Here are the 10 most reliable car brands of 2018
The American marketing company J.D. Power has long since become a recognized and reliable source in the automotive industry. Every year, this company builds a study to determine the most reliable cars of the year. To do this, J.D. Power uses the responses of more than 35,000 original owners of 2015 model cars and measures the number of problems identified per 100 three-year-old vehicles over the past 12 months. Year after year, some car brands are in the top 10, but sometimes other brands manage to slip into it and surprise everyone. According to J.D. Power, these are the 10 most reliable car brands of 2018. These are the only brands in the industry that are below the average of 142 problems identified per 100 vehicles.
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 141
Just above average, Audi managed to rank in the top 10 most reliable brands of 2018. The Audi Q3 ranks first among luxury subcompact SUV models, making it the only model in the 2018 study to receive an award in the year of its introduction.
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 140
Honda follows Audi very closely in this ranking. One of their most reliable vehicles is certainly the Honda Odyssey, which ranks first in the best minivan category.
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 133
Lincoln ranks 8th in J.D. Power’s reliability ranking. The Lincoln MKX is the second best mid-size luxury SUV on the market.
Nissan, which also ranks 8th with Lincoln, can be proud of its ranking. Indeed, the brand has 37 fewer problems per 100 vehicles than in 2017! This 8th position is the best in Nissan’s history. The brand can certainly thank its Versa, which ranks third among the best subcompact cars, its LEAF, which has been awarded third place among the best compact cars, and its Frontier, which is considered the second best intermediate pickup truck on the market.
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 127
With 127 problems identified per 100 vehicles over the past year, BMW is ranked 7th on this list, tied with Toyota. The brand has been able to rank among the best luxury subcompact cars with its 2 Series, the best luxury mid-size cars with its 5 Series, the best luxury compact cars with its 4 Series and the best luxury subcompact SUVs with the X1.
Also identifying 127 problems per 100 vehicles over the past 12 months, Toyota ranks among the top 10 most reliable car brands for the 6th consecutive year. According to J.D. Power’s study, Toyota’s strengths are powertrains, fuel economy, ride quality, the absence of noise in the cabin and intuitive controls. The Prius and Tacoma took first place in their respective categories of the best compact car and best mid-size pickup. The Camry and Venza finished second in the best intermediate cars and best intermediate SUVs, with the Venza actually tied with the Santa Fe in Hyundai and the Buick Enclave.
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 124
Chevrolet is in 6th place this year and it is certainly the car brand that has been ranked highest in so many categories. Indeed, 10 of its models were in the top 3 of their category:
- Chevrolet Sonic: second best subcompact;
- Chevrolet Malibu: best mid-size car;
- Chevrolet Camaro: second best mid-size sports car;
- Chevrolet Impala: second best full-size sedan;
- Chevrolet Trax: second best subcompact SUV;
- Chevrolet Equinox: best compact SUV;
- Chevrolet Tahoe: second best full-size SUV;
- Chevrolet Silverado: best full-size pickup truck;
- Chevrolet Silverado HD: second best full-size Heavy Duty pickup truck;
- Chevrolet Traverse: best mid-size SUV.
In 2018, Hyundai was able to slip into 6th place, thanks in part to its Tucson, named best subcompact SUV, and the Sante Fe, which ranks second best intermediate SUV, tied with the Toyota Venza and Buick Enclave.
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 122
This year, Kia achieved its best position in its history by reaching the 5th place in the J.D. Power ranking. The brand owes this result to its Rio, considered the best sub-compact car of all.
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 120
Against all odds, Infiniti managed to rank in the top 10 most reliable brands in 2018! To do so, it obtained the best improvement of all, going from 29th position to 4th! It seems that the Q40, which has been named the second best luxury compact car, has a lot to do with it!
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 116
In 2018, Buick broke records by taking the pole position in terms of overall reliability of its vehicles among the brands in the mass market, obtaining a very good score of 116 problems identified for every 100 vehicles, giving it 3rd place in J.D. Power’s ranking! It must be said that the Buick Regal is in third place among the best intermediate cars, the Verano in second place among the best compact cars, the Buick LaCrosse in pole position among full-size sedans and the Enclave in second position among the best intermediate SUVs, tied with the Toyota’s Venza and Hyundai’s Sante Fe.
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 100
Porsche has long been a widely recognized brand, so its 2nd place in the J.D. Power ranking is no surprise, especially since the Macan model ranks second in the list of the best compact luxury SUVs!
Problems identified for 100 vehicles: 99
Not surprisingly, once again this year, for the 7th consecutive year, it is Lexus that is considered the most reliable of all, with an impressive number of problems identified for every 100 vehicles as low as 99! The latter has charmed its owners thanks to its well-finished interiors, smooth engines and energy-efficient hybrids. Among the best models are the Lexus CT, ranked best luxury subcompact car, the Lexus GS, considered the best luxury mid-size car, the Lexus ES, best luxury compact car, the Lexus RX and GX, named respectively best and third best mid-size luxury SUV, and the Lexus NX, ranked third best luxury compact SUV.
As for the other brands, it should be noted that Mazda still managed to rank 11th with 144 problems identified per 100 vehicles, ranking 9 higher than last year. The worst brands include Chrysler in last place, followed closely by Land Rover and Fiat, with 211, 204 and 192 problems per 100 vehicles respectively. You may have noticed, Asian cars seem to offer greater reliability while they almost entirely monopolize this top 10, while conversely, American cars constitute 9 of the 10 worst brands in terms of reliability. Here’s something to think about before you buy your next car!
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