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GM Cars Rank Well in 2014 JD Power Dependability Report

Most Dependable Large CUV - 2011 GMC YukonMost Dependable Large CUV - 2011 GMC Yukon

When you are shopping for a new car it pays to do some research and find out as much as you can about the autos you are interested in so you can be sure that the vehicle you end up buying is what you want and there are as few surprises as possible. Along with the price and feature comparisons you can find on AutoBuying101.com, a useful list is J.D. Power’s annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study that ranks vehicles based on the number of problems customers experience in the first 3 years of ownership of their vehicles.

For 2014 the industry average was 133 problems per 100 vehicles marking an increase of 6% over 2013 numbers, the first time that the number of problems has risen since 1998. The report notes that this is largely due to more four cylinder engines and high-speed transmissions being used to improve fuel economy, which has resulted in more problems with rough shifting, lack of power, and engine hesitation.

Here are some of the winners:

Best Overall BrandLexus

Lexus ranked the highest for overall brand with the least problems with only 68 problems per 100 vehicles.  Mercedes-Benz ranked second with 104 and Cadillac was next with just 107 problems per hundred vehicles. GM was a big winner in this year’s report with 8 out of 22 segment awards. GM autos took first place in the following categories:

Most Dependable Compact Car 2011 Chevy Volt

Most Dependable Large CUV 2011 GMC Yukon

Most Dependable Large Car 2011 Buick Lucerne

Most Dependable Large Heavy Duty Pickup 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD

Most Dependable Large Light Duty Pickup 2011 GMC Sierra 1500

Most Dependable Large Premium CUV 2011 Cadillac Escalade

Most Dependable Large Premium Car 2011 Cadillac DTS

Most Dependable Midsize Sporty Car 2011 Chevrolet Camaro

For the rest of the list check out the full report here. Past dependability is just one indicator of future satisfaction but it should be the only measure you use when shopping for a new car.  AutoBuying101 can help you find a great deal on the used car of your dreams or help you get free auto dealer price quotes for the best options on new cars.