HIGHEST RANKING NAMEPLATE FOR THE SECOND YEAR STRAIGHT.

 

“Highest Ranked Large Car, Compact Car, Small SUV, Midsize SUV, and Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality”

Kia proudly achieves the #1 spot in J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study, making it the second year in a row that the brand ranks highest in the entire industry. And given Kia's commitment to constant growth, its improved score reveals that Kia's new-vehicle quality is at its best yet.

Chart-topping performance.

J.D. Power’s 2017 Initial Quality Study puts Kia on top once again, and with more awards than any other nameplate. The iconic U.S. study examines the problems new-vehicle owners face within their first 90 days of ownership. And this year’s study reveals that new-vehicle quality is at its highest ever. Making Kia’s #1 brand ranking, for the second straight year, that much sweeter.

 

 

 A Most Awarded Brand for 2017 by Kelley Blue

BookSome automotive brands stand out from the crowd. Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com recognizes them with its "10 Most Awarded Brands of 2017." Kia earns a spot on the list, receiving Kelley Blue Book KBB.com awards and accolades across many vehicles for excellence in areas like reliability, value, innovation, comfort, and capability. They're "smart buys for households of all sizes." From mainstream models like the Sportage, Sedona and Optima to the genre-bending Soul and Niro, Kia produces practical and capable vehicles that also have their own unique spins. Protected by one of the best warranties in the business and jam-packed with value, Kias are smart buys for households of all sizes.

 

J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study SM(IQS).

Last year, in the 2016 IQS, Kia became the first non-luxury brand in 27 years to lead the industry in initial quality, following a strong performance in the 2015 IQS , in which the brand ranked second overall. In addition to its industry-leading performance in the 2017 IQS, Kia produces five award-recognized models: the 2017 Soul in theCompact MPV segment (third consecutive year); 2017 Sorento in the Midsize SUV segment (second award in three years); 2017 Kia Forte in the Compact Car segment; 2017 Kia Cadenza in the Large Car segment; and the all-new 2017 Kia Niro in the Small SUV segment.
In ranking highest among all brands industry-wide, Kia earns an overall score of 72 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). In the 2017 IQS, which outperforms industry average by 25 PP100 and represents an 11-point Improvement from 83 PP100 in 2016.
The 2017 IQS evaluates eight problem categories that comprise Initial quality:
  • Exterior
  • Driving Experience
  • Features/Controls/Displays (FCD)
  • Audio/Communication/ Entertainment/ Navigation (ACEN)
  • Seats
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Interior Engine/Transmission

 

Individual Kia Model Awards:

2017 CADENZA: “HIGHEST RANKED LARGE CAR IN INITIAL QUALITY”

Leader of the pack. Demonstrating its superior craftsmanship and luxury style, the 2017 Cadenza receives the #1 ranking among large cars in this year’s J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS).

2017 FORTE: “HIGHEST RANKED COMPACT CAR IN INITIAL QUALITY”

Greatness comes in compact. This year’s J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study revealed a big win for the 2017 Forte. Reaching the #1 spot in its segment, the sleek and sporty Forte demonstrates just what it means to be a mighty compact.

 2017 NIRO: “HIGHEST RANKED SMALL SUV IN INITIAL QUALITY”

First-place debut. Its first year on the market and the 2017 Niro is already making a name for itself. Just added to its list of accolades is “Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality” in J.D. Power’s 2017 Initial Quality Study (IQS). Ranked by J.D. Power and rated by consumers, the Niro delivers exceptional quality that can’t help but draw attention.

2017 SORENTO: “HIGHEST RANKED MIDSIZE SUV IN INITIAL QUALITY”

#1 Midsize SUV. J.D. Power’s 2017 Initial Quality Study (IQS) is out, and the Sorento is back on top with its second IQS segment award in three years. Demonstrating its superior performance and design, the 2017 Sorento ranks highest in initial quality within the Midsize SUV segment.

2017 SOUL: “HIGHEST RANKED COMPACT MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLE IN INITIAL QUALITY”

Third time, all charm. Adding to its collection of multi-year awards and accolades, the Soul takes home yet another award for its exceptional quality. For the third year in a row, J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study honors the iconic Soul with the highest ranking in its segment. Read the report to learn more.
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