Buyers expect executive cars to be reliable, and the top 10 most reliable executive cars in our 2012 Reliability Survey illustrates which best live up to expectations.
First place goes to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class ('06-'09). This incarnation of Mercedes's big saloon lives up to the brand's reputation for dependability, with a fail rate of just 11% and a Reliability Index rating of 22. Average repair costs are by far the lowest in this category, at 199.
Lexus has four models in the top 10. In second place there's the IS ('05-), while the GS ('05-'12) is in third and the previous-generation IS ('99-'05) sits in fourth. The previous GS ('97-'05) is in eighth.
Volvo has performed strongly, too, with three models in the top 10. The S80 ('06-) is in seventh, while the closely related V70 ('07-) takes eighth place. The S60 ('00-'09) has a Reliability Index rating of 133 and is in ninth place.
As a brand, Jaguar finished a lowly 27th out of 36 in this year's survey, but the XF takes fifth place in the executive car category, and also finished second overall in our 2012 JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey.
BMW's 3 Series ('07-'12) is the manufacturer's sole representative in the top 10, at 10th, with a fail rate of 40% and a Reliability Index rating of 130.
Top 10 most reliable executive cars (by Reliability Index rating)
1 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ('06-'09) 22
2 Lexus IS ('05-) 52
3 Lexus GS ('05-'12) 57
4 Lexus IS ('99-'05) 63
5 Jaguar XF ('07-) 65
6 Volvo S80 ('06-) 76
7 Volvo V70 ('07-) 91
8 Lexus GS ('97-'05) 105
9 Volvo S60 ('00-'09) 122
10 BMW 3 Series ('07-'12) 130
Vauxhall Signum ('03-'08) 241