The 10 Most Reliable Toyota Models of the Last Decade

The 10 Most Reliable Toyota Models of the Last Decade


Important takeaways

  • The 2014 Toyota Camry ranks as the most reliable car, coming in at the top with zero complaints, recalls and customer surveys.
  • The 2020 Toyota C-HR has impressive gas mileage but drew complaints due to drivability issues during its short production run from 2018 to 2022.
  • When the 2016 Toyota Sienna landed on the list, seat belt problems led to a fair number of customer complaints, and it had an overall reliability rating of 79 out of 100.


Japanese car manufacturers he basically wrote a book on how to effectively build modern cars. Toyota is one of those automakers, and for the past two decades, it has held the title of building the most reliable cars in the United States. There are many stories of people owning Toyota vehicles over 300,000 miles as they are known for high quality parts, precision manufacturing, and overall reliability.


Today, HotCars will cover the 10 most reliable vehicles Toyota has made in the past decade based on the JD Power Reliability Score as well as data on NHTSA recalls, customer complaints and surveys. If two vehicles have similar reliability scores, we’ll rank the one with the lower NHTSA reports higher. We also checked cars.com to find the highest mileage from the last ten years the car has been in production.


How We Made Our Model Selection:
HotCars looked at every model that Toyota has built over the past 10 years and compared the cost of maintenance, the JD Power reliability score, and the highest recorded mileage to determine which was the most reliable overall. The number of recalls and investigations conducted by NHTSA was also put in.

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10 2016 Toyota Sienna: 79/100

Toyota Sienna - Front 3_4 corners

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 71
  • Note: 4
  • Observations: 0

Maintenance and Mileage

Annual Maintenance Cost Estimates

$553

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

481,071

This generation of Toyota Sienna was in production from 2011 to 2020. It received a facelift in 2018 and a full facelift for the 2021 model year. It was powered by a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6, had front-wheel drive, and produced 266 horsepower. of horses.

These Siennas can also tow 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. It is last on this list as it had a reliability rating of 79 out of 100 and the same number of complaints. Most of them were involved with seat belt issues. It’s a relatively safe small car, however, with an overall safety rating of 5 out of 5 from the NHTSA.


9 2021 Toyota Tundra: 81/100

2021 Toyota Tundra Edition - Front Quarter

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 16
  • Note: 3
  • Observations: 0

Maintenance and Mileage

Annual Maintenance Cost Estimates

$606

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

332,954

At the writing of this article, more than 102,000 new generation Toyota Tundras have been recalled due to problems with the twin-turbo 6-cylinder. However, the last iteration of the previous generation Tundra has only three recalls and no engine problems to speak of. It is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 381 horsepower mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

This pickup truck has a standard towing capacity of about 10,000 pounds and comes with advanced features like Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Not without memories though, as there were at least 3, including one for the heated headlight unit. This Toyota has the second highest recorded mileage on the list at 332,954 miles.

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8 2022 Toyota Tacoma: 82/100

2022 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition - Front Quarter

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 27
  • Note: 3
  • Observations: 0


Maintenance and Mileage

Estimated Annual Maintenance Costs

$478

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

369,970

The outgoing Toyota Tacoma has the highest recorded mileage on our list, according to Cars.com at 369,970. This generation Tacoma has two engines to choose from, a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 278 horsepower, and either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. This Tacoma has the capacity to tow 6,800 people and comes from one of the most popular generations of all time with more than 1.5 million units sold since its debut in 2015.

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7 2017 Toyota Prius: 83/100

Toyota Prius - Front 3_4 angle

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 91
  • Remember: 3
  • Examination: 1

Maintenance and Mileage

Annual Maintenance Cost Estimates

$457

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

295,359


We’re not surprised to see the much-loved Prius on this list. We are surprised, however, to see how many customer complaints this generation of Prius received. More than 20 complaints were about cracks in windshields that customers noticed after parking and returning to their vehicle. This generation Toyota Prius is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder aspirated engine along with two electric motors, producing a combined 121 horsepower, which is paired with a CVT.

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6 2018 Toyota Avalon: 83/100

Toyota Avalon - Side Profile

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 23
  • Note: 2
  • Examination: 1

Maintenance and Mileage

Estimated Annual Maintenance Costs

$463

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

238,720

The Avalon is Toyota’s outgoing full-size sedan that has been replaced by the Toyota Crown. Specifically, a Toyota-badged Lexus, these Avalons offered a premium JBL audio system, automatic rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and adaptive cruise control.

The hybrid model was powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 paired with electric motors, while top models had a 3.5-liter V6 that produced 268 horsepower. With a reliability score of 83 out of 100, the 2018 model does well on this list. There were significant recalls, however, related to the airbags not deploying and the fuel line could fail.


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5 2018 Toyota RAV4: 84/100

Toyota RAV4 - Front 3_4 corners

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 226
  • Remember: 3
  • Examination: 1

Maintenance and Mileage

Estimated Annual Maintenance Costs

$400

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

272,858

The Toyota RAV4 is currently one of the best-selling crossovers in the United States and the 2018 model is reliable with a JD Power score of 84 out of 100. However, we need to talk about the fact that this Toyota has a large number of customer complaints on the list. ours. About 50 of those were from power system failure.

The aforementioned complaint is accompanied by one recall of an “unprotected battery causing a short circuit.” The RAV4 shown here is the “Adventure” trim that came with an off-road appearance package and an anti-reflective hood, so you can take your 2018 RAV4 hybrid off the beaten path.

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4 2016 Toyota Corolla: 85/100

Toyota Corolla - front 3_4 angle

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 196
  • Remember: 1
  • Examination: 2


Maintenance and Mileage

Estimated Annual Maintenance Costs

$370

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

302,165

This generation of Corolla has a large number of customer complaints related to a recall only for air bags not deploying. This Corolla is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque.

It has an automatic transmission, but this generation also came with a 6-speed manual. The four-speed automatic had a fuel economy rating of 31 MPG, which is impressive for this small sedan. Aside from the airbag issue, it had a very good overall safety rating of 5 out of 5 according to NHTSA.

3 2020 Toyota C-HR: 85/100

Toyota C-HR - Front 3_4 angle

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 7
  • Remember: 1
  • Observations: 0

Maintenance and Mileage

Estimated Annual Maintenance Costs

$441

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

172,916


The Toyota C-HR was only produced from 2018 to 2022, including an update in 2020, and shared the platform with the last-generation Prius. This hatchback is powered by a 4-cylinder engine that, unfortunately, can only take it to 60 mph in 11 seconds. It was cheap though, and the top model only cost around $28,000 when new. It also has impressive gas mileage, with a rating of 31 MPG combined. Most of the complaints were about operational issues.

2 2014 Toyota Venza: 87/100

Toyota Venza - Front 3_4 corners

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 28
  • Remember: 1
  • Observations: 0

Maintenance and Mileage

Estimated Annual Maintenance Costs

$440

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

231,772

The current Venza is due to be replaced by the 2025 Toyota Crown Signia, but the 2015 model is the second most reliable Toyota on this list. Received only 1 call and a below average number of complaints.

This generation Venza had two powertrain options; 2.7-liter 4-cylinder or 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine, the latter of which made 286 hp and went to 60 in 6.7 seconds. The Venza had the same styling as the Sienna period and featured a large gauge cluster.


1 2014 Toyota Camry: 88/100

Toyota Camry - front 3_4 angle

NHTSA Recalls & Safety Issues

  • Customer Complaints: 0
  • Note: 0
  • Observations: 0

Maintenance and Mileage

Estimated Annual Maintenance Costs

$387

Maximum Distance on a Single Model

306,538

Making it to number one on our list of most reliable Toyotas is the 2014 Camry with a JD Power rating of 88/100. The Toyota Camry has been the number one selling midsize sedan for the past decade and this model year has zero across the board for customer complaints, recalls and investigations.

The 2014 Camry was powered by a 4-cylinder hybrid engine or a more powerful 6-cylinder engine. These Camrys were priced well for the time as well, with the L trim starting around $22,000 and the top-of-the-line XLE coming in around $25,000. This is a mid-size sedan that is hard to beat when it comes to reliability.

Sources: Repair Pal, Toyota, NHTSA, Cars.com