J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study: Top-Rated Manufacturers

In June 2012, J.D. Power and Associates released its 2012 Initial Quality Study, which lists the top performers in defined car and truck segments within the first 90 days of vehicle ownership. In addition, the study also ranks the best brands for initial quality.

Initial Quality Study: Manufacturer Ratings
The rankings below are based on problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. Click the manufacturer name to view its 2012 models.
Brand Problems Per 100 Vehicles
Lexus 73
Jaguar 75
Porsche 75
Cadillac 80
Honda 83
Acura 84
Infiniti 84
Toyota 88
Mercedes-Benz 96
BMW 97
Mazda 97
GMC 99
Nissan 99
Ram 99
Chevrolet 100
Industry Average 102
Audi 105
Buick 106
Hyundai 107
Kia 107
Lincoln 107
Volvo 108
Subaru 109
Jeep 110
Suzuki 115
Chrysler 116
Scion 117
Ford 118
Land Rover 119
Dodge 124
Mitsubishi 124
Volkswagen 124
Mini 139
Fiat 151
Smart 151

Scores are based on rounded figures for problems per 100 vehicles.

Source: J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Initial Quality Study

The table above represents the brands with the fewest problems reported in the first 90 days of ownership, according to an initial quality study by J.D. Power and Associates. More than 74,000 vehicle owners and lessees of new 2012-model-year cars and trucks were surveyed.

© Cars.com 06/29/2012