When comparing cars at the dealership, you should know which ones experts have rated as the year’s most reliable. Take extra time to test drive these four vehicles. They’re some of the most reliable cars of 2014.

Honda Fit

Honda Fit

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Consumer Reports ranks the Honda Fit as 2014’s most reliable car. It’s a four-door hatchback that offers plenty of interior space. Owners even get to fold the seats in a variety of configurations to meet the needs of specific trips. If they need more room for storage, then they can fold seats to carry large amounts of groceries, sports equipment, or other items. If they need more room for passengers, they can fold seats to fit the number of people going along for the ride.

Owners get excellent fuel economy for the 2014 Honda Fit. Expect 30 mpg overall for versions with automatic transmissions and 33 mpg overall from those with manual transmissions. The Honda Fit has a history of holding up well for at least a decade. With regular maintenance, this compact hatchback can go the distance with few mechanical issues.

Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent also gets excellent scores for reliability. No significant problems have been reported, so buyers should expect several years of worry-free driving. Owners will also like the 2014 Accent’s excellent fuel efficiency. It gets 31 mpg combined with the automatic or manual transmissions.

The Accent also has a wonderful interior that gets praise from reviewers. Its roomy seats, high ceiling, and abundant cabin makes it feel like a much larger car than it actually is.

Mazda2

The 2014 Mazda2 gets high reviews from Consumer Reports and other experts who study vehicle reliability. Mazda has earned a reputation for building excellent vehicles. The Mazda2 stands out as one of its best.

This compact hatchback will appeal to buyers who want something sporty that makes their daily commutes a little more fun. Its inline four-cylinder engine offers considerable pep without burning a lot of fuel.

The 2014 Mazda2 gets 32 mpg combined with a manual transmission. The automatic version gets 30 mpg combined. With the Mazda2 you save money by avoiding the fuel pump and the mechanic (outside of regular maintenance, of course).

Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

AOL Autos considers this the most reliable car of 2014. If you can afford to spend a little more on the Japanese luxury brand, then it is worth the money.

The Lexus ES 300h Hybrid has excellent fuel economy. Expect 40 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway. If that seems exceptional, then you’ve probably never owned a luxury hybrid before. Lexus routinely builds cars that hit these marks.

The ES 300h also gets incredible safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It can handle front- and side-impact crashes well while protecting passengers with the latest safety features.

Now that you know more about the most reliable cars of 2014, which vehicle do you think you will choose? Do any of these cars match your unique needs?