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15 top cars for quality: Something for everyone

Bankrate -- Buying a new car is an exciting experience, but it also can be a bit nerve-racking because you're spending thousands of dollars on an unknown, complicated machine filled with technology. While today's car quality continues to rise, according to J.D. Power and Associates' 2012 U.S. Initial Quality Study, it is still possible to find yourself visiting the dealer for repairs more frequently than you'd like. Here's how to minimize the hassle.

Ask for help with the high-tech gadgetry. The owners interviewed in the J.D. Power 2012 Initial Quality Study increasingly have reported problems with audio, entertainment and navigation systems -- an 8 percent increase from 2011 and up 45 percent since 2006. Other categories have improved by 24 percent on average. This area is the single most common com


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 5:02:18 AM

the meaning of quality has significantly changed over the past 25 years.
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Metrolizer
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 9:31:21 PM

“The 2012 Initial Quality Study identified 15 brands with quality ratings above the industry average, up from 10 brands in 2011.”

Is my number sense missing something?
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Me gusta. Gracias.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:30:13 PM

Looks good to me.
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DrLyon
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:29:58 PM

Good to see Ford and GM on the list...
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Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:27:27 PM

All of my new cars are generally about 7 or 8 years old. I'm still driving 1997 technology.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:25:58 PM

“. . . increasingly have reported problems with audio, entertainment and navigation systems . . .”

I’m OK with a simple audio system (radio and CD player) but deliver me from entertainment and navigation systems — just more ways to be distracted and get into an accident. There is way too much computerized junk in cars already.

I’m surprised Subaru is not on the top-rated list; ours have always been trouble free.

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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:23:59 PM

good selections here.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:17:06 PM

Thanks for the article.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:16:40 PM

It's a good mix of vehicle types.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:16:31 PM

ok
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Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:15:15 PM

New cars cost more to fix. Unless they build them to run long and last.
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More "stuff" on the car, more to fix
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:13:38 PM

the Ford Mustang rules!
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I agree with the Ford Mustang.
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nice us variety
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 10:33:17 PM

Quite a list of vehicles to choose from. High to midrange in cost.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 7:21:32 PM

Good article!
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 5:26:36 PM

Mr. JD Power works for the other guy
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Thanks for the information.
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The sales staff received extensive training? That's a good one.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 3:47:32 PM

They don't need to take it in for audio help, they need to take it to their kids.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 3:19:52 PM

Looks like quality of cars overall is constantly improving.
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List is missing pricing. Cadillac Escalade is my favorite.
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Take me back to my Model A. Well not quite.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 1:26:49 PM

buying a new car takes time and research... dont buy the 1st thing you see... shop around !!!
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 12:55:11 PM

Interesting...
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KIA, Give me a brake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:24:11 AM

quality is perception per the money
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Interesting list...
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 10:32:12 AM

Doesn't help me where as I am not looking to buy new or otherwise.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 10:20:23 AM

15 top cars for quality: Something for everyone..

After reliability, mileage, and comfort. Everything else is glitter... Or something that will break down and cause you problems..

[Edited by: Don20 at 7/21/2012 11:22:06 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 10:15:19 AM


OK
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 10:12:52 AM

agreed leraar2

manual is much more fun to drive also
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 10:05:36 AM

a car is not a car unless it has a standard transmission
THAT I'M IN CONTROL OF.

automatics are for lazy drivers and are always BEHIND THE CURVE.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 10:04:24 AM



Very strange, # 8 has a recall for front doors opening unexpectedly.

Honda CR-V
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Lol, no Daimler products on the list...
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yugo?
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 10:00:47 AM

The term "Initial quality" is an ad man's scam and J.D. Power has made a fortune with this dishonest little play on words. It began back in 1985 with the introduction of the Ford Taurus. It excludes the two most important aspects of true quality, which are durability and reliability, neither of which can be "initially" judged.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:55:15 AM

No Hyundai's on the list? You have to be kidding.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:54:19 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:53:26 AM

Good article for those looking to buy a new car.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:53:24 AM

Need better quality and 50+ MPG for my next commuter car.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:52:56 AM

J. D. Power downgrades Ford vehicles because MyFord Touch is hard to figure out.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:50:51 AM

3 Fords... I don't believe this... it must be a paid off list.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:49:41 AM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As to Ford SYNC, my Ford dealer has a resident SYNC expert who can explain the hoops you have to go through to use an Apple device with it. First one is it takes a while for the list of tracks to download from the iDevice to the SYNC computer, during that time you can't use the speech commands. Second one is it sometimes does not play music after it is plugged in (it counts down and plays silently), that corrects when you unplug the device, plug the device back in, and re-select USB. Warts and all, it still stands head and shoulders above any other way to play your own music in your ride.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:49:09 AM

good...
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:48:53 AM

At least there are some American cars on there.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 9:48:40 AM

if you count their premium brands its 5 toyotas and 4 nissans with only 1 honda... what has happened to honda?
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