The Most Dependable Vehicle Brands In 2021, According To J.D. Power

Dependability is a key part in our decision process of buying a car. And at the moment, it seems that dependability on vehicles is at an all-time high, something that we all love to see. Every year, J.D. Power conduct dependability studies on cars across the United States and then present their findings once they have all the data. They recently published their findings on vehicle dependability in 2021, and these are the results of that with the current most dependable brands. The results get presented as the number of problems per 100 vehicles, i.e., 78 PP100 is 78 problems per 100 vehicles.

Those At The Top Of The Tree

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The study said that Korean and Japanese brands performed well, and that is clearly reflected in the results. Lexus takes in the highest overall dependability rating of all brands, with a score of 81 PP100. The industry average at the moment is 121 PP100, the lowest in the study’s history. Porsche meanwhile rank second, at 86 PP100, with Kia next in at 97 PP100.

Outside the top three, Toyota and Buick complete the top five with 98 and 100 PP100 respectively, and Cadillac round out the top six with 100 PP100.

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The Biggest Improvers In The Study

JD Power Study Rankings
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When it comes to improvements, J.D. Power say that Kia have shown the biggest improvement. Kia has a reduction of 35 PP100 compared to 2020, which is a massive improvement while also making it the first time that Kia has ranked the highest overall among mass market brands. Cadillac, Acura, and Hyundai are also big improvers, with a better rating by 31 PP100 and Mitsubishi are not far behind them with an improvement of 30 PP100 compared to 2020.

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Other Key Details In The Study

Porsche 911 Carerra Front Quarter View
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When it comes to the most dependable car model in the study, in 2021 it was the Porsche 911. This is the second time in three years that the legendary sports car has become the highest-ranked model in the study. Tesla also made it to the study for the first time, with a score of 176 PP100. They aren’t ranked against the others, however, as J.D. Power say they do not meet the study criteria. It looks like trucks and SUVs though really need to get better. The study says that trucks average around 130 PP100 and SUVs average 122 PP100. J.D. Power say they think manufacturers really need to address problem areas in these vehicles, so they can achieve better dependability levels.

Source: J.D. Power

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