8 Most Dependable Trucks and Utilities of 2012
DETROIT TheStreet) -- Toyota(TM) may have had a difficult year in 2011, but the J.D. Power 2012 dependability study provides an indication of why the Japanese automaker has such an enviable reputation.
In the recently released study, which considered 2009 vehicles, Toyota came out ahead of its competitors. The Toyota, Lexus and Scion nameplates won eight segment awards, while Ford(F) , along with Lincoln, was second with three awards.
|The Ford Explorer tied for best midsize crossover in the latest J.D. Power rankings.|
The pattern continued in the seven categories in the truck, utility and van sectors, where the three Toyota brands produced four winners and two runners-up, while Ford had two winners and two runners-up. Nissan also had two winners.
The study, conducted between October and December, is based on responses from more than 31,000 original owners of 2009 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership. It measures problems experienced during the past 12 months. Overall dependability is determined by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles, with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
The overall dependability average in 2012 was 132 problems per 100 vehicles. This compares with the 2011 average of 151 problems per 100 vehicles.
Last week, we listed the top eight cars. These are the top eight trucks, utility vehicles and vans:
Best compact multipurpose: Scion xB
The Scion xB had 113 problems per 100 vehicles. No other vehicles in its category were ranked.
The xB is built on the same platform as Toyota's Yaris compact, which J.D. Power ranked as the most dependable subcompact.
The 2009 xB got a slightly more rounded design than its predecessor, but grew by a foot in length and by 3 inches in width. It featured a more powerful engine, a new platform and a new interior with an upgraded audio system.
Best compact crossover SUV: Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevrolet brand had 135 problems per 100 vehicles, slightly above the average of 132. GM's only other winner was the most dependable large car, the Buick Lucerne.
Runners-up in the best compact category were the Honda(HMC) CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, which had 121 parts per 100 vehicles. Only Toyota reported its results by vehicle.
The 2009 five-passenger Equinox added a few items as standard equipment that were previously optional. It was available in four models, including the Equinox Sport and Equinox LTZ. Two V-6 engine options were offered.
Best midsize crossover: Ford Explorer (tie)
The Ford brand had 124 problems per 100 vehicles, ranking eighth, just behind Lincoln, with 116.