Japanese models top the list of least frequent repairs.

It’s a good thing that Hyundai’s replacement parts are so cheap — they break down more than any other make of cars on the road.

So says CarMD, a car repair data company that ranked cars for the lowest check engine light frequency and repair costs.

They found that Japanese vehicles — think Toyota, Honda and Nissan — are least likely to need engine repairs. Here are the top 10 models with the lowest repair frequency…

  1. 2012 Honda CR-V
  2. 2014 Toyota Tundra
  3. 2015 Toyota Camry
  4. 2015 Toyota Corolla
  5. 2014 Ford Explorer
  6. 2015 Jeep Cherokee
  7. 2013 Honda Pilot
  8. 2015 Ford F250
  9. 2010 Toyota Prius
  10. 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Of course, just because a car doesn’t often need repairs doesn’t mean the repairs it does need are cheap. So CarMD also maps out the cars with the most affordable average repairs…

  1. 2012 Honda CR-V – $100.53
  2. 2015 Toyota Camry – $169.48
  3. 2014 Jeep Patriot – $181.14
  4. 2013 Hyundai Sonata – $186.26
  5. 2013 Chrysler 200 – $186.26
  6. 2012 Honda Civic – $201.10
  7. 2012 Hyundai Sonata – $203.04
  8. 2014 Toyota Camry – $208.20
  9. 2013 Ford Edge – $211.73
  10. 2011 Kia Sorento – $213.56

The sweet spot would be a car on both lists — the 2012 Honda CR-V takes top spot on both and that 2015 Toyota Camry does pretty well, too. But it’s worth noting that there’s less data on newer cars, which may not be broken in enough to need repairs yet.

CarMD’s report has other interesting insights, too. From their section on most common replacement parts…

  • Thirteen percent of Hyundai vehicles need a replacement oxygen sensor at an average cost of $259.
  • Lincoln owners should keep an eye on their cars’ ignition coil, since 24 percent of their models need replacements.
  • Ignition coil is a problem in car brand Mini also. 19 percent of their vehicles need that and spark plug replacements.
  • Eighteen percent of all Subarus showed they needed a replacement catalytic converter. Luckily this repair was most commonly seen in older models, because it can cost up upward of $1,100 to repair. Ouch.

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