These are the 15 most reliable car brands of 2018

Mercedes-BenzThe increasing reliability of older models could mean a downturn in new car sales in 2018.

  • J.D. Power released its 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study in February.
  • Lexus topped the survey for the seventh consecutive year.
  • This year saw the first increase in dependability since 2013.

J.D. Power’s 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, which was released in February, measures the number of problems reported by consumers who have owned 2015 model-year vehicles for three years.

The study found that vehicle dependability increased 9% over the 2017 study, which was the first increase since 2013.

“For the most part, automotive manufacturers continue to meet consumers’ vehicle dependability expectations,” J.D. Power vice president of global automotive Dave Sargent said in a press release. “A 9% improvement is extremely impressive, and vehicle dependability is, without question, at its best level ever.”

Lexus topped the survey for the seventh consecutive year with a score of 99 reported problems per 100 vehicles, while the industry average was 142. Porsche, Buick, Infiniti, and Kia rounded out the top-five.

These are the 15 most reliable car brands.

1. Lexus

Lexus2015 Lexus RC 350

Problems per 100 vehicles: 99

2. Porsche

Porsche2015 Porsche Macan

Problems per 100 vehicles: 100

3. Buick

Buick2015 Buick Regal GS

Problems per 100 vehicles: 116

4. Infiniti

Infiniti2015 Infiniti Q70

Problems per 100 vehicles: 120

5. Kia

Kia2015 Kia Soul

Problems per 100 vehicles: 120

TIED-6. Chevrolet

General Motors2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Problems per 100 vehicles: 124

TIED-6. Hyundai

Hyundai2015 Hyundai Genesis

Problems per 100 vehicles: 124


High Gear Media2015 BMW X3

Problems per 100 vehicles: 127

TIED-7. Toyota

Toyota2015 Toyota RAV4

Problems per 100 vehicles: 127

TIED-8. Lincoln

Lincoln2015 Lincoln Navigator

Problems per 100 vehicles: 133

TIED-8. Nissan

Nissan2015 Nissan Frontier

Problems per 100 vehicles: 133

9. Honda

HondaHonda Accord Sport 2015

Problems per 100 vehicles: 140

10. Audi

Audi2015 Audi S4

Problems per 100 vehicles: 141

11. Mazda

Mazda2015 Mazda CX9

Problems per 100 vehicles: 144

12. Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Problems per 100 vehicles: 147

Here is how the rest of the brands ranked.

13. Ford: 152 problems reported per 100 vehicles

14. MINI: 153

15. GMC: 156

16. Volkswagen: 157

TIED-17. Acura: 159

TIED-17. Jaguar: 159

18. Volvo: 162

19. Dodge: 166

TIED-20. Ram: 167

TIED-20. Subaru: 167

21. Mitsubishi: 173

22. Cadillac: 186

23. Jeep: 188

24. Fiat: 192

25. Land Rover: 204

26. Chrysler: 211

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