Top-Rated Luxury Cars in the 2016 Initial Quality Study
Measuring design- and defect-related problems with new vehicles, the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) has served for 30 years as a benchmark assessment of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality. The 2016 U.S. IQS is based on responses from more than 80,000 new-vehicle owners during the first 3 months of their ownership experience.
Based on this research, J.D. Power calculates Power Circle Ratings (PCRs), which are visual reflections and summarizations of the study findings that help consumers when they shop for a new vehicle.
This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2016 luxury cars from the 2016 U.S. IQS, each model earning a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality.
2016 Audi A7
Audi makes several changes for the 2016 model year to its luxurious and sporty 5-door hatchback model, the A7. More power, more fuel efficiency, more equipment, and a more modern infotainment system are just a few of the highlights. To signal the upgrades, the styling also gets a slight tweak.
The 2016 Audi A7 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 BMW 3 Series
BMW bestows upon its popular 3 Series a mid-cycle refresh for 2016. The car continues in sedan, sports wagon, and Gran Turismo body styles, the latter a 5-door hatchback with a slightly taller ride height. New driving-assistance systems are available, and BMW appears to double-down on performance, making Sport Line trim standard and revising the car’s steering and suspension while adding a new 340i Sedan model with more horsepower and torque than the old 335i.
The 2016 BMW 3 Series receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Hyundai Genesis
One year after a complete redesign, the rear-drive Genesis Sedan continues with a choice between a V-6 or a V-8 engine, with an all-wheel-drive system offered as an option. In 2017, the Genesis name will be used on Hyundai Motor’s new luxury brand, and this car will be called the Genesis G80.
The 2016 Hyundai Genesis receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Lexus CT
A 5-door hatchback equipped with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain, the Lexus CT 200h is EPA-rated to get 42 mpg in combined driving while providing a sportier driving character than a typical hybrid. For 2016, new subscription service plans provide access to new Lexus Enform features.
The 2016 Lexus CT receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Small Premium Car segment.
2016 Lexus ES
Lexus updates the popular ES sedan’s styling for 2016, adding a more dramatic interpretation of the company’s spindle-style grille design. New infotainment technologies, new driver-assistance and safety systems, and expanded equipment availability summarize the changes to this car, which is offered with a gasoline V-6 engine or a hybrid powertrain.
The 2016 Lexus ES receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Lexus GS
Featuring more aggressive styling and a new standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the latest Lexus GS is also equipped with upgraded infotainment and safety technologies for 2016. It is offered in GS 200t, GS 350, and GS 450h model series, in addition to a new performance-tuned, track-ready GS F model.
The 2016 Lexus GS receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium Car segment.
2016 Lincoln MKZ
Sold with a turbocharged 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, or as a gas-electric MKZ Hybrid model, the Lincoln MKZ receives no significant changes for the 2016 model year. The car gets a thorough freshening for 2017, however, including new front styling that will ultimately be rolled out for all Lincoln models.
The 2016 Lincoln MKZ receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Compact Premium Car segment.