The 2013 Fiat 500 has topped the City Car segment in J.D. Power’s 2016 Vehicle Dependability Survey, which is based on the responses of 33,560 original owners of 2013 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership.
J.D. Power says “problems with technology continue to affect vehicle reliability,” and have caused a 3% year-over-year decline in vehicle dependability across the industry. The Fiat 500 was likely able to skirt many of these problems as it was not offered with Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment system in 2013.
The results mark the first time the Fiat 500 has scored highest in its segment in the VDS. The only other car to rank in the survey was the Smart ForTwo, with the rest of the segment scoring below average.
“The 500 has always been known for its Italian styling, functionality, efficient design and innovative technology – we’re proud to have this dependability honor in the mix as well,” said Matt Liddane, Vice President of quality at FCA North America.
Click here to view full results the 2016 J.D. Power VDS.