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Old 02-13-13, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default Lexus tops J.D. Power's most dependable car ranking

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American automakers are closing the gap but Lexus, Toyota Motor Co.'s luxury division, still makes the most dependable cars sold in America, according to the latest survey by J.D. Power and Associates.

It's the second year in a row Lexus has taken the top slot. Three years ago, it was Lincoln, Ford Motor Co. (F, Fortune 500)'s luxury brand, but Lexus has topped the survey seven out of the past 10 years.

Cars and trucks, overall, have become more reliable than ever, according to the survey. Domestic automakers are improving faster than their Asian and European counterparts, narrowing the quality gap, according to the survey. On average, drivers of domestic vehicles reported just 0.1 more problems per vehicle than drivers of vehicles from foreign brands.

"The continuous improvement in long-term dependability means consumers should have more confidence in three-year-old vehicles, whether they are keeping their current vehicle or shopping for a used car, truck, crossover or SUV," said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive research at J.D. Power.

In the J.D. Power survey, owners of three year old 2010 model year cars were asked about how many problems they'd had with their vehicles in the past year. The rankings were based on the number of problems owners reported per 100 vehicles of each make and model surveyed.

Lexus's average score of 71 problems per 100 vehicles far outstripped the rest of the pack. Porsche took second place with a score of 94. Lincoln, and Toyota, Toyota Motor Co. (TM)'s mainstream brand, tied for third place with 112.

The worst performing brands in the survey, from worst to best, were Land Rover, Dodge, Mitsubishi and Jeep. Dodge and Jeep are both made by the Chrysler Group.

The survey also challenged the idea that an an all-new or completely redesigned model in its first year on the market may not be as reliable as one that's been available for a long time. For the first time in the survey's 24-year history, models that were new or redesigned were actually more dependable in the long run than models that been unchanged from the year before.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that, on average, owners of domestic vehicles reported 1 more problem per vehicle than owners of foreign brands. In fact, owners of domestic vehicles reported 0.1 more problems.
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but Lexus, Toyota Motor Co.'s luxury division, still makes the most dependable cars sold in America, according to the latest survey by J.D. Power and Associates
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So nothing have changed.
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The survey also challenged the idea that an an all-new or completely redesigned model in its first year on the market may not be as reliable as one that's been available for a long time. For the first time in the survey's 24-year history, models that were new or redesigned were actually more dependable in the long run than models that been unchanged from the year before.

That's interesting!
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Sadly it seems that there's no longer a category for the LS, which got the honor of the fewest reported problems of any vehicle on the road in last year's VDS, with 72 PP100 (this year the RX got this honor with 57 PP100). Perhaps it's the pressure from the German car makers who don't want their flagships to be seen in any bad light, just like how they never ever get crash tested? But hey kudos to Mercedes for placing so high.

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Glad to know Lexus is on top, but also good to hear other car makers are closing the gap as well!
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Just makes me want to go out and purchase a Land Rover or two...
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Sadly it seems that there's no longer a category for the LS, which got the honor of the fewest reported problems of any vehicle on the road in last year's VDS, with 72 PP 100. Perhaps it's the pressure for the German car makers who don't want their flagships to be seen in any bad light, just like how they never ever get crash tested? But hey kudos to Mercedes for placing so high..
While its certainly not the same, at least the German cars that aren't US crash tested go through the Euro NCAP tests. They're rigorous enough to be trust worthy.
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While its certainly not the same, at least the German cars that aren't US crash tested go through the Euro NCAP tests. They're rigorous enough to be trust worthy.
ORLY? Find me any EuroNCAP crash test data for any of the LS's competitors please.

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Just makes me want to go out and purchase a Land Rover or two...
They are excellent driveway decorations, looks expensive but worth nothing used.

Shine them up and parked 2 on the driveway, the neighbor that are clueless in cars think you are rolling in cash but wonder why you never drive them and only drive the Lexus
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They are excellent driveway decorations, looks expensive but worth nothing used.

Shine them up and parked 2 on the driveway, the neighbor that are clueless in cars think you are rolling in cash but wonder why you never drive them and only drive the Lexus
That just cracked me up. It's a shame. Land Rovers have been around for a long time but their reliability is just not there...agree that Land Rovers are excellent driveway decorations...all show but no go...
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BTW it's alarming that neither of Toyota's bread-and-butter--the Camry and the Corolla--are even in the top 3 of their respective categories. Hopefully it's just a fluke, but the competition in those two categories are surely fiercer than ever.
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That just cracked me up. It's a shame. Land Rovers have been around for a long time but their reliability is just not there...agree that Land Rovers are excellent driveway decorations...all show but no go...
They are awesome car as long as you don't need it to run, absolutely beautiful interior, they are great for people who wants to live in it, is like a mansion in there
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Congrats Lexus.. Huge lead this year.

Why is infiniti so low and actually worse than Nissan? Egads
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