Most reliable used cars in Australia

When you’re looking to purchase a second-hand vehicle, one of the most important things you’ll want to know is whether or not the car is reliable. It can be a comfort buying a vehicle from a dealership as they usually come with some form of warranty, but if you’re purchasing from a private seller, you’re buying the car ‘as is’. Therefore knowing which cars are considered the most reliable in its class can put your mind at ease. Canstar’s customer satisfaction survey measures how satisfied car users in Australia are with their car’s reliability and we have analysed the data to find the top three reliable cars in each category.

Cars
Most reliable light cars
Most reliable small cars
Most reliable medium sedans

SUVs
Most reliable small SUV’s
Most reliable medium SUV’s
Most reliable large SUV’s

Dual Cab Utes
Most reliable dual cab utes

Most reliable light cars

#1. Mazda 2

The-Best-Second-Hand-Cars-For-Teens-Mazda-2

Considered to be a firm favourite, the Mazda 2 has been transporting Australians around the country since 2002.

Pro

  • Comfortable to drive

Con

  • Significant blind spot

#2. Toyota Yaris

The-Best-Second-Hand-Cars-For-Teens-Toyota-Yaris

The Toyota Yaris has been on the market since 1999, plenty of time for it to establish its reputation for usefulness and practicality.

Pro

  • Easy to drive

Con

  • A bit cramped for space

#3. Volkswagen Polo

The Best Second Hand Cars For Teens VW Polo

The Polo is a car that has the best of both worlds, with all the advantages of a smaller city car but with a surprising amount of room for both the front and rear seats.

Pro

  • Lots of interior space for a small car

Con

  • Less features than others in the same vehicle class

Most reliable small cars

#1. Mazda 3

The Best Second Hand Small Cars Mazda 3

The Mazda 3’s reliability is matched only by its stellar safety rating. The generous safety kit and its 5 star Canstar reliability rating earns the Mazda 3 the top spot in the small car category.

Pro

  • Very responsive

Con

  • bulkier exterior

#2. Toyota Corolla

Best Second Hand Cars in Australia - Toyota Corolla

Labelled as rock-solid, the Toyota Corolla isn’t considered the flashiest vehicle on the market, but is praised for its fuel economy and dependability.

Pro

  • Outstanding safety features

Con

  • Small boot space

#3. Volkswagen Golf

The Best Second Hand Small Cars VW Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is not just known for its durability, its also considered to be one of the most comfortable smaller cars available on the market.

Pro

  • Great interior technology

Con

  • Bumpy ride on big wheels

Most reliable medium sedans

#1. Kia Optima

The Kia Optima comes with a vast array of features available on all its models such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto pairing, adaptive cruise-control, reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.

Pro

  • Spacious interior for all passengers

Con

  • Not as fast as competitors

#2. BMW 3 Series

The best second hand cars in Australia: BMW 320i

BMW’s reputation for producing high-quality vehicles is well established with owners reporting satisfaction with their vehicle’s comfort and equipment.

Pro

  • Sporty handling

Con

  • Lacking interior compared to competitors

#3. Hyundai Sonata

Best Car 2019: Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata has been lauded as the benchmark in driveability, and comes in third in our list of most reliable medium sedans.

Pro

  • Smooth handling

Con

  • No autonomous emergency braking

Most reliable small SUV’s

#1. Mazda CX-3

Best Car 2019: Mazda CX-3

Mazda takes out the top spot again for reliable vehicles, no surprises given the reputation Mazda has for producing well-built vehicles that report few problems. The CX-3 is no exception.

Pro

  • Agile handling

Con

  • Lacking interior

#2. Mitsubishi ASX

With Mitsubishi Motors claiming the Canstar Customer Satisfaction Survey’s top spot for reliability, it’s no wonder the Mitsubishi A SX makes the list.

Pro

  • Great safety technology

Con

  • Lacking interior

#3. Audi Q2

While the Audi Q2 is the smallest type of SUV it’s big on safety features, earning it the reputation of being one of the safest luxury vehicles available on the market.

Pro

  • Great safety rating

Con

  • Lacking in features

Most reliable medium SUV’s

#1. Mazda CX-5

The best second hand cars in Australia: Mazda CX-5

With good fuel economy, smooth handling and a nice interior, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the best vehicles available in the medium SUV range.

Pro

  • Smooth ride

Con

  • Smaller cargo space

#2. Mitsubishi Outlander

The best second hand SUVs: Mitsubishi Outlander

Considered to be an ideal vehicle for growing families and people with active lifestyles, the Mitsubishi Outlander enjoys the 5 star Canstar reliability rating.

Pro

  • Smooth ride

Con

  • Slow steering response

#3. Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is not one to back down when it comes to its entertainment and safety features. The Q5 is definitely considered to be one of the best luxury SUV’s available at the moment.

Pro

  • Outstanding safety technology

Con

  • Firm ride

Most reliable large SUV’s

#1. Mazda CX-9

The best second hand cars in Australia: Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is considered to be the best in the large SUV class, the ultimate family SUV. With standard auto emergency braking and adaptive cruise control standard in all models the Mazda CX-9 is sure to please.

Pro

  • Smooth handling

Con

  • Clunky brakes

#2. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Best Car 2019: Mitsubishi Pajero

The Mitsubishi offers excellent fuel consumption and is very easy to drive both on and off the road. The interior is also stylish with plenty of space for all passengers.

Pro

  • Standard autonomous emergency braking

Con

  • More cramped than competitors

#3. Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a powerful and spacious SUV that offers its passengers plenty of space and plenty of features to make it a smooth ride no matter the surface.

Pro

  • Fantastic technology offering

Con

  • Bulky exterior makes for hard parking

Most reliable dual cab utes

#1. Mazda BT-50

Best Car 2019: Mazda BT-50

The Mazda BT-50 comes out on top of the most reliable dual cab ute list with great engine performance and great extras included in all models.

Pro

  • Fuel efficient for a dual cab

Con

  • Cramped rear-seat accommodation

#2. Mitsubishi Triton

Best dual cab utes for family: Mitsubishi Triton

The Mitsubishi Triton is a great choice as a basic workhorse or a family truck that can do a bit of everything.

Pro

  • Comfortable interior

Con

  • Tyres not as good as competitors

#3. Holden Colorado

Best Car 2019: Holden Colorado

The Holden Colorado has a lot to offer in addition to its reputation as a very reliable vehicle. With great towing capacity and 500Nm of torque, the Holden Colorado is the dual cab that could.

Pro

  • Spacious cabin

Con

  • High oil consumption

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