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Coupe | Reliability
When reliability and freedom from repair matters most, you may find a strong dose of peace of mind by seeing how your choice of cars matches up with ratings from a variety of recent surveys, including Consumer Reports, Intellichoice and J.D. Power.

Attributes:  Price | Safety | Going Green | Reliability | Performance

Honda CivicWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: 5 years, 60,000 miles

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Honda has long had a reputation for reliability as a brand and the Civic has received honors in both the 2009 Initial Quality Study by J.D. Power and Associates as well as in AutoPacific's 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Both distinctions are the results of top marks by new car owners. Powered by a 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter, four cylinder engine, the Honda Civic comes in six trim levels with a wide variety of standard features depending on the model. Go »
Hyundai AccentWarranty: 5 years, 60,000 miles
Power train: 10 years, 100,000 miles

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Noted by J.D. Power and Associates in its 2009 Initial Quality Study, the Hyundai Accent is an affordable choice in this segment. By spending a bit more and buying the sporty SE model, the Accent comes nicely equipped with such features as six airbags, air conditioning, CD player with MP3 input jack, power windows and door locks, heated power mirrors and keyless entry. Go »
Scion tCWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: 5 years, 60,000 miles

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Scoring high marks in reliability in studies by AutoPacific, Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates, the sporty Scion tC comes with a 161-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine achieves up to 29 mpg, while the sleek styling, 17-inch wheels and large sunroof give it a richer look far beyond its price tag. Standard safety features include seven airbags -- front, driver's knee, front-seat side impact and side curtain -- anti-lock brakes and electronic brake assist. Go »
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