Most reliable used family cars to buy 2023
Our Driver Power survey reveals the most reliable used family cars to buy now
If you’re looking for a second-hand family car but don’t want to be left stranded on the school run, our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey is here to help you find the most reliable used family cars to buy right now.
Every year, thousands of drivers provide us with detailed feedback about their cars, including any problems they have experienced and how often they have occurred. Family cars are some of the hardest working vehicles on the road, so reliability is crucial.
To help you choose a reliable used family car, our Driver Power scores are designed to be straightforward. Each percentage is based on the owners’ scores for reliability, so the higher a car’s percentage, the more reliable it is proving to be.
Of course, breakdowns and malfunctions are never entirely avoidable. Find one of the models listed below with reasonably low mileage and a full service history, though, and you’ll go some way towards keeping any mishaps at bay.
Most reliable used family cars
Read on below to find out the top five most reliable used family cars to buy right now, listed in reverse order...
5. Skoda Karoq Mk1 - 95.80%
- Years of manufacture: 2017-present
- Price: £11,500
The Skoda Karoq is an excellent mid-size SUV that sits between the Kamiq and the larger Kodiaq in the Skoda line-up. It has been around for a while and isn’t the most exciting choice in this fast-moving sector, but those are just about the only downsides to a vehicle that’s spacious, practical, well built and good to drive. Not only are owners finding Skoda’s SUV reliable, but they rated it as the second best used car to own, too.
4. Toyota Prius Mk4 - 95.90%
- Years of manufacture: 2015-2022
- Price: £12,500
As a brand, Toyota has a strong reputation for overall reliability, and the Prius is currently leading the pack. It’s not uncommon to see a Mk4 Prius on minicab duties, and even though this is a tough existence for any car, many of these examples are still happily plodding along with over 200,000 miles on the clock. It’s just a shame that the next generation Prius isn’t set to be sold in the UK.
3. Lexus RX Mk4 - 96.07%
- Years of manufacture: 2015-2022
- Price: £23,800
Lexus is a regular sight at the top of our Driver Power reliability rankings, and this year is no exception. The RX Mk4’s hybrid drivetrain is proving to be robust, smooth and even quite spritely. However, the technology fitted to this luxurious SUV is a source of disappointment for a number of owners. If you aren’t too bothered by tech woes, though, the Lexus’s overall build-quality and safety were both highly praised.
2. Subaru Outback Mk5 - 96.18%
- Years of manufacture: 2014-2020
- Price: £9,500
The Outback is designed to look rugged, and it’s certainly living up to its appearance. Although Subaru might not have been the first brand to come to mind when you started thinking of potential family cars to buy, the Outback’s sheer levels of practicality and durability are highly popular with its loyal customer base.
1. Lexus RX Mk3 - 96.55%
- Years of manufacture: 2008-2015
- Price: £11,000
The Mk4 Lexus RX may be sharper to look at, but the older Mk3 hasn’t been entirely outshone by its successor. Its hybrid powertrain isn’t particularly well-regarded when it comes to performance or refinement, but it is certainly remaining trouble-free for the most part. Much like the newer RX, Mk3 owners were also satisfied with the practicality, safety and comfort on offer, making this SUV ideal for the family that enjoys a touch of luxury.
Top 10 most reliable used family cars
- Lexus RX Mk3 - 96.55%
- Subaru Outback Mk5 - 96.18%
- Lexus RX Mk4 - 96.07%
- Toyota Prius Mk4 - 95.90%
- Skoda Karoq Mk1 - 95.80%
- Lexus NX Mk1 - 95.46%
- Lexus CT Mk1 - 94.94%
- Skoda Yeti Mk1 - 94.57%
- Subaru XV Mk1 - 94.38%
- Honda CR-V Mk4 - 93.79%
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