Two Years and Five Vehicles Later, the Kia Nameplate Continues to Top J.D. Power Initial Quality Rankings

And with the automaker reporting the fewest problems in the last 20 years of the J.D. Power Study, it's no wonder.

When it comes to a global marketing research company with the data, analytics, and consumer intelligence chops to deliver a comprehensive view of a vehicle's quality and capabilities, J.D. Power is it. And Kia, coming off a 2016 ranking, according to the expert, that showed itself the highest in the auto industry, nevertheless bettered itself further, with an 11-point leap as Kia owners reported fewer issues during the first 90 days of ownership than any other car or truck brand in the US. So which five Kia models made the grade?

Kia Soul captured the multipurpose compact category, taking the IQS award for three years running, while Kia Cadenza and Kia Niro made their respective large car and small SUV showings. Cadenza even excelled with the top score across similar models as well as the lowest average number of problems. The Kia Forte compact and Kia Sorento midsize SUV rounded out the list, with Kia Optima and Sportage not far behind.

And the hard facts behind the 2017 Initial Quality Study (IQS) spanned quite the gamut. J.D. Power analyzed responses from 77,415 drivers of diverse makes as regarded the drive-time experience, engine and transmission operation, and any potential symptoms of quality problems, taking into consideration 243 vehicle models across a sprawling 26 segments. To take top honors with that much competition surely says something.

And we showcase each of these performers here at Jenkins Kia of Ocala. Stop by and visit us today for a test drive to see what the J.D. Power buzz is about. You'll find us conveniently located here at 1730 SW College Rd. in Ocala, just a short trip out from The Villages as well as points nearby like Lady Lake and Leesburg.

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