Toyota, Lexus Pace J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study
Toyota dominated the just-released J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), claiming honors for the top overall brand, top non-premium brand, top vehicle and the most model segment winners. VDS measures the number of owner-reported problems with vehicles during their third year of ownership. Rankings are determined by the number of problems per 100 vehicles. As such, the lower the score the higher the rated dependability. Lexus, with an overall score of 110, topped all brands for the sixth consecutive year. Toyota, at 123, finished third overall and 1st among non-premium brands. And Camry, at 76, had the lowest score among all individual models - premium and non-premium. By comparison, new and redesigned models averaged 174 while carryover models averaged 152. Toyota (Avalon, Camry, FJ Cruiser, Prius, Prius v, Sienna and Venza) and Lexus (ES, GS, and RX) captured 10 of J.D. Power's vehicle segments, the most of any manufacturer. GM came in second with just four. From its earliest beginnings, Toyota has strived to produce vehicles of the highest quality, dependability and reliability. Industry-recognized studies such as this help confirm that the company is achieving its objective.
You can read about the entire study by clicking here.
Toyota Tops Auto Industry for IIHS Safety Awards
For the third year in a row, Toyota has topped the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) annual list of safety awards. Twelve Toyota and Lexus vehicles won IIHS awards in 2017, with nine receiving its highest award, the TOP SAFETY PICK+, the most of any manufacturer. "At Toyota, our focus remains on the safety and peace of mind of our customers," said Dino Triantafyllos, Toyota's North American Chief Quality Officer. "We are proud that our commitment to developing safe and reliable vehicles resulted in such a strong showing in 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards". According to IIHS, automakers were required to meet tougher criteria to be considered for the top 2017 awards, including headlight evaluations launched in 2016. Among this year's TOP SAFETY PICK+ recipients, the IIHS recognized the updated Toyota Corolla for improved small overlap crash protection and front crash prevention, as well as the Toyota Prius for its improved headlights. To receive a TOP SAFETY PICK AWARD, vehicles were required to achieve good ratings in five crashworthiness test, have an available front crash prevention system and have quality headlights. TOP SAFETY PICK+ award winners must also have a superior- or advanced- rated front crash prevention system with automatic braking capabilities.
2017 Toyota and TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners: Toyota Prius (built after August 2016), Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius v, and Toyota RAV4
2017 Toyota TOP SAFETY PICK winners: Toyota Yaris iA and Toyota Avalon.
Toyota Brand Value Among World's Best
How much is Toyota's brand worth? Well, about $53.6 billion, making it the fifth most valuable brand in the world. Brand consulting agency Interbrand recently released its annual list of the Top 100 Global Brands. Toyota is right there in the top 5, behind only Apple, Google, Coca-Cola and Microsoft. Toyota moved up one spot from its sixth-place ranking in 2015. Making it by far the most valuable automotive brand in the world. Though 14 automotive brands made the Top 100, only Toyota and Mercedes-Benz (No. 9) cracked the Interbrand's list ranks brand value compiled from three main criteria:
- The financial performance of the branded products or services
- The role of brand in the purchase decision process
- The strength the brand has to command a premium price or secure earnings for the company
You can see the entire list by clicking here.
Toyota Tops NADA Price Retention Study
Let's have a moment for the brilliance of the FJ Cruiser. We may not make it anymore, but it was fun and quirky, and allowed drivers to live out their off-roading dreams with the wonderment of a child opening their first Tonka truck. And if you bought a 2013 FJ Cruiser, turns out it was a pretty decent investment. The National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) Used Car Guide recently released its annual list of vehicles with the best retention rate. That blew away the competition in the Compact Utility category. Toyota vehicles top five other segments too.
Midsize Utility- 4Runner (70.4 percent)
Large SUV- Sequoia (62.7)
Midsize Van- Sienna (54.3)
Midsize Pickup- Tacoma (72.9)
Half-Ton Pickup- Tundra (64.8)
For more on the NADA study, click here and scroll down to Page 2.
RAV4 Makes Cars.com Car Seat Honor Roll
You know how some cars are safer than others? And that's kind of a big deal for parents when they're looking for a car? Well, it totally helps to be in that group of vehicles that outside experts consider among the safest. Well, chalk up another victory for RAV4, which today was one of only six vehicles (out of 84 tested) named to Cars.com Car Seat Honor Roll. Cars.com gave RAV4 a perfect score in each category of a test performed by certified child passenger safety technicians. Those smart people tested with an infant seat, convertible seat and booster seat. "When it comes to car seats, the RAV4 is at the top of the class," said Cars.com, praising the crossover SUV's large backseat to accommodate rear-facing baby seats. This completes a pretty nifty child safety double for Toyota brands. Both Prius and the Lexus RX were given a Good+ rating (the best possible) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) ease of use.
You can read all about RAV4's Honor Roll spin by clicking here.
Toyota Prius and Avalon Awarded 5-Star Overall Rating in NHTSA Crash Tests
The 2016 Prius and 2016 Avalon have received a 5-Star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest grade given by the agency. NHTSA measures vehicle performance in frontal, side and rollover crashes as part of its New Car Assessment Program.
These ratings apply to all MY2016 Prius vehicles built after April 4, 2016; and to all MY2016 Avalon Hybrid vehicles built after April 7, 2016.
To learn more about NHTSA's assessment of the Prius click here.
To learn more about NHTSA's assessment of the Avalon click here.