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2016 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Luxury Cars

2016 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Luxury Cars

By Christian Wardlaw, February 24, 2016
Each year, J.D. Power conducts its industry benchmark Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), surveying original owners of 3-year-old cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans in order to measure design- and defect-related problems that occurred during the third year of ownership. From this information, J.D. Power formulates Power Circle Ratings that provide an easily understood visual representation of a vehicle’s performance relative to its competitors. Consumers can reference these ratings when conducting research in advance of their next vehicle purchase.

This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2013 luxury cars that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.


2013 Acura ILX
New to the U.S. market in 2013, the Acura ILX is a restyled version of the Honda Civic featuring an extra layer of refinement and luxury. Most versions of the ILX have a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Acura also offered a hybrid variant and a version with a more powerful engine paired exclusively with a manual gearbox.

The 2013 Acura ILX receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Acura TL
Acura’s most popular car, the midsize TL carried into 2013 without changes following a refresh performed the prior year. Offered with front-wheel drive or Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, the TL is a reliable choice among luxury sedans.

The 2013 Acura TL receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Audi A4
For 2013, Audi’s entry-level model, the A4, came in base A4, performance-tuned S4, and Allroad model series. The Allroad was new for 2013, replacing the previous Avant station wagon and featuring SUV styling cues as well as a raised suspension. Electric steering, Audi Connect subscription services, Bluetooth streaming audio, and adaptive cruise control were also new for 2013.

The 2013 Audi A4 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 BMW 1 Series
A compact coupe and convertible, the BMW 1 Series lineup lost the limited-production 1M Coupe performance car but gained a new sport-tuned 135is model. Other changes were minor, related to equipment packaging.

The 2013 BMW 1 Series receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2013 Cadillac CTS
Available as a coupe, sedan, or a station wagon, the Cadillac CTS received few changes in its final year before a complete redesign. Remote engine starting became standard equipment for the basic versions of the car, while the performance-tuned CTS-V models got new 2-piece front brake rotors and optional red-painted brake calipers.

The 2013 Cadillac CTS receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Infiniti G
Infiniti offered the G37 lineup as a coupe, convertible, and a sedan. In 2013, the entry G25 model was cancelled, but a new Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) version of the convertible debuted. All-wheel-drive versions carry an “x” designation on the trunk lid.

The 2013 Infiniti G receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Lexus ES
Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Lexus ES grew in size, adding significant rear-seat room. A new ES 300h hybrid version also debuted, joining the more popular ES 350. New safety and infotainment technologies also debuted with the new 2013 Lexus ES.

The 2013 Lexus ES receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Compact Premium Car segment.


2013 Lexus GS
With the redesigned Lexus GS, the company aimed to transform it into a legitimate midsize luxury sport sedan by offering a new F Sport package. Even the hybrid version of the car, the GS 450h, had more power and improved performance. New safety and infotainment technologies also debuted with the new GS.

The 2013 Lexus GS receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Midsize Premium Car segment.


2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
With a coupe, convertible, sedan, and a station wagon from which to choose, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup offered something for everyone. That year, a next-generation version of the automaker’s subscription services technology debuted, along with a new E400 Hybrid sedan. The E63 AMG performance models gained numerous standard features, while coupes and convertibles came with new wheels, electric steering, and heated front seats.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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