In what comes as a huge shock the Japanese automaker took the top spot on J.D. Power's dependability survey. What is a genuine surprise is that the Big 3 are actually closing in on Toyota and Honda in this 3-year study. The reason it's three years long is to make sure the survey accounts for flaws that may not be present in a brand new car. Toyota itself actually slid slightly in problems reported while Lexus improved helping the parent company rise. Buick, Lincoln, Cadillac, Mercury, Chevy, GMC and Saturn all ranked above the industry average. Some of the worst brands included much improved Kia and Hyundai, Isuzu, Volkswagen and Land Rover came in dead last.

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