There are a few reliability studies from research gurus J.D. Power and Associates that you can use to scope out quality ratings of new or newer cars. We have the results listed in the Cars.com Advice section, titled “Most Dependable Cars” and “Best Initial Quality.” The initial quality survey reports on vehicles after 90 days of ownership. The other, more informative about long-term ownership, is J.D. Power’s dependability ratings, which span three years’ worth of data and ranks cars based on the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles.
The dependability results are listed by vehicle class and not specifically by which model is the most dependable. The most recently available ratings are from 2004 vehicles, and the most dependable cars in their class include the Buick Century, Honda Civic, Scion xA, Lexus LS 430, Mazda Miata and Ford Mustang. We’re surprised by that last one, too. The most dependable automakers reported by J.D. Power are Buick and Lexus, which are tied at a total of 145 problems per 100 vehicles; the average for 2007 is 216 problems. A lower number equals a better standing.
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