Which Vehicles Come Out on Top for Quality?

June 27, 2011

Lexus tops the list this year as the best brand for vehicles, according to the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates’ Initial Quality Study. Lexus’ LS sedan had the fewest reported problems of any vehicle in the first 90 days of ownership, the study found.

“Expected reliability continues to be the single-most-important reason why new-vehicle buyers choose one model over another," says David Sargent, vice president of global vehicle research at J.D. Power and Associates.

The Top 7 Vehicles

Here are the top ranked vehicles from J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Nameplate Initial Quality Study.

1. Lexus
2. Honda
3. Acura
4. Mercedes-Benz
5. Mazda
6. Porsche
7. Toyota

The Lowest Ranked Vehicles

Overall, "automakers are tweaking their engines and transmissions to maximize fuel economy, but their experiments have taken their toll in terms of the driving experience and quality ratings are suffering as a result,” Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com senior analyst, told USA Today.

The brands that scored the worst for quality in the study were:

  • Dodge
  • Mitsubishi
  • Suzuki

View more of the study’s vehicle rankings at USA Today.

Source:“Lexus, Honda Top J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, Ford Plummets,”USA Today (June 23, 2011)