Continued: Hassle free cars that can easily last 3 lakh kms

Honda Civic

Honda Civic Low Rider

The Honda Civic is for those who want something sporty, something that looks timeless, and yet has all the attributes of a really long lasting car. The Civic is reliable, powerful, low maintenance and reeks of quality. The car is very well put together, and feels premium inside out. Considering that it’s a petrol-only sedan, its resale value isn’t strong, and this is another big advantage.

How much? Have 5 lakh rupees? A Honda Civic MT with just 40,000 Kms on the odometer can be yours.

Good bits:  Very peppy, reliable, and well built with high quality bits all around.

Not-so-good bits: Poor ground clearance can be a bother on rough roads. The car has a tendency to squat when fully loaded, amplifying the ground clearance issue.

Toyota Innova

Toyota Innova

Want a people mover that you can pass on to the kids? Well, the Toyota Innova is one MPV you should really consider, and used examples will help save you a bunch of money. This 7 seater is sold with a super reliable 2.5 liter turbo diesel engine, in a relaxed state of tune. The Innova is very well built, which means that it ages really well, and feels like new even after many years on the road.

How much? A 5 year old Innova with about 80,000 Kms on the odometer sells for about 7-7.5 lakh rupees.

Good bits:  Very, very, reliable, sturdily built, spacious and low maintenance

Not-so-good bits: Can feel underpowered on highway runs.

Honda Accord

Honda Accord 1

The Honda Accord is for those who want a luxury barge but with Japanese reliability. Yes, European cars are high maintenance, and the Accord is one car that’s fill-it-shut-it-forget-it. The Accord is luxurious, brings a certain status to the table, and is also quite powerful. Buy the V6 version if fuel efficiency doesn’t matter to you. If it does, you’re better off with the 2.4 liter petrol engined version.

How much? About 7-8 lakh rupees for a 5 year old Accord with the 2.4 liter petrol engine. V6s that are 7 years old are available for as little as 5 lakh rupees.

Good bits: Powerful, luxurious, comfortable and reliable.

Not-so-good bits: Parts are pricey. Don’t crash it!

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one the world’s best selling cars. It’s not so successful in India, and it’s a blessing in disguise. Resale value is poor, and picking up one for cheap is easy. Just make sure that you buy a well maintained example that’s under 5 years old. This will give you a car that’s got a lot of life in it. If looked after well, Camrys can last forever. They’re really well built.

How much? Expect to pay about 10 lakh rupees for a 5 year old Camry with the 2.4 liter petrol engine.

Good bits: Powerful, luxurious, comfortable and reliable.

Not-so-good bits: Parts are pricey. Don’t crash it!

Toyota Fortuner

Toyota Fortuner

The Toyota Fortuner is an over-engineered SUV based on the Hilux pick up truck. What this essentially means is, this is one SUV that can last forever, and be niggle free while at that. The Fortuner offers 7 seats and hard wearing, if not luxurious interiors. The SUV’s 3 liter turbo diesel engined variant with 4X4 is the pick of the lot, as it has enough power and go anywhere ability.

How much? Expect to pay about 12 lakh rupees for a 5 year old Fortuner 3.0 4X4 with 80,000 Kms on the odometer.

Good bits: Very reliable, massive street presence and good performance.

Not-so-good bits: So-so brakes, bumpy and Interiors feel low rent.