Twenty-five years into the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, consumers reported that automakers were headed in the wrong direction in 2014, which was the first time since 1998 that the industry as a whole slipped. Using the methodology of “problems per 100 vehicles (PP100),” the auto research firm surveys the experiences of drivers who own three-year old cars and trucks. In the 2014 report, the focus was 2011 model-year automobiles. If there were problems in the 12-month period, they get added to the PP100 rating, making higher ratings equate to poor dependability quotients.
It wasn’t bad news for every automaker. General Motors excelled in the 2011 model year with eight segment-leading vehicles while Toyota’s Lexus division was by far the most dependable brand in its third straight year of topping the list. Looking at the 133 PP100 average on the industry, Lexus was the only one to come in below 100 — it did so in style at 68 PP100. Here are the 10 that scored highest, making them the most dependable cars on the road.
1. Midsize Sporty Car: Chevy Camaro
Known for muscle first and everything else second, the 2011 Chevy Camaro stood head-and-shoulders above the pack in the 2014 J.D. Power dependability evaluation for midsize sporty cars. No other car even beat the average in this category, which left the Camaro alone in the winner’s circle. The average PP100 score in the 2014 survey was 133, which leaves the Mustang and Challenger from model year 2011 with some feedback issues.
Yet the midsize sporty car segment wasn’t the only one where no second-place finishers appeared. The compact sporty car segment, where J.D. Power slots cars such as the MINI Cooper, also didn’t have more than one car placing above the average.