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June 30, 2016The 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.
2016 JD Power Initial Quality Winners
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