Buying a used car is a great way to acquire yourself a much-needed vehicle while saving on some of the cost. However, with any purchase of a previously used product there will be a certain amount of uncertainty about the current quality of the car. This is relieved in part by a simple free VIN check, making a purchase from a trusted retailer, and a thorough inspection by a trusted mechanic. However, these will only take you so far.

To provide some assistance and reassurance in these cases, we have taken time out to list out the cars ranked best in terms of engine health, based on CarMD.com’s annual Vehicle Health Index. This yearly index takes into account the health performance of all vehicles and how they stack up to others. It specifies which vehicles are most and least liable to encounter damages, the most and least likely places for damages to occur on these vehicles, the average cost of repairing these damages, and many other relevant statistics.

The first important statistic to consider are the car brands with the lowest engine and engine-related repairs, in terms of cost. This should inform your purchase decision by telling you what manufacturers create the toughest vehicles, and how little you are likely to spend on the vehicle following your purchase. According to the index, these are Mazda at $286 per visit, Kia at $320, Dodge at $326, Hyundai at $328, Chrysler at $329, Jeep at $339, Chevrolet at $341, and the Volkswagen at $358.

Following this statistic are the cheapest cars to repair with regard to check-engine-light-related issues. These include the 2017 Hyundai Tuscon crossover, with an average cost per visit of just $67. Also populating the cheapest-to-fix list is the 2017 Hyundai Accent ($69), 2016 Kia Rio ($70), 2014 Toyota Prius C ($83), 2017 Kia Soul ($88), and the 2016 Kia Forte ($89).

One final and very important statistic are the particular vehicle models which are least likely to have any issues and subsequent repairs related to the check engine light. The top ten models according to the CarMD.com annual Vehicle Health Index are:

  1. 2016 Volvo XC90
  2. 2016 Honda Civic
  3. 2017 Toyota Sienna
  4. 2015 Subaru Forester
  5. 2017 GMC Acadia
  6. 2017 Honda HR-V
  7. 2017 Honda CR-V
  8. 2017 Subaru Crosstrek
  9. 2016 Honda Civic
  10. 2016 Audi Q5

These vehicles are statistically found to be the most durable vehicles on the market. When you make purchases of secondhand vehicles in these particular models, you are making a worthy investment. While this index is not a guarantee of durability, it is certainly a step in that direction.

Buying a used vehicle will always contain a measure of risk, so it is important to do all that you can to diminish that risk. A simple way to do so is by keeping all of the statistics listed above in mind before your purchase, and hopefully, you will come out ahead.

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Will Hopstetter

Will is an automotive market enthusiast living in the United Kingdom. He holds a diverse background in automotive and enjoys utilizing that to produce insights into the inner workings of the industry.

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