The annual study produced by American organization J.D. Power that looks at vehicle dependability has been released. 2019 sees a majority of familiar faces back on the list, but there are a few surprises as well. The study looks at the number of issues reported by owners of three-year-old vehicles.
The study, carried out between October and December of 2018, involved surveying 32,952 owners of 2016 model-year vehicles. J.D. Power ranks vehicle models according to the number problems reported per 100 vehicles (PP100). Problems can range from dissatisfaction with the transmission to issues with the voice recognition system.
In all, the study looks at 177 different issues. Even with the increasing complexity of vehicles these days, J.D. Power found that the industry average in terms of PP100 improved again in 2019 in relation to 2018, by 6 points.
The new 2019 ranking is worth a look, if only to see if your car is on the list of most dependable rides!
Small Car: Chevrolet Sonic
It’s actually quite stunning to find the Chevrolet Sonic at the top of this category, given that it had to beat out stalwarts like the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit. We’ll take J.D. Power’s word for it that Sonic owners reported fewer issues than those of the two Japanese models! The other finalists were the Hyundai Accent and the Nissan Versa.