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By: - at February 5, 2015

Top 15 Best Quality Car Manufacturers in the World

Breakdowns and trips to a mechanic are inevitable parts of owning a car. When you buy a car and even if its brand new, the time you will spend joy riding around without anything mechanically wrong with it is a very short time period. Soon you will need to take the car in to a professional mechanic for repairs. Typically repairs beyond routine maintenance like oil changes or flat tires, and could be as serious as busted air conditioners or issues with the catalytic converter. These are real problems that cost real money, and sometimes serious car maintenance can cost a few thousand dollars.

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During the car buying experience, consumers should spend a great deal of time conducting research before they finally commit to their purchase. Never buy the first vehicle you see, without looking elsewhere and then coming back to it once you have done your due diligence. Potential car purchasers should spend time going on test drives and in essence, "shopping around." Cars are a serious financial commitment and they should be shopped for accordingly. This is especially true for used cars, where the term "buyer beware" takes on a much more literal meaning.

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The key to picking a great used vehicle for a great price over a dressed-up lemon is knowing a thing or two about the car's manufacturer (who made the vehicle). Generally speaking, if it's a good manufacturer, then you've increased the odds of finding a good set of wheels. Check out these top quality car manufactures below.


15)  Mazda
Also known as the fifteenth biggest automaker in the world, Mazda has a relatively interesting history. What started as a company that made cars and weapons for the Japanese government, eventually streamlined their operations and Mazda only makes automobiles now. Mazda first made trucks and eventually transitioned into making cars. The majority of the cars that have been made throughout Mazda’s history have been sporty in nature. In order to create a car that would be completely different from the competition, Mazda even concentrated on developing a rotary engine as opposed to the standard piston engine that is used in many more modern vehicles.

Mazda Concept
Mazda Concept

The rotary engine technology has been perfected and is currently being used in the RX series vehicles such as the RX-2, RX-3 and RX-4. These are some of the most popular of the Mazda vehicles that are exported from Japan because they produce similar power to a V6 or V8 engine without the need to make the car extremely heavy and bulky in the process. The cars tended to be on the smaller side, but recently a line of sedans has been introduced, along with the sports cars, to bring in a larger portion of the population to enjoy driving these highly reliable and fun-to-drive cars.

Typical Mazda Interior
Typical Mazda Interior


14)  Porsche
Porsche would actually rank higher in the list if it were not for the high price of Porsche vehicles. Fun to drive and extremely sporty in every way, there is nothing like driving a Porsche for those who have had the pleasure. The only problem is that the price tag puts even the basic models far out of reach for the general public. However, those who have owned a Porsche can attest to just how reliable these vehicles are. Some of the original 911 models are still on the road today and bringing a grin to the happy owners that are fortunate enough to have them in their garage.

Porsche 906 Concept
Porsche 906 Concept

The current models have started to branch out into the SUV and Crossover categories with the Cayenne and the Panamera. The Boxster is the most popular of the models that Porsche currently offers. It provides sporty driving, but is only intended for two people to enjoy the driving experience. The classic 911 model has been updated and is even sportier than ever before. The 918 Spyder is one of the fastest cars that Porsche sells to the public and doubles as a race car. Looking at any of these models can make your heart race, but unless you have a big fat wallet, they are probably out of your price range.

Porsche 918 Sypder
Porsche 918 Sypder


13)  Nissan
A much more affordable option is Nissan. This affordable Japanese manufacturer is actually the sixth largest producer of quality vehicles in the world. They are popular for their wide range of model options from compact cars all the way to massive Titan trucks. The only issue that drivers have with these cars is a slight problem with reliability. Underperforming engines, and the inability to stay out of the garage for too long make these cars less desirable for those looking for a car they can rely on all the time. However, any repairs that do need to be made can be made inexpensively, and for the driver who uses their car infrequently, this is a good option.

Nissan IDx Nismo Concept
Nissan IDx Nismo Concept

Nissan was originally manufactured under the name Datsun, and they were mostly trucks. As the manufacturer grew in popularity, they started making cars as well to grab a wider range of the population. In recent years, Nissan is better known for their cars than their trucks, even with models like the Xterra and the Titan rolling around. The biggest sellers for Nissan to date have been between the Sentra, Maxima and Pathfinder. These three models have gone through several changes over the year and remain the flagship vehicles for Nissan.

Looking to the Future, Nissan's Concept for a Zero Emission Vehicle
Looking to the Future, Nissan's Concept for a Zero Emission Vehicle


12)  General Motors (GM)
General Motors is actually the brand name that encompasses several different makes of vehicles. GM has under its umbrella such reliable and recognizable brands as Cadillac, GMC, Buick, Chevrolet, Isuzu, Holden, Wuling, Vauxhall, and Opel. While some of these brands are more recognizable to the American public than others, it is important to keep in mind that GM exports vehicles to 157 countries and manufacturers in more than 37 countries. Some of the vehicles that are produced will never be seen in the origin country.

Cadillac Concept
Cadillac Concept

Reliability is a very important part of what GM is all about. They are very much aware of the dying dependence on Detroit-built vehicles. Even with the difficulty American manufacturers have been facing, GM still produces one of the longest-lived nameplates in production, the Chevrolet Suburban. Though the vehicle has gone through a few evolutions in terms of design, the concept is the same; it is a vehicle designed for families to counter the minivan. The rest of the GM models range from sporty to luxury to affordable. People from all walks of life take pride in their GM vehicles, and are happy with the quality that they have purchased as a result.

Opel Concept from GM Design Department
Opel Concept from GM Design Department


11)  Ford
One of the most recognizable names in automobiles throughout the world is Ford. This is not only because of the quality that the company is dedicated to, but also because of the way in which the manufacturer changed the way that automobiles were manufactured forever. Before Ford started making the model-T, every vehicle was made by hand, one at a time. The Ford Motor Company decided to try making a production line in which different workers would have different tasks in the overall production of the vehicle. In this way, production was increased and the price of manufacturing cars dropped significantly, in turn making automobiles more affordable to the general public.

Ford GT90 Concept
Ford GT90 Concept

Ford has kept on with their tradition of bringing affordable quality cars to the public with a wide range of vehicles for every budget. Vehicle models range from compact and sporty, all the way to the mammoth Ford Expedition. The industrial F series trucks also provide the working class with a vehicle they can rely on to get the job done. The Mustang is the sportiest model that Ford sells, and garners the majority of the attention right now for its recent overhaul of its interior and exterior design, catching the eye of a variety of car buyers.

Bronco Concept
Bronco Concept





10)  Hyundai
Hyundai is ranked number five in the world in terms of the number of cars it produces. The brand itself does not get a lot of attention from the American public being outshone by brands like Toyota and Honda on the Asian import scene, but this manufacturer is known for providing high quality and affordable vehicles that are looking better every day. The initial offerings from Hyundai offered little in the way of aesthetics because the car manufacturer was more interested in creating a vehicle that worked well and was extremely affordable.

Hyundai Genesis - Named 2009 North American Car of the Year
Hyundai Genesis - Named 2009 North American Car of the Year
By mbaylor via Wikimedia Commons

As Hyundai has grown in popularity, the Korean manufacturer has started to design new models and improve on the existing line. Some of the newest models have the same look and body style as some of the biggest names in the automotive industry. Car buyers are surprised to find themselves putting a Hyundai on their list of cars to consider, but this is becoming more common every day. The Sonata is one of the most popular models offered by Hyundai at this time with new models in the works.

Assembly Line at Hyundai's Factory in Ulsan, South Korea
Assembly Line at Hyundai's Factory in Ulsan, South Korea
By Taneli Rajala via Wikimedia Commons


9)  Toyota
Despite the recent hiccups in the market relating to Toyota, it is still among the most reliable vehicles sold throughout the world. This manufacturer has been producing quality cars and trucks ever since 1937. As a way to show just how popular this manufacturer is, it is the number three producer of vehicles in the world. It boasts vehicles that range from completely electric to hybrid to SUVs. Car buyers are delighted to find that they are able to turn to this affordable and reliable manufacturer for any kind of vehicle they are looking to purchase.

Toyota Auris 2.0
Toyota Auris 2.0
By M 93 via Wikimedia Commons

To ensure that the vehicles are not degraded in quality through the shipping process, Toyota tries to manufacture all vehicles as close to their point of sale as possible. This is why Toyota has manufacturing facilities throughout the world, including the United States and Canada. By keeping the manufacturing facilities closer to the dealerships, it is also less expensive to manufacture and ship the cars, meaning Toyota can keep their prices low enough to be affordable. Even with the Corolla and Camry as the flagship cars for the past decades, the current most popular vehicle Toyota makes is the Prius, a hybrid compact vehicle.

Toyota Concept Interior
Toyota Concept Interior


8)  Lexus
Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota, and, as such, is able to enjoy the same degree of reliability. While these cars are a bit more expensive than their counterparts, they also offer more options to make them more fun to drive. Some of the upgrades in the engine also make the Lexus a more reliable quality vehicle. Lexus is well known for their luxury sedans, but the modern SUVs being produced are quickly taking over as the most popular models produced by Lexus. This is due in large part to the fact that you can purchase a large SUV, and still afford the gas by purchasing a hybrid model.

Lexus LFA Supercar
Lexus LFA Supercar
By Tennen-Gas via Wikimedia Commons

Lexus vehicles are commonly made in the same manufacturing facilities as Toyotas. This was not always the case as Toyota wanted to keep the project as secret as possible, for as long as possible. The biggest market for Lexus is in the United States, and they only just recently started to make these models available in other parts of the world. It looks as if the brand is expected to expand their lineup of models to include even more reliable quality luxury vehicles.

Lexus IS
Lexus IS


7)  Acura
Acura is the luxury division of Honda. These models were once sold in Japan just as Hondas. Today, they are available for purchase throughout the world just as Acura, because there has been enough of a division between the two branches of the company. What started as a sporty alternative to Honda models has started to lean more toward the luxury aspect of the brand, Offering multiple styles of sedans and SUVs, Acura is quickly becoming a city and suburb vehicle beloved by those who work in executive offices. Carrying a higher price tag than a Honda, these are out of reach from many car enthusiasts, but for those who can afford them, they are a great purchase because of their extreme reliability.

Acura NSX Concept
Acura NSX Concept

The hybrid models of the Acura are one way in which many who purchase these higher dollar vehicles make the justification for doing so. Saving money at the pump through a more efficient motor can be a good argument, but the realistic argument for buying these is the high reliability factor and the posh luxury interior.

Acura TL
Acura TL Model


6)  Honda
Those looking for a reliable, quality, affordable vehicle will most likely find themselves looking at a Honda. This car company has been rated among the top manufacturers in the world for producing high quality, reliable cars that are extremely safe. Even though the manufacturer is only ranked eighth in terms of world manufacturers, it is still one of the most recognized brands on the road in countries like America. This is not only because Hondas are popular to purchase, but because they have been known to last a long time. General maintenance is enough to keep a Honda on the road for up to 20 years. Other than the reliability, the main reason Honda is among the top quality cars is because of its safety ratings. This car has been one of the most reliable vehicles when put through crash tests, and the company is continuously trying to improve on their safety standards.

Honda Insight Hybrid
Honda Insight Hybrid

On top of the ability to purchase a reliable and affordable vehicle, car buyers also appreciate the ability to purchase the style of car they want. The Crosstour, Accord, Civic, Pilot and Ridgeline are all good examples of how Honda is making different models to suit the lifestyles of those who purchase them. Every vehicle comes with an efficient aluminum engine, and the hybrid engines provide even more efficiency to make your gas budget go even further. It is no surprise that Honda is on the top ten lists for just about every category of ranking cars.

Honda's Robot Concept Asimo
|Honda's Robot Concept Asimo
By Zoohouse via Wikimedia Commons


5)  Fiat
Those who are just becoming aware of Fiat may be shocked to learn that these quality vehicles have been made since 1899. It is true, however, that the manufacturer did not set out to make vehicles for the public, they started laying the groundwork by producing railway engines, vehicles for the military, tractors for farms, and aircraft. The Italian manufacturer has grown over the years and has taken over several companies, including Alpha Romeo. It is the fourth largest vehicle manufacturer in Europe behind the likes of Volkswagen. Even though these vehicles are made throughout the world, Italy and Brazil are the two biggest manufacturers of the brand.

fiat 500x

Fiat has continued to grow in popularity throughout Europe and the world, and is making inroads with the American car buying public. While the smaller cars are distinctly European in nature, their reputation for being reliable, and their efficient motors that help to save on gas have helped to make the case for purchasing these smaller vehicles. The sporty nature of the newer models has made them even more tantalizing to the Western car buyer.

1970 Fiat 500
1970 Fiat 500


4)  Audi
In 1909, the world was given Audi by August Horch. This German automobile manufacturing company is known as a luxury brand with models that are sporty in nature. Every car has a symbol that has not changed. It is four overlapping circles that represent the four car companies that came together to create the Audi brand. These cars are known for being extremely reliable and corrosion resistant, which means that even at a higher price point, these quality cars are a good buy. The money spent on the vehicle today will mean it will not be necessary to purchase another car for quite a long time down the road.

Audi R8 5.2 FSI
Audi R8 5.2 FSI
By Thomas doerfer via Wikimedia Commons

All of the models that are produced by Audi are cars. There are no SUV options and no hybrid options. Instead, the manufacturer concentrates on providing the best car with the sportiest looks for discerning drivers. The prices are a little more expensive, because it is considered to be a luxury car with upgrades already preinstalled.

Multi Media Interface on Audi's new Virtual Cockpit
Multi Media Interface on Audi's new Virtual Cockpit
By Robert Basic via Wikimedia Commons


3)  Mercedes-Benz
When it comes to German cars, Mercedes is at the top of the heap along with BMW and Audi. This is one of the luxury cars that make many people in America think they have arrived when they are able to afford driving one around. There are several different models of the Mercedes-Benz available for purchase. Everything from compact sports cars to large SUVs are available for purchase by the public. Along with all of the luxury cars and SUVs, there are also transport vehicles, vans and semi-trucks available for purchase for professionals to have a quality, reliable car. These larger vehicles started in Germany and throughout Europe, and are now gaining in popularity throughout North America.

Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Black
Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Black
By steve lyon via Wikimedia Commons

Among the most popular of all the Mercedes-Benz vehicles are the M-Class, GL-Class, and the ever popular E-Class. It is considered to be one of the oldest running auto companies with its founding date being in 1885. This luxury auto maker still produces the majority of its vehicles in Germany, and distributes them throughout the world via container ships. Other than the cars, buses, vans and trucks sold to the public, the car company is also known for its Formula 1 car that comes in among the top placed cars more times than not. It is a testament to the powerful motor and the quality production the company has to offer.

Mercedes-Benz Zetros Used for Snowplowing
Mercedes-Benz Zetros Used for Snowplowing
By HBR via Wikimedia Commons


2)  Volkswagen
Another great German automobile manufacturer for quality cars is Volkswagen. This car was originally made specifically for the German military to be used as a light tank and for use in troop transports. As it turned out, the vehicles were too light and too fast to be used as a tank, and they were repurposed to create inexpensive vehicles that could be sold to the public at a low cost. The name of the company actually means “car for the people”. The car company grew away from the German government, and became its own entity developing and selling cars to the public.

Volkswagen XL1 and is Rated at 261 Miles Per Gallon and the Most Fuel-Efficient Car in the World
Volkswagen XL1 and is Rated at 261 Miles Per Gallon and the Most Fuel-Efficient Car in the World
By Buch-t via Wikimedia Commons

Among the earliest cars that were available from Volkswagen were the Beetle and the bus. Today, the line of models has expanded dramatically. While there are still “Bugs” available for purchase, the company has also expanded into offering the Touareg, Tiguan, Golf, Eos, Jetta, CC, and GTI. There are even convertibles available for purchase for those who are looking for a fun car that is also practical. The efficient motors are available in both regular and diesel engines. This allows drivers to have a choice of vehicle that will match their lifestyle.

6th Generation Volkswagen Golf
6th Generation Volkswagen Golf
By Thomas doerfer via Wikimedia Commons


1)  BMW (Bavarian Motor Works)
At the top of the list of quality automobile manufacturers is BMW. This car company is among the top three luxury German manufacturers and is consistently one of the favorite driving vehicles throughout the world. The different models that are available have gone through many changes over the years, but at the forefront has always been the idea of combining luxury with sporty design and an efficient engine. Powerful driving, extreme comfort and a reliable vehicle are all things that drivers have come to expect when owning a BMW.

BMW M5 - Performance Model of 5 Series
BMW M5 - Performance Model of 5 Series

The newest models all have a sleek design that allows drivers to feel like they are driving a sports car even if they are driving a sedan 7 series. Those truly looking for a sports car experience can opt for any of the vehicles in the M series. These cars have been tuned to deliver sports handling and power without the need to alter the body of the car tremendously. The hybrids deliver performance, and still provide efficient gas mileage drivers appreciate, not only when taking long rides, but when looking at their budget. The X series vehicles provide SUV style bodies for those looking for a luxury vehicle that is just a little more rugged.

BMW 730d xDrive
BMW 730d xDrive
By M 93 via Wikimedia Commons

The Z series includes sporty two-seat vehicles that are designed to engage the driver. All of the models are made with quality and safety in mind, and they deliver on all aspects.


Final Thoughts
These 15 car manufacturers are the best in the world in terms of quality and standards. If you're looking to buy a sturdy, reliable vehicle, buy from a manufacturer you trust. And that means, do your homework. That way, you can hopefully avoid spending more on the repairs of your car than you did for the actual car itself.



 

 

 

 

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