These are the 15 most reliable car brands of 2018

The increasing reliability of older models could mean a downturn in new car sales in 2018.

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The increasing reliability of older models could mean a downturn in new car sales in 2018.
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Mercedes-Benz

  • J.D. Power released its 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study on Wednesday.
  • Lexus topped the survey for the seventh consecutive year.
  • This year saw the first increase in dependability since 2013.

J.D. Power released its 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, which measures the number of problems reported by consumers who have owned 2015 model-year vehicles for three years, on Wednesday.

The study found that vehicle dependability increased 9% over the 2017 study, which was the first increase since 2013.

“For the most part, automotive manufacturers continue to meet consumers’ vehicle dependability expectations,” J.D. Power vice president of global automotive Dave Sargent said in a press release. “A 9% improvement is extremely impressive, and vehicle dependability is, without question, at its best level ever.”

Lexus topped the survey for the seventh consecutive year with a score of 99 reported problems per 100 vehicles, while the industry average was 142. Porsche, Buick, Infiniti, and Kia rounded out the top-five.

These are the 15 most reliable car brands.


1. Lexus

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2015 Lexus RC 350
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Lexus

Problems per 100 vehicles: 99


2. Porsche

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2015 Porsche Macan
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Porsche

Problems per 100 vehicles: 100


3. Buick

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2015 Buick Regal GS
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Buick

Problems per 100 vehicles: 116


4. Infiniti

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2015 Infiniti Q70
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Infiniti

Problems per 100 vehicles: 120


5. Kia

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2015 Kia Soul
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Kia

Problems per 100 vehicles: 120


TIED-6. Chevrolet

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado
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General Motors

Problems per 100 vehicles: 124


TIED-6. Hyundai

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2015 Hyundai Genesis
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Hyundai

Problems per 100 vehicles: 124


TIED-7. BMW

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2015 BMW X3
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High Gear Media

Problems per 100 vehicles: 127


TIED-7. Toyota

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2015 Toyota RAV4
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Toyota

Problems per 100 vehicles: 127


TIED-8. Lincoln

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2015 Lincoln Navigator
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Lincoln

Problems per 100 vehicles: 133


TIED-8. Nissan

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2015 Nissan Frontier
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Nissan

Problems per 100 vehicles: 133


9. Honda

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Honda Accord Sport 2015
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Honda

Problems per 100 vehicles: 140


10. Audi

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2015 Audi S4
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Audi

Problems per 100 vehicles: 141


11. Mazda

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2015 Mazda CX9
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Mazda

Problems per 100 vehicles: 144


12. Mercedes-Benz

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
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Mercedes-Benz

Problems per 100 vehicles: 147


Here is how the rest of the brands ranked.

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Reuters

13. Ford: 152 problems reported per 100 vehicles

14. MINI: 153

15. GMC: 156

16. Volkswagen: 157

TIED-17. Acura: 159

TIED-17. Jaguar: 159

18. Volvo: 162

19. Dodge: 166

TIED-20. Ram: 167

TIED-20. Subaru: 167

21. Mitsubishi: 173

22. Cadillac: 186

23. Jeep: 188

24. Fiat: 192

25. Land Rover: 204

26. Chrysler: 211