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J.D. Power just released its annual Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). This closely monitored report gives automakers and consumers a good idea of how well the industry is doing when it comes to quality.

VDS focuses on long-term reliability by monitoring defects, malfunctions and design-related issues with three-year old vehicles still being driven by their original owners. Dependability is scored in problems per 100 vehicles. In other words, its a look at the most reliable car brands.

The latest installment of this survey covers issues with cars and trucks from the 2012 model year. It dovetails neatly with the firm’s Initial Quality Study, which monitors problems reported during the first three months of ownership.

For 2015 the folks at J.D. Power have published a number of interesting findings. Not surprisingly the most problem-prone areas of today’s vehicles are related to Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition. Exterior concerns also popped up as did powertrain issues, namely automatic transmission shift quality. Overall 177 specific problems are monitored in this report.

So, how did car companies do overall? Well, here are the 10 highest-ranked automakers in the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study based on how they fared over a three-year period.

10. Chevrolet
Making it in the top 10 is Chevrolet. The bow-tie brand ended up with a score of 123 problems per 100 vehicles (tying with GMC), quite a bit better than the industry average of 147; remember, lower is better, just like LDL cholesterol. The Camaro, Malibu and Silverado nameplates each won an award in their respective segments.

9. Scion
Toyota’s youth-oriented Scion brand may be in the doldrums from a sales standpoint but it’s going places in the quality department. It improved to 121 problems per 100 vehicles, dropping by 13 compared to last year’s VDS. Mitsubishi and Ram posted similar improvements, though they didn’t quite crack the top 10. Scion’s tC, xB and xD each won an award.

8. Mercedes-Benz
Luxury means complexity, which often translates into cantankerousness and extra maintenance costs. But the folks in Stuttgart have figured out how to avoid having issues with their feature-laden cars and trucks. Mercedes-Benz drove away with a score of just 119 problems per 100 vehicles. Their E-Class was the highest-ranked midsize premium car topping the Lincoln MKS and Infiniti M. The GLK also won top honors among compact premium SUVs.

7. Lincoln
Speaking of Ford’s pseudo-luxury division, Lincoln topped Mercedes by one point, ending up with a score of 118. And while it didn’t win any specific awards its MKS and MKZ sedans performed admirably.

6. Porsche

Arguably Porsche is the quintessential builder of thoroughbred sports cars. Zuffenhausen knows a thing or two about putting smiles on drivers’ faces, they’ve been doing it for decades. According to J.D. Power they’re also champions of sound engineering, posting a score of just 116 problems per 100 vehicles. Like you needed another reason to buy a 911.

5. Honda
Honda tied Porsche by posting a score of 116. Its boxy Ridgeline was the highest-rated midsize pickup while the Fit and Civic also performed very well. The Capital H has a reputation for quality and they consistently impress day in and day out, year after year ...
For the rest of this story, Top 10 Most Reliable Car Brands please visit AutoGuide.com.
 

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Let's compare the JD Power ratings:
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To the Consumer Reports ratings:


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Thanks for posting that. It seems like the 2 biggest discrepancies are Kia and Subaru. My Kia was perfect other than a failed transmission temp sensor which was extremely common for the Optima and both of my Subarus were perfect except one had to have the steering rack replaced which I guess was just a bad luck thing.
 

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This list is basically the top 7 most reliable brands considering toyota, lexus, and scions are toyotas with different badges on them. (Also I am always surprised to see a chevy/GM car on any of these top 10 reliable car lists)
 

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GM Trucks are usually pretty solid. From my experience the camaros are also pretty reliable.
 

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I had my '13 Silverado for 5yrs. Only issue I had was replacing the shocks/struts. No engine/transmission issues at all.


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J. D. Power is widely known for zero credibility, for example when they put a Buick and Mercedes on the list. They have to be kidding!
 

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These types of lists are like political polls or Nielsen ratings. Iow, it all depends on whom you talk to.

Individual stories are anecdotal evidence, and by themselves, meaning almost nothing. It is when patterns emerge from these stories and experiences that you have meaningful data. But again, the data you get all depends on whom you have spoken to. You can't take everyone into account.
 

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Then the lists are invalid. We all knew that anyway. Without available detailed data and the math, everything is anecdotal.
 

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No, they are still an indicator. Just don't take it as gospel.
 

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They are an anecdotal indicator and J. D. Powers, for example, has a reputation as being nothing more than part of marketing ploys. May the buyer beware. Do you own homework.
 
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