Lexus takes top honors in J.D. Power's Vehicle Dependability Study for 14th consecutive year

The votes are in and Lexus has nabbed the top spot in J.D. Power and Associates' 2008 Vehicle Dependability Study, marking the 14th consecutive year that Lexus has taken top honors. The 2008 VDS involved one-owner 2005 model year vehicles.

The study ranks brands and vehicles based on problems per hundred vehicles (PP 100). For 2008, Lexus improved by 25 PP 100, tallying a score of 120 PP 100. Surprisingly, Mercury took the number two spot with 151 PP 100, followed by Cadillac with 155 PP 100. Toyota - 159 PP 100 -- and Acura - 160 PP 100 - filled out the rest of the top five.

Lexus also emerged with the most segment-leading models - six - with parent company Toyota right behind with five.

Saab was the most improved brand in the study - with 254 PP 100 - but still lags behind the industry average of 206 PP 100.

Kia, Suzuki and Land Rover rounded out the bottom three, with scores of 278 PP 100, 302 PP 100 and 344 PP 100, respectively.

Of note, J.D. Power's VDS is an objective study, so take the results with as main grains of salt as you feel necessary.