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J.D. Power releases 2015 Vehicle Dependability Study

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J.D. Power has released its 2015 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of 2012 model-year vehicles. The results show that issues with technology impact not only overall dependability, but also owners' intent to buy the same model. 

Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership, according to the VDS.

Here are the 10 highest-ranked nameplates in 2015 with the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (the industry average is 147):

  1. Lexus (89)
  2. Buick (110)
  3. Toyota (111)
  4. Cadillac (114)
  5. Honda (116)
  6. Porsche (116)
  7. Lincoln (118)
  8. Mercedes-Benz (119)
  9. Scion (121)
  10. Chevrolet (123)

MINI (193), Jeep (197), Land Rover (258), and Fiat (273) appear at the bottom of the list.

Next, here are the highest-ranked models for each category in 2015:

Cars

  • Sub-compact: Scion xD
  • Compact: Toyota Corolla
  • Luxury compact: Lexus ES
  • Sport compact: Scion tC
  • Midsize: Chevrolet Malibu
  • Sport midsize: Chevrolet Camaro
  • Luxury midsize: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Full-size: Buick LaCrosse

Trucks and SUVs

  • Sub-compact: Kia Sportage
  • Compact: GMC Terrain
  • Luxury compact: Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • Compact CUV: Scion xB
  • Midsize: Nissan Murano
  • Luxury midsize: Lexus GX
  • Full-size: GMC Yukon
  • Minivan: Toyota Sienna
  • Midsize pickup: Honda Ridgeline
  • Full-size pickup: GMC Sierra 1500
  • Heavy-duty pickup: Chevrolet Silverado HD

For the full results, visit the J.D. Power website.

Source: J.D. Power