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10 Models Exhibiting Largest Declines in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study

3/3/2013
J.D. Power and Associates conducts an annual study of vehicle dependability, one designed to measure what has gone right and what has gone wrong with 3-year-old vehicles, as reported by their original owners. The 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study asks owners about problems they have experienced during the 12 months prior to the survey and compiles the data into an industry-standard research package. According to the results from the 2013 study, the following 2010 models experience the greatest year-over-year increases in the number of reported problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). The vehicles are listed in order, starting with models with the largest long-term quality decline.

1) 2010 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
After introducing the Genesis luxury sedan for the 2009 model year, Hyundai re-stated horsepower ratings and added an electronic parking brake in 2010, along with new options, including a navigation system and an adaptive cruise control system. Nevertheless, the Genesis Sedan declines by 114 PP100 to 195 PP100 in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, due to numerous reported problems about the vehicle's power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, seat memory system, and front-seat heating and ventilation systems.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Quality Ratings
Hyundai Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Hyundai Buyer's Guide


2) 2010 Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet completely redesigned the Equinox compact crossover SUV for the 2010 model year. In 2013, owner-reported problems result in a 70 PP100 year-over-year decline in dependability for the Equinox, to 162 PP100, performing well below the industry average of 126 PP100.

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Chevrolet Equinox Quality Ratings
Chevrolet Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Chevrolet Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide


3) 2010 Dodge Charger
Dodge added standard side-impact and side curtain air bags to the 2010 Charger, but made no other significant changes. Yet, in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study this model declines by 67 PP100 to 182 PP100, far below the industry average of 126 PP100. The Charger was significantly restyled and re-engineered for the 2011 model year.

2013 Dodge Charger Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Dodge Charger Quality Ratings
Dodge Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Dodge Buyer's Guide


4) 2010 Hyundai Elantra
For its final year before a complete redesign, the 2010 Hyundai Elantra received a standard USB port and iPod connection, extra chrome exterior trim, and improved fuel-economy ratings. A new Elantra Blue fuel-miser model also joined the lineup. Despite the changes, the Elantra declines by 51 PP100 to 157 PP100 in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, solidly below the industry average of 126 PP100.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Hyundai Elantra Quality Ratings
Hyundai Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Hyundai Buyer's Guide


5) 2010 Lincoln MKX
Although changes to the 2010 Lincoln MKX luxury crossover SUV amounted to little more than modifications to option package contents, the model declines by 40 PP100 to 133 PP100 in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study. Despite the decline, the MKX remains aligned with the industry average of 126 PP100. For the 2011 model year, the Lincoln MKX received numerous modifications, including MyLincoln Touch technology.

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


6) 2010 Scion xB
Aside from revised audio systems, the Scion xB was unchanged from the 2009 version. In the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, the 2010 Scion xB declines by 38 PP100 to 138 PP100. This decline does not prevent the 2010 Scion xB from becoming the award recipient in the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle segment in the 2013 VDS.

2013 Scion xB Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Scion xB Quality Ratings
Scion Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Scion Buyer's Guide


7) 2010 Honda Fit
The Honda Fit declines by 36 PP100 to 154 PP100 in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, below the industry average score of 126 PP100. Honda made no changes to the 2010 Fit, which was completely redesigned for the 2009 model year.

2013 Honda Fit Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Honda Fit Quality Ratings
Honda Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Honda Buyer's Guide


8) 2010 Jeep Compass
In the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, the Jeep Compass declines by 32 PP100 to 178 PP100, far below the industry average of 126 PP100. For the 2010 model year, Jeep had added a 5-speed manual transmission option for the base engine, offered a remote engine starting option for models with a continuously variable transmission, and added automatic climate control for the Compass Limited model.

2013 Jeep Compass Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Jeep Compass Quality Ratings
Jeep SUV Quality Ratings
2013 Jeep Buyer's Guide


9) 2010 Nissan Frontier
Although the Nissan Frontier declines by 30 PP100 to 122 PP100 in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, the compact pickup truck's overall score remains above the industry average of 126 PP100. For the 2010 model year, Nissan added stability control, side-impact air bags, and side curtain air bags as standard equipment to all Frontier models.

2013 Nissan Frontier Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Nissan Frontier Quality Ratings
Nissan Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Nissan Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide


10) 2010 Toyota Corolla
The 2010 Toyota Corolla declines by 29 PP100 to 122 PP100 in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, slightly ahead of the industry average of 126 PP100. Consumers buying a new 2010 Toyota Corolla received standard stability control and free service covering scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years of ownership.

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

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