JD Power has unveiled its results for 2014 in America. JD Power measures how many problems owners report with their new vehicle. It’s measured in problems per 100 cars sold and does not necessarily refer to breakdowns, but also things that owners aren’t happy with or didn't live up to expectation.
Strong showing from KoreaWhilst the list contains mostly American cars it’s interesting to note that there are quite a few locally sold cars on the list. Korean manufacturers seem to be doing particularly well, with 2011 SA Car of the Year the Hyundai Elantra scooping most ‘reliable’ compact car. The Hyundai Accent also took the small car victory.
The only German in JD PowerPorsche also does well in the sporty car segments, scoring awards for compact premium sporty car with the Boxster, large premium car with the Panamera and midsize sporty car went to the 911.
Strangely, no other German manufacturer makes it onto the list as American local manufacturers like Lincoln, GMC and Buick scored better in reliability stats.
While not all of these cars listed here are available in South Africa, the ones that are have been proven to be reliable and make their owners happy.
JD Power 2014 results:
- Hyundai Elantra - Compact Car
- Mazda MAZDA5 - Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle
- Lexus ES - Compact Premium Car
- Porsche Boxster - Compact Premium Sporty Car
- Infiniti QX50 - Compact Premium SUV
- Mazda MX-5 Miata - Compact Sporty Car
- GMC Terrain - Compact SUV
- Kia Cadenza - Large Car
- Chevrolet Silverado HD - Large Heavy Duty Pickup
- Ford F-150 LD - Large Light Duty Pickup
- Porsche Panamera - Large Premium Car
- Infiniti QX80 - Large Premium SUV
- Chevrolet Suburban - Large SUV
- GMC Yukon - Large SUV
- Chevrolet Malibu - Midsize Car
- Honda Ridgeline - Midsize Pickup
- Hyundai Genesis - Midsize Premium Car
- Porsche 911 - Midsize Premium Sporty Car
- Lincoln MKX - Midsize Premium SUV
- Dodge Challenger - Midsize Sporty Car
- Ford Edge - Midsize SUV
- Chrysler Town & Country - Minivan
- Hyundai Accent - Small Car
- Buick Encore - Small SUV
- Kia Sportage - Small SUV
- Nissan JUKE - Small SUV