Lexus ES, GX top 2021 J.D. Power US Vehicle Dependability Study

Updated Jun 10, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Japanese car brand leads reliability survey in the U.S.

J.D. Power, an American data analytics company specializing in automotive, is famous for its yearly U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). Now in 2021, the said survey has found that the top car models in terms of reliability and dependability are the Lexus ES in the premium compact car category, and the Lexus GX in the midsize premium SUV category.

A picture of the Lexus GX

The Lexus GX premium seven-seater fullsize SUV

Lexus, which is Toyota’s luxury vehicle division, has acquired a total score of 81 compared to the 121 point average. In the context of the VDS, the lower the number, the better. Also of note, this is the ninth time in 10 years that Lexus has managed to beat out all other car brands in the said study.

If you aren’t convinced or aren’t aware as to what the VDS constitutes, it takes into account up to 177 specific car components, and measures any possible problems from a 100-vehicle sample size within a span of 12 months. The data comes from actual owners of car models subject to the study.

A picture of the Lexus ES in the countryside

The Lexus ES premium compact sedan

To make it simpler, the aforementioned car components are then split up into eight categories. Some of these include the car’s air conditioning and ventilation, seats, driving experience, engine/transmission, among others. Suffice to say, it’s a comprehensive study. Also note that the said study is now in its 32nd year, and J.D. Power itself has been around since 1968.

As for the Lexus models in question, the GX is a seven-seater SUV that’s based on the Toyota Land Cruiser. To this end, it is currently one of the most luxurious off-road capable SUVs in the market. For the Philippine market, the said model is propelled by the well-known 4.6-liter Toyota V8 turbodiesel engine, which is capable of making up to 292 horsepower and 438 Nm of torque.

A picture of the Lexus GX going offroad

The GX showing what it's capable of

The Lexus ES is a front-wheel-drive luxury executive compact car, which uses Toyota’s TNGA: GA-K platform. It provides plenty of space for up to five, and is filled to the brim with on-board features. In the Philippine market, it is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can produce up to 300 horsepower and 357 Nm of torque.

So if you’re in the market for a luxury sedan or SUV, you might as well refer to J.D. Power’s VDS and consider the ES and the GX. More details of the 2021 edition of the study can be viewed at J.D. Power’s official website.

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Know more about Lexus GX 2021

Lexus GX

The Lexus GX is a 4x4 SUV that offers road performance versatility. In the stable of Lexus vehicles, it is placed between the Lexus RX crossover and the premium full-sized Lexus LX SUV. This mighty crossover was produced at the Japanese company’s Tahara Plant. Outside, it flaunts a sculpted physique backed with a powerful stance. Inside it is graciously built with luxurious and modern innovations that guarantee safety, comfort, and topnotch convenience. Whether you are driving on a concrete highway going to work or cruising on a mountainous track for vacation, expect reliable performance from this superb crossover. Lexus Philippines offers the Lexus GX 460 in eight colors: Deep Blue Mica, Sonic Titanium, Fire Agate Mica Metallic, Garnet Red Mica, Mercury Gray Mica, Starlight Black Glass Flake, White Pearl Crystal Shine, and Black.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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