If there’s any instance we can mention “Buick” and “Porsche” in the same report, it’s here. The Buick brand claimed the third spot in the latest J.D. Power Dependability rankings just behind the aforementioned German sports car and luxury brand and Lexus.
Buick’s move to third place ousted Toyota, which fell to ninth place this year. The brand’s placing also beat out BMW, Audi, Infiniti, Lincoln and Honda.
Chevrolet moved to sixth place in the latest rankings, ahead of Hyundai, but behind Kia.
The study measures placements via problems per vehicle on a scale of 100. Buick showed 116 problems per 100 vehicles, while Chevrolet saw 124 problems per 100 vehicles. The leader, Lexus, claimed 99 problems per 100 vehicles, for comparison. The industry average is 142 problems per 100 vehicles.
General Motors’ other two brands, GMC and Cadillac, didn’t place nearly as well. GMC ranked 18th with 156 problems per 100 vehicles, and Cadillac fell even lower with 25th with 186 problems per 100 vehicles. Notably, that puts Cadillac below Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Dodge and Subaru.
It’s worth noting that this study looks at all problems associated with a vehicle, not simply mechanical issues. That means respondents can report issues with Bluetooth connectivity or voice recognition qualms as “problems.” In fact, both issues were the most populous response in the survey.
The survey itself looked at 36,896 original owners of 2015 model year vehicles from October through December.