Our Mechanic’s Choice for Top Vehicle

When looking to purchase a new or used vehicle, you’ve probably asked around about the most dependable car brands in terms of maintenance and reliability. While you may have heard all sorts of recommendations, ranging from Toyota to Nissan to Kia, we decided to get a collective opinion from our auto experts. At Atlantic Tire & Service, we’ve polled our ASE Certified mechanics in all four shops and the undisputed winner is… Honda. Below are the ways in which Honda models are the best bang for your buck when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

Cost of Maintenance

Hondas are among the leading manufacturers recognized for the lowest frequency in check-engine-related repairs for cars, trucks, and SUVs. The Honda Fit, in particular, is known to be one of the least expensive vehicles to maintain over a ten-year period.
When comparing Honda to other foreign manufacturers, such as BMW and Subaru, the cost difference is apparent. Most luxury brands become costly over time because their parts are expensive to source and replace. They also have longer repair periods. Hondas, on the other hand, are known for having quick repair turnarounds and spend very little time off the road due to maintenance. A vehicle is big expense no matter how you spin it, but a Honda model is sure to make your dollar go a long way.


Honda vehicles are known to run well over 100,000 miles, with some models veering up toward the 200,000-mile mark. This long-term mileage, combined with low maintenance costs, has made Honda one of the most popular brands among consumers. The 2018 Honda Accord ranked second in the Best Midsize Car category on the latest U.S. News reliability ratings, which are based on the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) rating. The Accord was also the fourth best-selling vehicle of 2017 according to USA Today. In first place was the Honda Civic, known for its reliability.
If you’re in the market for a smooth ride that’s easier on your bank account than other consumer and luxury brands, Honda is the vehicle for you. If you still aren’t sure what vehicle best fits your lifestyle, you’re always welcome to call and pick brains of our expert mechanics, who see a slew of cars go in and out of our shops every day and know which require the least amount of maintenance.