Powertrain

Most cars are covered by a 5-year, 100,000 km powertrain warranty, though there is greater variation in both duration and distance covered. European luxury marques tend not to offer a separate powertrain warranty; rather, powertrain components fall under the basic 4-year, 80,000 km warranty. Standouts in this category include Tesla, which offers an 8-year, unlimited distance warranty, and Mitsubishi, with 10 years and 160,000 km.

Powertrain Warranty Terms
Manufacturer Duration Distance
Dodge SRT 3 years 60,000 km
Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Smart, Volvo 4 years 80,000 km
Acura, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Mitsubishi1, Nissan, RAM, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen 5 years 100,000 km
Buick, Chevrolet, GMC 5 years 160,000 km
Mazda 5 years unlimited
Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln 6 years 110,000 km
Tesla 8 years unlimited
Mitsubishi2 10 years 160,000 km

1 i-MiEV, Lancer Evo, Lancer Ralliart
2 all models except i-MiEV, Lancer Evo, Lancer Ralliart

Rust-Through

Also known as corrosion/perforation warranty (but distinct from surface corrosion), this covers you when that little bit of bubbling paint turns into a yawning, orange-rimmed chasm. Most manufacturers offer a 5-year, unlimited distance warranty, though many European brands offer a 12-year, unlimited warranty. Fiat-Chrysler separates the terms for outer panels – those which are painted and that you can see while walking around the car.

Rust-Through Warranty Terms
Manufacturer Duration Distance
Chrysler, Dodge, Dodge SRT, Fiat, Jeep, RAM (all panels) 3 years unlimited
Chrysler, Dodge, Dodge SRT, Fiat, Jeep, RAM (outer panels) 5 years 160,000 km
Tesla 4 years 80,000 km
Acura, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Scion, Smart, Subaru, Toyota 5 years unlimited
Buick, Chevrolet, GMC 6 years 160,000 km
Cadillac, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus 6 years unlimited
Infiniti, Mazda 7 years unlimited
Audi, BMW, Mini, Porsche, Volkswagen, Volvo 12 years unlimited
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