Finding a dependable used vehicle can easily be a attempting process indeed. Along with all the variables involved, and questions concerning exactly how well previous owners have actually taken care of a vehicle, shopping the used vehicle market can easily feel love strolling blindfolded through a minefield. It’s no wonder some merely offer in and buy new.
Thankfully, J.D. Power has actually its annual U.S. dependability study, now in its 27th year. The 2016 study, released in February, looks at complications went through throughout the past 12 months by 33,560 original owners of 2013 model-year vehicles. It covers 177 personal complications grouped in to eight major car categories, including engine and transmission, features and controls, and entertainment and navigation, among others. The research tabulates the number of complications reported per 100 vehicles to figure out the overall dependability for each model.
This year’s industry standard was 152 complications per 100 vehicles. Lexus, Porsche and Buick were tops for overall dependability Along with 95, 97 and 106 complications reported per 100, respectively. Dodge, Ford and Smart ranked the worst Along with 208, 204 and 199 complications per 100 reported. The study found buyers were increasingly confounded by malfunctioning infotainment and in-vehicle communications systems; these issues now account for 20 per cent of all customer-reported problems.
With average vehicle lease terms standing at about 36 months, or three years, J.D. Power’s study is timely if you’re in the market for a used vehicle merely coming off lease. These findings will, at the rather least, offer you a baseline for which models you must be looking at if you want a relatively trouble-free, dependable experience. Below are the 10 three-year-old cars that were deemed the most dependable in their class.
Small Car: 2013 Honda Fit
The subcompact Honda Fit edged out the Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent in the small vehicle category. It received the top rating of “Among the best” for overall and powertrain dependability, Along with physique and interior dependability rated as “Much better Compared to most.” The only downside? The 2013 Fit’s feature and accessory dependability (which looks at points love audio, entertainment and HVAC) is rated at “concerning average;” the Versa and Accent both beat the Match in that department. Overall, the Honda brand ranked seventh from 32 brands in dependability, Along with 126 complications per 100 vehicles reported by owners.
Compact Car: 2013 Buick Verano
In a rather crowded field of 16 compact cars, the Buick Verano came out on top as the most dependable of the lot. GM’s luxury compact sedan attained the highest “Among the best” rating in all of the main categories. A quartet of Asian rivals, the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, Honda Civic and Kia Forte, rounded out the top 5 in this class.
Midsize Car: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
In the midsize vehicle category, the Malibu repeated its gain from the previous year by once again emerging as the most dependable over 12 others midsize sedans, a field that entails the Honda Accord, Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat and the now-discontinued Dodge Avenger. The Malibu made an “concerning average” rating for its powertrain dependability (which tracks problems Along with the engine or transmission as well as complications that affect the driving experience, such as noise, vibrations and brake problems), while earning the top rating for its physique and interior dependability. The Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry and Buick Regal ranked merely below the Malibu. As a brand, Chevrolet ranked sixth in dependability, Along with 125 complications per 100 vehicles reported.
Large Car: 2013 Buick LaCrosse
Buick’s durable showing in the 2016 dependability study continued Along with the Buick LaCrosse, which, love the Malibu, additionally replicated its standing in last year’s study by staying on top in the large vehicle category. Along with the fewest complications reported, the LaCrosse bested the likes of the Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala, as well as four others cars in this class.
City Car: 2013 Fiat 500
In a category comprised of only three cars, the Fiat 500 proved superior, handily beating the Smart fortwo and Chevrolet Spark. While the Fiat‘s physique and interior dependability received an standard rating, it scored top ratings for powertrain, feature and accessory, and overall dependability. The fortwo and Spark, meanwhile, ranked below standard in powertrain dependability. The Fiat brand didn’t fare as well in the general study, Along with owners reporting 171 complications per 100 vehicles, which was on the higher end of the scale.
Compact Sporty Car: 2013 Mini Cooper and Mini Coupe/Roadster
The Mini Cooper, along Along with the Mini Coupe and Roadster, were finest in dependability in the compact sporty vehicle segment. However, the Volkswagen GTI and Scion tC weren’t far behind, Along with both receiving top overall dependability ratings. As a brand, BMW’s Mini was below standard for dependability, Along with Mini owners reporting 155 complications per 100 vehicles compared Along with the industry standard of 152 complications per 100.
Compact Premium Car: 2013 Lexus ES
In the crowded compact premium vehicle class, the 2013 Lexus ES was deemed the most dependable of 14 cars. The BMW 1 Series, Audi A4, Acura ILX, which joined its very first model year, and Infiniti G rounded out the top 5 in the class. Surprisingly, the BMW 3 Series, arguably the gold standard for compact luxury cars, was ranked second-last among its peers, merely ahead of the last-place Cadillac ATS. Lexus ranked very first from 32 brands in J.D. Power’s 2016 study, Along with merely 95 complications reported per 100 vehicles.
Midsize Premium Car: 2013 Lexus GS
In a class of nine cars, the Lexus GS was the only midsize premium vehicle to receive the top overall dependability rating of “Among the best.” Lexus’s luxury sedan beat the likes of the Mercedes E-Class, Infiniti M and BMW 5 Series in the study. Rounding out the bottom of the rankings were the Audi A6, Cadillac XTS and Audi A7. The Audi brand performed above the industry average, with 134 complications reported per 100; Cadillac, by comparison, went through a lot more complications with 145 complications reported per 100 vehicles.
Midsize Sporty Car: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro
Chevy’s Camaro conquered the small field of muscle cars, surpassing the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The Camaro proved the hardiest of the group, receiving the highest ratings for all categories of dependability.