Initial Quality Ranking Shakeup


The J.D. Power Initial Quality Report for 2016 has been released, and carries a surprise at the number one spot. Kia has claimed the number one position on the list by being the brand with the least amount of problems reported in the first 90 days of ownership per 100 vehicles. This marks the first time in nearly 30 years that a non-premium automaker has taken the top spot. Kia improved on their 2015 showing, when they finished second on the list.

The top five is rounded out by Porsche, Hyundai, Toyota and BMW. Toyota was the last non-premium brand to top the list, in 1989. Every brand in the top five improved on their 2015 showing except for Porsche, which slid from number one to number two. Toyota made the biggest jump, from tied for ninth place to fourth.

Overall, more than 60% of brands on the list improved their quality ranking from 2015. In another rare occurrence, domestic brands outranked imports for just the second time in the 30 years the report has been compiled.