These are the top car brands of 2019 according to J.D. Power’s Initial Build Quality survey.
Once again, Korean carmakers top J.D. Power’s list of brands for initial build quality, the yearly survey that asks how many problems people have in the first three months of owning their 2019 vehicle. This year, the marketing information firm surveyed 76,256 buyers and leasers and asked them just a single question: how many problems did you have with your new vehicle?
From there, J.D. Power assembles their "problems experienced per 100 vehicles" rating. This year’s notable facts and figures include a bombshell that 2019 is the first year since 2014 that overall build quality among all carmakers has NOT improved.
“Automakers continue to make progress in areas like infotainment that attract a lot of consumer attention,” said Dave Sargent, vice-president of global automotive at J.D. Power. “However, some traditional problems crept up this year including paint imperfections, brake and suspension noises, engines not starting and the ‘Check Engine’ light coming on early in the ownership experience. Also, more people are having issues with their advanced driver assistance systems, which are critical for building consumer trust in future automated vehicles.”
So similar problems as reported last year. And also like last year, the top three carmakers for initial build quality are all from Hyundai Motor Group.
First in line is Genesis, the luxury arm of Hyundai that is still enjoying the success of their G70 luxury sports sedan, offering German performance at a far more budget price. Next in line is Kia, the budget arm of Hyundai that proves sacrificing price doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality. Kia Forte, Rio, Sedona, and Sportage all led their respective segments.
Hyundai comes in third with J.D. Power noting that all of Hyundai’s vehicles "tend to perform especially well in the areas of infotainment and other electronic components."
Ford and Lincoln come in fourth and fifth place, with the Blue Oval leading in the mid-size pickup category with the Ranger as well as the mid-size sedan category with the Ford Fusion (which is slightly ironic since the Fusion will not continue after the current generation).
In last place we have Jaguar, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Alfa Romeo, and Volvo. Jaguar Land Rover continues to languish in the bottom two spots, which explains the current financial woes of the British carmaker.