Andre Boily

Top 10 best & worst rust-resistant cars

The Protégez-vous magazine has established a ranking of the most rust resistant-cars, as well as those with the weakest resistance in that regard.

Top 10

Offering an “excellent protection”, a “good protection” or an “excellent resistance with some things to watch out for”, these makes are the best at resisting rust. From the Mazda3 to the Chevrolet Cobalt; these are the top 10.

Against rust, not all makes are equal

With data collected over 15 years by the APA (Automobile Protection Association), the Protégez-vous magazine has established a ranking of the most rust-resistant cars, as well as those with the weakest resistance in that regard.

Top 10

1.Audi: A3, A4 & S4 ⇒ excellent protection at the factory (at the manufacturing stage);

2.Volkswagen: Golf, GTI, Jetta, Beetle, Rabbit, Passat, Passat CC ⇒ excellent resistance, but things to watch out for;

3.Volvo: S40, V50, V70, CX 70 & S60 ⇒ excellent protection at the factory;

4.BMW: 3 Series ⇒ good protection at the factory, but things to watch out for;

5.Mini: Cooper, Countryman ⇒ good protection at the factory;

6.Honda: Civic, Accord, Fit, CR-V, Odyssey & Acura CSX & TL ⇒ good protection at the factory, but things to watch out for on the Civic, CR-V & Acura CSX;

7.Toyota: Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, 4-Runner, Sienna, Solara, Venza, Yaris ⇒ good protection at the factory, but things to watch out for on the Corolla, Solara, RAV4, 4-Runner & FJ Cruiser;

8.Mercedes: B Class, C Class ⇒ good protection at the factory, but things to watch out for on the B Class;

9.Hyundai: Accent, Elantra, Entourage, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson ⇒ adequate protection at the factory, but things to watch out for on the Accent, Elantra, Santa Fe & Tucson;

10.Kia: Forte, Magentis, Optima, Rio, Rondo, Sedona, Spectra, Sportage ⇒ adequate protection at the factory, but things to watch out for on the Rio, Forte, Spectra & Sportage.

Top 10 Flops – the least corrosion-resistant makes

1.Mazda: 3, 5, Tribute, MPV ⇒ very weak resistance;

2.Jeep: TJ, Wrangler ⇒ weak resistance;

3.Ford: Focus, Escape, Explorer ⇒ weak resistance;

4.Saturn: Relay, Vue ⇒ weak resistance;

5.Buick: Rendez-Vous, Terraza ⇒ weak resistance;

6.Suzuki: Swift, XL7 ⇒ weak to average resistance;

7.Nissan: Altima, Maxima, Sentra ⇒ weak to average resistance;

8.GM: Terrain ⇒ weak to average resistance;

9.Pontiac: G5, Montana, Torrent, Wave ⇒ weak to average resistance;

10.Chevrolet: Cobalt, Equinox, Uplander, Aveo ⇒ weak to average resistance.

 

 

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