Highest-Quality Small Cars
J.D. Power surveyed 81,500 purchasers and lessees of 2008 model-year vehicles, after 90 days of ownership, between February and April 2008. Vehicles with less than 100 respondents were not included for ranking. J.D. Power does not release problems per 100 vehicles for individual models, but the industry average for all brands is 118 problems per 100 vehicles in 2008. Reported problems include quality of design, defects and malfunctions.
Honda FitSegment: Sub-Compact Car
Base MSRP: $14,750
EPA Estimated MPG: 27 city / 34 highway
Nuts and Bolts: Front side airbags with passenger-side occupant-position detector; side curtain airbags; interior air filtration; power window, mirrors and door locks; split folding rear seats.
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Mazda MX-5 MiataSegment: Compact Sporty Car
Base MSRP: $23,840
EPA Estimated MPG: 20 city / 27 highway
Nuts and Bolts: Dual front side mounted airbags; tilt adjustable steering wheel; steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control; leather-wrapped steering wheel; four-speaker sound system; power window, mirror and door locks.
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