2011 Chevy Volt Deemed Most Dependable Compact By J.D. Power
Once a year, J .D. Power puts out a “Dependability Study” of the most reliable 3-year-old vehicles.
And while the overall reliability of these used cars was down for the first time in 16 years – the Chevrolet Volt topped the list for compact cars. (Take note of size class US News and World Report Award)
Overall 2011 cars reported 133 problems per 100 vehicles which was higher than the year previous (126 incidents).
But none of that year-over-year failure applies to the Chevrolet Volt, as it just edged out the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic to win its segment. The overall winner at 62 problems per 100 vehicles was the Lexus LS and the Cadillac DTS.
Although the Chevrolet brand placed in the middle of the pack for reliability (13th overall), GM was still pleased with the Volt’s performance inside the group, along with the Camaro which took home the honor for most dependable “Midside Sporty Car”
“The Volt has redefined how Chevrolet’s electrification technology is helping our customers save fuel and reduce emissions without compromising style, comfort and performance,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “The Camaro continues to bring new buyers to Chevrolet, and we expect the introduction of the Z/28 will further heighten enthusiasm for America’s favorite sports car.
“Receiving coveted dependability rankings on two launch-year vehicles demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with first-class quality and customer experiences,” said Edwards.
Also of note: Overall Lexus finished as the most reliable brand (68 incidents out of 100), while Mercedes Benz finished a distant second (at 104) and Cadillac 3rd (107). The dubious last place award fell to MINI (185),who just edged out the Dodge brand (181)