Honda is most pothole-resilient brand

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Dec 29, 2011

United Kingdom-based vehicle warranty specialist Warranty Direct has revealed that Honda vehicles are the toughest when it comes to encountering potholes while Chrysler are the worst.

According to the independently-owned, Chrysler product-dedicated website,, Warranty Direct analyzed over 150,000 warranty policies over a three-year period to identify the cars that are most and least susceptible to potholes damage.

Results showed that Honda, Toyota and Hyundai vehicles are the most resilient when it comes to encountering potholes with less than 2 percent of vehicles from the three brands suffering axle and suspension damage that are attributable to road defects. Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover vehicles, meanwhile, are the most vulnerable with more than 10 percent damaged each year.

"As councils struggle to solve the pothole problem, consumers can at least be smart about their vehicle of choice. We've found some cars have an uncanny ability to absorb the jolts from even the most severe road craters, while others aren't so resilient," said Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct. "Particularly surprising is that high-end manufacturers are just as vulnerable, if not more so, than 'value' manufacturers. However, we wouldn't lambast those at the bottom of the pile because the roads are just so bad."

The top 10 most resilient manufacturers according to Warranty Direct:

1.   Honda – 1.4% (incident rate in an average year)
2.   Toyota – 1.5%
3.   Hyundai – 1.7%
4.   Nissan – 2.0%
5.   Kia – 2.1%
6.   Mitsubishi – 2.2%
7.   MINI – 3.0%
8.   Suzuki – 3.1%
9.   Ford – 3.4%
10. Mazda – 3.4%

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The 10 least resilient manufacturers according to Warranty Direct:

1.   Chrysler – 12.2% (incident rate in an average year)
2.   Smart – 10.6%
3.   Mercedes-Benz – 10.4%
4.   Land Rover – 10.1%
5.   Jaguar – 9.4%
6.   Saab – 8.5%
7.   Fiat – 7.4%
8.   BMW – 6.8%
9.   SEAT – 6.6%
10. Vauxhall – 6.4%

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