Recalls are big news for car owners and automakers. If a recall is issued, the automaker must notify the car owners to bring in the vehicles for repairs. Taking your car in for a recall can be a real pain in the rear, but it’s worth it because many of the recalls issued have to do with faulty parts that could potentially cause crashes, fires, injury, or even death.


According to J.D. Power, between 2013 and 2015 over 45 million vehicles were recalled. It’s important to note that not all of these recalls are life threatening or even very serious. A Forbes article points out that Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S models were once recalled to replace some pages in the owner’s manual. Still, many of the issued recalls are for vital parts that seriously impact the safety of the car.

With all this in mind, it’s important to think about recalls when you purchase a vehicle. Obviously, you can’t do much with new cars, but when shopping for a used model you need to see what kinds of recalls have been issued and performed to a specific car. You can check all this at the NHTSA website. To make the shopping experience easy for you, we’ve rounded up five 2015 model year vehicles with no recalls on the record.

2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford C-Max Hybrid

The Ford C-Max Hybrid might not be the most efficient alternative powertrain vehicle out there but while the other hybrid cars are in the shop, it’ll still be cruising along. According to the NHTSA, there have been no recalls, only one investigation, and just two complaints on the vehicle. The C-Max is an easy car to live with due to its roomy cabin and easy to use and fairly large cargo area (seats in place 24.5 cubic feet and seats folded 52.6 cubic feet). The car also has a reasonably powerful 188 hp hybrid power plant. The car uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to shoot along. While it’s rated at 42 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, some publications report getting less than that during testing. Still, if reliability and usability are important to you, few hybrid cars make more sense.

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2015 Buick Verano


Buick’s cars aren’t known for being very exciting, but there is one great thing about them: dependability. The company has earned its reputation due to the fact that many of its vehicles experience few issues. Case in point is the Buick Verano. According to the NHTSA, the car has no recalls, no investigations, and only 12 complaints. Are there more exciting and luxurious cars out there? You bet, but many of them, including the Acura ILX, can’t match the Verano’s spotless recall record. The Verano comes with either a 180 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder under the hood or a 250 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder. Despite the reasonable power numbers, this is no sporty luxury car. The Verano is about comfortably cruising along with plenty of features and technology at your fingertips. Just be aware that Buick likes using a lot of buttons for its infotainment system and that the model has been canceled by the manufacturer after 2017.

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2015 Kia Forte

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Not interested in paying for a premium badge on your car? The 2015 Kia Forte is for you. It's another car that has zero recalls and zero investigations, according to the NHTSA. It only has 19 complaints, too. The Forte isn’t as luxurious as the Buick, but it does offer a lot of features and good driving dynamics for the price. The 2015 model year comes in sedan, coupe, and hatchback form and can be had with a top-notch UVO infotainment system, navigation, and dual-zone climate control. There’s also three engine options, including a 148 hp 1.8-liter four cylinder, a 173 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 201 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Pair all that with Kia’s excellent reliability record as of late, and it's clear the Forte is one smart buy.

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2015 Nissan 370Z Roadster

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Nissan’s 370Z Roadster may be a little long in the tooth and often overlooked, but the two-seat drop-top is high on fun and apparently void of any major defects. According to the NHTSA, the 370Z Roadster has no recalls, no investigations and only one complaint on its record. The little car has a 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 332 hp. If you’re looking for a car that can buzz around like a rabid hornet and never have to worry much about reliability this is the car for you. The 370Z Roadster comes with a simple, no nonsense interior. That means there’s not a lot of special equipment, but the 370Z can still be had with heated seats, navigation, a Bose audio system, leather interior materials, and cruise control. This is the car you get when you want to buy a Mazda Miata but you need more horsepower.

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2015 Lexus CT 200h

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Need a swanky hybrid that is essentially trouble free? Lexus has you covered with the CT 200h. The hatchback hybrid car utilizes the powertrain from the Toyota Prius successfully in a low-slung hatchback form. The CT 200h is one of the best-looking hybrid cars out there and it comes with an interior to match. Also, the NHTSA notes no recalls, no investigations and just a single complaint. You can get the car with or without the F Sport suspension. Also, the CT comes well-equipped from a technology standpoint, too, featuring Entune infotainment system with Bluetooth, navigation, and a backup camera. Optional equipment, as with other Lexus models, is included in packages, so in order to get the feature you’re looking for you may have to purchase something you could do without. Lexus will no longer make the car after this year, so get your hands on one now.

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