Honda's 2011 Fit is the most-dependable sub-compact car among three-year-old vehicles, J.D. Power data show.Power found that three-year-old vehicles surveyed this year had 6% more problems than the 2010 three-year-old models sampled last year. First time since 1998 quality's gone down, Power says.
The high-science Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric has been the most dependable compact car among 2011 models, J.D. Power says. Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, hardly chopped liver, were second and third. Volt was one of General Motors' eight category wins, more than any other maker.
Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, scored a number of wins in the J.D. Power dependability survey, including the 2011 Lexus ES atop the premium compact segment. Lexus IS was No. 2, Lincoln MKZ was No. 3
BMW's Mini brand put its Cooper into top slot as most dependable among an undependable group of sporty compacts. No others were good enough to list, J.D. Power says. And the mini brand overall was the worst-scoring nameplate in Power's survey of problems owners of three-year-old cars reported.
J.D. Power says the 2011 Toyota Camry was the most-reliable midsize car that year. Buick LaCrosse and Honda Accord were second and third.
Chevrolet Camaro, a muscle car a lot of folks dream of owning, apparently isn't a foolish nightmare. It was most-dependable among the 2011 sporty midsize cars. No others scored well enough in the J.D. Power survey of problems to include on the podium.
Most-dependable premium midsize car from the 2011 crop, J.D. Power says, is the Lexus GS. Mercedes-Benz E-class (both sedan and wagon) and the Lincoln MKS are second and third.
GM's 2011 Buick Lucerne had fewest problems among large cars, J.D. Power dependability study shows. Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus are next.
Tied with the Lexus LS for most dependable full-size luxury car is the Cadillac DTS, which GM has discontinued.
The big Lexus LS sedan tied with Cadillac DTS as most-dependable among the class of 2011 premium large cars. No others in the category scored high enough to list, J.D. Power data say.
A dog-friendly model was a special version of the 2011 Honda Element that Honda worked up. Element was discontinued after the 2011 model year. It was the most-dependable subcompact crossover SUV among that year's group, J.D. Power says. Next: Jeep Patriot and Kia Sportage.
Three-year-old Honda CR-V is most-dependable compact crossover SUV, according to J.D. Power.Second and third are Toyota FJ Cruiser and Toyota RAV4.
The 2011 Acura RDX was an edgy turbocharged machine that liked lots of engine revs to hustle along. Sounds like trouble on a stick, but not so. J.D. Power found it to be the most dependable among 2011 premium compact crossovers. Next: Mercedes-Benz GLK. No others did well enough to merit a podium finish, Power says.
The 2011 Scion xB from Toyota's youth brand is most reliable compact multi-purpose vehicle, say J.D. Power data. Next: Kia Soul from that year. No others qualified for mention.
The xB is based on a Toyota Corolla, itself highly reliable, according to Power.
Scott Dukes Photography
Honda Crosstour, a luxury-laden Accord with hatchback and all-wheel drive, held up best among midsize crossovers, J.D. Power data say. Toyota 4Runner and Nissan Murano are second, third among 2011 models.
Has to be the lighting; no 2011 Lexus RX looked this good. Still, it was the most dependable premium midsize crossover SUV, per J.D. Power data. Lexus GX and Mercedes-Benz M-class were second, third.
Clever tailgate on the 2011 Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup opened sideways or lowered normally. You'd think that'd be complicated enough to be undependable, but nope. Ridgeline is the most-dependable midsize truck from the 2011 crop, J.D. Power says. Next two are Ford Ranger (remember that one?) and GMC Canyon (same name, different truck reprising late this year).
Pretty sleek for a family van, this 2011 Toyota Sienna is J.D. Power dependability champ among three-year-old minivans. No others scored above average for the group, so Power listed no second or third place.
GMC's full-size Yukon (hybrid is pictured) was most trouble-free among its group. J.D. Power's data rank Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia second and third.
GM's Chevrolet and GMC trucks are nearly identical but GMC keeps nosing out Chevy in the J.D. Power dependability report on 2011 models. GMC Sierra was tops among standard-duty pickups. Then Toyota Tundra and only then a Chevy -- the Avalanche not the Silverado. Go figure.
The top-rated large premium SUV is the 2011 Cadillac Escalade in latest J.D. Power dependability survey of three-year-old vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz GM was second and no vehicle in the category qualified as third.
General Motors' 2011 GMC Sierra 2500 HD represents the brand's heavy duty models that edged out near-twin Chevrolet Silverado HD for most-dependable 2011 HD pickups. The Chevy came in second, and no others were good enough to list, J.D. Power says.
Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: