Porsche, Ford do well in latest quality rankings

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For the second year in a row, Porsche was the top-scoring brand in the nation's best known measurement of new-car quality, the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey.

The survey asks tens of thousands of buyers what design or production problems they've encountered with their new cars and trucks.

Porsche buyers reported 91 problems per 100 cars, significantly below the average of 125 problems per 100 vehicles.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus luxury brand was second-best, averaging 94 problems per vehicles.

Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln luxury brand took third, averaging 100 problems per 100 vehicles.

But Ford models took the top spot in five of the 19 categories for individual cars and trucks with the Ford Mustang, Lincoln Mark LT, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan and Mazda MX-5 Miata. (Mazda is controlled by Ford.)

Toyota vehicles, which grabbed the top spot in 11 categories last year, captured only four this year with the Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Tacoma and Lexus RX350/RX400h.