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Lexus And Porsche Top JD Power’s Auto Dependability Study

By Monica U Santos , Feb 23, 2017 05:58 AM EST
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Lexus and Porsche tied for first place for fewest problems with 110 per 100 cars. Lexus has been at the top for six straight years. The worst brand was Fiat, with 298 per 100 car. (Photo : Autocar/YouTube)

Lexus and Porsche deserve all the recognition. Both car companies are the auto brands that recorded the fewest vehicle problems after three years of ownership. Although troubles related to technology continue to drag down the dependability of the overall ratings, a new study from the research firm J.D. Power finds that Lexus and Porsche are two of the most dependable car brands. The research measures problems per 100 vehicles based on the responses from a total of 35,186 original owners of 2014 model-year cars.

Lexus And Porsche Tied For The Frist Place In JD Power’s Study

As reported by USA Today, owners of the year 2014 models reported a total of 156 issues per 100 cars in the past 1 year, up four from the conducted survey last year. That is according to the 2017 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study conducted by J.D. Power. The 22 percent of the problems involved balky tech, which was related to the features of the vehicle that is related to any tech gadget. These gadgets include the audio systems, communication, infotainment or navigation. Last year, it was just 20 percent in all.

Most of the reported problems also involved smartphones as well as other devices that refused to pair through its main connection, which is the Bluetooth. The voice-recognition systems of the vehicles are also reported to had trouble in recognizing voices. Another issue is the battery of each car since it fails to give the energy needed or wore out prematurely.

The 10 best-selling models in the world are also the brands that have averaged and fewer problems. The best-selling truck, which is the Ford F-150, and the considered luxury car of Toyota, the Camry, led their respective categories. "Buyers are increasingly avoiding models with poor reputations for dependability, so manufacturers can't afford to let their quality slip," Dave Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power, said in a released statement.

As for the top best brands, Lexus and Porsche tied for the first place because of the fewest problems with 110 per 100 cars. The Lexus cars have been at the top for 6 straight years, meaning the company is worth to buy since it is considered the safest vehicle. Porsche have been on the other spot and this is their first time to be in the number 1 spot.

Places Of The Other Car Brands

As reported by Boston, the worst brand was Fiat, with a total of 298 per 100 cars, followed by the brand Jeep as well as Infiniti. Toyota and Buick came in the third and fourth place, respectively, marking strong displays for non-luxury brands. "The good news is consumers don't have to spend a lot of money to get a very dependable vehicle," Sargent said.

Still, according to J.D. Power's study, the most improved brand was Hyundai, with just a total of 25 problems per 100 vehicles to come in at 133. Hyundai ranked sixth, up from the 19th spot last year. The researchers said that it was Hyundai's best-ever showing. Other than that, Dodge and Ford improved by 21 problems per a hundred vehicles and Land Rover was up by 20. The auto-maker Mercedes-Benz is on the fifth place.

 

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