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2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Luxury Cars

2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Luxury Cars

By Christian Wardlaw, February 22, 2017

The J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) is conducted annually, surveying original owners of 3-year-old cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans to determine what has gone right and what has gone wrong from a design and defect perspective. The company gathers the information, analyzes it, and publishes its findings each year in the VDS.

From these findings, J.D. Power formulates Power Circle Ratings that provide consumers with a visual representation of a vehicle’s performance in the VDS, as compared to other models in the same vehicle segment. Consumers who are considering a used-vehicle purchase can consult these ratings to make a more informed decision.

This Most Dependable Luxury Cars guide includes those 2014 model-year vehicles that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.




2014 Acura ILX
Acura introduced the ILX for the 2013 model year, and the small 4-door sedan is  based on the Honda Civic. In 2014, Acura dropped the slow-selling ILX Hybrid from the lineup and made key features like leather seats and 17-in. aluminum wheels standard equipment. Buyers chose between a 2.0-liter and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, the latter offered only with a manual gearbox.

The 2014 Acura ILX receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2014 Lexus ES
One year after a complete redesign, the 2014 Lexus ES was largely unchanged. It continued in hybrid ES 300h and V-6-powered ES 350 model series, now with standard high-intensity discharge headlights, LED fog lights, and Siri Eyes Free compatibility. Ventilated leatherette seating was a new option, and the ES 350 was available with Bamboo interior trim, just like the ES 300h.

The 2014 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.

2014 Lexus GS
Lexus redesigned the GS for the 2013 model year, so few changes accompanied the car into 2014. Siri Eyes Free compatibility debuted, the blind-spot warning system gained rear cross-traffic alert, and a power trunk opener made life easier. The GS 350 with rear-wheel drive used a new 8-speed automatic transmission, and the GS 450h hybrid’s continuously variable transmission was retuned with a new Sport mode. Lexus also dropped the unpopular night-vision system from the options menu.

The 2014 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.

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
In 2014, the Mercedes C-Class sedan entered its final year of production before a complete redesign, while the C-Class coupe would continue for a couple more years. As such, changes were limited to a standard split-folding rear seat, larger wheels for the C350, and the debut of a more powerful and more expressive C63 AMG Edition 507 model.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes sold the 2014 E-Class in coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon body styles. The 2-door models sat on a different platform from the 4-door models and were unavailable with diesel, hybrid, or AMG-tuned drivetrains. In 2014, styling changes gave the cars a more streamlined appearance, new safety systems debuted, and the E-Class sedan received a new 4-cylinder diesel engine option. The AMG-tuned sedans and wagons gained power and performance, too.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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