Among Compact Cars, the smart 2010 Toyota Prius was the top-ranked model in vehicle dependability.
2010 Vehicle Dependability Study Results
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Understanding new-vehicle quality after 3 years of ownershipOne way to gauge a vehicle's long-term dependability is to survey owners of 3-year-old models that were purchased new and ask them to identify problems that have arisen during the previous 12 months. Understanding owner-reported quality problems is one of the many inputs that automakers around the world use to improve vehicle quality and long-term dependability, and this is precisely what J.D. Power and Associates provides with its auto industry benchmark, the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).