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Best and Worst Rust Resistant Cars


It’s that time of year when we think about rust-proofing our vehicles. With today’s better made cars though, do you actually need it? Not all cars are equal in this regard. Some higher end auto manufacturers such as BMW and Audi protect their cars from rust right at the factory, and owners don’t need to apply rust protection every year.

Here is a ranking of the best and least rust resistant cars on the road today. These cars have been selected based on data collected by the Automobile Protection Association (APA) during the past 15 years.

Coming out on top is Audi, their A3, A4 and S4 models specifically. These cars receive “excellent” rust protection treatment right at the factory during the manufacturing stage. Almost as good are Volkswagen’s Golf, GTI, Beetle, and Passat and Volvo’s S40, V50, V70, CX 70 and S60.

BMW’s 3 Series receives “good” protection at the factory, as does their Mini Cooper Countryman. Right behind these two is Honda’s Civic, Accord, Fit, CR-V, Odyssey and Acura’s CSX and TL models. There are some things to watch out for, however, with the Civic, CR-V and the Acura CSX. Toyota too is considered “good” when it comes to the Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, 4-Runner, Sienna, Solara and Venza, but it seems that there might be some problems later with the Corolla, Solara, RAV4, 4-Runner and the FJ-Cruiser. Both the Mercedes B-Class and C-Class receive “good” factory level protection, but problems have been identified later with the B-Class.

Last on the list of most rust resistant cars are Hyundai and Kia. Each applies “adequate” factory level rust protection to their vehicles (pretty much the entire range), but owners of Hyundai’s Accent, Elantra, Santa Fe and Tucson along with Kia’s Rio, Forte, Spectra and Sportage may want to apply their own protection regularly.

The vehicles found to have the worst rust resistance?

Chevrolet’s Cobalt, Equinox, Uplander & Aveo, The Pontiac G5, Montana, Torrent and Wave, Gm’s Terrain, Suzuki’s Swift and Xl7 and Nissan’s Altima, Maxima and Sentra were all found to offer only “weak to average” rust resistance.

Even worse were Buick’s Rendez-Vous and Terraza, Saturn’s Relay and Vue, Ford’s Focus, Escape and Explorer and the Jeep TJ and the Wrangler. Each of these vehicles was ranked as having weak resistance to rust.

The worst of the bunch? Mazda’s 3, 5, Tribute and MPV were found to be the least corrosion-resistant make around.

Keep these rankings in mind, especially if you’re not the type to bother with aftermarket rust proofing every autumn.

By Linda

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