Lexus tops 12th straight year, Mercury jumps to 2nd

The results are in for J.D. Power & Associates Vehicle Dependability Study and the research firm is reporting that the gap in long-term quality between luxury and high-volume vehicles has been cut in half over the last four years. J.D. estimates that the gap has narrowed from an average of 31 problems per 100 vehicles in its 2003 survey to just 15 in the most recent survey.

Though Lexus retained the top spot for the 12th straight year, other less luxurious nameplates are certainly gaining ground. Mercury, for instance, jumped six spots into the number two position, while Buick is right behind in third. Cadillac, another luxury automaker, secured the fourth spot, while Toyota rounds out the top five.

Some automakers took a major hit in this year's dependability study, not the least of which is Porsche, which fell from the no. 2 spot all the way to no. 22. Land Rover, which was no. 36 on last year's list, fell that final ranking to dead last at no. 37 with 438 ppv.

The segment rankings were dominated by Japanese models, with Toyota and Lexus both leading four segments and Honda three.

Follow this link for a more detailed analysis of the new rankings by Automotive News, or follow the jump for the complete results.

[Source: J.D. Power & Associates, Automotive News]











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