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CarMD Names Hyundai as Most Reliable Car Brand

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  • CarMD survey lists the most reliable automakers
  • Survey examined repair frequency and cost
  • A wide range of 2003-2013 vehicles included in survey

Automotive diagnostic firm CarMD says Hyundai builds the most reliable cars you can buy. The automaker earned CarMD's top distinction in the firm's latest Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer and Vehicle Reliability Ranking, which examines both repair frequency and cost.

According to CarMD, the South Korean brand topped the rankings by boasting the lowest repair frequency and the second-lowest overall repair cost. On average, repairing a Hyundai included in CarMD's survey cost just $312.67, a figure that edged out nearly every other automaker.

"The 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer and Vehicle Reliability Ranking looked at data that applies to more than 119 million vehicles, so to earn this ranking is no small feat," said Leon Chen, CarMD's chief executive. "We commend Hyundai for its commitment to quality and to its efforts to minimize vehicle operating costs."

According to CarMD, the win is a first for Hyundai. The brand finished behind Toyota in both of the last two years, finally edging them out in this year's rankings. CarMD says the rankings compared more than 151,000 specific repairs performed from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, on vehicles with model years from 2003 through 2013.

"Hyundai strives to provide our customers with a worry-free car ownership experience," said Erwin Raphael, director of engineering and quality for Hyundai Motor America. "Earning the first place title in CarMD's Vehicle Health Index report proves that our recipe for combining high value vehicles with long-term vehicle protection is a success."

In terms of vehicle protection, Hyundai is indeed unparalleled. The brand boasts a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on each of its vehicles, along with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Only Hyundai's sister brand, Kia, can match the automaker's impressive warranty numbers.

What it means to you: If you're interested in a reliable new car, the data from CarMD points to Hyundai.

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CarMD Names Hyundai as Most Reliable Car Brand