Some aspects of reliability are affected by how good your car maintenance routine is and your car repairs are, but others are affected by things that are out of your control – like the design and construction of your car.

I think the three vehicles I’ve listed below are probably best in show when it comes to the most reliable cars.

What is reliability?

You’ve probably got your own ideas about how you can define how reliable a car is.

I’m talking about how well it performs what it was built to do, without issues (for ‘issues’ read: breaking down). To me, reliability also means the amount of car maintenance that I’m expecting to have to carry out on the car to keep it working well.

So, when I’m trying to choose a lease car, I usually go for cars that I know have reliability scores – I’m a sucker for practicality as opposed to style.

You can find out how reliable a car is by doing your own research into common faults the model or manufacturer might be infamous for.

On paper, the Honda CR-V is a rolling contradiction – a lightweight diesel that’s small, efficient and very reliable. In reality, it owns these magnificently and proudly. If you need a compact SUV that you don’t have to be tinkering about with every five minutes to keep working properly, the CR-V is probably what you’ve been hunting for without even realising it.

As manufacturers go, Honda are consistently at the top of the rankings when it comes to reliability and practicality, so you could do worse than invest in the CR-V Estate.

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Honda Cr-v Estate (2015)

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  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.6 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 115 - 179g/km

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This compact petrol electric hybrid has won a pretty loyal fanbase, despite being a car that divides opinion faster than marmite or Brexit. The CT’s above average reliability is probably one of the reasons so many people love this vehicle. The Toyota Prius shares a lot of technology with the CT, giving it a solid durability and letting any major issues with the drivetrain be repaired relatively easily.

In terms of reliability when it comes to safety, the Lexus CT managed to achieve a coveted 5-star rating in Euro NCAP, confirming the fact that this car has the attributes to back up the hype.

From doing a quick scout online, it seems that when faults were reported with the Lexus CT, they were mostly to do with the infotainment system rather than structural issues with the car itself. That’s not to say that the CT’s perfect, but the important parts of the car are pretty damn reliable.

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Lexus CT Hatchback

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  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.8
  • Fuel: H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 97 - 101g/km

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It might not be the sexiest car out there, but the humble Honda Jazz more than makes up for its – ahem – sensible appearance with its impressive reliability. It’s consistently come in the top 5 of cars in UK reliability surveys for a couple of years now, proving that it’s a useful little supermini if you’re all about easy to maintain cars. You’ll usually get a three year warranty with a new Jazz, as well as a 12 year warranty for rust, so that should cover you for any major issues that might affect you in a lease agreement like a PCH or BCH.

Think of the Honda Jazz as a sturdy pair of walking boots as opposed to a flimsy pair of flip-flops. It isn’t the flashiest but it’s definitely the most practical and hardwearing. The MK3 model even benefits from some streamlining, so the newer offering definitely looks more interesting that the older ones.

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Honda Jazz Hatchback

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  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.3 - 1.5
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 106 - 133g/km

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