For the second year in a row, Kia Motors received the top rating in the Initial Quality Study (IQS) by J.D. Power and Associates and their score was the best any brand has had in 20 years. Additionally, five Kia vehicles earned Initial Quality Study awards in various segments and that’s more segment awards than any other automaker received.
In the study’s 31-year history, only one other non-premium brand has been ranked highest in the IQS and not only did Kia receive the award again, but they improved on last year’s winning score by 11 points.
The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study is based on responses from more than 77,000 owners and lessees of 2017 model-year vehicles that have driven the vehicle for more than 90 days. Among the 33 brands studied, 27 of them had a 8 percent increase in quality, and Kia was at the top of the list.
The five Kia models that scored among the top three vehicles per class include: Kia Sorento in the midsize SUV class; Kia Sportage in the small SUV class; Kia Soul in the compact MPV class; Kia Forte in the compact car class; Kia Niro in the small SUV class; and Kia Cadenza in the large car class.
In addition to excellent quality, Kia is known for manufacturing safe vehicles and for the 2017 model year, they have five vehicles that have earned a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s (I.I.H.S.).
While Kia earned itself the glory and fame, other manufacturers and vehicles available at Miami Lakes Automall also snagged some top spots in the J.D. Power IQS.
For the 2017 model year, Ram Truck’s scores improved significantly and Ram earned the fourth best score (tied with Ford) out of all manufacturers in the IQS study. Also, three Chevy models (Chevy Silverado HD, Chevy Silverado and Chevy Sonic) earned the top spot in their segment and the Chrysler Pacifica earned the top spot in the minivan segment and the Dodge Grand Caravan was right behind it.