Lexus Ranks #1 on J.D. Power2009 Initial Quality Study
Cadillac and Hyundai continued performing well, coming in 3rd and 4th place. Also of note, 2009 Chrysler, Ford and GM vehicles improved in initial quality by an average of 10% compared to the 2008 models, showing that even though the companies may not be doing well, they are still churning out quality cars.
Here is the full J.D. Power rankings for 2009:
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