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Ranking of 2011 Vehicles With Fewest Problems

June 30, 2011

J.D. Power has just released their 2011 Initial Quality Study where they rank cars based on the number of problems reported in the first 90 days of ownership.

The report has delivered some low grades to new models, mainly due to advanced technology systems causing confusion among buyers.

Newly introduced models have 10% more problems than they did last year, which is normal since any new design comes with kinks that need to be worked out during production.

This is one reason why we recommend you not purchase a newly redesigned model during its first year.

Conversely, models that haven't been upgraded from previous model years improved five points this year to their lowest mark ever - 103 problems per 100 vehicles.

Ford, which finished fifth in last year's study, fell to 23rd this year, largely thanks to its roll out of new models like the Fiesta, Edge and Explorer which feature advanced multimedia systems.

Lexus, Honda, and Acura were the brands with the fewest reported problems.

Here is the full list along with the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles:


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