Reliability can be one of the biggest factors to consider when searching for a new daily driver. It’s important to take everything into consideration, of course, from fuel economy, to comfort, to performance, to infotainment options, to whether you prefer heated seats for the winter or a soft-top convertible for a warmer climate. But every one of those aspects can be made null and void by a car that simply craps out too early.
But what goes into determining how reliable a car is? Or, better yet, how do you determine how reliable luxury cars are? With many spending most of their life in the garage and under strict watch, it can be hard to say that their reliability has truly been tested.
J.D. Powers and Consumer Reports are two of the largest organizations that have taken on the task of determining reliability. Among other factors, the J.D. Powers study looks primarily at the number of reported problems a certain model may have in the first three years it is available for purchase.
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Consumer Reports investigates the reported number of issues in the first year of release for vehicles, shortening their scope and honing in on specific issues that cause reliability scores to go down. Other sources argue that a car’s ability to reach 200,000 miles would determine its reliability, and even more say longevity of life is more important than mileage.
Of course, combining all of these factors, we find that a truly reliable car is one that suffers no problems in the first three years of life, does not require major repairs when maintained properly and regularly, has the ability to reach 200,000 miles or more and can last upwards of 10 years as a daily driver.
These brands are most known for providing their customers with reliable cars, and have appeared year after year in reports from J.D. Powers and Consumer Reports. Scroll through to find out which brands produce the best rated luxury cars, and check out a few of the cars that earned their recognition.
(Sources: J.D. Powers, Consumer Reports)