Capable of doing everything you need in automotive diagnostics – reads a full spectrum of diagnostic codes. Works for almost any vehicle 1996 and newer. Easy to use and read; free to access software upgrades/updates.
It's pricey, but it's also the most comprehensive OBDII scanner on our list.
Offers readings for a variety of diagnostic codes. Easy to use – has a large screen and vivid readings. Works with most 1996 and newer OBDII compatible vehicles and light trucks.
Instructions lack details. Doesn't work on some large trucks or all listed vehicles. Pricey, considering it is a fairly basic tool.
A versatile tool for OBDII 1996 and newer vehicles capable of generic/manufacturer codes for numerous diagnostics. Has a sharp LED screen, convenient speaker, and patented One-Click key for emissions.
Somewhat basic. Some reports of it not working with all listed vehicles. Hard to get software updates.
An affordable scanner that provides accurate code readings for most engine issues. Tests EVAP systems. Works on a wide range of 1996 and newer OBDII vehicles. Comes with free lifetime software updates.
Not as versatile as expensive models – doesn't read codes for all components, but it's great at diagnosing engine issues.
An updated model that utilizes iOS and Android devices to deliver information on "check engine" lights. Ideal for maintenance alerts. App includes repair price estimator.
Basic – doesn't locate all issues, including airbag/ABS codes. Doesn't work with all vehicles. Can be difficult to pair to your smart device.
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