Lexus tops US satisfaction survey

An annual survey which aims to track the build quality and reliability of vehicles owned by the American public has placed luxury Japanese brand Lexus in the top spot.

J.D. Power's vehicle dependability study asked 52,000 drivers of three-year-old cars how many problems they had experienced recently compared with the first three months after buying the vehicle. Most drivers said they experienced 75% more problems in their third year of ownership than in the first three months.

Lexus, which is owned by Toyota, knocked Buick from the joint number one spot in this year's survey, with just 120 problems reported per 100 vehicles - a decrease on the 145 recorded last year.

In second place was Ford's Mercury, with 151 problems, followed by General Motors' Cadillac with 155. Of the 38 vehicles ranked, Land Rover came bottom of the pile, with a massive 344 problems per 100 vehicles.

GM's Saab brand was the most improved in this year's study, with 254 problems compared with last year's 319. More than 60% of the 38 brands in the study had improved from last year.

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