America's Most Dependable Cars Aren't American

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
america s most dependable cars aren t american

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 CarToyota YarisScion xDHonda FitCompact CarToyota PriusToyota CorollaHyundai ElantraCompact Sporty CarScion tCMidsize CarFord FusionMitsubishi GalantToyota CamryLarge CarBuick LucerneToyota AvalonFord TaurusEntry Premium CarLexus ES 350 (tie)Lincoln MKZ (tie)Acura TLMidsize Premium CarHyundai GenesisMercedes-Benz E-ClassVolvo S80Compact MPVScion xBCompact Crossover/SUVChevrolet EquinoxHonda CR-VToyota RAV4Midsize Crossover/SUVFord Explorer (tie)Nissan Murano (tie)Toyota HighlanderMidsize Premium Crossover/SUVLexus RX 350Lincoln MKXMidsize PickupNissan FrontierFord RangerHonda RidgelineMinivanToyota SiennaHonda OdysseyLarge PickupToyota TundraGMC Sierra HDChevrolet 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.

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  • 84Cressida 84Cressida on Feb 16, 2012

    Good showing Toyota. Keep up the hard work.

  • Ubermensch Ubermensch on Feb 16, 2012

    The thing to remember is there isn't a lot of spread between the bottom and the top of these ratings. Just under 1 visit per car to just under 2 visits per car. Not really that significant.

  • RealTalk Time for the Regressive automotive enthusiasts to move the goal posts again.
  • Dukeisduke Meanwhile, the Automotive Alliance for Innovation, that represents the Big 3, blasted NHTSA's CAFE proposal, stating it "exceeds maximum feasibility", and will cost the automakers $14b in fines between 2027 and 2032.NHTSA's reaction: Lol, just build more EVs, you silly gooses.What happens if consumers revolt, won't buy EVs, and hold on to their old cars instead?
  • Dukeisduke Another good reason not to buy a BMW.
  • Dukeisduke How about a Lightning McQueen Edition? I'm surprised you couldn't think of that one.
  • Zang You just proved me right lol. dont worry, outside ttac people dont value your opinion either.