- J.D. Power released its 2018 US Vehicle Dependability Study in February.
- The study measures car reliability by surveying respondents who have owned 2015 model-year vehicles for three years.
- Toyota won six categories, the most of any automaker, while General Motors came in second by winning five categories.
The used car market can be difficult to navigate. Sometimes, it’s tough to tell if a seller is unloading a car because it’s time for an upgrade, or because there’s something wrong with it.
J.D. Power helps consumers get a sense of which cars are most likely to retain their value with its annual vehicle dependability study, which measures how much customers like their cars over time. This year’s survey, which was released in February, collected feedback from 38,896 respondents who had owned a 2015 model-year vehicle for three years and determined the most reliable cars in 19 categories. The resulting data was used to determine the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. The lower the score, the more reliable the car is.
Toyota won six categories, the most of any automaker, while General Motors came in second by winning five categories.
These are the winners in each of the 19 categories.
Small car: 2015 Kia Rio
Small premium car: 2015 Lexus CT
Compact car: 2015 Toyota Prius
Compact premium car: 2015 Lexus ES
Midsize car: 2015 Chevrolet Malibu
Midsize sporty car: 2015 Dodge Challenger
Midsize premium car: 2015 Lexus GS
Large car: 2015 Buick LaCrosse
Small SUV: 2015 Hyundai Tucson
Small premium SUV: 2015 Audi Q3
Compact SUV: 2015 Chevrolet Equinox
Compact premium SUV: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Midsize pickup: 2015 Toyota Tacoma
Midsize SUV: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse
Midsize premium SUV: 2015 Lexus RX
Minivan: 2015 Honda Odyssey
Large SUV: 2015 Ford Expedition
Large light duty pickup: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado
Large heavy duty pickup: 2015 Ford Super Duty
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