Kia is the top-ranking automotive brand in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) for the second year in a row, according to a press release on the Ancira Kia website.
Kia has performed better than any other brand in the 20 years the study has existed, receiving five different segment awards. No other automaker has won more segment awards this year, according to the press release.
J.D. Power evaluates vehicle quality during the first three months after its sale, noting any issues. Performance is assessed based on how many problems were noted per 100 vehicles sold. The lower the number in the IQS ranking, the better the performance overall.
Kia’s 72 score is five points better than the second-place brand and 11 points better than last year's ranking.
Five Kia models won segment awards; the Soul won for the third consecutive year in the compact multi-purpose vehicle category. The Niro and Cadenza also won awards, and the Cadenza had the best score of all vehicles ranked this year.