It’s no secret that cars are expensive to own and operate. And while most people pay a lot of attention to the purchase price of the car they buy, few of us give consideration to the costs we’ll incur down the road as the vehicle ages. Repair costs can be significant and often leave car owners drained financially. It can also be extremely frustrating and disheartening for people to sink money into an aging car that is becoming more unreliable and clunky with each passing mile. The good news is that some cars are less prone to breakdowns and costly repairs than others. A Toyota, for example, is statistically less likely to cost a lot of money in repairs than a Volkswagen. Here are the 12 cars reported to have the cheapest repair costs.
12. Lexus ES 350
The Lexus brand is not just known for luxury. The vehicles made by Lexus are also extremely high quality and dependable. The ES 350, in particular, is known for aging well and having comparatively few repair costs over the years that it is driven. Although take note that the Lexus ES 350 has been known to have problems with its ignition coil, which can cost as much as $350 to replace, as well as its oil control valve ($600 to fix) and its oxygen sensor (nearly $300 to replace). However, these problems are relatively small in the grand scheme of things and make the Lexus ES 350 one of the best luxury cars for value on the market today.
11. Hyundai Sonata
Like other Asian automakers such as Toyota and Honda, the manufacturer Hyundai has earned a reputation for building cars that last. And, unlike its rival Asian car makers, Hyundai has never been the subject of a massive recall. The cars made by Hyundai perform well and stay on the road for many years. Case in point is the reliable Hyundai Sonata. This car gives its owner few problems. Notable repairs that may be needed over time include replacing the evaporative emissions canister (cost: $416) and replacing the manifold absolute pressure sensor (about $150). But these are the only significant problems reported with this particular car. It is otherwise a very tough and durable car that is inexpensive to own and operate.