Buying a reliable small car is an easy bet these days when you do your homework and pay attention to the basics. A little money goes a long way in 2019, with a list of standard features that’ll knock your socks off. Choose a proven ride, and you’ll have a splendid relationship with a minimum amount of trouble, as long as you follow the regular maintenance schedule.
Our list of the most reliable small cars relies on results from the J.D. Power 2019 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which focused on 2016 models after three years of service. We’ve included the top 10 small cars with the strongest recent history of reliability, across a range of classes and prices.