Kia Ranks #1 With JD Power
U.S. New-Vehicle Quality Makes Largest Improvement in 7 Years, J.D. Power Study Finds
Kia Ranks Highest among Nameplates, Ending 27-Year Reign for Premium Brands
DETROIT: 22 June 2016 — New-vehicle quality improves 6%, double the 3% rate of improvement in 2015 and the largest increase since 2009, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), released today.
The study, now in its 30th year, examines problems experienced by vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. Initial quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
Quality improves across all eight problem categories measured in the study, with 21 of the 33 brands included in the study improving their quality in 2016 and one remaining the same.
Highest-Ranked Nameplates and Models
Kia ranks highest in initial quality with a score of 83 PP100, the first time in 27 years that a non-premium brand has topped the rankings. It is also the second consecutive year that Kia, which ranked second in 2015, has led all non-premium makes in initial quality.
Porsche (84 PP100) ranks second among nameplates, followed by Hyundai (92 PP100), Toyota (93 PP100) and BMW (94 PP100).
Sources: J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study,SM 2006-2016 and Power Information Network® (PIN) from J.D. Power.