Lexus wins top spot in vehicle dependability for seventh straight year

Lexus wins top spot in vehicle dependability for seventh straight year

Lexus wins top spot in vehicle dependability for seventh straight year

Buick led the mass-market segment with 116 reported problems per 100 vehicles, 10 fewer than previous year. The study aims to measure the long-term quality of vehicles, including new technologies and features now available to buyers. Another key finding is that mass-market brands appear to be gaining on their luxury counterparts in terms of dependability. "A nine percent improvement is extremely impressive, and vehicle dependability is, without question, at its best level ever".

Mass Market brands continue to close the gap with Luxury brands: The Mass Market average (143 PP100) is now just 7 PP100 behind the Luxury average (136 PP100). Porsche ranks second with 100 PP100.

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Meanwhile, Toyota's Toyota brand fell to ninth in the 2018 vehicle dependability survey, from third in the previous year's report. Infiniti was the biggest mover in the rankings, jumping from 29th last year to forth this year.

Other brands showing sharp improvements include Kia, Nissan, Ford, and Dodge.

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Toyota, meanwhile, drove off with six of the 19 segment awards - mostly among the Lexus nameplate. These awardees are Lexus CT, Lexus ES, Lexus GS, Lexus RX, Toyota Prius and Toyota Tacoma. General Motors was right on its heels with five: Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Traverse and Chevrolet Silverado.

The Dodge Challenger, Ford Super Duty, Ford Expedition, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Tucson, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and Audi Q3 also were singled out for segment awards. If the problems lie in an optional feature that you're not interested in, adjust your assessment accordingly. The Rio ranked highest, with a score of 103 PP100.

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Measuring dependability by the count of troubles reported for every 100 vehicles, the 2018 study examined vehicles from the 2015 model year. The study was fielded in October-December 2017.

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