Kia Tops J.D. Power's 2017 Vehicle Quality Rankings

The Cadenza found the lowest average number of problems of any vehicle in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors.
The Cadenza found the lowest average number of problems of any vehicle in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors.

Five Kia Motors vehicles have won segment awards from J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study (IQS). This marks the second year in a row that Kia has topped the study's rankings with fewer issues within the first 90 days of car or truck ownership than any other brand in the U.S.

Compared to last year's performance, Kia improved 11 points, with a total of 72 problems per 100 vehicles.

Five segment-winning Kia vehicles include the Soul (Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle), Forte (Compact Car), Cadenza (Large Car), Niro (Small SUV), and Sorento (Midsize SUV).

This is the third consecutive year that the Kia Soul has ranked first in its respective segment, while the Cadenza and Niro hybrid are first-year contenders.

The Cadenza found the lowest average number of problems out of any vehicle in the J.D. Power study.

In the study, 77,415 respondents participated and analyzed 243 vehicle models across 26 vehicle segments.

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

 
 

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Another Ridiculous “Used Fleet Vehicle” Scandal

While media reports concentrate on the sting and the “outrage,” where’s the empirical evidence that fleet vehicles are less mechanically sound than vehicles sold from private owners?

Will IoT Herald a New Era in Fleet Efficiency?

With the ELD rule finally in effect, small fleet operators need to hunt for new efficiencies. In transportation logistics, Internet of Things (IoT) systems could have similar lasting impacts as telematics.

Will Cars Become Transportation Appliances?

The cars are still the stars, but this year’s L.A. Auto Show revealed an auto industry at a crossroads.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.

>