The Reliability of 2014 Models


 When it comes to buying a used car, reliability is paramount. Fortunately for car buyers, J.D. Power released its 28th annual Vehicle Dependability Study this week. The study examines the reliability of 2014 model-year cars over the past 12 months — giving car buyers a glimpse at the type of problems these three-year-old cars are likely to experience. 

"We find buyers are increasingly avoiding models with poor reputations for dependability, so manufacturers can’t afford to let quality slip, particularly on their best sellers," J.D. Power vice president, global automotive, Dave Sargent, said in a statement. "The good news is that consumers don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a very dependable vehicle."

Overall reliability is judged based on the number problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) with a lower score reflecting fewer problems. 

As part of the study, J.D. Power found the most reliable model in 18 major automotive segments. This year, the big winner is Toyota — taking home the top spot in 10 categories. General Motors followed in second with four segment wins.