Toyota Models Top Segments in Dependability Study
Every year, J.D. Power & Associates puts out their Dependability Study, which looks carefully at all the three-year-old vehicles in the industry and attempts to determine which of them are still living up to the high expectations consumers had when they bought those automobiles in the first place. By combing through consumer surveys about these vehicles, J.D. Power is able to determine which models are experiencing the fewest problems from drivers three years later. By then, the honeymoon with a new car could very well be over, but with certain models that doesn’t have to be the case.
For example, the 2013 Toyota Tundra (Large Light Duty Pickup), 2013 Toyota Prius v (Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle), and 2013 Toyota Sienna (Minivan) all topped their segments in the 2016 Dependability Study, meaning no other vehicles in their classes proved reliable 36 months into their automotive lives.
That’s important for a couple of reasons, the most obvious one being to prove the dependability of a certain make and model of car for those looking into buying a new one. One would have to assume that in three years, the automakers would only make improvements upon a well-regarded 2013 model, so buying a new version of a dependable older model should be a safe bet.
Further, those looking into a pre-owned Toyota vehicle here at Palmer’s Toyota know which three-year-old models are currently holding up the best and can make their decisions based on real and positive consumer data.
Buying a car of any age is a huge financial decision, which is why consumers really should pay attention when some of the legwork already has been done for them. In this case, the data shows that the aforementioned three Toyota models are going to be dependable over time. What better start could a buyer want in the search for a new (or pre-owned) automobile?