11:30 am February 15, 2012, by Christopher Seward
If you’re driving around metro Atlanta in a Toyota Yaris, a Ford Fusion or a Buick Lucerne, you’re probably pretty happy with how well it has held up. Same story with the Ford Explorer, Nissan Murano, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tundra.
J.D. Power and Associates, considered the Cadillac of dependability surveys when it comes to finding out whether owners are still satisfied with their rides several years after driving of the lot, is out with its 2012 most dependable vehicles list.
The company surveyed original owners of 2009 models and measured problems experienced during the past 12 months. J.D. Power found that, overall, vehicle dependability was up 13 percent from last year’s results, and problems were at their lowest level since the company started tracking them in 1990.
J.D. Power said 25 of 32 brands have improved in dependability from 2011. Six have declined and one has remained stable.
The highest-ranked nameplates (in order) are Lexus, Porsche, Cadillac, Toyota and Scion. Among all sub categories, Toyota led in eight of them, Ford in three, and General Motors and Nissan each led in two categories.
Here are the top vehicles in their respective sub categories (for the Top 3 in each category click here):
Top sub-compact car: Toyota Yaris; compact car: Toyota Prius; compact sporty car: Scion tC; midsize car: Ford Fusion; large car: Buick Lucerne; entry premium car: Lexus ES 350 and Lincoln MKZ tied; midsize premium car: Hyundai Genesis; compact multi-purpose vehicle: Scion xB; compact crossover/SUV: Chevrolet Equinox; midsize crossover/SUV: Ford Explorer and Nissan Murano tied ; midsize premium crossover/SUV: Lexus RX 350; midsize pickup: Nissan Frontier; minivan: Toyota Sienna; and large pickup: Toyota Tundra.
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