J.D. Power vs Kelley Blue Book Car Reviews

Kelley Blue Book car reviews are based on test-drives and hands-on understanding of vehicles from expert editors & contributors. On the other hand, J.D. Power car ratings, and reviews are based on feedback from hundreds & thousands of confirmed vehicle owners about their experience of owning a car. Learn more below.
J.D. Power

We at J.D. Power establish our independent awards and unbiased car reviews and ratings from detailed survey feedback from hundreds of thousands of verified vehicle owners. The data is a derivation of real owner experiences from the third month to the third year of vehicle ownership.

Our car ratings reflect answers to questions related to quality & reliability, dealership experience, driving experience, and resale value. Based on those answers, we segment the car market by price, and size, and then use the data to create car ratings.

Eventually, from these ratings, comes the J.D. Power 100-Point Score, an overall rating given to each model once per year. This 100-Point Score gives consumers a high-level summary of the vehicle that can be used as a quick-reference for car ratings.

Consumers can convert the J.D. Power 100-Point Score into four classifications:

  • Among the Best (90-100)
  • Above Average (81-90)
  • Average (70-80)
  • Below Average (0-69)

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on the following categories, weighted as indicated:

  • Quality and Reliability (30%)
  • Driving Experience (30%)
  • Dealership Experience (30%)
  • Resale Value (10%)

You can read more about our Ratings Methodology here.

Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book delivers in-depth reviews for every vehicle on the market (and some which haven’t entered it yet). Editors and contributors share their expertise and hands-on experiences, test-drive every vehicle they write about. From the driving experience to the features in each make and model, you can learn everything you need to know about any vehicle to make an informed buying decision.

Comparisons and recommendations are also highlights: every review features a list of that vehicle’s potential competition. Instead of manually sorting through reviews for all types of SUVs, for example, you can head straight to your top pick and see how it compares to other options.

Searching for honest feedback on a vehicle is simple with KBB Reviews: enter the year, make, and model, and click “Get Reviews.” Each review begins with a brief discussion of the pros and cons of the make and model. An introductory section also highlights what’s new for the model year in comparison with past options. An expert review follows and expounds on both the positives and negatives of the car or truck. KBB Reviews also cover comparable competitors in the same class as the vehicle you’re looking at.

Each review section contains a breakdown of what it’s like to drive the vehicle, too—courtesy of knowledgeable editors and contributors. With comprehensive feedback, you know what to expect whether you take a personal test drive or not. Reviewers list their favorite features, describe the interior, exterior, and standard features, optional add-ons, engine types (as applicable), and pricing. Safety ratings are another essential measure of review for each vehicle.

When applicable, consumer reviews populate on the page. A complete list of specs and features gives an overview of the car, SUV, or truck, and photos and videos accompany the review. From each review page, you can easily view vehicles for sale locally.

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