Many of us travel by car every single day—sometimes at very high speeds, sometimes in disastrous weather, and sometimes for incredibly long stretches of time. So we have to be able to trust that our vehicles will be as dependable. Everyone has their personal preferences, but the official rankings show a clear winner for the most dependable brand.
Every year, J.D. Power and Associates release their Vehicle Dependability Study, which reports on the reliability of specific car brands and cars in general. The winner for 2018? Lexus. This is the seventh consecutive year that Lexus has secured the top spot, giving it a solid reputation as America’s most trusted car brand. The other brands in the top five were Porsche, Buick, Infiniti, and Kia. Buick was the highest to rank among mass-market brands. So if you’re in the market for a new car, keep those in mind, along with these secrets your car dealer won’t tell you.
The ranking is based on problems reported per 100 cars, and Lexus had the fewest at 99, compared to the industry average of 142, according to Business Insider. The cars studied were actually from 2015, surveyed after three years of ownership with their original buyers. J.D. Power and Associates also found that overall dependability for vehicles of any brand increased by 9 percent from the year before—the first time the dependability of cars overall has increased since 2013. Check out these tips to extend the life of your car.
Consumer Reports also releases its own “10 Most Reliable Cars” list every year, and though a Lexus model didn’t take the top spot for that—it went to the Kia Niro—its models made up three of the top ten, and Toyota, Lexus’ parent company, also counted three models in the lineup. Lexus and Toyota have been called “boring” by outlets like NBC and The Drive, but you can’t argue with the reliability they offer to thousands of drivers across America. Check out the companies and products that made the cut for the most trusted brands in every industry.