When you’re shopping around for a car, you have to weed through the stereotypes about various carmakers. It’s often said that Japanese cars are more reliable and fuel-efficient, that you’ll get a more stylish and sporty make from Italian carmakers, or that German cars are more mechanically complex and expensive to repair — and that American cars are unreliable.
It’s important to know that you shouldn’t always believe the stereotypes. Some are outdated and many no longer apply to the modern car market. For example, when it comes to fuel economy, a Ford Fusion is on par with a Toyota Camry. But really, there’s not much difference these days.
Within the last 10-15 years, American brands have dramatically stepped up their games, and they’ve improved their dependability, reliability, and overall quality. The result? Many American vehicles are now just as reliable as their foreign counterparts — and even more reliable, in some cases.