2016 Vehicle Dependability Study:Small Cars
Conducted annually, the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) measures design- and defect-related problems that original owners experience with their cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans during the third year of ownership. The sample of original owners tells J.D. Power what has gone right and what has gone wrong with their vehicles. The company analyzes the collected data and publishes its conclusions in the VDS.
From this information, J.D. Power calculates Power Circle Ratings, an easily understood visual representation of a model’s performance relative to its competitors. These ratings are designed to help consumers make smart decisions about the vehicles they buy.
This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2013 small cars that receive a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.