Used Cars – Best and Worst

MSN published a list of the best and worst used cars, based on statistics of above or below average in reliability. You can find the full article here:  

Reviewing this prompted me to do some statistics, because some blatant facts jumped right out at me.


Make Country
Acura Integra


Acura MDX Japan
Acura RL Japan
Acura RSX Japan
Acura TL Japan
Acura TSX Japan
BMW M3 Germany
Buick LaCrosse US
Honda Accord Japan
Honda Civic Japan
Honda Civic Hybrid Japan
Honda CR-V Japan
Honda Element Japan
Honda Odyssey Japan
Honda Pilot Japan
Honda S2000 Japan
Infiniti FX Japan
Infiniti G20 Japan
Infiniti G35 Japan
Infiniti I30, I35 Japan
Infiniti QX4 Japan
Lexus ES Japan
Lexus ES Japan
Lexus GS (RWD) Japan
Lexus GX Japan
Lexus IS Japan
Lexus LS Japan
Lexus RX Japan
Lexus SC Japan
Lincoln Continental US
Lincoln Town Car US
Mazda Millenia Japan
Mazda MX-5 Miata Japan
Mazda Protegé Japan
Mazda3 Japan
Mitsubishi Endeavor Japan
Mitsubishi Outlander Japan
Nissan Altima Japan
Nissan Maxima Japan
Nissan Murano Japan
Pontiac Vibe US
Porsche 911 (except ’03) Germany
Scion tC Japan
Scion xB Japan
Subaru Baja Japan
Subaru Forester Japan
Subaru Impreza Japan
Subaru Legacy Japan
Subaru Outback Japan
Toyota 4Runner Japan
Toyota Avalon Japan
Toyota Camry (except ’07 V6) Japan
Toyota Camry Solara Japan
Toyota Celica Japan
Toyota Corolla Japan
Toyota Echo Japan
Toyota Highlander Japan
Toyota Land Cruiser Japan
Toyota Matrix Japan
Toyota Prius Japan
Toyota RAV4 Japan
Toyota Sequoia Japan
Toyota Sienna Japan
Toyota Tundra (except ’07 V8 4WD) Japan
Volvo S60 Sweden




Make Country
Buick Rendezvous (AWD) US
Buick Terraza US
Chevrolet Astro US
Chevrolet Blazer US
Chevrolet Colorado (4WD) US
Chevrolet S-10 Pickup (4WD) US
Chevrolet Uplander US
Chevrolet Venture US
Chrysler Town & Country (AWD) US
Dodge Grand Caravan (AWD) US
GMC Canyon (4WD) US
GMC Jimmy US
GMC S-15 Sonoma (4WD) US
GMC Safari US
Jeep Grand Cherokee US
Kia Sedona Korea
Land Rover Discovery, LR3 England
Lincoln Aviator US
Mercedes-Benz SL Germany
Nissan Armada (4WD) Japan
Nissan Titan (4WD) Japan
Oldsmobile Bravada US
Oldsmobile Silhouette US
Pontiac Aztek US
Pontiac G6 US
Pontiac Montana, Trans Sport, Montana SV6 US
Saturn Relay US
Volkswagen Cabriolet Germany
Volkswagen Jetta Sedan (turbo) Germany
Volkswagen Jetta Sedan (V6) Germany

Here is what I took away from it:


Best List Counts Percentage
Japan 58 0.89
Germany 2 0.03
US 4 0.06
Sweden 1 0.02
Total on list of best cars 65 1.00
Worst List Counts Percentage
US 22 0.73
Korea 1 0.03
England 1 0.03
Germany 4 0.13
Japan 2 0.07
Total on list of worst cars 30 1.00

89 percent of the cars on the Best List are from Japan. 73 percent of the cars on the Worst List are from the US,  and surprisingly, 13 percent of the cars on the worst list are from Germany.

Now, what used car would you buy?

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