Well, this is hardly surprising. But it’s undoubtedly welcome news for Lexus engineers, as the brand is once again at the top of the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study.
It’s good news for Toyota overall, because while Lexus took top honors in the luxury category, Toyota itself bested all other competition in the mass-market category.
With a score of 108 problems per hundred cars, it’s also worth nothing that Toyota was also ahead of European luxury marques like BMW (122), Mercedes-Benz (134), and Jaguar (168).
With its score of 106, Lexus won both the luxury and overall categories, and at 108, Porsche was right behind it. From a performance perspective, we think it’s awesome to see Stuttgart doing so well, as the perception is that high-performance machines can be finicky.
So it’s nice to see that doesn’t need to be the case. Here are the other big takeaways from the study, straight from the folks at J.D. Power:
* Vehicle dependability improves but at a slower rate: The industry average for 2019 is 136 PP100, an improvement of 6 PP100 from last year, which is a lower rate of improvement than the 14 PP100 in 2018 compared with 2017.
* Mass market brands outperform luxury brands in dependability for first time: Model year 2016 mass market brands average 135 PP100 compared with 141 PP100 for luxury brands.
* German brands show notable improvement: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen all improve this year. Along with Porsche, all Germany brands are better than the industry average, the first time this has happened in the 30 years of the study.
* Most Dependable Model: The Porsche 911 is the highest-ranked model in the 2019 study. This is the first year that a Most Dependable Model has been awarded.
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