2018 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Luxury Cars
On an annual basis, J.D. Power surveys thousands of original owners of 3-year-old vehicles in order to learn what has gone right and what has gone wrong during this period of ownership. This information is collected, analyzed, and reported in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).
Based on this information, J.D. Power also creates vehicle dependability Power Circle Ratings, providing used vehicle shoppers with a summary of the study’s findings in a visually simple format. The ratings reflect how dependable a used vehicle is likely to be based on the data collected from original owners of the makes and models. Consumers can use the ratings to make a more informed purchase decision.
Listed below in alphabetical order, and according to the findings of the 2018 VDS, this Most Dependable Luxury Cars guide includes those 2015 model-year vehicles that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after three years of ownership.
2015 Audi A4
A compact premium car available in A4 sedan, performance-tuned S4 sedan, and A4 Allroad wagon model series, the Audi A4 is one of the most dependable vehicles in its segment. The A4 and A4 Allroad share a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the S4 is equipped with a supercharged V6. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard for the A4 Allroad and S4, and optional for the A4. In 2015, the various members of the A4 family received minor styling and equipment updates.
The 2015 Audi A4 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2015 Audi A5
Based on the same platform as the Audi A4, this car is a 2-door coupe or convertible offered in A5, S5, or RS 5 model series. The A5 features a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the S5 a supercharged V6, and the RS 5 a powerful V8. As of the 2015 model year, all versions included standard Quattro all-wheel drive. Additionally, minor styling and equipment changes were made for 2015.
The 2015 Audi A5 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2015 BMW 2 Series
In 2014, BMW launched the 2 Series as a rear-drive, 3-box, 4-seat coupe, a modern interpretation of the classic 2002. For 2015, the automaker expanded the 2 Series lineup to include a convertible and an optional all-wheel-drive system. Engine choices include a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 6-cylinder. Transmission choices include a manual gearbox and an automatic. Driving enjoyment is standard.
The 2015 BMW 2 Series receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2015 BMW 4 Series
While the 2 Series represents the entry point to BMW ownership (along with the X1 SUV), the 4 Series lineup adds power, performance, and yes, utility. That latter element comes courtesy of the Gran Coupe version, which is a 5-door hatchback. Other body styles include a coupe and a convertible, equipped with turbocharged 4-cylinder or a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine. And for 2015, BMW expanded the lineup with performance-oriented M4 versions of the coupe and convertible.
The 2015 BMW 4 Series receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2015 BMW 5 Series
BMW’s midsize car is available in a wide variety of configurations, including a classic 4-door sedan, a useful 5-door hatchback, an efficient hybrid, and a performance-tuned M5. Also, depending on the model, all-wheel drive is available. For 2015, BMW has added standard features, modified optional equipment packages, and adjusted trim offerings.
The 2015 BMW 5 Series receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2015 Infiniti Q40
A one-year wonder, the Q40 is the Infiniti formerly known as the G37. Caught up in Infiniti’s revised naming strategy, the Q40 was sold only for the 2015 model year as a low-cost entry-point to the brand. It came in a single level of specification with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, an available option package, and in four paint colors.
The 2015 Infiniti Q40 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2015 Lexus CT
Based on the Toyota Prius platform and powertrain, but styled for an upscale appearance and tuned for improved performance, the Lexus CT 200h is a small, 5-door hatchback equipped with a standard hybrid drivetrain. For the 2015 model year, Lexus improved the infotainment system and made a handful of other updates, including a 3-flash lane change indicator.
The 2015 Lexus CT receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and receives an award in the Small Premium Car category.
2015 Lexus ES
Priced to compete with compact, entry-level luxury vehicles, but sized larger for improved rear seat legroom, the Lexus ES is an entry-level, front-drive sedan focused on luxury rather than performance. Engine choices include a V6 (ES 350) or a gas-electric hybrid (ES 300h), and for 2015 a new Crafted Line of special-edition ES 350 models debuted. Lexus also added more standard equipment to the ES for 2015, and improved the infotainment and sound systems.
The 2015 Lexus ES receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and receives an award in the Compact Premium Car category.
2015 Lexus GS
If the Lexus ES is focused on luxury, the Lexus GS is focused on performance. It’s a midsize sedan, available with a V6 (GS 350) or a gas-electric powertrain (GS 450h), and available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. For the 2015 model year, Lexus added standard equipment, upgraded the car’s infotainment system, launched a new Crafted Line special-edition of the GS 350, and expanded F Sport specification to the GS 450h.
The 2015 Lexus GS receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and receives an award in the Midsize Premium Car category.
2015 Lexus IS
Within the Lexus IS lineup, the 4-door sedans are new third-generation designs while the 2-door power retractable hardtop convertibles remain based on the old second-generation design. Each is offered with a choice between two V6 engines power the rear wheels. Sedans can also be optioned with all-wheel drive. Changes for the 2015 model year centered on the IS sedan in the form of added equipment and a new Crafted Line special edition.
The 2015 Lexus IS receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2015 Lincoln MKZ
Sharing a platform and powertrains with the Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ is an entry-level luxury sedan that offers more interior space than most competitors. Buyers choose between a turbocharged 4-cylinder, a V6, and a gas-electric hybrid powertrain, and all-wheel drive is an option. For 2015, Lincoln added a 3G modem to the car.
The 2015 Lincoln MKZ receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
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