- Lexus ranks highest in vehicle dependability among all auto brands after three years of ownership, while Mini is the least dependable, according to J.D. Power's 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.
- Mercedes-Benz took the number two spot in the rankings.
- Cadillac, Acura and Buick made it into the top five in the rankings.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, California — Lexus ranks highest in vehicle dependability among all auto brands after three years of ownership, while Mini is the least dependable, according to J.D. Power's 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.
Mercedes-Benz took the number two spot in the rankings.
Cadillac, Acura and Buick made it into the top five in the rankings.
Dodge, Land Rover, Jeep and Hyundai occupied the lower end of the rankings.
The study is based on responses from more than 41,000 original owners of 2011 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership. The study looks at problems experienced during the past 12 months.
"It helps consumers make more informed choices for both new- and used-vehicle purchases," said J.D. Power and Associates in a statement on Wednesday.
Researchers noted that owners of three-year-old vehicles reported more problems than did owners of three-year-old vehicles last year. Engine and transmission problems contributed to the overall decline in vehicle dependability for the first time in more than 15 years.
"Until this year, we have seen a continuous improvement in vehicle dependability," said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power. "However, some of the changes that automakers implemented for the 2011 model year have led to a noticeable increase in problems reported."
General Motors shone in the dependability segment awards.
The Chevrolet Volt received the highest dependability award in the compact car segment, while the Chevrolet Camaro ranked highest in the midsize sporty car segment for the second year in a row. The Buick Lucerne was the highest ranked large car, while the Cadillac DTS tied for highest ranked large premium car with the Lexus LS.
GM earned the top two spots in the large heavy-duty pickup segment for dependability, with the GMC Sierra HD receiving the segment award and Chevrolet Silverado HD ranking 2nd. This marks the second year in a row that GMC Sierra HD ranks highest in vehicle dependability.
Among the other winners, the Toyota Camry was the highest ranked midsize car, while the Honda CR-V was the highest ranked compact crossover.
Edmunds says: The study is considered an indispensable tool for car shoppers.