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The Most Dependable Used Cars

J.D. Power and Associates has recently released the results of their 2013 US Vehicle Dependability Study, and Lexus has come up on top for the second year in a row.

The study surveyed original owners of three-year-old vehicles to find out what kinds of problems they had over the last 12 months, which means the 2013 survey looked at 2010 model year cars.

According to the survey, Lexus ranked highest, followed by Porsche, Lincoln, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. And the greatest year-over improvement went to Ram. Below is a look at the top ranked cars by segment.

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Top Ranked Cars in Dependability by Segment

Segment Vehicle
Compact Car 2010 Toyota Prius
Compact Crossover SUV 2010 Toyota RAV4
Compact Multi Purpose Vehicle 2010 Scion xB
Compact Premium Sporty Car 2010 Nissan Z
Compact Sporty Car 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Entry Premium Car 2010 Lexus ES 350
Entry Premium Crossover SUV 2010 Acura RDX
Large Car 2010 Buick Lucerne
Large Crossover SUV 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
Large Pickup 2010 GMC Sierra HD
Midsize Car 2010 Hyundai Sonata
Midsize Crossover SUV 2010 Honda Crosstour
Midsize Pickup 2010 Ford Ranger
Midsize Premium Car 2010 Audi A6
Midsize Premium Crossover SUV 2010 Lexus RX
Midsize Sporty 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
Midsize Van 2010 Toyota Sienna
Sub Compact Car 2010 Scion xD

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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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