These are the car brands that have won your family’s loyalty

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My wife and I are only Toyotas now.

We have a new 2007 Sienna. Every check was in a logical place, the van drove well, handled acceptably, got acceptable gas mileage (for the time) and had great visibility. 15 years later, and it looks pretty much the same van we bought all those years ago. In 260,000 miles, very few repairs were needed and all were quite routine and minor.

So when we went shopping for used cars about 9 years ago, a 2004 Camry with 120,000 miles didn’t scare us. Since it was a stick, we had plenty of it. When we go on a trip and park the Camry at the airport, we know that unless we get another Camry instead of a rental car, it will feel like a downgrade. It needs next to nothing (ok, a dead rear strut and a runny valve cover gasket) and has 230,000 miles. Works as a top.

To my wife and I, Toyotas seem perfect. The seats are the right size, shape and level of comfort. The ride is excellent, the handling acceptable for our needs. They just seem to have nailed what we love for a daily driver when it comes to all the trade-offs. And they last forever. It’s just not that they put on insane numbers, but they feel like nearly new cars with those insane miles and years.

I know it’s popular to shit on Toyota. This is a conservative company that recently found and used the ugly sticks. But they make a damn good vehicle. And when it comes to depositing money for a vehicle, it’s nearly impossible to write a check for another manufacturer.

Toyota may not be the best known fun automaker, although the GR line is certainly starting to convince people otherwise. He is, however, known to be probably the most reliable – be kind to your ‘Yota, and he will outlive your grandchildren.

Submitted by: hoser68

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