Kia ranks highest.

J.D. Power has released its milestone 30th annual U.S. Initial Quality Study, and it reveals U.S. domestic brands collectively have lower problem levels than all import marques for the second time in the history of the study.

The research examines problems experienced by vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership and determines initial quality by the number of issues per 100 vehicles. Basically, a lower score means higher quality.

The overall winner is Kia, which marks the first time in 27 years that a non-premium brand has topped the rankings. Porsche goes second, followed by Hyundai, Toyota, and BMW.

General Motors is the company with most model-level awards – seven, against six for Toyota, and four for Hyundai and Volkswagen. Buick Cascada, Chevrolet Equinox, Silverado HD, and Silverado LD, Lexus CT and Lexus GS, Scion tC, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Accent and Azera are among the best performers.

J.D. Power says all three U.S. automakers record a year-to-year quality improvement, outpacing import brands with double improvement rate. The last time U.S. domestic brands outpaced imports was in 2010.

“Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen,” Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power, comments. “Tracking our data over the past several years, it has become clear that automakers are listening to the customer, identifying pain points and are focused on continuous improvement. Even as they add more content, including advanced technologies that have had a reputation for causing problems, overall quality continues to improve.”

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Note: 2016 Kia Sportage GT Line pictured.

Source: J.D. Power

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