Lexus: Most Dependable Vehicle (Again)
J.D. Power's 2006 Vehicle Dependability Study gives the nod to Lexus.Yawn! Chalk up another win for Lexus, on yet another J.D. Power survey: the 2006 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) released today. Thats 12 in a row for the automaker. J.D. Power & Associates surveyed 37 brands to determine problems found by owners of 2003 model-year cars. The survey showed a fairly even mixture among luxury cars at the top (typically those with more technology) and non-luxury brands. Lexus, Cadillac, Acura, Jaguar, BMW, and Infiniti made the top ten list, but so did Mercury, Buick, Toyota, and Honda. (Power ranks Buicks as non-luxury cars.)
"In general, [tech features do] not have a very large impact on the vehicle dependability experience," says Neal Oddes, director of product research and analysis for J.D. Power. He noted that there was less technology on 2003 cars than there is now. "As penetration [increases], maybe a couple problems will come up."