Toyota vehicles like the Lexus RX captured seven victories in the annual 2013 J.D. Power and Associates Dependability Ratings, released today.
The awards poll vehicle owners across America that own 2010 model vehicles, and found that Toyota vehicles had the highest quality ratings while U.S. automakers like General Motors have greatly improved and narrowed the gap on their foreign counterparts.
Toyota saw major success with their small cars and crossovers. The 2010 Toyota Prius won the award for Compact Car, while the 2010 Scion xB won for Compact Multi Purpose Vehicle and the 2010 Lexus ES350 won for Entry Premium Car. Larger cars like the Toyota RAV4 and Lexus RX also topped their segments. Interestingly, Toyota did pay a $17 million fine last December (article here), in relation to an unintended acceleration case involving the 2010 Lexus RX. View the full list of winners here.
Perhaps the bigger news, however, is the success that American brands had in this years round of awards. General Motors captured four awards, with winners like the Buick LaCerne, GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Corvette.
The Ford Ranger won for the Midsize Pickup segment, and four others models like the Mustang and Lincoln MKZ finished in the top three. It was rougher going for Chrysler, who didn’t capture any awards and had only one vehicle place in the top three in its segment; the Ram Dakota in Midsize Pickups.
Overall, the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates study found the lowest number of reported problems in its 24 years of existence. Vehicles are becoming more dependable than ever, with foreign vehicles scoring an average of 123 PP100 while domestic automakers scored an average 133 PP100 (lower is better).