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Car quality: most dependable brands as ranked by U.S. car owners 2018

The statistic shows the most dependable car brands, based on the number of problems per 100 vehicles as reported by around 33,000 original owners of 3-year-old vehicles in the United States. The graph is based on the 2019 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which was fielded between October and December 2018. On average, 136 problems per 100 vehicles were reported, which is lower than the previous year.

Most dependable car brands in the United States as of December 2018, based on problems per 100 vehicles*

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Release date

February 2019


United States

Survey time period

October to December 2018

Number of respondents

around 37,000

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

Owners of 2016 model-year vehicles

Supplementary notes

* Problems per 100 vehicles as reported by original owners of 2016 model-year vehicles.

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