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March 26, 2010 12:00 AM

Porsche and Cadillac tops in dependability study; Ford debuts new police car


An employee wipes off a Porsche Cayman S. (Andy Wong / Associated Press)

Porsche, Cadillac tops in reliability study
Porsche shot to the top of a closely watched study of long-term vehicle dependability, J.D. Power and Associates reported last week. Lincoln came in second in the annual study, while Buick and Lexus tied for third. Mercury and Toyota rounded out the top five. The annual study measures problems experienced by the original owners of vehicles after three years. The Cadillac DTS sedan was named highest-quality car overall.

The list of top performers and runners-up in each category (A MAV, or multi-activity vehicle, refers to sport utility vehicles and crossovers.):

Subcompact Car
Highest ranked: Honda Fit
Runner-up: Toyota Yaris

Compact Car
Highest ranked: Toyota Prius
Runners-up: Toyota Corolla, Pontiac Vibe

Compact Sporty Car
Highest ranked: Mazda MX-5 Miata
Runners-up: Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice Convertible

Midsize Sporty Car
Highest ranked: Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Runners-up: Toyota Solara, Ford Mustang

Midsize Car
Highest ranked: Buick LaCrosse
Runners-up: Mercury Milan, Honda Accord

Large Car
Highest ranked: Mercury Montego
Runners-up: Buick Lucerne (tie), Ford Five Hundred (tie)

Compact Premium Sporty Car
Highest ranked: BMWZ4 (no runners-up)

Entry Premium Vehicle
Highest ranked: Lincoln MKZ
Runners-up: Acura TSX, Cadillac CTS

Midsize Premium Car
Highest ranked: Audi A6
Runners-up: Lexus ES350, Cadillac STS (tie), Infiniti M-Series (tie)

Large Premium Car
Highest ranked: Cadillac DTS
Runner-up: Lexus LS460

Premium Sporty Car
Highest ranked: Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Runners-up: Porsche 911

Compact MAV
Highest ranked: Honda CR-V
Runners-up: Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tucson

Midsize MAV
Highest ranked: Toyota Highlander
Runners-up: Toyota 4Runner, Ford Freestyle

Large MAV
Highest ranked: Toyota Sequoia
Runners-up: GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition

Large Pickup
Highest ranked: Toyota Tundra
Runners-up: Ford F-150 LD, Chevrolet Silverado Classic HD

Midsize Pickup
Highest ranked: Honda Ridgeline
Runners-up: Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger

Highest ranked: Ford Freestar
Runners-up: Toyota Sienna, Buick Terraza (tie), Chrysler Town & Country (tie)

Midsize Premium MAV
Highest ranked: Lexus GX470
Runners-up: Lexus RX, Infiniti FX-Series

Large Premium MAV
Highest ranked: Lincoln Mark LT
Runners-up: Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade EXT

--Associated Press

Ford Police Cruiser


Ford debuts new, updated police car
Ford revealed its new Police Interceptor sedan last week as it attempts to remain the top gun in the U.S. police car market. The car, based on the Ford Taurus, will replace the Crown Victoria-based cruiser at the end of 2011. Ford, which sells 70 percent of all U.S. police cars, decked out the Police Interceptor with anti-stab plates built into the front seats, vinyl rear seats and floors that can be hosed down and available bulletproof doors. It's built to withstand a 75-mile-per-hour rear crash.

--Associated Press