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Buying a car can be a stressful business. Which car is the most efficient, which the most environmentally-friendly? Which car will give the perfect balance between sportiness and comfort? The Reliability Index exists to help with at least one of these important questions – which car is the most reliable. But we know there are other considerations that every potential car buyer mulls over, which is why we’ve asked our motoring experts to give their verdicts on all 250 cars featured in the Index. Our buying guides tell you everything you need to know before you scour the classified ads looking for your bargain buy.

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Each guide contains a summary, key dates in the model’s development, a checklist of what to watch out for and our experts’ likes and dislikes about the car. Simply use the dropdown list below to choose the make and model you wish to view.

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Honda CR-Z (2010-2013)

Honda CR-Z (2010-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeThe CR-Z wasn't much of a success for Honda in the UK, which is why the company pulled the plug after just 4,300 had been sold here. That was rather a shame because this was a car that had a lot to offer. This neatly styled green sportscar was fun to drive and efficient, while the sporty hatchback design means... Read More

Rolls-Royce Phantom (2003-2016)

Rolls-Royce Phantom (2003-2016) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeIt would be hard to argue that the Rolls-Royce Phantom was the best car in the world when it was current, but it was perhaps the most imposing. Big, brash and very, very expensive to buy, the seventh-generation Phantom is a car that's fast, luxurious, cossetting and also ludicrously expensive to run. Offered... Read More

Toyota Yaris (2006-2011)

Toyota Yaris (2006-2011) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeBuilding capable family cars is relatively easy, but move down a class and things get a lot harder. Reduce a car's external dimensions and price, and suddenly it's much more difficult to offer decent interior space, good equipment levels and confidence-inspiring safety credentials. But Toyota pulled off just... Read More

Chrysler Ypsilon (2011-2015)

Chrysler Ypsilon (2011-2015) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen the Chrysler Ypsilon arrived late in 2011 it was launched into a very competitive supermini segment. With its high prices and awkward styling, this rebadged Lancia struggled to differentiate itself in an overcrowded market and it was just a matter of time before the plug was pulled. Overpriced when new,... Read More