J.D. Power Awards

2016 Highest Quality Ratings

The 2016 J.D. Power Quality ratings and awards are based on feedback of verified car owners who have owned or leased their new car for 90 days. This rating focuses on problems experienced by verified owners and has been shown over the years to be an excellent predictor of long-term durability. Simply put, the fewer the problems, the higher the score.

Highest rated Quality brand

Kia was the brand that ranked highest for initial quality in 2016.

Kia
That's right. According to J.D. Power research, Kia led all automotive brands in terms of overall quality in 2016.
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Highest Quality small vehicles
Looking for a high-quality, low-cost answer to the question of what to drive? In 2016, these small cars and SUVs were highest-ranked for initial quality.
2016 Award Winners
The smart 2016 Audi Q3 was the top-ranked model in the Small Premium SUV segment in initial quality.
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Among Small SUVs, the stylish 2016 Kia Sportage was the top-ranked model in initial quality.
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Ranked highest among Small Cars, the diminutive 2016 Hyundai Accent earned an award in initial quality.
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Highest Quality compact vehicles
Quality is a desirable characteristic of any vehicle you might buy. These compact cars and SUVs ranked the highest for initial quality in 2016.
2016 Award Winners
Highest-ranked in the Compact Premium Car segment, the civilized 2016 Lincoln MKZ excelled in initial quality.
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The practical 2016 Chevrolet Equinox ranked highest in the Compact SUV segment in initial quality, in a tie with the GMC Terrain.
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In the Compact Car segment, the economical 2016 Toyota Corolla ranked highest in initial quality.
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The dynamic Porsche Macan was the top-ranked model in the Compact Premium SUV segment in initial quality.
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Among Compact Premium Sporty Cars, the bold 2016 Audi TT was the top-ranked model in initial quality.
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In the City Car segment, the funky 2016 Chevrolet Spark ranked highest in initial quality.
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In the Compact Sporty Car segment, the urbane 2016 Buick Cascada ranked highest in initial quality, in a tie with the Scion tC.
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Ranked highest among Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicles, the funky 2016 Kia Soul earned an award in initial quality.
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Highest Quality midsize vehicles
Quality characterizes the following midsize car and SUV models, which ranked highest in initial quality in 2016.
2016 Award Winners
Ranked highest among Midsize Pickups, the capable 2016 Nissan Frontier earned an award in initial quality.
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In the Midsize Car segment, the thoughtful 2016 Toyota Camry ranked highest in initial quality.
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In initial quality, the retro-themed 2016 Dodge Challenger ranked highest in the Midsize Sporty Car segment.
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Among Midsize Premium Sporty Cars, the iconic 2016 Porsche 911 was the top-ranked model in initial quality.
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The athletic 2016 BMW X5 was the top-ranked model in the Midsize Premium SUV segment in initial quality.
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The versatile 2016 Toyota Highlander ranked highest in the Midsize SUV segment in initial quality.
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Highest Quality large vehicles
If you're looking for a quality large car or SUV, consult the feedback from the people who own them. The following 2016 models ranked highest for initial quality in their respective segments.
2016 Award Winners
In initial quality, the spacious 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe ranked highest in the Large SUV segment.
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Highest-ranked in the Large Car segment, the polished 2016 Hyundai Azera excelled in initial quality.
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The sophisticated 2016 Lincoln Navigator ranked highest in the Large Premium SUV segment in initial quality.
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