"It takes considerable time to positively change consumer perceptions of quality and dependability-sometimes a decade or more-so it is vital for manufacturers to continually improve quality and also to convince consumers of these gains," said David Sargent, J.D. Power's VP of global vehicle research, in a press release accompanying the results.
While Porsche was the top-performing luxury brand, Toyota was the top-performing full-line brand (not counting Mercury or Buick) for dependability, followed by Honda and Ford. Land Rover was solidly at the bottom of the list, followed by Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Jeep.
Chrysler remains the exception, with all three of its U.S. brands at the time—Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep—falling well below the industry average.
Vehicles overall have steadily become more reliable and dependable, but there's still a vast difference between vehicles of one brand versus another. For instance, Land Rover owners experienced more than twice the number of problems per 100 vehicles than Porsche or Lexus owners did, and Suzuki and Volkswagen owners saw nearly double the number of issues as Toyota owners.
Below is a complete list of the most dependable vehicles in each segment. Remember we're referring to 2007 models, so some model names might be discontinued or different today.
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Mazda MX-5 Miata
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Lexus GX 470
Lincoln Mark LT