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Porsche Has the Most Dependable Car of 2021

According to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), the Porsche 911 outranked every other model in the study for 2021. This made it the most dependable in the car segment for three years in a row. Porsche came in at number two overall, just five points behind Lexus in the number one spot in the J.D. Power study. 

The Porsche 911 came out on top in a few categories but trailed behind Lexus overall

Two black 2021 Porsche 911 cars on display in a showroom
A close up of a 2021 Porsche 911 | Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg via Getty Images

So you might be wondering, is the Porsche 911 worth buying? The 911 might be a pricier option than most, but the reviews note that it is worth the price.

“It has a good predicted reliability rating, searing engine performance, well-rounded handling, and a high-quality interior,” U.S. News notes. With tons of horsepower and impeccable style, the 911 is an easy choice for some enthusiasts.

And while the Porsche 911 was the highest-rated car for J.D. Power, the rest of the automobiles and brands improved as well. Across the board, all eight of the problem categories improved, which included exterior and driving experience. The ACEN (audio/communication/entertainment/navigation) category showed an improvement, but only by a small amount. 

This was the area owners had the most reported issues with. It includes apps and other technological advances that often run into trouble in their first few years of existence. 

While Lexus was the overall ranking brand with 81 PP100, Porsche followed with 86 PP100, Kia at 97 PP100, Toyota at 98 PP100, and Buick and Cadillac sharing the last spot with 100 PP100. This is the 9th time out of 10 years that Lexus has taken the top spot. 

What other cars ranked in the compact premium SUV category along with Porsche?

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The Porsche Macan ranked number one in the Compact Premium SUV section. Trailing behind the Porsche Macan are the Lexus NX and the Lincoln MKC in the same SUV category. The focus for 2021 models is still heavily dependent on reliability, especially after the tumultuous year that 2020 was. 

In addition to the Macan, the Porsche 911 outranked every other model in the study for 2021. This made it the most dependable in the car segment for three years in a row. 

For other compact cars, the Volkswagen Beetle ranked highest, followed by the Chevy Cruze. Tied in third place were the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Prius. 

As far as the pickup and van segment of the study, the Chevrolet Silverado HD beat out the Ram 2500/3500 for the large heavy-duty pickup category. For the lighter duty, the Toyota Tundra beat out the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ram 1500. 

Increased reliability is key

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Dave Sargent, Vice President of global automotive at J.D. Power said, “Automakers are making increasingly dependable vehicles—but there are still some problem areas that need to be addressed and some warning signs on the horizon.” As previously noted, many of those problem areas fall into the audio and entertainment/navigation sectors. 

This Vehicle Dependability Study measures issues with cars from the past 12 months from originally owned cars that are three years old. These 33,251 owners offered responses based on their 2018 model-year cars.

Sargent noted that these three-year-old vehicles are much more reliable and of higher quality than in previous years. However, cars might not be falling apart, but do seem to show many issues with new technology. 

Since these numbers are from the 2018 year-end, it will be interesting to see the changes we see for the 2019 cars. That won’t take place until the end of this year when the next study goes out. Will Lexus come out on top again? That’s the trend it seems to be pretty good at following.