Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Genesis, Kia, Hyundai lead JD Power Initial Quality ranks

Genesis, Kia, Hyundai lead JD Power Initial Quality ranks

Genesis, Kia and Hyundai - all part of Hyundai Motor Group - had the win, place and show spots.

Kia has been the top-ranked mass-market brand for four consecutive years.

The Korean trio have displaced longtime Japanese leaders Toyota and Honda, who rank below the industry average for 2018.

The Hyundai/Kia alliance was once again a force to be reckoned with in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study for 2018, with the Sorento once again named the best midsize SUV.

. J.D. Power develops its rankings by tallying the number of problems that owners encounter during the first 90 days of ownership. However, it is for something that many Americans do pay a lot of attention to: the annual J.D.

German sports vehicle maker Porsche took fourth place in the rankings, as the Porsche 911 earned the best individual score of any model on the market.

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This year, Ford Motor Company and Hyundai Motor Company had strong showings with five winners for FoMoCo and four for Hyundai Motor. It was followed by Chevrolet, Lincoln, Lexus, Ram and Nissan. Jaguar and Land Rover have struggled with initial quality and reliability for a long time, though most of their problems now center on complicated infotainment systems and not mechanical issues. The Sport model adds more aggressive styling touches inside and. Cadillac rose to 11th place from 14th place, with a 15-point improvement.

New-vehicle quality improved across six of eight categories measured, with 21 of 31 brands posting gains compared with 2017. Among major systems and features tracked, Power said the biggest improvement came in vehicle exterior (less wind noise and fewer paint imperfections) seating systems and vehicle interior.

While only three months of ownership with a auto fresh off the assembly line may seem like a small window of time to determine whether a new vehicle can last the long haul, the consumer research firm affirms that this is enough of an initial glimpse of how reliable a auto, truck or SUV will be after that new-car smell has long faded away.

Driver assistance system complaints are on the rise, increasing by 20 percent per year for the past three years, with 3.5 problems reported per 100 vehicles in 2018. "As vehicles become more complex and automated, it is critical that consumers have complete confidence in automakers' ability to deliver fault-free vehicles".

All three Detroit-based parent corporations - Ford (F), General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) - improved their quality ratings from previous year at a greater rate than average. The Expedition, Mustang, F-Series Super Duty, Lincoln Continental and Lincoln MKC each ranked highest in their respective segments.

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