Top 10 Most Dependable Cars of 2016: J.D. Power

Top 10 Most Dependable Cars of 2016: J.D. Power

You rely on your car to get you through the day, so why wouldn’t you want a dependable one?

The J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study has been released, surveying 33,560 vehicle owners to see how many problems they’ve experienced with their vehicles after three years of ownership. It’s worth noting that the study surveys original owners of 2013 model year vehicles, and not 2016 model year vehicles. Still, it’s a great indicator of whether a vehicle will have problems after three years of ownership.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Dependable Automakers of 2016: J.D. Power

To determine how dependable a vehicle is, J.D. Power determined the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles and has pulled winners from each vehicle category.

City Car: Fiat 500


Although Fiat as a brand didn’t fare well in this year’s study, the Fiat 500 ranked highest among city cars. That might not be saying much however, since there isn’t a ton of competition in the segment, with the Smart Fortwo being the only other city car that scored above the industry average. Smart however, is the second-least dependable automaker in this year’s study.

Small Car: Honda Fit


Honda on the other hand, performed fairly well in this year’s study and the compact Fit took top honors in the small car category. Also topping the segment is the Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent.

Compact Car: Buick Verano


Topping the compact car category is the Buick Verano, followed by the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Prius. Buick as a brand performed well this year, ranking in third with an overall 106 problems per 100 vehicles.

Compact Sporty Car: MINI Cooper and MINI Coupe/Roadster


The MINI Cooper, MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster models all received recognition in the compact sporty car category. The Volkswagen GTI was also one of the most dependable in the segment. MINI as a brand however, ranked lower than the industry average of 152 problems per 100 vehicles with owners reporting 155 problems.

Compact Premium Car: Lexus ES


For the fifth consecutive year, Lexus was the most dependable brand, so it’s no surprising that it has a couple of models topping their segment. For the compact premium car segment is the Lexus ES. Also receiving recognition is the BMW 1 Series, while the Acura ILX and Audi A4 tied for third.

Midsize Car: Chevrolet Malibu


There’s an all-new Chevrolet Malibu and if it’s as reliable as its previous model, then it should be a hit. The sedan took the midsize car segment, ahead of the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry.

Midsize Sporty Car: Chevrolet Camaro


Topping the midsize sporty car segment is the Chevrolet Camaro. It’s also the only segment that had a top performer as no other model in this segment performed above segment average. It appears the Ford Mustang is having some dependability issues since it was at least mentioned last year.

Midsize Premium Car: Lexus GS


The Lexus GS took the midsize premium car category, besting out the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Last year, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class topped the segment, along with the Lincoln MKS and Infiniti M. Neither the Lincoln MKS or Infiniti M made an appearance this year.

Large Car: Buick LaCrosse


The Buick LaCrosse is a repeat winner for the large car segment, and there’s an all-new model on the horizon that looks stunning. Also being recognized in the large car segment is the Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon.

  • Bug S Bunny

    The definition of dependable differs from person to person. Having a problem with a car’s radio may negatively affect one person’s view of dependable, while another person views the radio function as having absolutely nothing to do with dependability. Accordingly, these studies should be looked at with caution.

  • Jeff Safire

    Exactly. I have 2 friends that are independent mechanics and they both fix more Fiats than any other car. They do both agree that the Chevy Malibu does seem to be a good reliable car.

  • windel Vernon

    What, no Honda Accord? It’s JDP heresy. ; < (

  • louie

    Japanese and GM car lover. Bias is obvious.

  • Bull shit! How can your friends fix more Fiat’s than other cars? Fiat sells only around 2 thousand cars a month in the US, while some other brand sells more than 200 thousand in the same time!
    Many Fiat models ranks at the top in the german Automobilclub ADAC styled Pannen Statistik. In the english Waranty Direct dependable studie Fiat earned top ten engine reliabilty, better than most U.S. american and german brand

  • Jeff Safire

    Perhaps the early Fiat 500’s are coming off of warranty now? I don’t know. I was in one friend’s shop for new tires 3 weeks ago. Out of 7 cars, there were 2 Fiat 500’s. One just needed a headlight bulb, I think. I don’t know what was wrong with the other. I have no reason to make this stuff up. My dad had a Fiat 124 Sport when I was in high school and I loved that car. But, it did have its problems.
    Please don’t shoot the messenger.