Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Lincoln top dependability list

Jerry Hirsch / Los Angeles Times /

Published Feb 14, 2013 at 04:00AM

Lexus, Porsche, Toyota and Lincoln had the best records in the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates vehicle dependability study.

In good news for car owners, the study found that overall, cars are becoming more reliable. Other top scorers included Buick, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Acura.

Land Rover scored the worst, with owners of its vehicles reporting problems at more than three times the rate of Lexus. The Dodge brand was the second-worst and Mitsubishi third-worst. Other poor scorers included Jeep, Volkswagen and Jaguar.

The study measures the number of problems owners have experienced in the past 12 months in cars purchased during the 2010 model year.

Overall, the cars experienced an average of 126 problems per hundred vehicles. That was a decline from 132 the previous model year and the lowest average since J.D. Power launched the study in 1989.

“It is great news for consumers,” said Raffi Festekjian, J.D. Power’s director of automotive global research operations. “Manufacturers continue to keep their eye on the ball and improve quality.”

The study comes as consumers are keeping their cars longer.

On average, drivers are now holding onto the cars they have purchased new for nearly six years, a record length of ownership, according to automotive research firm R.L. Polk & Co. For consumers who purchased used vehicles, the average length of ownership is nearly 50 months.

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