) -- Among trucks, SUVs, and crossovers, one manufacturer --
-- was the clear winner in this year's J.D. Power vehicle dependability study.
Of the top ten vehicles in the truck/multi-purpose vehicle/crossover/SUV segments, Toyota and subsidiaries Lexus and Scion manufactured six of them.
each had one top ten vehicle in the segment.
The study measures problems experienced during the past twelve months by original owners of three-year-old vehicles (2008 model year), reviewing 202 different problem symptoms across all areas of the vehicle. Conducted in the fourth quarter of 2010, it's based on responses from more than 43,700 original owners of 2008 vehicles.
The study charts dependability by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. The average rating in 2011 was 151 problems per 100 vehicles. Lincoln led with 101 problems per 100 vehicles.
As part of the same report, J.D. Power also rated the
10 most dependable cars, as reported by
earlier this month.
Among the 50 cars and trucks that the firm rated, Toyota received the most awards with seven. Ford was second with four. (The Lincoln nameplate, counted separately, had two awards, while Lexus and Scion had two each.) Meanwhile, the various GM nameplates accumulated six awards.
Overall, vehicle dependability has improved from 2010, with automakers succeeding in reducing problem rates in many traditional areas. But challenges remain in overcoming problems with newer technologies and features, J.D. Power said.
Read on for the top ten trucks, multi-purpose vehicles, crossovers and SUVs.
The Scion xB was rated the most dependable compact multi-purpose vehicle.
PT Cruiser was also named as a top car in the compact multi-purpose category.
It appears that the Scion xB, which starts at $16,720 for manual, is going to get a new competitor. Recently, at the Geneva Motor Show,
unveiled the concept for the Bulli microbus, which is billed as an entry into the world of younger drivers who like to ride around in funky boxes.
Overall, the Scion brand had 166 problems per 100 vehicles, ranking 23rd in the survey. In 2010, Scion xB sales fell 19.5% to 20,304.
The Honda CR-V was the most dependable crossover/SUV.
Overall, the Honda brand had 139 problems per 100 vehicles, ranking 11th in the survey.
Forester and Toyota RAV4 were also named as top cars in the compact crossover/SUV category.
The BMW X3 was the most dependable premium crossover/SUV. The crossover is based on the BMW 3-Series automotive platform and is manufactured at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, S.C.
Overall, the BMW brand had 164 problems per 100 vehicles, ranking 22nd in the survey.
No other vehicles were named in the entry premium crossover category.
The Toyota 4Runner was the most dependable midsized crossover/SUV.
Built in Japan and Brazil, the 4Runner is a cross between a mid-size SUV and a full-size SUV.
Santa Fe and the Ford Edge were also named as top cars in the mid-size crossover/SUV category.
The Chevrolet Tahoe was the most dependable large crossover/SUV.
Also named were the GMC Yukon and the Toyota Sequoia.
Overall, the Chevrolet brand had 156 problems per 100 vehicles, ranking 17th in the survey. GMC had 184 problems per 100 vehicles, ranking 27th.
In the large pickup category, the Toyota Tundra was rated as the most dependable vehicle, but two domestic trucks were also named.
Both the Ford F-150 LD and the Ram 1500 LD were mentioned, making large/crossovers and SUVs and large pickups the only categories where domestic brands dominated.
Tundra topped its category for the sixth year in a row.
J.D. Power noted that while domestic brands have closed the gap with import brands in initial quality, import brands continue to outperform domestic brands by 18 problems per 100 vehicles.
Domestic brand cars have fewer problems than import brand cars -- domestics have 135 problems per 100, while imports have 147 problems per 100 -- but the trucks and crossovers produced by domestic manufacturers have more problems than import manufacturers' vehicles.
In the mid-sized pickup category, the Toyota Tacoma was the highest ranked vehicle.
The Honda Ridgeline was also named.
In 2010, Tacoma sales fell 4.4% to 106,198 vehicles.
In the minivan category, the Toyota Sienna was the most dependable vehicle.
The Honda Odyssey and the Chevrolet Uplander was also named.
In 2010, Sienna sales rose 17.7% to 98,337.
The Lexus RX was the highest ranked crossover/SUV.
Lexus was the number two ranked brand, with just 109 problems per 100 vehicles.
Also named as top crossovers/SUVs were a second Lexus, the GX470, as well as the Volvo XC70.
The Lincoln Navigator was the most dependable large premium crossover/SUV.
In 2011, Lincoln improved by 13 problems per 100 vehicles.
Despite the high reliability, sales of the Navigator plunged 45.7% in 2010 to 8,057.
The Mercedes Benz GL Class was also named as a leading large premium crossover/SUV.
As a brand, Mercedes-Benz ranked eighth in the survey, with 128 problems per 100 vehicles.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C
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