Today is a turmoil day in the auto industry. Where brands and cars came in on top of the J.D. Power 2012 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, champagne bottles were uncorked and press releases were issued. Where brands landed in the bottom rungs, panic meetings were called, fingers were pointed and resumes were polished.
Overall, it is a good day for the industry.
Never since 1990 have cars been as dependable. On the average, a car has 1.3 problems in the first three years of ownership. Last year, the number stood at 1.5 problems. 25 of 32 brands have improved in dependability from 2011, only six have declined and one has remained stable. Domestic nameplates have improved in 2012 at a slightly faster rate than imports, narrowing the dependability gap to 13 problems per 100 from 18 problems per 100 in 2011. Still, America’s most dependable cars aren’t American.
Most Dependable Cars per Segment
|Sub-Compact Car||Toyota Yaris|
|Compact Car||Toyota Prius|
|Compact Sporty Car||Scion tC|
|Midsize Car||Ford Fusion|
|Large Car||Buick Lucerne|
|Entry Premium Car||Lexus ES 350 (tie)|
|Lincoln MKZ (tie)|
|Midsize Premium Car||Hyundai Genesis|
|Compact MPV||Scion xB|
|Compact Crossover/SUV||Chevrolet Equinox|
|Midsize Crossover/SUV||Ford Explorer (tie)|
|Nissan Murano (tie)|
|Midsize Premium Crossover/SUV||Lexus RX 350|
|Midsize Pickup||Nissan Frontier|
|Large Pickup||Toyota Tundra|
|GMC Sierra HD|
|Chevrolet Silverado LD|
Toyota Motor Corporation received eight segment awards, more than any other automaker in 2012. Ford received three model awards, General Motors and Nissan receive two.