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Whoever wrote that article should feel bad about themselves. 90% of the data is over 10 years old. For the rest of the article, such as the Mini blurb, it uses conjecture and compares oranges to nail guns. Of course compared to other luxury brands less vehicles will win safety awards - Mini has 4 core models (hardtop, countryman, clubman, 5 door hardtop), vs a full range of 10-15 models.
 

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This should make us all feel better.:)

The 10 most dependable cars coming off lease right now

Finding a dependable used car can be a trying process indeed. With all the variables involved, and questions about how well previous owners have taken care of a vehicle, shopping the used car market can feel like walking blindfolded through a minefield. It’s no wonder some just give in and buy new.
Thankfully, J.D. Power has its annual U.S. dependability study, now in its 27th year. The 2016 study, released in February, looks at problems experienced during the past 12 months by 33,560 original owners of 2013 model-year vehicles. It covers 177 specific problems grouped into eight major vehicle categories, including engine and transmission, features and controls, and entertainment and navigation, among others. The research tabulates the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles to determine the overall dependability for each model.
This year’s industry average was 152 problems per 100 vehicles. Lexus, Porsche and Buick were tops for overall dependability with 95, 97 and 106 problems reported per 100, respectively. Dodge,Ford and Smart ranked the worst with 208, 204 and 199 problems per 100 reported. The study found buyers were increasingly confounded by malfunctioning infotainment and in-car communications systems; these issues now account for 20 per cent of all customer-reported problems.
With average car lease terms standing at around 36 months, or three years, J.D. Power’s study is timely if you’re in the market for a used car just coming off lease. These findings will, at the very least, give you a baseline for which models you should be looking at if you want a relatively trouble-free, dependable experience. Below are the 10 three-year-old cars that were deemed the most dependable in their class.

http://driving.ca/auto-news/news/the-10-most-dependable-cars-coming-off-lease-now
 
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