Posts Tagged ‘Study’
February 14th, 2013
Each year, J.D. Power and Associates releases its Vehicle Dependability Study, surveying tens of thousands of owners of 3-year-old vehicles about their ownership experience, and the number and scope of problems they have experienced with their cars. And just like last year, Lexus sits atop the list for 2013.
With just 72 reported problems per 100 vehicles (PP100V) for Toyota’s luxury division, the stats weren’t even close. The next-closest automaker was Porsche at 94 PP100V, while the industry average was 126. Land Rover owners experienced 220 PP100V to trail the pack. Overall, cars are becoming more dependable, with a 5% decrease in PP100V over last year’s numbers and the best figure since J.D. Power started collecting such data in 1989.
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February 13th, 2013
J.D. Power and Associates has released its annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which asks thousands of owners of 3-year-old vehicles about any problems they have experienced to date. 2010 models as a group ranked the best since the industry research firm began collecting data in 1989.
This year’s study brought an overall 5% decrease in reported problems per vehicle. In this order, Lexus, Porsche, Lincoln and Toyota owners reported the fewest problems with their cars. The brands at the bottom of the list, in order, were Jeep, Mitsubishi, Dodge and Land Rover.
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February 13th, 2013
Kelley Blue Book has released its annual Cost-to-Own award winners list, giving special recognition to those makes and models with the lowest estimated total expenditure over a 5-year period of ownership.
From purchase price to depreciation, and fuel efficiency to insurance, reliability and maintenance costs, KBB takes a holistic approach to car ownership. This year, Mazda led all brands with the lowest 5-year projected cost of ownership, knocking last year’s winner in Kia out of the top spot. Lexus took top honors among luxury brands once again.
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February 4th, 2013
Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Brand Perception Survey, where researchers asked 1,764 adults in car-owning households about their feelings and beliefs regarding each car brand. Toyota, Ford and Honda scored the highest, with Chevrolet not far behind.
The survey touched on perceptions about a variety of factors that go into car-buying decisions: quality, safety, value, performance, design, technology, and environmental friendliness. The top six finishers were identical to last year’s survey, showing that entrenched consumer beliefs are much harder to change than the products that shape them.
Toyota, despite a recent rash of recalls, once again took top honors in a runaway. It’s interesting to note that Toyota’s Scion brand tied with Mitsubishi for the worst brand perception among all carmakers, even though Scion cars share some engineering and a reputation for quality with Toyota-branded vehicles. Many consumers probably don’t even know that Toyota and Scion are under the same umbrella, showing just how important a role perception can play.
California-based EV maker Tesla Motors just cracked the Top 10 after a slew of awards and positive reviews given to its 2013 Model S all-electric luxury sport sedan.
November 16th, 2012
A new study by Carrentals UK suggests that women may well be better drivers than men. Asking 700 adults about their driving records and ability to identify common road signs, the car rental shopping service found women were less likely to have been caught speeding, carried fewer “points” on their driving records, and were less likely to have been involved in an accident.
According to the sample, 67% of men and 44% of women had been involved in at least one accident in their driving careers. Men were also twice as likely to have been caught speeding, while each gender was equally poor at identifying common U.K. road signs.
However, nowhere in the findings do researchers take into account that men drive more miles, on average, than women. A separate American study of 6.5 million traffic collisions we reported on last year found women disproportionately likely to be involved in a crash per mile on the road.
While men certainly tend to think they’re the better drivers, we’ll leave that judgement up to you. Be the best driver you can be: learn and observe traffic laws, avoid distracted driving and leave the racing on the track.