.
BMW's 3-Series have always been the benchmark for sports sedans. The Bavarian company's smooth and powerful six-cylinder engines and a well-tuned, balanced chassis have made the 3-Series the choice for drivers who want luxury, power, and handling.
It's a car that other manufacturers continually measure their own models against, and for good reason, the 3-Series is a fantastic driving car that expertly mixes canyon-carving ability with everyday practicality. However, not all that glitters is gold, and the 3-Series suffers from high maintenance costs. 11.8% of buyers sent the mid-size Bimmer packing within the first year of ownership.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery is the model to choose if you plan on spending some time off the beaten path. It's potent engines and epic off-road ability make it a great choice for exploring away from pavement.
It's one of the few off-road orientated SUVs that is as comfortable on the road as it is off, and the levels of luxury that can be optioned are as posh as you'd expect from the premium brand. Still, high maintenance costs and reliability issues plague the "Disco" and 11.8% of owners opted to say "Cheerio" within 12 months of buying.
Land Rover Evoque
The Evoque is Land Rover's smallest SUV. It was a big hit when it first debuted in 2011, with edgy styling and off-road chops that matched its chiseled good looks. Despite being powered by a modest four-cylinder engine, the Evoque proved to be incredibly capable off-road, fun to drive on the road and loaded with a luxury kit that belies its entry-level status.
The little Land Rover can wade through nearly two-feet of water and is equipped with the excellent Terrain Response system for traversing rough trails. High ownership costs, insurance, and reliability issues contributed to 10.9% of buyers ditching the Evoque after less than a year.
The Clubman is a stretched version of MINI's Cooper hatchback. The first generation had smaller suicide rear doors, giving access to the rear seats and the second generation got full-size doors. Technically, the Clubman is a station wagon, but the proportions on a stretched MINI Cooper have always been slightly "off."
The visual style and driving dynamics of the bigger Clubman have been the subject of a lot of panning by automotive journalists. Poor reviews, high maintenance costs and a driving experience that doesn't live up to the hype likely influenced the 10.7% of buyers who gave the Clubman the heave-ho in ownership year one.
The X1 is BMW's smallest crossover, but also one of their best. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine has enough punch to make the X1 move at a good pace and the sharp handling makes it one of the most fun crossovers to drive.
As you'd expect from a BMW, the X1 is full of high-quality materials and the fit and finish is top-notch. However, drivers report that the little Bimmer is loud on the freeway and the ride can be jarring over rough roads. This led 10.4% of buyers to decide that the X1 wasn't good enough to keep around more than a year.
Thanks to BMWs numerical naming system, it's easy to figure out where all the SUVs stack up in the hierarchy; X1 through X7 is the system, while the X3 slots in between the X2 and the X4, unsurprisingly.
It may seem that BMW is just making SUVs incrementally bigger than the previous one, but that assumption belies the fact that the mid-size X3 is genuinely a fun crossover to drive. Despite the luxury, the excellent handling, and an available 355-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine, 9.0% of owners ditched the middle-child of BMWs SUV line-up.
Nissan Versa Note
Nissan's entry-level Versa Note is a pretty basic car. It certainly has better styling than the Versa sedan, but many of its competitors from other manufacturers offer more features, better value, and a better overall driving experiencej.
On the upside, the bmwNote is relatively inexpensive, making it a good option if your vehicle requirements are simply getting from point A to point B and saving money. Nissan designed the Note to be as affordable and reliable as possible, but being basic can have its drawbacks. 9.0% of buyers got rid of the little Note within the first year.
Jaguar's XF has style for days and one of the best ride qualities of any four-door sedan. The XF Sportbrake wagon is especially nice, and both the XF and XF Sportbrake are exceedingly rare.
But, all the style and curvaceous bodywork in the world isn't enough to hold on to buyers if the experience of ownership is poor. The XF suffers from underwhelming performance, minor interior quality issues, reliability issues, and perhaps most problematic of all, a huge cost of ownership. Overall, 8.8% of buyers found issues with the Jag and sent it home before the first year was over.
The Nissan Versa is basic, entry-level transportation. It's supremely affordable and very reliable but it lacks a lot of features that are standard in competitor cars. With its bland styling and bare-bones build, many buyers may grow weary living with less.
The Versa does its job well, just without anything that could be misconstrued as exciting or fun. Perhaps that is why 8.7% of buyers said "farewell" to the Versa in their first year of ownership. Basic is good, but sometimes being too basic can get tedious.
The Porsche Cayenne is the German marque's full-size SUV. Available in a wide variety of trims and with several different engines, it's generally regarded as one of the best luxury SUVs on the market. It's also Porsche's sales leader, generating the income necessary for the sport car maker to continue building exciting models like the GT2RS and 918 Spyder.
Despite all the goodness, all the luxury and speed, the downside to luxury vehicle ownership is often the high cost of ownership and maintenance. In all, 8.7% of buyers felt "nicht sehr gut" (not very good) about their purchase within a year of ownership.
Mercedes-Benz's GLA is one of the more distinctive crossovers on the market today. Available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the GLA is peppy, and handling is crisp, making the small crossover a lot of fun to drive on twisty roads.
Many owners complained of cramped back seats, overly harsh ride and small cargo area. But, it's small size makes it very efficient and capable of 34-mpg on the freeway. The GLA's issues may be enough for owners to question their purchase, as 8.5% of them did, returning the small Benz after less than a year.
The Porsche 911 is an automotive icon, the unquestioned top dog of sports cars everywhere and one of the most engaging and thrilling driving experiences on the road.
There are as many 911 variants as there are stars in the sky and each one has a unique character that endears the model to enthusiasts. It's a car that many makers are inspired by and for good reason. However, for some the 911 isn't all it's cracked up to be. That 7.1 % of new buyers found fault with Stuttgart's finest and returned them within the first year of ownership.
Nissan Rogue Sport
The Nissan Rogue Sport has a naming problem. Adding "Sport" to the name of any vehicle denotes performance, speed, fun-to-drive, and crisp handling. Unfortunately, the Rogue Sport lacks sportiness.
The Rogue Comfort would be a more accurate name, and that's where Nissan's SUV excels. The Rogue is spacious, comfortable and extremely composed on the road, but with only 141 horsepower and a CVT transmission, it is very slow. Despite the naming error, the Rogue Sport is a solid pick for an everyday SUV. However, 8.1% of buyers said "Sayonara" to the Nissan in under twelve months of ownership.
The G-Class or G-Wagon is Mercedes-Benz's top-of-the-line SUV that rivals anything made by Land Rover for outright off-road ability. The big and brutish G63 AMG typically gets most of the headlines with its enormous horsepower, but it's the G550 that is the off-road star, and one of the best off-road orientated luxury trucks ever built.
With 416 horsepower from a twin-turbo V8 and a starting price of $124,000, it's capable of draining fuel tanks and wallets at the same time. Power and prestige come at a price, and that may have been too much for the 8.1% of buyers who got rid of the big Benz within the first year.
Nissan Titan XD
The Nissan Titan XD is the heavy-duty version of the Titan pickup truck and you can spec it with a Cummins diesel engine and the Pro 4X off-road package. Despite the diesel power and the off-roading capabilities, the Titan XD lags behind its competitors in towing capacity and payload rating.
Owners have noted that the ride is less refined than trucks offered by Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram, but does offer ridiculously comfortable "Zero Gravity" front seats. In the ultra-competitive truck market, the Titan, unfortunately, is behind the game and 7.9% of buyers of rid themselves of Nissan's big truck within a year.
The 370Z has largely gone unchanged for over a decade, and in that time its competitors have caught, passed and leveled-up on Nissan's rear-wheel-drive sports car. A lack of attention from Nissan can, and usually does, mean declining sales and disinterest. That's not to say that the 370Z is a bad car, it's just starting to show it's age; especially when compared against much more modern sports cars.
There's still a lot to like from the 332-horsepower V6 and rear-wheel-drive chassis, but it's just not as sharp and toss-able as others, leading 7.8% of new buyers to get rid of it within a year.
Like the heavy-duty XD, the standard Nissan Titan is a valiant effort to take on the established pickup truck kings but falls short with lower than average payload and towing ratings. The V8 makes 390-horsepower but isn't enough to make the Titan impress against the F150, Silverado or Ram.
The ride quality tends to be harsh, as the Titan is biased towards off-road duty and that leads to a less refined feel compared to its competitors. With pickup trucks, towing, payload and power are king, and 7.6% of new buyers felt the Titan couldn't wear the crown, trading them in after a year.
Despite stellar reviews, the Porshce Macan is returned by first year buyers at a clip of 6.3 percent. While that number is better than the Porsche Cayenne, it still cant make the German auto maker very happy.
Just like with sports cars, luxury cars tend to depreciate heavily in the first year. Perhaps buyers are learning that looking for the dream car on the secondary market is a better way to buy. Then again, maybe the Macan just isn't the car they thought it was.
The Chevrolet Corvette is America's sports car king. In its current C7-generation, it's a V8 powerhouse that can go toe-to-toe with much more expensive supercars from Europe and Japan. The base Stingray is a great car and the GrandSport version ratchets up the performance. Taking it a step further, the Z06 and ZR1 Corvettes are track-day monsters that have performance powers capable of warping space and time.
Regardless of the model, fun, speed and that great V8 rumble are at the core of what a Corvette is all about, 6.4% of new buyers didn't see their ownership experience that way and gave them back within a year.
The Dodge Challenger doesn't pretend to be anything more than a fast and fun muscle car. Currently, there are nine-models of the Challenger beginning with the V6 powered SXT and ending with the insane Hellcat Redeye Widebody. Each one has presence for days and is a portable burn-out machine.
Despite the pavement warping power and aggressive stare, the Challenger is an aging beast that's been drag racing between stoplights since 2008. At the end of the road, 6.4% of Challenger owners thought the car couldn't live up to its billing and got rid of them within a year of purchase.
Next up we have the Nissan Frontier. It's surprising that so many people give up on Nissan's so quickly. The top three light duty pickup tucks people give up on the first year are all Nissans; the Titan XD, Titan, and Frontier.
For all three, the inability to be a working vehicle is cited by owners the most, "The compact Frontier has the same shortcomings for hauling and towing while also having the worst fuel economy in its class."
Another surprising entry on this list in the Ford Mustang, a staple in the company's lineup. Since it was introduced, the Mustang has helped define American muscle culture. The question is, why is culture now shifting away from it.
The Mustang still maintains a modern retro look and has all the power consumers have to expect. If there is any downfall, it must be the miles per gallon, although if you own a sports car, we doubt that would be your first concern.
There's just something about sports cars. In total, 6.1 percent of sports cars are given up by owns every year. The reason vary, but the end result is the same; the cars finds a new home on the used lot.
If you're shopping for a sports car, the used market is actually the best place to look. Few cars depreciate in value as much as sports cars in the first year, which might be another reason why they tend to be returned so often.
The Mazda CX-3 is returned at the same percentage as the Porsche Macan. Overall, the CX-3 is more affordable and family-friendly SUV but still misses the mark for man consumers.
A brand new, standard CX-3 will set you back around $20,000 and comes equipped with 148 horsepower. As you upgrade, the Mazda becomes much more expensive. Modest reviews seem to be the reason for the returns on this one. While it's very affordable, it's lacking in other areas.
The GMC Canyon is the next car on our list and is returned as a relatively lower 4.8 percent rate. That number, however, is high enough to make it the fourth most returned light-duty pickup truck.
The Canyon starts at $22,000 and boasts incredible MPG. It will take you 30 miles per gallon the highway, and 20 miles per gallon in the city. It is also extremely customizable and reliable. The reason for most of the first year returns were not listed in the study we used.
Coming in as the tenth most returned light duty pickup truck in the first year is the Toyota Tundra, which is given back at a 3.9 percentage clip. Oddly enough, 3.9 percent is the average return rate for all light duty pickup trucks.
With such a normal number for returns, there is not much bad that can be said about the Tundra. Toyota has a strong reputation for quality, and the Tundra has stellar reviews.
The Toyota Tacoma is returned at a slightly higher clip than the Tundra. Coming in our list with a 4.7 percent return rate, this light-duty pickup just isn't provided consumers with the experience they want.
To help combat the higher than normal return rate, Toyota is planning to release a brand new, completely redesigned Tacoma model for 2020. They also have a Back to the Future concept that has been in the works since 2015, but is yet to gain real momentum.
Ram Pickup 1500
The Ram Pickup pulls up to our stable next, and it leaves at a rate of 4.1 percent. That number isn't too bad considering the normal average, but it's still a concern for the Dodge owned company.
The year 2019 saw a redesign for the Ram 1500, which turned into mostly good review. The truck was praised for its quiet and spacious cabin, while it was critiqued for a lack of driver assist features on the base model.
GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra 1500 is returned at a rate of 4.8 percent, almost an entire point above the average. Considering the moderate reviews that point several poor areas, it's no surprise drivers are generally disappointed with this truck.
The biggest complaints about the GMC Sierra 1500 is the rough ride it provides. The cabin doesn't look modern either, and there is a general lack of space for the driver and passenger. Knowing this, we're surprised this truck isn't returned more often!
Are you sensing a trend yet? Not only are luxury brands heavily returned by first year owners, but German manufacturers are especially hard hit. Mercedes comes in third for this, seeing a 7.4 percent rate.
Like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz has a reputation for making high quality cars with even higher maintenance costs. If you fail to take proper care of your care, its health bill will set you back more than a pretty penny. Perhaps this realization is causing buyers remorse so quickly.
In a study in 2019 conducted by iSeeCars, the Dodge Dart was listed as one of the cars buyers are most likely to get rid of after one year of ownership. The Dart, which was revived by Dodge in 2012, initially was a hit.
Issues common with other cars on this list hampered consumers' overall satisfaction with the Dart, which not only led to a quick turnaround but also decreased sales. As a result, Dodge discontinued the vehicle in 2016 with a plan to focus on more popular models.
BMW makes the list again with the 4 Series. It's not surprising to see luxury makers have so many cars returned in one year. Maintenance tends to be expensive, and automakers like BMW don't always have the best reputations for quality.
Buyers get fooled by the idea of buying a luxury car when the overall cost winds up not being worth it. Just under four percent of 4-Series are resold in the first year, which is an alarming number for BMW.
In 2019, a study revealed that 3.8 percent of Chrysler 200s are resold or returned by owners in the first year. The 200 was first introduced by the automaker in 2010 and was in production for six years before being discontinued in 2016.
At the peak of its popularity, the Chrystler 200 was selling more than 120,000 units per year. As owners decided to return the vehicle, sales predictably declined as well.
Subaru generally has a reputation for producing some of the best vehicles on the market. It appears that not as much care was put into the WRX as other models though, considering the high first-year return/resell rate.
A rally car for commuters, Car and Driver writes, "The steering is quick, the ride firm, and the grins it provides are many—as long as you are willing to forgo a quiet ride and refined interior in exchange for performance and thrills."
According to J.D. Power and Associates, the Mercedes E-Class is one of the least reliable cars on the road. It was given a two out of five reliability rating by the respected organization.
That lack of reliability plus the high cost of maintenance are just a few of the reasons so many owners turn their backs on E-Class in the first year. The initial price tag of $55,000 is also a major turn-off.
Before buying a Buick Regal you should be warned about the resale value of the vehicle. After one year of ownership, the Regal will lose roughly 32 percent of its initial value. That's not a great number for a car you likely won't want to keep after one year.
Of course, Buick has made efforts in recent years to change the reputation of their vehicle lineup. Will the "buyer beware" label be changed as well?
The Chrysler 300 saw a massive rise in popularity when it was featured on the TV show Breaking Bad. Driven by the main character Walter White, fans who could afford the luxury vehicle rushed to their local dealers.
After that first year, they learned that it may have been a mistake. Like other Chryslers, the 300 never got a reputation for reliability. Combine that with a depreciation of 32 percent in the first year, and this car was better left on the lot instead of being returned there after a few short months.
When you buy a Cadillac, you probably aren't planning to return it in the first year of ownership. When you buy an ATS, that is more likely to happen than with other models, though.
The ATS depreciates quite a bit during the first year and isn't trustworthy. According to U.S. News, it "ranks poorly among luxury small cars. Its performance chops are strong, but it has a below-average predicted reliability rating and an unimpressive cabin quality, and its seating and trunk space are tight."
The MKZ is Lincoln's best selling sedan. High sales figures don't always mean satisfied customers, however. The MKZ, despite the sales, is no longer a focus of the automaker and overall quality has fallen as a result.
Car and Driver reports, "those who want a comfortable cruiser with desirable features and options should keep reading... The standard four-cylinder engine is unremarkable. Every 2020 MKZ is equipped with a cozy cabin and generous driver-assistance technology; we only wish the whole experience were as compelling as the automaker's other offerings."
The Nissan Maxima sold 42,000 units in 2019. In 2020, that number dipped below 20,000, showing just how much drivers distrust the car. If you know you might return the car in the first year, why even buy it in the first place?
In their review of the Maxima, Car and Driver noted, "The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)... detracts from the Maxima's sports-sedan mission... The suspension is nicely damped and firm to the point of being perhaps too stiff for the class."
Moving onto the next brand we have Land Rover. In 2018, the company that produces several iconic cars saw 6.5 percent of them returned or resold. This wouldn't be so shocking if Land Rover produced SUVs for a broader market.
The luxury SUV built its reputation on off terrain driving with a smooth ride. You can take these cars anywhere roads weren't built to go. Keeping them on the freeway, though, has proven to be easier said than done.
MINI has been around a very long time, building it's business around one small auto model. In recent years, however, the brand has brought new, larger models to the world, and it is these models that are leading to so many first year returns.
The Clubman was earlier on this list, and it is the main reason MINI sees a 6.2 percent return rate. It seems that although consumers think they might want a larger MINI, the novelty of the car is lost with time.
An auto brand that has seen a resurgence in the United States recently is also one of the most returned first year automobiles. FIAT, for as fun as their cars are to drive, may have rushed their product to the market.
The major complaint about is the cars unreliability, "As a brand, FIATs are plagued by the reputation of being unreliable and the FIAT 500 has been a mainstay on unreliable vehicle lists by JD Power and Consumer Reports."
Audi makes seven of the top eight most returned vehicles luxury brands, with all of them coming from Europe. We guarantee the next car on the list is neither of those things.
Audi, like it's European counterparts, is noted for having a high depreciation value and high cost of maintenance. Personally, neither of those things sound a like good recipe to create customer loyalty. Proof of our theory lies in the 5.1 percent return rate for Audi in the United States.
The first true consumer brand on this section of the list is Nissan. Known in the United States as a reliable foreign car, the facts show a much different story. Nissan's are surprisingly unreliable, which surprised us!
According to JD Power and Consumer Reports, "Nissan regularly finishes near the bottom for Consumer Reports brand reliability rankings and models like the Pathfinder and the Sentra consistently earn the lowest possible scores for owner satisfaction ratings." Oops!
Placing eight for most returned light duty pickup trucks is the Chevy Colorado, which is given back at a 4.1 percent rate. While noted for having a good engine, gas mileage, and comfortable cabin, there are several complaints.
The biggest complaint about the Colorado is by far the cabin size, which was deemed too small for tall people. You'd think this wouldn't be a problem for a truck, but it turned into the biggest setback for new Colorado owners.
In 2018, Porsche had 7.6 percent of first year vehicles returned or resold. While there could be many reasons for this, we want to point one one very clear one; the cost of maintenance.
When you purchase a luxury car, you must be aware of what the cost to maintain the vehicle will be. That $40,000 or more you paid for the vehicle will only grow and repairs stack up. And as you know, while that happens, your car will depreciate by around half its value.
For all vehicles among all brands, there is a 3.4 percent rate on first year vehicles. Not all brands were created equal however, meaning one company has the most returned vehicles in year one.
That company is BMW, who has 7.9 percent of their luxury automobiles returned or resold. That doesn't mean BMW is a bad auto maker. The truth is actually the opposite. As you'll see from the following brands, luxury cars just have worse luck in their first year than non-luxury brands.
Continuing our luxury theme is Jaguar, who sees 6.4 percent of new vehicles returned or resold in the first year. Like so many brands, the reasons are mostly unclear. Aside from the already listed maintenance costs, luxury cars tend to be well made and reliable vehicles.
Jaguar is also one of the most fun luxury cars to drive. If you've ever been behind the wheel of one on the freeway you can attest to this.
The Honda Civic is the epitome of a reliable car, with fuel mileage in the mid-30s, little to no major repairs over its lifespan, and a long history of happy customers to back it up.
Many owners have had their Civics for more than 10 years and 300,000 miles. Reliability, on top of being affordable, makes the Honda Civic an ideal choice for someone in the market for a car they can count on.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
A top seller year in and year out, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is not only popular, but it is also an incredibly long-lasting truck. Chevrolet builds the Silverado to endure and prides itself on having a century of truck engineering with seven million miles of testing to its name.
Marketed as both a family and work truck, the Silverado is made to last you whether you are towing a trailer or taking your kids on a road trip.
Honda's reputation for making long-lasting cars extends to all of its models, including the Accord. When the Accord was first introduced to the market in 1976, it quickly became one of the best selling cars in the U.S. because of its simple design and fuel efficiency. It's held that title for over 40 years.
The Honda Accord wins Best Car and Value awards year after year and doesn't show signs of slowing any time soon.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
As the Mazda Miata approaches its 30th anniversary, the small two-door coupe has proven that it's a roadster that can last a lifetime. With its position at the top of the list for the best-selling roadster of all time, it's no surprise that people love these cars and continue to buy them because of their staying power and beautiful design.
Mazda created the Miata with the Japanese phrase "Jinba Ittai" in mind, which means a perfect relationship between a horse and its rider. They have surely accomplished that.
The Toyota Prius has long been the ideal car for people interested in something that is practical, low on cost, and will last a long time. The latest models get over 50 mpg and are ranked high for owner satisfaction and reliability.
Although the Prius looks small on the outside, on the inside, it's spacious and roomy enough to hold up to five adults. Buyers also have the choice of buying the Prius as a hybrid if they want to ditch gas.
The Toyota RAV4 was the first crossover compact SUV. It was introduced in 1996 and has been ranked among some of the best SUVs ever to hit the road since then.
Some of the earlier models lacked electronic stability control but later RAV4 models didn't experience those same problems and handled better overall for the driver. The latest RAV4s get 27 mpg with regular models and 37 mpg with their hybrid models.
Targeted primarily to the North American market, the Honda Pilot holds the title for being the largest SUV model to come from Honda. Like Honda's other models, the Pilot is designed to last.
The Pilot scores very high on safety ratings as well and the latest model got a large technology upgrade so it is outfitted with some of the most desireable technology features such as Apple Car Play. It even has a 4G LTE Hotspot.
This is a mid-sized car manufactured from Saab Automobile from 1978-1998 and if you bought one in 1998, there is a good chance that you are still driving it today.
Outside of some unique design features and a body style resembling a baby carriage, the Saab 900 was just the right blend of efficient engineering and quality products. It received the 2nd Most Popular Car award and Family Car of the Year in 1993 and 1994.
The Buick LeSabre was a full-size car manufactured by General Motors from 1959-2005. LeSabre, derived from the French term 'the sword," has a body style referencing aircraft design and is streamlined for a more fuel-efficient and better-handling car.
It was one of Buick's best-selling full-sized models to date and some of the first models are preserved and shown in classic car shows today across the world.
Another entry on Buick's lineup is the Encore. A compact SUV, the Encore is designed to provide luxury and class but is also backed by a reliable brand name with a history of long-lasting cars.
If you are looking for a car with tons of features and that will last you over 100,000 miles, then the Buick Encore should top your list of choices. The newest Encore has 138 horsepower, can seat up to five, and gets 25-29 mpg.
The Subaru Legacy tops rankings for owner satisfaction, dependability, and fuel economy. Overall, Subaru was ranked highly among some of the best auto brands. Its launch back in 1989 was Subaru's response to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
Legacy owners state that the car can last over 200,000 miles and many have even lasted beyond that. Buyers interested in the Legacy can also choose from a variety of colors and customizations to personalize their experience with this reliable car.
Considered one of the most popular family minivans in the U.S., the Honda Odyssey is heading into its fifth generation of production and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Through the years, the Odyssey has won numerous awards including Car and Driver's "Best Truck" award and the "Top Pick Minivan" award several times over its production run. In the past decade, Honda has made more of an effort to expand the Odyssey's reach by marketing it in other countries.
One of the first car-based mid-size crossovers, the Toyota Highlander is a larger family-friendly SUV that also happens to be incredibly reliable. Unlike its competitors, the Highlander was built for comfort and has a unibody construction.
When it comes to safety, this Toyota meets the same high standards that it has held for the Highlander since 2000 when it was introduced, making it one of the safest SUVs available. The Toyota Highlander is currently in its third generation production cycle.
The Toyota Camry is the smaller compact car sold and manufactured by Toyota. Toyota came up with the idea for the Camry in response to the oil crises of the 1970s and the subsequent rise in demand for smaller cars.
While there currently isn't an oil crisis, Toyota still models its current Camrys after the first models. The Camry is currently in its eighth generation of production which debuted at the North American International Auto Show.
Claiming the title of the longest continuous automobile nameplate in production, the Chevrolet Suburban has always been one of General Motors' best-selling vehicles and its full size and reliability keep customers coming back to buy more.
The first Suburban was made in 1934 when it went under the name "Carryall-Suburban" before the word "Carryall" was dropped and it just became the Suburban. In addition to general public use, the Suburban is also used by police officers, secret service agents, and members of the FBI.
Mercedes Benz E-Class
With over 13 million units sold since 1953, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the manufacturer's best-selling model to date. An executive-class car, the E-Class was made for not only the everyday driver, but it has also been used by politicians and celebrities as well as a common taxi cab vehicle in some parts of the world.
Its medium to large sedan body size and durability makes it easily marketable to many different audiences.
Buick Roadmaster Estate
Sharing the body style and wheelbase with Cadillac and Oldsmobile, the Roadmaster was one of the best-selling models for Buick as well as a flagship car for over a decade.
Its first models were considered luxury cars at the time and they were made with precision and attention to detail, a practice that didn't go away as time went on and newer models were produced. Buick discontinued the Roadmaster in 1996, due to a decline in luxury sedan popularity and the rise of full-size SUVs.
The Escort was released in an effort to clean up rumors surrounding the quality of Ford's work after a public debacle with the Ford Pinto, which had widespread safety and quality issues.
Luckily for Ford, the Escort went on to become one of its best selling models, which helped turn around the company's image and reputation. Ford discontinued the Escort in 2003 and replaced the vehicle with the even smaller and more compact Ford Focus.
The most successful and best-selling Jeep model to date, the Jeep Cherokee is a full-sized SUV modeled after the Wagoneer and has been produced under different manufacturers since 1974.
Named after the North American Indian tribe, the Cherokee was initially a new step in a different direction for Jeep as they were trying to make a more civilian-friendly vehicle than their original military lineup offered. Its most recent generation, the fifth, was such a good seller for Jeep, that its parent company discontinued making the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 in order to make production room to build more units.
Originally called the Chevrolet Blazer or Jimmy, the Chevrolet Tahoe was named after the scenic Lake Tahoe located on the west coast of the United States.
This vehicle has regularly been listed as the best selling full-size SUV in the United States, with its biggest competition being the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, and Nissan Armada. The most recent generation of Tahoes have been spiking in sales and growing in popularity.