Lexus tops USA poll for dependability again

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The overall dependability of vehicles increased this year for the first time since 2013, thanks to improving quality.

Buick led the mass-market segment with 116 reported problems per 100 vehicles, 10 fewer than past year. Winners include the Toyota Prius, which was the top compact auto, and the Lexus RX, which was the top midsize SUV.

The J.D. Power 2018 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) has ranked the Kia Rio as the leader in the Small Car category.

"For the most part, automotive manufacturers continue to meet consumer' vehicle dependability expectations", Sargent said in a statement.

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For a seventh consecutive year, Lexus ranked highest in overall vehicle dependability among all brands, with a score of 99 problems per 100 vehicles. "A nine percent improvement is extremely impressive, and vehicle dependability is, without question, at its best level ever". That was good for third place overall and its third mass-market win in four years. For this year's survey, J.D. Power collected responses from 36,896 original owners of 2015 model year vehicles.

The industry average score was 142 reported problems per 100 vehicles. Infiniti was the biggest mover in the rankings, jumping from 29th last year to forth this year.

The Kia brand also saw marked improvements in the annual study, ranking second among Non-Premium marques, with just 122 PP100. General Motors was right on its heels with five: Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Traverse and Chevrolet Silverado. The study was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2017.

For more information about the 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, visit http://www.jdpower.com/resource/us-vehicle-dependability-study. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

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