A recent report has confirmed that the car with the fewest owner-reported problems ever since the 2014 model year is the Toyota Camry. This statement is according to a survey conducted by the J.D. Power and Associates' influential Vehicle Dependability Study, which is tasked to measure problems over the past year among 3-year-old cars.
Toyota Camry's Dependability
According to Cars.com, the Toyota Camry had the car industry's fewest reported problems at 76 reported problems per 100 vehicles (or PP100) over the last three years. This has helped propel Toyota towards another strong showing in this year's study. The auto company's upscale Lexus division has topped the study for the sixth straight year, and even the Toyota brand itself has ranked third.
J.D. Power's survey also showed that the Lexus and Porsche each had a score of 110 PP100, which is well ahead of the average of 156 PP100 among the other 31 brands ranked in the 2017 study. At the other end, Infiniti (at 203 PP100) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep (at 209 PP100) and other Fiat brands have rounded out the lower ranks.
Other Vehicles Mentioned
FCA has long struggled in the owner-reported problems area, with at least one of its brand in the bottom three for a whopping seven years in a row. Although premium brands had a strong showing by being at the top - aside from the semi-luxury Buick, six of the top 10 brands are premium - J.D. Power has also noted that plenty of non-luxury cars possess excellent reliability, perhaps no more apparent than with the Toyota Camry.
Vehicle Problems According to J.D. Power
According to Torque News, technology problems have continued to sting overall dependability, which worsened from 152 problems per 100 cars in 2016 to 156 PP100 in 2017. J.D. Power particularly said that its Audio, Communication, Entertainment and Navigation systems (CEN) category have accounted for 22 percent of total problems reported.
It is seen that faulty Bluetooth pairing and bad voice-recognition systems have continued to aggravate owners. Battery failure has increased, too, with battery replacements substantially going up this year, according to J.D. Power.