10. Toyota Corolla
Known as the “everyman car,” the Toyota Corolla is a popular choice for North American drivers due to its relatively affordable price and dependability. It is also a decent size and has ample room for a mid-sized car. This car regularly appears on lists of the best cars to own and has won numerous awards for its functionality and affordability. Take note though that there can be problems with the neutral safety switch that is responsible for disabling the starter operation when the car’s transmission is not in park (cost: $372), and the oxygen sensor sometimes needs to be replaced at a cost of around $300. However, while some Toyota models have been the subject of vehicle recalls in recent years, the Toyota Corolla has weathered the storm and remains one of the automaker’s signature brands.
9. Toyota Yaris
Another Toyota to make the list is the compact Yaris, a great starter car or vehicle for commuting to and from work. The tiny but peppy Yaris gives its owners few troubles and most of these cars are on the road for five plus years with little or no maintenance requirements. There can be a few little issues with the engine from time to time and the fuel cap has been known to come loose or break on occasion. But overall, the Toyota Yaris costs its owners less than $250 a year in maintenance, which is a low sum compared to many cars on the roads today. Toyota continues to make some of the sturdiest cars anywhere in the world.