Hyundai Accent Named Most Dependable Sub-Compact Car in the U.S.A.by J. D. Power and Associates - (USA)
August 12th, 2008
The fuel-efficient Hyundai Accent has been named the most dependable sub-compact car in the U.S.A. by J.D. Power and Associates in its 2008 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). The highly regarded study measures problems experienced by original owners of three-year-old (2005 model year) vehicles. The study is based on the responses of more than 52,000 owners of new vehicles bought between November 2004 and April 2005.
Hyundai as a brand made dramatic improvements in its overall dependability scores. The number of problems per 100 vehicles over the entire product line-up dropped 28 points to 200, a 14 percent improvement over 2007, almost tripling the industry average improvement of 10 points.
The 2008 VDS survey put Hyundai ahead of Mazda and Subaru, as well as premium brands such as Audi and Mercedes Benz.
The VDS study measures problem symptoms of three-year-old vehicles primarily in categories such as ride, handling, braking, temperate controls, seats, engine performance, driving dynamics and interior and exterior durability.