When looking to purchase a new vehicle there are some drivers who will look to the 2011 car dependability rankings to help choose what model they should go for. If you are one of those drivers, then you will want to study the winners by category, just so you can make the right choice. We can clearly see that things have improved for many of the automakers when compared to the 2010 report — but not for all of them.
It is no secret that a number of these carmakers suffered from a number of issues that reduced their dependability rating, so it is refreshing to see that they have done their best to rectify these problems. However, let us not forget that this 2011 survey is only for 2008 models, so these results are only good if you plan to purchase a used vehicle.
The reason why this report is three years out of date is due to the fact that it takes time for owners of these 2008 models to offer their opinions. However, at least automakers can take this information and use it to build better models — well that’s the theory anyway. If that is the case, then how come we are still seeing certain models recalled?
The J.D. Power 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study is broken into 20 different categories, from compact car to minivan. Overall Toyota looks to be the most dependable vehicle, which does seem strange considering that they have had the most recalls in recent years. Lexus has normally taken the top spot, but for one reason or another has been knocked off by its parent company — well a win is a win.
Looking over all the rankings we can clearly see that Japanese vehicles have come out on top, with American models following. Surprisingly German cars did not fare as well as we had expected.