Lexus, Porsche Rank Highest in Dependability; Ram Dependability Improves Most

Long-term dependability improved for a majority of automotive brands included in our 2013 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which assesses problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old vehicles (those that were introduced for the 2010 model year). For a second consecutive year, Lexus received the lowest PP100 score—71 PP100—which is an improvement of 15 PP100 from 2012. German luxury sports car maker Porsche follows in the dependability rankings with 94 PP100—and improves by 4 PP100 from a year ago.Lexus logo Picture 7

Rounding out the leading five nameplates in the dependability rankings are Lincoln and Toyota, in a tie (112 PP100); and Mercedes-Benz (115 PP100).

Four non-premium brands record the greatest reductions in their overall PP100 scores this year, and only one of the four—Chrysler—remained below the industry average of 126 PP100. The most improved brand—Ram—moved up in the rankings from No. 29 in 2012 to No. 9 in 2013. This Fiat-Chrysler light-truck brand shaved off 52 PP100 from its year-ago score. The two other non-premium brands that made marked advances in dependability rankings were Suzuki and Mazda. Mazda’s performance improved for the sixth straight year and its PP100 score ranking was No. 11 from No. 23 in the 2012 study.

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