The 9 Most-Reliable Toyotas To Buy

The 9 Most-Reliable Toyotas To Buy

Finding a reliable Toyota is essentially easier than, as the timeless saying goes, shooting fish in a barrel. Be it a compact sedan, crossover SUV or minivan, any pick of the litter is likely to outlast the competition with flying colors and then some.

That said, used Toyota models may bear slightly steeper ticket prices than those of their competitors' counterparts. But that's simply because ever since the first models rolled out of Japan and into the United States in the 1950s, more than 70 years ago, Toyotas have been known for being low-maintenance, highly reliable vehicles that if properly cared for with regular oil changes and such will easily last for decades.

Shift's current inventory of Toyotas spans hundreds of options of more than two dozen models, each of which has passed a 150-point inspection and are backed up with a 30-day warranty and seven-day return policy. So you can shop with peace of mind knowing that your new used Toyota will be part of the family for years to come.

Here are nine of the most-reliable Toyotas to buy used.

Most Reliable Toyotas

Camry

Camry

The Camry, which made its debut in the early-1980s, was the first Toyota to score the title of best-selling car in America, in 1997. Save for 2001, the Camry maintained that top spot up until 2018, more than 20 years altogether. On average, between 300,000 and 400,000 models were sold in the U.S. alone in each of those years. Now in its eighth generation, the Camry was also one of the first cars on the market to come with a hybrid option, beginning with the 2006 model, which travels 51 mpg in the city and 53 on the highway. Comfortable and practical without compromising its style, it's no wonder why drivers continue to love the Camry so.

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Camry

The Camry, which made its debut in the early-1980s, was the first Toyota to score the title of best-selling car in America, in 1997. Save for 2001, the Camry maintained that top spot up until 2018, more than 20 years altogether. On average, between 300,000 and 400,000 models were sold in the U.S. alone in each of those years. Now in its eighth generation, the Camry was also one of the first cars on the market to come with a hybrid option, beginning with the 2006 model, which travels 51 mpg in the city and 53 on the highway. Comfortable and practical without compromising its style, it's no wonder why drivers continue to love the Camry so.

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RAV4

RAV4

In recent years, as buyer trends have transitioned from sedans to crossover SUVs, Toyota responded by embodying all that made the Camry such a success among American drivers into the RAV4. The compact utility vehicle placed first on Toyota's list of sellers in 2020, having sold more than 545,000 units – 430,000 of the gas-engine model along with some 116,000 of the hybrid version – in the United States alone. With a combined fuel efficiency of 28 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway – or 41 mpg and 38 mpg respectively for the hybrid – the RAV4 makes for a smart choice for drivers looking to get behind the wheel of a long-lasting SUV without breaking the bank at the gas pumps.

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RAV4

In recent years, as buyer trends have transitioned from sedans to crossover SUVs, Toyota responded by embodying all that made the Camry such a success among American drivers into the RAV4. The compact utility vehicle placed first on Toyota's list of sellers in 2020, having sold more than 545,000 units – 430,000 of the gas-engine model along with some 116,000 of the hybrid version – in the United States alone. With a combined fuel efficiency of 28 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway – or 41 mpg and 38 mpg respectively for the hybrid – the RAV4 makes for a smart choice for drivers looking to get behind the wheel of a long-lasting SUV without breaking the bank at the gas pumps.

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Corolla

Corolla

Now in its 12th generation, the Corolla – often thought of as the Camry's pintsized little brother – is hands down Toyota's most veteran model that's still on the road today. Nearly 50 million units have been sold over its 55 years in production, and in 1997, the Toyota Corolla rolled over the Volkswagen Beetle into the title of best-selling car in the world. Given its affordability, reliability and impressive fuel efficiency of 31/40 mpg for the fully gas-powered version and 53/52 mpg for the hybrid, it comes as no surprise.

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Corolla

Now in its 12th generation, the Corolla – often thought of as the Camry's pintsized little brother – is hands down Toyota's most veteran model that's still on the road today. Nearly 50 million units have been sold over its 55 years in production, and in 1997, the Toyota Corolla rolled over the Volkswagen Beetle into the title of best-selling car in the world. Given its affordability, reliability and impressive fuel efficiency of 31/40 mpg for the fully gas-powered version and 53/52 mpg for the hybrid, it comes as no surprise.

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Highlander

Highlander

Among the current queue of “longest-kept cars,” Toyota makes a clean sweep of the top spots, taking first, second and third place. Topping that list is none other than the Toyota Highlander, with more than 18 percent of Highlander owners hanging on to their SUVs for more than 15 years. The midsize crossover SUV shares the same platform as the Camry and many of the same mechanics as the Lexus RX but comes at a fraction of the cost. Outfitted with room for eight and a hybrid option under the hood that fetches up to 36 mpg, the Highlander is known for being a tamer take on its older, more rugged SUV sibling the 4Runner while significantly roomier than the RAV4.

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Highlander

Among the current queue of “longest-kept cars,” Toyota makes a clean sweep of the top spots, taking first, second and third place. Topping that list is none other than the Toyota Highlander, with more than 18 percent of Highlander owners hanging on to their SUVs for more than 15 years. The midsize crossover SUV shares the same platform as the Camry and many of the same mechanics as the Lexus RX but comes at a fraction of the cost. Outfitted with room for eight and a hybrid option under the hood that fetches up to 36 mpg, the Highlander is known for being a tamer take on its older, more rugged SUV sibling the 4Runner while significantly roomier than the RAV4.

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4Runner

4Runner

In the world of SUVs, the 4Runner undeniably lives up to its name. When first released in 1983, in the early days of the era of modern sports utility vehicles, the 4Runner was essentially little more than a simple pickup with a hardshell cap bolted over the rear cargo bed. It goes without saying that Toyota's AWD SUV poster child has run a long way since then, with nearly 40 years on the road and five generations under its belt. Rugged, long-lasting and low-maintenance, these days the 4Runner arguably reigns one of the most classic, quintessential off-roading Toyotas that's still in production. And that's exactly why their owners rarely part ways with them.

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4Runner

In the world of SUVs, the 4Runner undeniably lives up to its name. When first released in 1983, in the early days of the era of modern sports utility vehicles, the 4Runner was essentially little more than a simple pickup with a hardshell cap bolted over the rear cargo bed. It goes without saying that Toyota's AWD SUV poster child has run a long way since then, with nearly 40 years on the road and five generations under its belt. Rugged, long-lasting and low-maintenance, these days the 4Runner arguably reigns one of the most classic, quintessential off-roading Toyotas that's still in production. And that's exactly why their owners rarely part ways with them.

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Prius

Prius

The Toyota Prius is the world's first hybrid car to be mass produced for the global market, having debuted in Japan in 1997 followed by North America shortly thereafter in 2001. More than 4 million Priuses have been sold since, which means today it ranks as one of the world's most popular EV options to date. Fuel economy reigns first and foremost, and thanks to the Prius' 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, the hybrid compact car can cruise up to an impressive 58 miles per gallon in the city and 53 on the freeway. Under the hood, it may only pack a meager horsepower of 134, but that means the one race you'll be winning for sure is the last to pull up to the gas pump.

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Prius

The Toyota Prius is the world's first hybrid car to be mass produced for the global market, having debuted in Japan in 1997 followed by North America shortly thereafter in 2001. More than 4 million Priuses have been sold since, which means today it ranks as one of the world's most popular EV options to date. Fuel economy reigns first and foremost, and thanks to the Prius' 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, the hybrid compact car can cruise up to an impressive 58 miles per gallon in the city and 53 on the freeway. Under the hood, it may only pack a meager horsepower of 134, but that means the one race you'll be winning for sure is the last to pull up to the gas pump.

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Tacoma

Tacoma

Toyota's first contender in the arena of pickups to be sold outside Japan, since its release in 1995 the Tacoma has not only ranked as one of the top-selling pickups on North American roads. It's also kept the competition on their toes and rethinking their concept of midsize trucks altogether. Dependable, solid and practical yet not overthought, the Tacoma comes in the standard four-seat or five-seat double cab versions, both of which are outfitted with a V-6 engine that banks 20 mpg in the city and 23 on the freeway. Regardless of the year, the Toyota Tacoma makes for a smart and sensible option for both work and play.

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Tacoma

Toyota's first contender in the arena of pickups to be sold outside Japan, since its release in 1995 the Tacoma has not only ranked as one of the top-selling pickups on North American roads. It's also kept the competition on their toes and rethinking their concept of midsize trucks altogether. Dependable, solid and practical yet not overthought, the Tacoma comes in the standard four-seat or five-seat double cab versions, both of which are outfitted with a V-6 engine that banks 20 mpg in the city and 23 on the freeway. Regardless of the year, the Toyota Tacoma makes for a smart and sensible option for both work and play.

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Sienna

Sienna

If the Corolla is the Camry concentrated into the body of a compact sedan, the Sienna follows suit as the Camry's would-be minivan counterpart. Not just any old grocery getter or soccer mom mobile, the Toyota Sienna – now in its fourth generation, with nearly 25 years in production – is a minivan for the new millenium, with dual sliding power doors, all-wheel drive, spacious seating for eight and a hybrid powertrain that makes for a fuel-efficient way to haul the whole fam up to an impressive 36 miles per gallon. Not only are Toyota Siennas long-lasting, they also ride on the cushy title of “longest-kept minivan on the road.”

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Sienna

If the Corolla is the Camry concentrated into the body of a compact sedan, the Sienna follows suit as the Camry's would-be minivan counterpart. Not just any old grocery getter or soccer mom mobile, the Toyota Sienna – now in its fourth generation, with nearly 25 years in production – is a minivan for the new millenium, with dual sliding power doors, all-wheel drive, spacious seating for eight and a hybrid powertrain that makes for a fuel-efficient way to haul the whole fam up to an impressive 36 miles per gallon. Not only are Toyota Siennas long-lasting, they also ride on the cushy title of “longest-kept minivan on the road.”

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Yaris

Yaris

Toyota's contender in the ever-increasingly competitive category of subcompact cars, in 2020 – after 21 years in production – the company officially retired the Yaris from its roster of vehicles in North America. But that doesn't mean there isn't an abundance of used models with plenty of life left in them for sale out there. Available in both four-door hatchback and five-door sedan body styles, the Yaris offers practicality, reliability and – as one of the most pintsized Toyotas on the road – a fuel efficiency of 32 mpg that surpasses its more sizable siblings such as the Corolla.

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Yaris

Toyota's contender in the ever-increasingly competitive category of subcompact cars, in 2020 – after 21 years in production – the company officially retired the Yaris from its roster of vehicles in North America. But that doesn't mean there isn't an abundance of used models with plenty of life left in them for sale out there. Available in both four-door hatchback and five-door sedan body styles, the Yaris offers practicality, reliability and – as one of the most pintsized Toyotas on the road – a fuel efficiency of 32 mpg that surpasses its more sizable siblings such as the Corolla.

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