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Land Rover brand not strong on reliability

Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern reveals the

Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern reveals the exciting five-door version of the all-new Range Rover Evoque at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, 2010. (Credit: PR NEWSWIRE/GLEN DAVIS)

Does the Land Rover Range Rover Sport still have reliability concerns? I'm in the market for a midsize SUV. I've always had my eye on a Range Rover Sport (2008 and newer models). Are they still a reliability issue, or should I get something else (Acura MDX, BMW X5, Infiniti FX35)?

A: Land Rover was not ranked among brands in J.D. Power and Associates' 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study because J.D. Power said it received too small of a sample size, but in the 2011 study, Land Rover ranked 32nd out of 34 brands. The 2011 study measured problems experienced by owners of 2008 models during the third year of ownership. Land Rover placed last among all brands in the 2010 J.D. Power study and 35th out of 37 brands in 2009. Clearly there's a pattern here, and it would require a remarkable turnaround for the company to place among the top brands in the next survey.

If you're looking for a reliable, upscale, midsize SUV, the Lexus RX 350 would be an excellent choice. The RX 350 had the fewest problems in that class in the 2012 and 2011 J.D. Power dependability studies. In recent years, the Acura MDX and Infiniti FX also have been rated among the top premium SUVs for having few reliability issues. Any of those would be a safer bet than the Range Rover Sport.

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