Special Report

The Most (and Least) Dependable Car Brands

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Whether it is a dead car battery discovered at the beginning of a commute to work or broken air conditioning in the middle of summer, unreliable vehicles can create unpleasant experiences for owners. Prospective buyers are increasingly avoiding unreliable vehicles, adding pressure to the brands that consistently underperform in dependability.

24/7 Wall St. listed the most and least dependable car brands, reviewing J.D. Power’s 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study. The study gives long-term dependability scores to 31 vehicle brands based on problems reported by the original owners of 2014 model-year vehicles. A brand’s final score is the total problems experienced per 100 vehicles in the past 12 months.

The industry averages 156 problems per 100 vehicles. Lexus and Porsche tie for the best score with only 110 problems per 100 vehicles. By contrast, Fiat owners reported 298 problems per 100 vehicles, the worst score of any measured brand. Among individual models, the Toyota Camry is the most dependable vehicle.

Click here to see the most and least dependable car brands.

Within the dependability score, 177 different types of problems are measured, comprising eight major categories. As with past years of the study, the audio/communication/entertainment/navigation category accounts for the most reported problems. Of all problems, 22% were in this category. The top two problems reported in the study were bluetooth pairing and connectivity, as well as subpar voice recognition.

To identify the most and least dependable car brands, 24/7 Wall St. listed the problems per 100 vehicles score for each of the 31 nameplates measured in J.D. Power’s 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study. 2014 vehicle sales figures for each brand were obtained from GoodCarBadCar.net.

These are the most and least dependable car brands.

Source: courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

1. Lexus
> Problems per 100 cars: 110
> 2014 unit sales: 311,389
> Parent company: Toyota Motor Company

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Source: Porsche.com

2. Porsche
> Problems per 100 cars: 110
> 2014 unit sales: 47,007
> Parent company: Volkswagen Group

Source: toyota-global.com

3. Toyota
> Problems per 100 cars: 123
> 2014 unit sales: 2,004,373
> Parent company: Toyota Motor Company

Source: buick.com

4. Buick
> Problems per 100 cars: 126
> 2014 unit sales: 228,963
> Parent company: General Motors

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Source: mbusa.com

5. Mercedes-Benz
> Problems per 100 cars: 131
> 2014 unit sales: 356,136
> Parent company: Daimler AG

Source: hyundaiusa.com

6. Hyundai
> Problems per 100 cars: 133
> 2014 unit sales: 725,718
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group

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Source: Wikimedia Commons

7. BMW
> Problems per 100 cars: 139
> 2014 unit sales: 339,738
> Parent company: BMW

Source: courtesy of General Motors Co.

8. Chevrolet
> Problems per 100 cars: 142
> 2014 unit sales: 2,033,442
> Parent company: General Motors

Source: Honda.com

9. Honda
> Problems per 100 cars: 143
> 2014 unit sales: 1,373,029
> Parent company: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

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Source: Courtesy of jaguarusa.com

10. Jaguar
> Problems per 100 cars: 144
> 2014 unit sales: 15,773
> Parent company: Tata Motors

Source: kia.com

11. Kia
> Problems per 100 cars: 148
> 2014 unit sales: 580,234
> Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group

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Source: lincoln.com

12. Lincoln
> Problems per 100 cars: 150
> 2014 unit sales: 94,474
> Parent company: Ford Motor Company

Source: miniusa.com

13. MINI
> Problems per 100 cars: 150
> 2014 unit sales: 56,112
> Parent company: BMW

Source: gmc.com

14. GMC
> Problems per 100 cars: 151
> 2014 unit sales: 501,853
> Parent company: General Motors

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Source: courtesy of Cadillac

15. Cadillac
> Problems per 100 cars: 152
> 2014 unit sales: 170,750
> Parent company: General Motors

Source: audiusa.com

16. Audi
> Problems per 100 cars: 153
> 2014 unit sales: 182,011
> Parent company: Volkswagen Group

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Source: media.volvocars.com

17. Volvo
> Problems per 100 cars: 154
> 2014 unit sales: 56,366
> Parent company: Zhejiang Geely Holding Group

Source: chrysler.com

18. Chrysler
> Problems per 100 cars: 159
> 2014 unit sales: 308,785
> Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV

Source: courtesy of Subaru of America

19. Subaru
> Problems per 100 cars: 164
> 2014 unit sales: 513,693
> Parent company: Fuji Heavy Industries

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Source: courtesy of Volkswagen of America Inc.

20. Volkswagen
> Problems per 100 cars: 164
> 2014 unit sales: 366,970
> Parent company: Volkswagen Group

Source: http://insidemazda.mazdausa.com

21. Mazda
> Problems per 100 cars: 166
> 2014 unit sales: 305,801
> Parent company: Mazda Motor Corporation

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Source: acura.com

22. Acura
> Problems per 100 cars: 167
> 2014 unit sales: 167,843
> Parent company: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Source: Antonio / Wikimedia Commons

23. Nissan
> Problems per 100 cars: 170
> 2014 unit sales: 1,269,565
> Parent company: Groupe Renault

Source: landroverusa.com

24. Land Rover
> Problems per 100 cars: 178
> 2014 unit sales: 51,465
> Parent company: Tata Motors

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Source: Wikimedia Commons

25. Mitsubishi
> Problems per 100 cars: 182
> 2014 unit sales: 77,643
> Parent company: Renault-Nissan Alliance

Source: Wikimedia Commons

26. Ford
> Problems per 100 cars: 183
> 2014 unit sales: 2,376,841
> Parent company: Ford Motor Company

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Source: ramtrucks.com

27. Ram
> Problems per 100 cars: 183
> 2014 unit sales: 469,139
> Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV

Source: Courtesy of Dodge

28. Dodge
> Problems per 100 cars: 187
> 2014 unit sales: 574,155
> Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV

Source: Courtesy of Infiniti

29. Infiniti
> Problems per 100 cars: 203
> 2014 unit sales: 117,330
> Parent company: Groupe Renault

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30. Jeep
> Problems per 100 cars: 209
> 2014 unit sales: 692,348
> Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV

 

Source: fiatusa.com

31. Fiat
> Problems per 100 cars: 298
> 2014 unit sales: 46,121
> Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV

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