According to J.D. Power and Associates—and the nation’s many satisfied Chevy owners—Chevrolet was one of just three mainstream brands with above-average reliability in the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). Setting the pace for the Bowtie bunch: the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Tahoe.
The Camaro claimed another victory over its crosstown muscle-car rivals by winning the Midsize Sporty category; meanwhile, the Tahoe made a strong case for the continued relevance of body-on-frame vehicles when it came out on top of the Large Crossover/SUV segment. Perhaps uncoincidentally, the two vehicles also are their segments’ leaders for sales volume.
(Note: The 2013 VDS measures long-term vehicle dependability by drawing on input from more than 37,000 original owners of vehicles from the 2010 model year, who responded to the survey between October and December of 2012.)
“Receiving such a prestigious dependability award the first-year Camaro was introduced demonstrates our commitment to provide customers with the best possible ownership experience,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, vice president General Motors Global Quality and U.S. Customer Experience. “Together with Tahoe leading its segment, this is another example of our focus on creating life-long customers.”
Also contributing to Chevrolet’s impressive performance in the 2013 VDS was another trio of vehicles that finished in the top three of their respective divisions. Chevrolet Dealers Henderson told us the Chevy HHR was the No. 2 Compact Multi-purpose Vehicle, the Chevy Avalanche trailed only the GMC Sierra in the Large Pickup category, and the Chevrolet Impala earned a podium finish in the Large Car class, behind the more luxury-oriented Buick Lucerne and Toyota Avalon.
For those keeping track of this sort of thing, General Motors—including Chevy as well as Buick, Cadillac and GMC—garnered a total of four segment winners and 11 top-three finishers.