The Long-Term Quality Index is unique in many ways. For starters, unlike most other quality index reports, this one starts in a vehicle’s fifth year. Most quality reports you see or hear referenced are initial quality, meaning the first 90 days, or they cover the first few years of a car’s ownership. Those are important too, but it is well established that Toyota does well on those popular reliability reports.
In a recent overview of his work, Steven Lang, one of the people behind this unusual study, pointed out that “Despite having a sixth as many trade-ins as all the EU manufacturers (Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, SAAB, Volvo, Volkswagen and Mini) more Camrys are traded-in with over 200,000 miles than all of these brands put together.” This was part of Lang’s explanation as to why the Camry has scored so well.
But what if you are not a Camry owner? Perhaps you are not even a fan of Toyotas. How well does your vehicle compare? You may be presently surprised if you own a GMC Sierra, which has the same 79% reliability ranking as the Camry. There are a lot of diamonds in the rough out there, and Lang’s report says that many manufacturers, like GMC, are much more reliable than many assume.
So what are you waiting for? Here is the link. Put in your make and model and see how it has compared over the years to the venerable Camry. You may be pleasantly surprised. Or not.