Top-Ranked Cars, Trucks, and SUVs in the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study

Top-Ranked Cars, Trucks, and SUVs in the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study

By Christian Wardlaw, February 14, 2018
  • 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study

    Dependability is one of the most important considerations among car buyers when they choose a new vehicle. That makes the annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) particularly helpful to both new- and used-vehicle shoppers.

    To gather car reliability data for the VDS, J.D. Power surveys tens of thousands of original owners of 3-year-old vehicles, asking them how dependable their vehicles have been during the prior 12 months. Based on this information, J.D. Power calculates which new-car models are the most dependable within the different vehicle segments.

    According to the results of the 2018 VDS, the following 2015 model-year vehicles receive an award for ranking highest in their respective segments. On the pages that follow, the award recipients are displayed in alphabetical order by make and model.



  • 2015 Audi Q3 photo

    2015 Audi Q3

    The 2015 Audi Q3 ranks highest in the Small Premium SUV segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 BMW X1 and 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class rank second and third, respectively.

    In 2015, the Q3 was not new to global markets, but it was new to the United States. Highlights include a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive or Quattro all-wheel drive, 5-passenger seating, and up to 48.2 cu. ft. of cargo space.

  • 2015 Buick LaCrosse photo

    2015 Buick LaCrosse

    The 2015 Buick LaCrosse ranks highest in the Large Car segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Chevrolet Impala and 2015 Ford Taurus rank second and third, respectively.

    For the 2015 model year, Buick added a standard reversing camera and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot to the LaCrosse, and upgraded the infotainment system with Siri Eyes Free capability and text-message alerts.

  • 2015 Chevrolet Equinox photo

    2015 Chevrolet Equinox

    The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox ranks highest in the Compact SUV segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 GMC Terrain and 2015 Ford Escape rank second and third, respectively.

    Chevrolet made no changes to the 2015 Equinox, aside from making a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot standard equipment.

  • 2015 Chevrolet Malibu photo

    2015 Chevrolet Malibu

    The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu ranks highest in the Midsize Car segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Toyota Camry and 2015 Buick Regal rank second and third, respectively.

    Chevrolet made few changes to the 2015 Malibu lineup. The Eco trim level was discontinued, and the MyLink infotainment system gained Siri Eyes Free capability, text-messaging alerts, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 photo

    2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ranks highest in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Ford F-150 ranks second.

    For the 2015 model year, an 8-speed automatic transmission became standard with the 6.2-liter V-8 engine, and maximum trailering capacity increased to 12,000 lbs. The MyLink infotainment system became available with Siri Eyes Free, text-messaging alerts, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Rally Edition versions gave the Silverado a sporty appearance.

  • 2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ photo

    2015 Chevrolet Traverse

    The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse ranks highest in the Midsize SUV segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Buick Enclave, 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, and 2015 Toyota Venza all tie for second rank position.

    Chevy’s popular family-sized SUV added Siri Eyes Free capability and text-messaging support for 2015. A revised design for the 18-in. aluminum wheels also debuted.

  • 2015 Dodge Challenger photo

    2015 Dodge Challenger

    The 2015 Dodge Challenger ranks highest in the Midsize Sporty Car segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ranks second.

    Dodge updated the Challenger’s styling for 2015, modifying the car’s grille, headlights, taillights, dashboard, and seats to recall the 1971 Challenger. The design changes were accompanied by new wheels, paints colors, and striping options. Also, a new 8-speed automatic transmission debuted, along with new infotainment and safety systems. Versions with the Scat Pack made 475 horsepower.

  • 2015 Ford Expedition photo

    2015 Ford Expedition

    The 2015 Ford Expedition ranks highest in the Large SUV segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe ranks second.

    Ford made significant changes to the 2015 Expedition. In addition to updated styling, a freshened and quieter interior, and new infotainment and safety technologies, the 2015 Expedition included a standard twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. An adaptive damping suspension was a new option, and Platinum was a new trim level.

  • 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty photo

    2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty

    The 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty ranks highest in the Large Heavy-Duty Pickup segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty ranks second.

    Ford didn’t make many changes to the 2015 Super Duty lineup. The 6.7-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel made more horsepower and torque, and a new high-capacity towing package arrived. The F-450 model offered greater towing and payload ratings.

  • 2015 Honda Odyssey photo

    2015 Honda Odyssey

    The 2015 Honda Odyssey ranks highest in the Minivan segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country ranks second.

    Honda made no changes to the 2015 Odyssey.

  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson photo

    2015 Hyundai Tucson

    The 2015 Hyundai Tucson ranks highest in the Small SUV segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax and 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan rank second and third, respectively.

    In its final year before a complete redesign, the 2015 Tucson GLS came with a new Popular Equipment package while the Tucson Limited included LED taillights.

  • 2015 Kia Rio photo

    2015 Kia Rio

    The 2015 Kia Rio ranks highest in the Small Car segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic and 2015 Nissan Versa rank second and third, respectively.

    In 2015, when buyers chose the LX trim level and upgraded to the automatic transmission, the car included an Active Eco system designed to improve fuel economy.

  • 2015 Lexus CT 200h photo

    2015 Lexus CT

    The 2015 Lexus CT ranks highest in the Small Premium Car segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 BMW 2 Series ranks second.

    Minor changes accompanied the CT hybrid into the 2015 model year. The lane-change signal flashed three times with a tap of the lever, and the programmable garage door opener system received an update. The infotainment system added Siri Eyes Free capability, the Enform App Suite system added more music app choices, and the navigation system’s menu of voice prompts expanded.

  • 2015 Lexus ES 350 photo

    2015 Lexus ES

    The 2015 Lexus ES ranks highest in the Compact Premium Car segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Infiniti Q40 and 2015 BMW 4 Series rank second and third, respectively.

    Lexus added standard equipment to the 2015 ES. Cloth seats were dropped, with NuLuxe leatherette becoming the standard upholstery offering. Also, an infotainment system with a 7-in. display and Remote Touch Interface was standard, and included HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a reversing camera. The sound system received an upgrade, too, and Lexus Enform added Remote Services and a smartphone app.

    Finally, a new Crafted Line of special edition models debuted.

  • 2015 Lexus GS 350 photo

    2015 Lexus GS

    The 2015 Lexus GS ranks highest in the Midsize Premium Car segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 BMW 5 Series ranks second.

    Lexus updated the GS line with standard 18-in. aluminum wheels and a new infotainment system with a 12.3-in. widescreen display, expanded App Suite offerings, and new Enform Remote Services. A Crafted Line special edition of the GS 350 F Sport went on sale, as well as new F Sport versions of the GS 450h hybrid.

  • 2015 Lexus RX 350 photo

    2015 Lexus RX

    The 2015 Lexus RX ranks highest in the Midsize Premium SUV segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Lincoln MKX and 2015 Lexus GX rank second and third, respectively.

    Lexus made few changes to the popular RX for the 2015 model year. A touch-screen infotainment system became standard, and an improved Remote Touch Interface was offered for some versions. A new aluminum wheel design debuted with certain option packages, a Cabernet leather color arrived for F Sport versions, and Lexus made LED headlights and fog lights available on some variants of the SUV.

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class photo

    2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

    The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class ranks highest in the Compact Premium SUV segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Porsche Macan and 2015 Lexus NX rank second and third, respectively.

    Mercedes-Benz made no changes to the GLK-Class for the 2015 model year.

  • 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid photo

    2015 Toyota Prius

    The 2015 Toyota Prius ranks highest in the Compact Car segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Buick Verano and 2015 Nissan Leaf rank second and third, respectively.

    Toyota returned the Persona Series to the 2015 Prius lineup, based on the Three trim level. No other alterations were made in advance of a complete redesign for 2016.

  • 2015 Toyota Tacoma photo

    2015 Toyota Tacoma

    The 2015 Toyota Tacoma ranks highest in the Midsize Pickup segment to earn a dependability award. The 2015 Nissan Frontier ranks second.

    The big news for the 2015 Tacoma was the addition of the off-road-ready TRD Pro Series. Otherwise, Toyota cancelled the regular cab style and offered a new Utility package for the base Access Cab version of the truck.


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