2012 Toyota Camry, Hyundai Score in CarMD Reliability Study
- The 2012 Toyota Camry has been named the most reliable car in the 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index.
- The 2012 Nissan Altima was ranked number two, while the 2011 Toyota Corolla came in third.
- Hyundai has been named the most reliable manufacturer in the study.
COSTA MESA, California — Hyundai has been named the most reliable manufacturer and the 2012 Toyota Camry has been named the most reliable car in the 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index.
The rest of the top 10 most reliable vehicles for this year are the 2012 Nissan Altima, 2011 Toyota Corolla, 2011 Toyota Camry, 2011 Nissan Rogue, 2012 Nissan Rogue, 2012 Nissan Sentra, 2010 Hyundai Elantra, 2011 Nissan Sentra and 2012 Mazda 3.
The 2012 Camry unseated the Toyota Corolla, which earned the top spots in the past two CarMD rankings.
This year's data is based on more than 151,000 specific repairs performed on model year 2003-'13 vehicles from October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2013.
The CarMD report, which compares the combined "check engine" repair incidents and costs, ranks the top 10 manufacturers, top 100 vehicles overall, top vehicles by category and the most common repairs by make. After two straight years of finishing 2nd to Toyota, Hyundai took the top manufacturer spot for its low frequency of repairs.
Interestingly, the CarMD report notes that Hyundai's quality rating actually dropped a bit from 2012, but Toyota's dropped even more. While both Hyundai and Toyota vehicles experienced higher costs compared to 2012, the report states that Hyundai owners "saw less impact," with its top rating fueled by "low repair frequency."
CarMD also found that fully half of vehicles from the top-ten rated manufacturers (Hyundai, Toyota, Nissan, Kia and Volkswagen) saw more frequent repair-shop visits and an increase in average repair costs. Overall, the report found repair costs up 10 percent this year after six years of steady decreases.
Edmunds says: An important study for car shoppers to consider as they peruse the used-car lots and new-car showrooms.