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Top-Rated Luxury Cars in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

Top-Rated Luxury Cars in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

By Christian Wardlaw, June 21, 2017

For 30 years, the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) has served as a benchmark assessment of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality. The 2017 IQS, based on responses from more than 77,000 new-vehicle owners during the first 3 months of their ownership experience, measures design and defect problems with new vehicles.

J.D. Power formulates Power Circle Ratings derived from this research. These ratings visually represent and summarize the study’s findings, helping consumers when they shop for a new vehicle.

2017 Lexus GS photoThis buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated luxury cars from the 2017 IQS, each model earning a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality.


 


2017 BMW 2 Series

Available as a coupe or a convertible in 230i and M240i model series, or as the performance-tuned M2 Coupe, owners rate the 2017 BMW 2 Series highly for quality. New engines beget the new 230i and M240i nameplates, while infotainment systems are upgraded with a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless device charging. The 8-speed automatic transmission used in the 230i and M240i models is updated this year, and the M2 is available with a new Drivers package.

The 2017 BMW 2 Series receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Small Premium Car segment.

2017 BMW 4 Series

Three versions of the BMW 4 Series are available for the 2017 model year: a convertible, coupe, and a 5-door fastback hatch that BMW calls the Gran Coupe. New engines are accompanied by new 430i and 440i nameplates, while the performance-tuned M4 model continues in coupe and convertible flavors. A new navigation system, Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless device charging debut for 2017.

The 2017 BMW 4 Series receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipeint in the Compact Premium Car segment.

2017 Cadillac ATS

Critically acclaimed for its engaging driving dynamics, the Cadillac ATS is also among the highest-rated luxury cars for quality. Offered in coupe and sedan body styles, and in ATS or performance-tuned ATS-V model series, this entry-level Cadillac sees few changes for 2017, aside from standard Teen Driver safety technology and a simplified lineup.

The 2017 Cadillac ATS receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Lexus ES

One of the most popular Lexus models, the ES is a roomy and comfortable car with quality materials and an appealing price tag. Available with a V-6 engine or a hybrid drivetrain, the ES receives several standard driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies for the 2017 model year.

The 2017 Lexus ES receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Lexus GS

About the same size as the Lexus ES, the Lexus GS is built on a rear-drive platform and is available with a higher level of luxury, performance, and sophistication. For the 2017 model year, the Lexus GS is equipped with several important safety systems as standard equipment, and the track-ready Lexus GS F gains a standard adaptive damping suspension.

The 2017 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.

2017 Lincoln Continental

Replacing the unloved Lincoln MKS in the company’s lineup, the Continental returns to serve as the automaker’s flagship sedan. Styling cues will trickle down to other Lincoln models, as will some of this car’s impressive luxury features and technological advancements. Lincoln is laser-focused on the customer experience, which could positively impact perceptions of quality.

The 2017 Lincoln Continental receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Porsche 911

Sold in convertible, coupe, and Targa body styles, the Porsche 911 receives new turbocharged engines for 2017, along with an updated infotainment system and minor styling changes. A new 911 GTS series debuts, too, slotting in beneath the 911 Turbo to offer more performance at a more affordable price point.

The 2017 Porsche 911 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium Sporty Car segment.


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