Built for a Marathon: Most Reliable Cars of 2016

2016 Toyota Corolla
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2016 Toyota Corolla

If reliability is a priority, it’s hard to go wrong with a Toyota, which ranks fourth-best of 33 brands in J.D. Power’s most recent dependability study. The 2016 Corolla is no exception, as its 4.5-circle rating is one of the best among compact cars. It also offers a comfortable ride and plenty of space for the class.

The Corolla’s 132-horsepower four-cylinder engine has adequate power for daily driving, but some competitors have punchier engines. Fuel economy is a strong suit though at an EPA-estimated 29/38 mpg city/highway. Around bends, the Corolla delivers stable handling, but its considerable body lean and numb steering mean it’s not particularly engaging to drive.

Interior materials are better quality than those in older Corolla models, and there’s adult-friendly space in both rows of seats. Up front, the standard Entune infotainment system is one of the easiest to use in the class. In back, the Corolla’s 13 cubic-foot trunk is average-sized for the class, but a wide trunk opening makes loading easy.

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