What new car should I buy these days if Toyota and Honda aren’t as reliable as they used to be?

Hi Scotty. What new 2019 or possibly 2020 compact or mid-size four-door sedan automatic has the longevity and reliability that Toyota and Honda used to be known for? I might consider a compact crossover although it’s more than I need. Because you’ve always said Camry’s are the most reliable, I was going to buy a 2019. I drove one and hated it because of the acceleration issues and then saw your recent video that you wouldn’t buy one or an 8-speed. I also don’t want a CVT on any car because of those complaints. Are there any other 2019/20 Toyota’s or even another brand that’s reliable today with an automatic 6-speed transmission (that you seem to prefer vs. 8)? I’d love a new Lexus, but I don’t want to spend that much. I didn’t think a 4 cylinder would bother me, but after driving that Camry, I wonder if I should stick with a V6 since that’s what I drive now. I don’t want the first year or two at least of a redesign, and I want leather. Longevity, dependability/reliability and safety are THE most important things to me. JD Power’s ratings are based on 3-year old models (2016’s now) so maybe there’s a brand/model that’s highly rated that hasn’t been redesigned. My guess is that when they do their reliability rating in 2021, Toyota will have fallen down the list similar to Honda – at least based on the new Camry! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated because I need to get a new car now. I have a 1999 BWM 323i automatic that I bought new that has a few mechanical issues, and I don’t want to put more money into. I realize everyone says not to buy a new car, but that’s what I want because I keep my cars 20 years. Thank you.

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Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

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listen to techsus. They are all pretty much poorer built these days, any model you look at.

Techsus
Techsus

Get a 2015 or older Toyota. Never buy a new vehicle these days, you'll lose your shirt on Depreciation.