Top 10 Most Improved Models in Vehicle Dependability
By: Jeff Youngs, 2/20/2014
Based on data from the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), which measures problems experienced by original owners of three-year-old vehicles, the following 10 car, truck, CUV, and minivan models demonstrate the largest improvement in terms of dependability compared with the 2013 VDS. The models are listed in alphabetical order by make and model.
2011 Buick Enclave
Buick didn't make significant changes to the 2011 Enclave, yet quality improved compared with its performance in the 2013 VDS. The Enclave improves by 45 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in the 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study from 2013.
2011 Dodge Journey
Dodge made a number of changes to the 2011 Journey, including a new interior, ride-and-handling improvements, an available new V-6 engine, and making the company's Uconnect infotainment system an option. Three years later, in the 2014 VDS, the Journey is the most improved model in the study, experiencing 88 PP100 fewer year over year.
2011 GMC Canyon
Though GMC made no significant changes to the 2011 Canyon midsize pickup truck, the model improves in terms of dependability by 49 PP100, making it the fifth most-improved model in the 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study.
2011 Honda Fit
Honda upgraded the 2011 Fit in terms of standard safety and convenience equipment, but made no other changes to its sub-compact 5-door hatchback. However, dependability improves by 34 PP100, and the Fit ties with the Jeep Compass as the 10th most improved model in the study.
2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
Dependability of the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan improves by 80 PP100 in the 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study, making it the second most-improved model behind the Dodge Journey. Hyundai only made a few changes to the 2011 Genesis Sedan, installing more standard equipment and bumping up the available V-8 engine's horsepower rating.
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai made no changes to the 2011 Santa Fe, aside from offering a different audio system in the Limited trim level, yet this midsize CUV's dependability improves by 43 PP100 in the 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study.
2011 Jaguar XF
Helping to significantly lift Jaguar's performance as a brand in the 2014 VDS, the volume-selling XF model improves by 60 PP100 year over year. A more powerful engine, adjustable vehicle settings, and a handful of new features accompanied the Jaguar XF as it was carried over for the 2011 model year.
2011 Jeep Compass
Jeep made numerous changes to the 2011 Compass compact CUV in order to improve the quality of the materials, design, and the driving dynamics. Now, three years later, with a 34 PP100 improvement from the 2013 VDS, the Compass is the 10th most improved model in the 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study in a tie with the Honda Fit.
2011 Lexus GX
Declining by 37 PP100 in the 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study, the 2011 Lexus GX is one of the 12 most dependable models on the market. Lexus made no changes to the 2011 GX 460.
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer
Aside from making hands-free connectivity available and making improvements designed to provide better fuel economy, Mitsubishi did not make significant changes to the 2011 Lancer. Nevertheless, the car's performance in the latest J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study improves by 36 PP100.
2011 Nissan Xterra
With a 57 PP100 improvement, the 2011 Nissan Xterra is the fourth most-improved model in the 2014 VDS. Nissan made no significant changes to the Xterra for the 2011 model year.