Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, wins the highest vehicle dependability ranking in the 2017 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). After 5 continuous years of doing so, this comes as a surprise to no one, making it the sixth year in which Lexus completely dominates the chart.
In addition to being the most dependable manufacturer overall, three of Lexus’ models receive separate segment awards. The executive ES tops the Compact Premium Car segment, with the flagship GS taking home the Midsize Premium Car segment award. The luxury RX meanwhile earns the Midsize Premium SUV crown.
Toyota received seven segment awards on its own, making it the 3rd most dependable manufacturer overall, but the first among non-premium brands. Surprise surprise, the most dependable car turned out to be the Toyota Camry, with the lowest average number of issues for every 100 vehicles. It also topped the Midsize Car segment, with the Toyota FJ Cruiser leading its own Compact SUV segment. The Venza and the Avalon both won their respective segments, the Midsize SUV and Large Car. Finally, the eco-friendly Prius was able to win first spot in the Compact Car segment.
J.D. Power’s VDS aims to find the most dependable models through long-term durability ratings. The study works by measuring the total number of problems reported with a single vehicle model by owners in their third year of ownership. As research has shown, reliability scores highly on a potential customer’s list, and is directly linked to the customer’s purchase intent and the car’s actual retain value (less depreciation).
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