In the past, we’ve test driven seemingly indestructible vehicles like the off-road-oriented Toyota Tundra TRD-PRO, and for as sturdy as it felt, we couldn’t help but wonder how it will hold up in the long run.
In order to get the for the article here, we found it in the annual Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) that was first utilized by J.D. Power in order to determine what cars are well-built and what wasn’t. Instead of replicating the list here, we took a few of our favorite standouts. All of the customer/driver complaints from the past 12 months pertaining to vehicles from the 2013 model year were rounded up, and then J.D. Power ascertained which vehicles were being bitched about the least for reliability.
Overall scores are based entirely upon problematic areas in eight different vehicle categories, including exterior, seats, interior, features/controls/displays, driving experience, audio/entertainment/navigation, heating, cooling, and drivetrain.
While quite a few cars received abysmal overall scores from drivers, the 19 winners from the entire 2015 fiscal year were all the usual suspects one might expect, but with one notable exception. There was the typical sprinkling of European and Japanese automobiles throughout, but only GM was able to make the cut from America.
So here are 10 of our favorites from J.D. Power’s most recent list, all of which warrant consideration if you are looking for a used vehicle.