The Five Most Reliable Toyotas Ever Made

If you’re in the market for a used car, you’ve already made the right choice by choosing a vehicle from a Toyota dealer.

As a brand, Toyota has long been celebrated for its reliability and dependability. For the eighth year in a row, Toyota was ranked the most reliable car in the world, by Consumer Reports.

Known for routinely producing innovative, yet affordable vehicles, Toyota consistently supports its motto, “Let’s Go Places,” by connecting you with endless possibilities for adventure, safety, and proven performance.

You’ve got quite a selection when it comes to rock-solid used and certified preowned Toyotas, but just to help you get started and narrow your options, here are the top five most reliable Toyotas ever made.

Which one will you choose?

The 2010 Toyota 4Runner


The Toyota 4Runner, specifically the 4Runner produced for the 2010 model year, tops the list for reliability.

Great for SUV lovers, the 2010 Toyota 4Runner is a five-seater with an available third row seat, making room for seven passengers total. Perfect for carpooling the soccer team or taking your best buddies on an all-terrain adventure.

Equipped with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine, this SUV was ideal for off-roading.

Sharing the platform with the FJ Cruiser, the 2010 model featured a new Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), able to disconnect the front and rear stabilizer bars when traveling under 40 miles per hour, giving the 4Runner better stability over rugged landscapes.

Base models came with the four-cylinder engine, operated by a four-speed automatic transmission, generating up to 157 horsepower.

The V6 option offers a serious boost in power of up to 270 horses with 278 pounds per feet of torque.

No matter the engine, fuel economy remains fairly comparable between them.

The 2WD four-cylinder has a fuel economy of 18/23 mpg, with 20 mpg combined, while the 2WD V6 reports at 17/23 mpg and 19 combined. The 4WD V6 is slightly less efficient by one highway mpg.

Available in three trims, the SR5, Trail, and Limited, all 4Runners came standard with both passive and active safety features like antilock disc brakes, stability control, a series of airbags, active front head restraints, and traction control.

For off-roading adventures in comfortable surroundings, the 2010 Toyota RAV4 is the way to go.

The 2004 and 2006 Toyota Camry


But if a sedan is what you’re after, check out the Toyota Camry, particularly from the 2004 and 2006 model years.

Featuring a new 3.3-liter V6 as standard equipment, the SE V6 Camry offered at 225 horsepower with 240 lb.-ft. of torque.

The engine equipping earlier models, the 3.0-liter, was also upgraded to 210 horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of torque in the LE and XLE models. Each engine is operated by a five-speed automatic transmission.

A crystal white Limited Edition Camry was also introduced for this model year with fancy champagne-colored exterior badging.

In 2006, Toyota released the Camry with three engine options across four trim levels: Standard, LE, XLE, and SE.

Available engines at that time included a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, generating 154 horsepower or 145 with PZEV emission controls, operated by either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.For enhanced performance, buyers could choose a 3.0-liter V6 with 190 horsepower, outfitting the LE and XLE, while the SE featured the only 3.3-liter V6 engine, operated by an automatic transmission and able to get 210 horsepower.

No matter the model year, the Toyota Camry is a dependable commuter car, and a safe choice for you and your family.

And affordable!

As a matter of fact, the economical Camry legacy continues.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the 2015 Toyota Camry the second most affordable midsize car on the market.

The Toyota Corolla: Pick a Year, Any Year

2009 Corolla XRS.

Another popular Toyota, and as bulletproof as they come, several model years of the Toyota Corolla feature high on the reliability scale.

Not surprising when you consider that the Corolla has been in production since 1968 and is the best-selling car…ever.


It’s worth it to buy one just to brag to your friends…who probably also already own one, since it is the best-selling car ever.

And why is that?

Simply because when it comes to value and stability, the Corolla is unbeatable, celebrated for its compact size, affordability, and fuel economy.

There are so many used Corollas to choose from, but no matter the year you choose, the Toyota Corolla is a no-brainer, budget friendly car.

But for another economy car, listen closely…

The Toyota Echo, 2004-2005


Back to back years, 2004 and 2005, were noted as the most reliable for the Echo model. You could even say that the 2005 echoed the 2004.

Boasting excellent fuel economy, zippy acceleration, these Echos are spacious and convenient. Reviews also support the Echo as an excellent first car for new drivers, not to mention a durable commuter car.

Drivers were absolutely astounded by the car’s mileage and easy maintenance.

One reviewer, having driven his Echo more than 73,000 miles before it needed a new battery, was astonished by how much wear he put on the car, with practically no tear in return. He even titled his review, “This car has been to hell and back.”

Of course, you don’t have to drive that far to reap the benefits of the Echo.

But if you’re neither the SUV or sedan enthusiast, you should check out the Matrix.

No, not the movie. The wagon.

The Toyota Matrix- Triple Time


A trio of model years returned outstanding reliability from Toyota’s Matrix, a compact wagon meets hatchback type vehicle. The 2007, 2008, and 2010  were all reported to be outstanding and dependable cars, just right for practical-minded drivers.

As part of the second generation, which ran from 2009-2013, the 2010 Matrix came available in three trim levels: the base, the S, and the XRS.

The base level option was outfitted with a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine able to get 132 horsepower with 128 lb.-ft. of torque. Operated by the standard five-speed manual transmission, a four-speed automatic was also available.

The S or XRS came with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder generating 158 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque.

From the first generation, drivers could choose the base, XR, or XRS trim levels. Only produced until 2006, the XRS had a 1.8-liter  engine with 180 horsepower operated by an exclusive six-speed manual transmission.For the two lower trim levels, the 1.8-liter engine was powered by a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, able to get 130 horsepower.

Drivers loved the cargo space, which was made of plastic, making it versatile enough for home improvement projects, and easy to clean after transporting pets or smelly sports equipment.

When it comes to purchasing a used or certified pre-owned vehicle, the Toyota brand simply cannot be beat.

While these five cars have proven value and reliability, there is a whole host of used Toyota models that will afford you the same, if not similar, features and dependability.

Explore the used and certified pre owned inventory at your Toyota in NH dealership and experience for yourself the real meaning of reliable.

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