Some people – or, in this case, cars – have everything going for them.
The Porsche 911 is one of them. The sports car, which is often listed as one of the most collectible vehicles in the auto industry, can now add another accolade to its trophy case: most dependable.
The Porsche 911 ranks as the best performer in J.D. Power’s 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, a closely followed annual list that automakers often trumpet in their marketing campaigns.
It’s not a big surprise. The Porsche brand overall ranked as the second most dependable lineup of vehicles, trailing only Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand.
But you don’t have to buy a luxury car to get a reliable ride these days. In fact, vehicle dependability reached an all-time in the 2021 study as the number of problems reported by owners fell by 10% from the previous year.
The 32nd annual study tracks 177 specific problems in eight categories, including powertrain issues, exterior flaws, infotainment defects and HVAC problems.
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This year’s study assesses the 2018 model year, allowing for three years of road experience to assess how 33,251 owners say their vehicles have held up.
On average, owners reported 121 problems per 100 vehicles, down from 134 in 2020.
Lexus was best at 81, Porsche second at 86, Kia third at 97, Toyota fourth at 98 and Buick and Cadillac tied for fifth at 100.
Tesla was assessed for the first time and had more problems than all but three brands: Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and Land Rover. Owners reported 176 problems for every 100 Tesla vehicles.
J.D. Power also names the most dependable model in each major vehicle segment. Toyota won five categories, while General Motors won four and Hyundai four. (Scroll down for the full list.)
J.D. Power’s 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study brand rankings (problems per 100 vehicles)
Alfa Romeo (196)
Land Rover (244)
*Tesla did not allow its vehicle owners to be surveyed, so it did not technically meet J.D. Power’s ranking criteria, but the study leaders independently obtained enough data to give the brand a score.
J.D. Power 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study most dependable models, by segment (assesses 2018 models)
Most dependable model: Porsche 911
Compact car: Volkswagen Beetle
Compact premium car: Lexus ES
Midsize car: Kia Optima
Midsize premium car: Genesis G80
Midsize sporty car: Chevrolet Camaro
Large car: Toyota Avalon
Small premium car: BMW 2 Series
Compact SUV: Buick Envision
Compact premium SUV: Porsche Macan
Midsize SUV: Kia Sorento
Midsize premium SUV: Lexus GX
Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe
Small SUV: Kia Sportage
Small premium SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLA
Minivan: Toyota Sienna
Midsize pickup: Nissan Frontier
Large light-duty pickup: Toyota Tundra
Large heavy-duty pickup: Chevrolet Silverado HD
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