The most balanced sports car in the world is also the most reliable.
High praise has been bestowed upon almost every Porsche 911 ever made for its performance, classic design, and class-leading dynamics, but one virtue that has flown under the radar is its reliability. German cars have a poor reputation for reliability once out of warranty, some high-performance cars are poorly engineered to cope with their power, and sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette have had their fair share of quality troubles. By contrast, the 911 appears nearly unflappable.
To drive home that message, the 911 has just been rated the highest-ranked model in the new J.D. Power 2022 US Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). Considering that the 911 is hardly a simple machine, with a lot more power and technology than something at half or a quarter of the price, it's a particularly impressive showing.
This was the second consecutive year that the 911 has topped the list. Now in its 33rd year, the study analyzes the number of problems per 100 vehicles experienced by owners over the last 12 months. Three-year-old vehicles are surveyed, which means that this year's study pertained to 2019 models. The Porsche had just 94 problems per 100 vehicles, the fewest of any other model. Remember, this is a survey that included category winners like the Toyota Corolla and Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the 911 had fewer problems per 100 vehicles than even those famously reliable models.
Also picking up a category win for Porsche was the Cayenne in the premium upper midsize SUV category. In terms of brand rankings, Porsche came in third in the premium segment, behind only Lexus and Genesis.
"It is gratifying to see the work of so many colleagues, both here in the US and in Germany, being rewarded as we all relentlessly focus on meeting and hopefully exceeding the expectations of our customers," said Kjell Gruner, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. "This year's top rankings for the Porsche 911 and the Cayenne exemplify our commitment to designing and delivering exciting vehicles that their owners can depend on, drive after drive."
The upcoming 2023 911 Carrera was spied recently with a few aesthetic changes, but its familiar silhouette remains much the same as it has been for the last 50 years. It seems that Porsche's commitment to engineering a high-quality, dependable sports car is just as unwavering.