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Cars With the Best Initial Quality

June 30, 2016

The 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study was recently released, and the big surprise was that Kia beat out every other carmaker and took the top spot for the first time ever.

The annual study takes a look at the issues car owners experience during their first 90 days of ownership. This year's study found that overall quality for the industry averaged 105 problems per 100 vehicles (down from 112 last year).

In recent years, entertainment and connectivity systems have been the most problem-prone areas, with voice recognition and Bluetooth pairing the top compliant of car owners. This is a major flaw of the study, because JD Power counts these problems with the same weight as mechanical problems. There have been calls to update the study and better reflect the differences.

Of those tested, Kia ranked highest with an average of only 83 problems per 100 vehicles. Porsche came in second with 84.

If you're interested in buying one of these award-winning vehicles, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise for the lowest prices in your area.

2016 JD Power Initial Quality Winners

2016 IQS Rank
2016 IQS Rank Cars
2016 IQS Rank SUV

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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