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If you're thinking about buying a new vehicle that will last for a while, you might be interested in getting one with a long, comprehensive warranty. That way, you'll keep your own costs down for as long as possible by having repairs covered by the manufacturer. But how do you figure out which cars offer the best warranties? By using our latest list, which rounds up the 10 best new car warranties in the automotive industry, you'll know which automakers to turn to as you shop.

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Hyundai

Hyundai ties its sister brand, Kia, and rival Mitsubishi for the best warranty in the automotive industry. In addition to an impressive 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, Hyundai's warranty offers an amazing 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection for all its models. The downside? The warranty loses its 10-year powertrain coverage after the first owner, instead reverting to the same 5 years or 60,000 miles as the bumper-to-bumper warranty.

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Kia

The details of Kia's excellent warranty are exactly the same as Hyundai's. That means 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, plus 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection for the first owner. Unfortunately, it also means that the primary drawback of Hyundai's warranty is shared, too: The powertrain warranty isn't transferable to a second owner, dropping instead to the same 5 years or 60,000 miles as the bumper-to-bumper warranty.

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Mitsubishi

 Mitsubishi ties rivals Kia and Hyundai with the most impressive warranty around: 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection. Unfortunately, the length of Mitsubishi's warranty also shrinks if you sell your car -- though not by quite as much as it does with Hyundai and Kia's warranty. After the original owner, Mitsubishi's bumper-to-bumper coverage stays put at 5 years or 60,000 miles -- but powertrain protection drops from 10 years or 100,000 miles to equal the powertrain warranty's 5 years or 60,000 miles of coverage.

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Acura

Acura ties rival luxury brands Buick, Cadillac, Lexus and Lincoln by offering one of the best warranties in the industry. In addition to an impressive bumper-to-bumper warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles -- a figure shared by most luxury brands -- Acura also offers an additional powertrain warranty that covers its vehicles for up to 6 years or 70,000 miles. And both warranties are fully transferable to subsequent owners, which should add value to your Acura if you decide to sell before the warranty period runs out.

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Buick

Buick ties fellow General Motors brand Cadillac and rival luxury brands Acura, Lexus and Lincoln by offering a long bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranty for its vehicles. The brand's bumper-to-bumper warranty is only average for a luxury brand at 4 years or 50,000 miles, but its impressive powertrain warranty tacks on an additional 2 years or 20,000 miles for a total of 6 years or 70,000 miles of powertrain coverage. And like most rivals, Buick's warranty is fully transferable to subsequent owners.

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Cadillac

Cadillac joins fellow General Motors luxury brand Buick and rival automakers Acura, Lexus and Lincoln with a long, impressive warranty for its vehicles. While the brand's comprehensive warranty lasts for a luxury-car-brand-average 4 years or 50,000 miles, Cadillac also extends its powertrain coverage to a generous 6 years or 70,000 miles. Icing on the cake is the fact that the warranty is fully transferable to subsequent owners, which adds value to your Cadillac if you decide to sell it before the warranty expires.

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Infiniti

Infiniti's warranty is a lot like warranties offered by rival luxury-car brands Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Lexus and Lincoln -- except it's just a little better. We say that because Infiniti offers 4 years or 60,000 miles of comprehensive coverage, which slightly tops most rivals' 4 years or 50,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper protection. Powertrain coverage matches rivals, though, at 6 years or 70,000 miles -- and like most luxury brands, the warranty is fully transferable to subsequent owners.

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Lexus

Lexus joins rivals Acura, Buick, Cadillac and Lincoln by offering one of the most impressive new car warranties in the industry. Comprehensive coverage (also called bumper-to-bumper coverage) stands at 4 years or 50,000 miles, which is average for luxury vehicles. But where Lexus (and the rival brands listed here) pulls ahead is with its powertrain warranty, which tacks on an additional 2 years or 20,000 miles of coverage. Like warranties offered by rival brands, Lexus' warranty is also fully transferable to additional owners.

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Lincoln

Lincoln's excellent warranty roughly mirrors that of rival brands Acura, Buick, Cadillac and Lexus. That means 4 years or 50,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage -- fairly standard in the luxury-car world -- teamed with 6 years or 70,000 miles of powertrain coverage, which is an impressive number. Lincoln's warranty is also fully transferable to subsequent owners, which should help to increase your Lincoln's value if you decide to sell before the warranty period expires.

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Tesla

Like most luxury brands, Tesla's bumper-to-bumper warranty stands at 4 years or 50,000 miles of coverage. Unlike most luxury brands, however, Tesla offers an impressive infinite-mile powertrain warranty -- though it's capped at 8 years, which means it doesn't offer infinite miles and infinite time. Still, we think this warranty gives Tesla a unique position in the luxury-car world -- and places its warranty just behind Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubishi, which don't offer any infinite-mile guarantees but do tout an extra 2 years of powertrain coverage and 1 more year of bumper-to-bumper protection than Tesla's warranty offers.

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