Buying a new car can be one of the most important purchases you make. One of the components of that purchase is a warranty provided by the manufacturer. A car warranty keeps you from paying for some repairs due to normal wear and tear. A few car brands stand out for the warranties they offer to new car buyers, and TrueCar has listed the top 15 five-year car warranties you can get in 2022. Here’s a breakdown of the rankings, especially with regard to Hyundai and Kia:
Which car brands have the best car warranty?
Per TrueCarAccording to the ranking, two car brands dominated the top 15 best cars with a basic five-year warranty: Hyundai and Kia. The two popular car brands each had five models in the TrueCar rankings, including all of the top five.
Hyundai took first place with the Elantra compact sedan. The rest of the models on the list are the Sonata (2nd), Ioniq (3rd), Accent (11th), and Veloster (12th). That’s Hyundai’s entire fleet.
Meanwhile, Kia’s top-rated model is the Soul (4th), followed by the Forte (5th), Stinger (7th), K5 (8th) and Rio (14th).
What does Hyundai include in the car warranty?
Hyundai warranties are among the best automotive warranties on the market. There are five main warranties for the models on this list: base, powertrain, rust, roadside and hybrid EV.
The base warranty – also known as the New Vehicle Limited Warranty – covers five years or 60,000 miles. Hyundai states that this refers to “repair or replacement of any part manufactured or originally installed by Hyundai that is defective in material or factory workmanship, under normal use and service.” That doesn’t apply to a few items, including the air conditioning radio and audio, paint, battery, or refrigerant. It’s much higher than competitors like Toyota and Honda, which have basic warranties that qualify for three years or 36,000 miles.
For the powertrain, Hyundai’s warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles. It is limited to the repair or replacement of selected engine and transmission components. This only applies to the original owner, but the second or subsequent owners are eligible for five years and 60,000 miles.
The Rust (or anti-puncture) warranty runs for seven years and unlimited mileage. It covers a rust hole through a body panel from the inside out due to defects in materials and normal use and maintenance.
The at the side of the road warranty also covers unlimited mileage up to five years. Hyundai also offers a roadside assistance number to assist in the event of an emergency.
The hybrid EV warranty matches the drivetrain – 10 years and 100,000 miles – but will remain in place for subsequent owners.
What does Kia include in the car warranty?
Hyundai has a majority stake in Kia, so it’s not surprising that the two car brands have similar car warranty packages. Kia’s models include four major warranties: base, drivetrain, rust and roadside.
The base and powertrain warranties reflect those of Hyundai. It’s five years or 60,000 miles for the base warranty and 10 years and 100,000 miles for the powertrain.
Things are slightly different with the other two guarantees. The Rust warranty applies for a shorter period of time to five years with a 100,000 km limit. The at the side of the road warranty has the same year length as Hyundai’s at five years, but also has a 60,000 mile limit.
Which other brands have top car warranties?
Hyundai and Kia made up two-thirds of the top 15 models on the TrueCar list, but another pair made up the remaining places. Genesis, the luxury division of Hyundai, has three of its car models on the list: the G80 (6th), G70 (9th) and G90 (13th). All Genesis models come with the same warranty package as the Hyundai cars on the list.
The only non-Hyundai related brand on the list is Jaguar. The XF luxury sedan was ranked 10th on TrueCar’s list, and the 2023 F-Type sports car was ranked 15th. Both have the same basic warranty, drivetrain and roadside warranty: five years or 60,000 miles. The XF also has a five-year or 60,000-mile free maintenance warranty, and the F-Type has a four-year or 50,000-mile rust warranty.
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