J.D. Power, Lincoln and. . .Toyota?

First of all, a shout-out to the women and men who designed, engineered, and manufactured the Lincoln line-up because Lincoln came out on top in the J.D.

First of all, a shout-out to the women and men who designed, engineered, and manufactured the Lincoln line-up because Lincoln came out on top in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

The J.D. Power study is based on data collected from >43,700 original owners of 2008 model year cars. The owners were asked to report on problems experienced in the preceding 12 months. The study was conducted between October and December 2010.

There are 202 different reportable problems across all areas of the vehicle. The dependability rating is predicated by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles; a lower number is better.

Lincoln came in at 101.

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Bravo.

But there is something else about the study that should be noted. The brand that came in second is. . .Lexus (109).

Isn’t Lexus supposed to be snake-bit? Isn’t its quality supposed to be mythic?

And rounding out the top 5 (Lincoln, Lexus, Jaguar, Porsche) is. . .Toyota.

That’s right: Toyota. Given what happened to that brand last year—when the data was collected—you would have thought that Toyota would have been somewhere well south of the 151 industry average, not at 122.

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And there is another interesting data point: Toyota Motor Corp. received more segment awards than any other automaker in the 2011 J.D. Power study. Its vehicles that come out number-one in their respective elements are: Lexus RX, Scion xB, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Prius, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Tacoma, and Toyota Tundra.

Ford Motor Co. comes in second in the segment awards with four to Toyota’s seven. Its models: Ford Fusion, Ford Mustang, Lincoln MKZ, and Lincoln Navigator.

Sort of makes you wonder about all of that hue and cry of last year, doesn’t it?