Consumer Reports: Most Reliable 3-Year-Old Toyota Cars

by Gabrielle DeSantis

There are a variety of reliable 3-year-old cars on the market right now. Consumer Reports gathered up some of the best 2018 Toyota options available, including the Corolla, Camry, Avalon, and Prius.

What should I pay for a 2018 Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla is one of Consumer Reports picks | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Consumer Reports listed the Toyota Corolla as a reliable and green choice. The average retail price is between $17,750 and $20,525, depending on the mileage. For reliability, the Corolla scored a five out of five. The owner satisfaction scored a three out of five, which isn’t bad.

For instance, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated all listed categories as “good.” That includes the front driver, front passenger, side crash, rear crash, and roof crush sections. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the Corolla. The overall crash, side-crash, and frontal-crash driver section all scored five out of five stars. Only the overall frontal-crash and frontal-crash passenger section scored four out of five.

Which is better, 2018 Toyota Prius or Corolla?

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The Toyota Prius average retail price is between $19,675 and $23,625, depending on the mileage. For reliability and owner satisfaction, the Prius scored a five out of five.

Firstly, the 2018 Prius had high safety ratings. Most of the scores by the IIHS for the front, side, and rear crashes were rated as “good.” However, sections like the front-small overlap scored a rating of “acceptable.” The NHTSA gave similar four and five-star ratings for the crash tests. Above all, that is a fairly safe car.

84% of owners surveyed by Consumer Reports noted that the Prius was reliable enough to purchase again. The reliability trouble spots many owners deal with all scored five out of five. This includes the engine and transmission. In other words, the Prius is a reliable choice.

How long will a 2018 Camry last?

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The Toyota Camry is a well-loved and reliable car. It is priced between $21,675 and $31,775. The reliability scored four out of five. Owner satisfaction came in at a three. The IIHS scored most areas “good,” while the NHSTA gave important areas like driver and passenger frontal-crash a score of five out of five stars.

The Camry came equipped with easy-to-use controls, excellent fuel economy, and a comfortable ride for up to five passengers. However, the Camry is available with a variety of engine types to suit many needs. This includes 2.5L and 3.5L engines and a hybrid option.

Is the Toyota Avalon a good car?

The 2018 Avalon is priced at $22,900 to $29,850 currently. Consumer Reports gave the Avalon a reliability score of five out of five. For owner satisfaction, it scored four out of five. The IIHS rated the front moderate overlap, front driver, and side crash “good.” From the NHTSA, the frontal-crash driver and passenger both scored four stars. In other words, the Avalon is safe.

The reliability trouble spots like engine major/minor, transmission, drive system, and engine cooling, CR gave this car a perfect score. In conclusion, owners have been satisfied overall with the Avalon’s driving experience, comfort, value, and styling.

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