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J.D. Power Ranks 2012 Vehicles on Initial Quality

The new 2012 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study came out this week, and the results show manufacturers are making the highest-quality vehicles ever.

The average number of problems reported per 100 vehicle fell from 107 last year to 102 this year. Half of the problems reported weren't even related to defects, but rather frustrations related to high-tech features such as voice-recognition devices.

The 2012 Porsche 911 had the fewest problems: 44 per 100 vehicles reported, while Lexus had the fewest problems overall as a brand (77 per 100 vehicles).

Among the disappointments was Volkswagen, coming in No. 29 out of 34 brands and 124 reported problems per 100 vehicles. Take a look at the rankings below and make sure you consider this when shopping for a vehicle.

2012 J.D. Power and Associates nameplate IQS ranking
Lexus73
Jaguar75
Porsche75
Cadillac80
Honda83
Acura84
Infiniti84
Toyota88
Mercedes-Benz96
BMW97
Mazda97
GMC99
Nissan99
Ram99
Chevrolet100
Industry Average102
Audi105
Buick106
Hyundai107
Kia107
Lincoln107
Volvo108
Subaru109
Jeep110
Suzuki115
Chrysler116
Scion117
Ford118
Land Rover119
Dodge124
Mitsubishi124
Volkswagen124
MINI139
Fiat151
smart151






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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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