10 Most Reliable 3-Year-Old Cars and SUVs

Consumer Reports data show that these models are in the used car sweet spot

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It’s a wise financial move to buy a 3-year-old car instead of a brand-new one. That’s because a 3-year-old car has many of the same safety and comfort features found in a brand-new car but costs less. 

Three-year-old models are more affordable because new models lose their value very quickly. So buyers get a vehicle that’s almost equivalent to a new car but at a much lower price. By the time a car is 3 years old, it has already depreciated by as much as 30 percent. But after you buy that 3-year-old used car, its value won’t depreciate nearly as fast. 

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Three-year-old models are also attractive purchases because most leases are for three years. That means many of these cars have low miles, and because the lessor had to keep the car in good condition, they’re likely to have been maintained properly and have interiors that were treated well.

Below you’ll find our list of the top 10 most reliable 3-year-old cars and SUVs we’ve identified based on our annual survey of Consumer Reports members about their vehicles.

They’re listed in reverse order, from the 10th-most-reliable 3-year-old model counting down to the one with the best reliability.

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