The latest reliability ratings have been moved to a new site: Car Reliability Ratings
The old reliability ratings from 2009 have been archived below for comparison sake:
2009 Car Reliability Ratings
Car Reliability Ratings are out for 2009. Every year, JD Powers rates the reliability of new automobiles based on 3-year poll results of original car owners. Car Reliability Ratings are based on or around 200 or so mechanical criteria, then grouped in 5 different categories:
- Overall Reliability
- Body and Interior
- Features and Accessories
We should remember that Used Car Ratings might look completely different than New Car Ratings. The New Cars judged in these reliability ratings are three years old, meaning that none of them go beyond the age of a 2006 model. There is a tremendous amount of data to gather in order to derive a useful used car reliability ratings chart. It would be interesting to see the 20-year ratings on cars and which of them rank the best for longevity and lowest-maintenance life span.
While I certainly appreciate the tremendous effort and research JD Powers does in getting these useful new car reliability ratings together, I wish they would go into a bit more detail. I am sure they have enough data to break these rankings down into even more meaningful specifics as it pertains to new car reliability. As for the auto rating system, wouldn’t it be much more interesting to see 100-point spans over the vague 5-Star ratings they use? I am sure they have the data on these new cars – it’s just a matter of sharing it in their charts. Since I like numbers and 100-point ratings systems, PRR has decided to extrapolate the numbers and come up with a rough average, using the 100-point average scale. The result is the PRR Rating shown in the table below. Hopefully, this gives us a more detailed picture of the 2009 Car Reliability Ratings.
Car Reliability Ratings of New Cars
New Car Reliability Ratings
|Make||Overall||Powertrain||Body & Int.||Features & Acc.||PRR Rating|