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Top 10 Cars in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study

By Jeff Youngs, March 25, 2013
Each year, the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) measures the number of problems experienced by original owners of 3-year-old vehicles. The study asks vehicle owners about problems that occur within the 12-month period prior to when the study was fielded and converts the results into scores based on problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). In the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, the following (2010 model year) passenger car models received the 10 lowest PP100 scores, meaning they were the cars with the fewest problems in the 2013 VDS. They are listed below, in order beginning with the most-dependable model.

1) Lexus ES 350
In the 2013 VDS, the 2010 Lexus ES 350 achieves 58 PP100, well below the average of 126 PP100, and ranks highest in its segment. In fact, the ES is the top-performing passenger car overall in the 2013 VDS. For the 2010 model year, the ES 350's styling was freshened, and Lexus offered a new Enform telematics system with Safety Connect service. New standard equipment included leather seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and rear-seat side-impact air bags.

2013 Lexus ES Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Lexus ES Quality Ratings
Lexus Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Lexus Buyer's Guide

2) Buick Lucerne
With 70 PP100, the 2010 Buick Lucerne is the second-highest-performing car in the 2013 VDS. Offered with a choice between a V-6 and a V-8 engine, the 2010 Lucerne received subtle design updates inside and out. The base model could be equipped with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, while the Lucerne Super offered a chrome 18-inch wheel option.

2010 Buick Lucerne Quality Ratings
Buick Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Buick Buyer's Guide

3) Lexus LS 460
The 2010 Lexus LS 460 (72 PP100) performs third highest in the 2013 VDS. For the 2010 model year, the LS 460 received styling updates and a long list of technology upgrades. Highlights include standard Safety Connect service and Bluetooth audio streaming capability, as well as an optional Advanced Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection, Driver Monitor System, and a Lane Keep Assist system. The LS 600 hL offered an Advanced Parking Guidance system and Intelligent High-Beam Headlights.

2013 Lexus LS Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Lexus LS Quality Ratings
Lexus Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Lexus Buyer's Guide

4) Lincoln MKZ
The 2010 Lincoln MKZ is fourth in long-term dependability among all car models in the 2013 VDS, achieving a score of 81 PP100. Lincoln restyled the 2010 MKZ on the outside and redesigned its interior, installing new materials, new seats, and wood, aluminum, and premium leather. The powertrain, steering, and suspension were upgraded, and the 2010 MKZ included new connectivity, information, entertainment, and safety technologies.

2013 Lincoln MKZ Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Lincoln MKZ Quality Ratings
Lincoln Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Lincoln Buyer's Guide

5a) Audi A6
In fifth position, tied with the Toyota Avalon, is the 2010 Audi A6, with 82 PP100. In 2010, the A6 received a more powerful standard engine, new heated steering wheel with the optional Cold Weather package, new Sport packages and upgraded Audi Multi-Media Interface (MMI) technology.

2013 Audi A6 Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Audi A6 Quality Ratings
Audi Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Audi Buyer's Guide

5b) Toyota Avalon
Tied with the Audi A6 as the fifth-most-dependable car in the 2013 VDS is the 2010 Toyota Avalon with 82 PP100. For the 2010 model year, Toyota made few changes to the Avalon.

2013 Toyota Avalon Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Toyota Avalon Quality Ratings
Toyota Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Toyota Cars Buyer's Guide

7) Cadillac DTS
With 84 PP100, the 2010 Cadillac DTS is the seventh-most-dependable car in the 2013 VDS. In 2010, Cadillac cancelled the DTS Performance model, but made few other changes to its largest passenger car.

2010 Cadillac DTS Quality Ratings
Cadillac Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Cadillac Buyer's Guide

8) Chevrolet Camaro
In 2010, the Chevrolet Camaro returned to the American market with retro styling designed to evoke the 1969 Camaro model. Offered with a V-6 or a V-8 engine and with LS, LT, RS, or SS trim, the new 2010 Camaro proved popular with consumers. In the 2013 VDS, with 87 PP100, it is the eighth-most-dependable car in the study, well below the report average of 126 PP100.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Quality Ratings
Chevrolet Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Chevrolet Cars Buyer's Guide

9) Cadillac CTS
With 92 PP100 in the 2013 VDS, the 2010 Cadillac CTS is ninth on the list of most-dependable cars. For the 2010 model year, a new Sport Wagon body style arrived, offering additional cargo capacity and unique design. A new 3.0-liter V-6 engine became the standard power plant, and Cadillac offered it in conjunction with a new Eco Lux package that the automaker claimed would produce 30 mpg on the highway.

2013 Cadillac CTS Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Cadillac CTS Quality Ratings
Cadillac Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Cadillac Buyer's Guide

10) Volvo S80
The 10th-most-dependable car model in the 2013 VDS is the 2010 Volvo S80, with 93 PP100. The S80 received minor modifications to its styling and trim in 2010, as well as modifications to how customers could order options. A new Dynamic package aimed to give the vehicle additional handling capability.

2013 Volvo S80 Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Volvo S80 Quality Ratings
Volvo Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Volvo Buyer's Guide

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