J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Kia, Genesis, Porsche dominate J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study. (Fiat, not so much.)
Kia, Genesis, Porsche dominate J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study. (Fiat, not so much.)

Kia has done it again: for a second year in a row, the South Korean brand has come out on top of J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study. The Initial Quality Study is a great one for new-car buyers to watch. Unlike Power's equally well-known Dependability Study, which evaluates new cars based on the...Read More»

JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study
JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study: Good News For U.S., South Korea, Europe, Bad News For Japan

Research powerhouse J.D. Power has released its 2015 Initial Quality Study of U.S. vehicles, and it's full of interesting info for anyone in need of a new car. Along with its Vehicle Dependability Study, the IQS is one of Power's most eagerly anticipated publications of the year. Both examine the...Read More»

HAL 9000 from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey
Your Car's Voice Recognition System Is Terrible, Isn't It?

Be honest: you hate your car's voice recognition software, right? We're not talking about Siri or Google or Cortana or some other system that works via your smartphone, we're talking about the one that an automaker installed in your car. The one that gets you more worked up than a heated...Read More»

2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study brand rankings
J.D. Power: The Stuff That Car Owners Hate Usually Can't Be Fixed

J.D. Power has just released its highly anticipated 2013 Initial Quality Study, and on the whole, it contains plenty of good news for consumers and automakers alike. However, it also signals a major shift in the way that we relate to our vehicles and what we expect of them. The study is based on...Read More»

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
2012 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study: Industry Hits All-Time High

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, a touchstone for the industry's current successes and failures in new-car design and production, shows that the industry has reached an all-time high in overall quality with its 2012 model year, improving five percent overall, presenting fewer defects and...Read More»

The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan
Nissan Vows To Restore Consumer Confidence In Its Product Quality

Feeling the sting from low quality scores in recent J.D. Power and Associates surveys, Nissan Motor Co. is amping up plans to do something to restore consumer confidence in its products. Specifically, Nissan will concentrate its efforts on two key areas: perceived quality and so-called “soft...Read More»

Ford Sync with SIRIUS Travel
J.D. Power: Most Interior Quality Problems Are Design Issues

A good Initial Quality report from J.D. Power and Associates can give a manufacturer bragging rights and increase showroom traffic. Conversely, a bad initial quality report can cast a black cloud over a particular make and model of automobile. Many of the “quality problems” reported by...Read More»

MyFord Touch
Ford Plummets In Initial Quality Rankings, MyFord Touch To Blame

In 2010, Ford was ranked fifth overall in J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey (IQS). In 2011, the automaker plunged to twenty-third overall, slotting in just above Nissan but just below Ram. Even luxury-brand Lincoln took a significant hit in initial quality ratings, falling from eight...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
It Looks Like The Big Three Are Back

There's no denying that Detroit automakers have had a rough couple of years. It was about this time in 2008 that gas prices began climbing toward $4 a gallon, which brought about a dramatic change in vehicle demand and explains why there are so many hybrids and compacts in the pipeline these days...Read More»

2009 Lexus LX 570
Lexus Bumps Porsche To Top J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

The auto industry is down, but it's not yet out: 2009 vehicles are showing higher overall initial quality ratings than 2008 throughout the industry according to the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey. Lexus took the top spot this year, displacing Porsche, which has held first place for the...Read More»

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