Porsche & Lexus Impress in Annual Reliability Survey

It’s that time of year again—time for J.D. Power and Associates to announce the results of their annual new vehicle reliability survey. As usual, the market research firm polled car owners across the country and tallied the number of problems they had with their vehicles in the past year. This year’s survey focused on vehicles purchased during the 2010 model year. As The L.A. Times reports, topping the list of most reliable vehicle brands three years after purchase are Porsche, Lexus, Lincoln and Toyota. Not a fan of these marques? You’ll be glad to know that J.D. Power and Associates also found that cars on average are becoming more reliable.

According to the L.A. Times article, for every one-hundred 2010 model year vehicles involved in the survey, on average there were 126 problems recorded in the last 12 months. That’s six less than last year’s study of 2009 model year vehicles and the lowest since 1989 when the study was first conducted. Besides Porsche, Lexus, Lincoln and Toyota, other automakers whose vehicles fared well in the study were Honda, Acura, Buick and Mercedes-Benz. Not faring so well were Land Rover, Dodge, Jaguar, Mitsubishi, Jeep and Volkswagen.

As far as individual cars go, the study found the Scion xD to be the most reliable 2010 model year subcompact after three years of ownership, while the 2010 Toyota Prius proved to be the most reliable in the compact segment. Likewise, midsize car owners had the least problems with the 2010 Hyundai Sonata in the last twelve months, and Buick Lucerne owners found their car in the shop less frequently in the last year than all other large sedan owners. In the pickup truck segment, the 2010 GMC Sierra had the least problems in 2012, and in the luxury segment, Audi’s 2010 A6 was found to be the most reliable. J.D. Power and Associates declared the 2010 Lexus ES 350 the most reliable three-year old entry-level luxury vehicle on the road today.

Sources: L.A. Times