The annual JD Power & Associates survey of automotive initial quality places the Hyundai brand 4th, the highest non-luxury brand in the survey.
The rankings are below:
(Photo from egmcartech.com)
Hyundai’s ranking in initial quality has gone up and down over the last decade, peaking at #4 in 2009, but spiking to has high as #25 the following year (2010). According to this graph from the JoongAng, Hyundai’s ranking has improved for three year’s straight:
Hyundai scored number one in three product categories: small car (Accent), compact car (Elantra) and midsize premium car (Genesis). It scored number two in two categories: midsize sedan (Sonata) and midsize SUV (Santa Fe).
Who else did well? Kia, surprisingly at #7, ahead of BMW and gasp, Honda. Chevy also did well at #4, welcomed news I’m sure given GM’s tough year of mass recalls and Congressional inquiries of potentially life threatening defects. Bringing up the rear? Fiat. How does a car so small have so many problems? Yes, I’m sure YangachiBastardo would be proud.