Getting from A to B and Back Again: Most Reliable Vehicles

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April 10, 2018

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Getting from A to B and Back Again

The most reliable vehicles are worth a look.

For many travel nurses, your car is your primary mode of transportation in terms of getting to your assignment destination as well as traveling to and from work.  As such, reliability is key when it comes to choosing the right make and model. The Gypsy Nurse has compiled the following information on car reliability to help you choose which car might be right for you if you’re in the market for a new or used car.

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Auto research firm J.D. Power and Associates released the results of its 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, which surveyed 33,560 original owners of 2013 model-year cars. They were surveyed after three years of ownership in order to explore how the car held up over time, what problems arose and overall experience.

There is a trend with car ownership whereby people are keeping cars longer. Taking a look at how well cars hold up over time makes good sense before you make an investment. Of course, you need to consider your personal use as well. For example, how many miles per week to you expect to log? This will factor on not only wear and tear but also your costs for fuel and routine maintenance such as oil changes.

Top honors in dependability, overall quality, performance, and design are among JD Power’s ratings.

Top-rated city car
Fiat 500

Overall quality rating: 2 out of 5
Overall performance and design rating: 5 out of 5

Top-rated compact car
Buick Verano

Overall quality rating: 3 out of 5
Overall performance and design rating: 4 out of 5

Top-rated compact premium car
Lexus ES

Overall quality rating: 4 out of 5
Overall performance and design rating: 4 out of 5

Top-rated compact sporty car
Mini Cooper

Overall quality rating: 3 out of 5
Overall performance and design rating: 3 out of 5

Top-rated large car
Buick LaCrosse

Overall quality rating: 3 out of 5
Overall performance and design rating: 2 out of 5

Top-rated midsize car
Chevrolet Malibu

Overall quality rating: 4 out of 5
Overall performance and design rating: 3 out of 5

Top-rated midsize premium car
Lexus GS

Overall quality rating: 4 out of 5
Overall performance and design rating: 4 out of 5

Top-rated midsize sporty car
Chevrolet Camaro

Overall quality rating: 5 out of 5
Overall performance and design rating: 2 out of 5

Top-rated small car
Honda Fit

Overall quality rating: 4 out of 5
Overall performance and design rating: 2 out of 5

The data also shows that Chrysler and Jeep are the most improved brands, each reducing the number of problems by 28 PP100 from 2015. General Motors receives seven model-level awards, followed by Toyota Motor Corporation with six and Hyundai Motor Company and Volkswagen AG, each with four.

For the full results on the reliable vehicles and methodology about the 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study, click here.

Also, don’t forget to pack your car with important items that could help you be better prepared in case of a breakdown situation or emergency preparation.

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