If you believe all the advertisements from the manufacturers, at least three offer “America’s best warranty” or make a similar claim. When we look at the stats, we give the overall edge to Korean cousins Hyundai and Kia (Hyundai owns a controlling interest in Kia), with one caveat.


Both brands provide basic bumper-to-bumper warranties of five years or 60,000 miles and powertrain warranties that last 10 years or 100,000 miles, plus seven years/unlimited miles for rust protection and five years/unlimited miles of roadside assistance — a palette of benefits no one else matches. However, powertrain coverage for only five years or 60,000 miles transfers to a second or subsequent owner (unless it’s sold as a certified pre-owned vehicle).

Mitsubishi matches Hyundai and Kia in all coverage except corrosion, where Mitsubishi caps it at seven years or 100,000 miles instead of allowing unlimited miles. Only five years or 60,000 miles of powertrain coverage transfer to second and subsequent owners.

Suzuki covers its vehicles with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, five years/unlimited miles for rust and three years or 36,000 miles for roadside assistance, and the full seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage transfers to the new owners of a used model.

You can compare what each manufacturer offers and obtain more information on warranties in the Cars.com Advice section.

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Answered by Rick Popely on November 29, 2011 in I'm Just Wondering | Permalink

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