2012 Vehicle Dependability At A High

Ford Fusion most dependable midsize carJ.D. Power says vehicle dependability has risen by 13% from the year before on 2009 model cars. Vehicles that ranked at the top in terms of dependability include Lexus, Porsche, Cadillac, Toyota, Scion, Ford, GM, Nissan, and Hyundai Genesis.

Lexus wins the top dog award. Any surprises there? Not for us.

It’s also no surprise that Porsche and Cadillac are in the top 5 winners where vehicle dependability is concerned. Toyota is always up there, but consumers have enjoyed driving Toyota vehicles ever since they hit the U.S. market.

The biggest winners in terms of dependability awards are Toyota, Lexus, and Scion with eight awards each. Ford won three. GM and Nissan each won two.

The study was conducted between October and December last year. 31,000 vehicle owners of 2009 model vehicles were surveyed for the report. The average number of problems per 100 vehicles for the 2012 study was 132. That’s 19 problems less than last year’s study and the lowest problem rate since the first year the study was conducted in 1990.

Specific winners in the J.D. Power dependability study segments include:

  • Toyota Yaris for subcompact cars
  • Toyota Prius for best compact vehicle
  • Scion tC for best sporty compact
  • Ford Fusion for best midsize car
  • Lexus ES 350 and Lincoln MKZ tied for best entry premium vehicle
  • Hyundai Genesis for best midize premium
  • Buick Lucerne for best large car

Congratulations to all of these winners and congratulations to the auto industry for achieving the best dependability rating in more than 20 years.