What a difference a year makes. The 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study has been released, and one thing is clear — Hyundai is on a tear.
Last year, the Korean automaker was eighth on the list, but this year, its Genesis luxury line shot to the top, knocking off venerable regulars like Lexus and Porsche.
What’s even bigger news is that Hyundai basically owns the top three spots, as KIA (which it owns 30 percent of) is second, and Hyundai itself is third. Expect to see plenty of advertising pushing this victory, as it’s something that the company should rightly be proud.
The metric here is how many problems buyers report in the first 90 days of ownership, per 100 vehicles. According to J.D. Power, the industry average is 93, and Genesis reported just 68, while KIA and Hyundai scored 72 and 74, respectively. With a score of 79, fourth-place finisher Porsche wasn’t far behind, which is up just one point from last year. With that exception, every automaker in the top ten made improvements over their performance in the 2017 study, which you can read in its entirety here.
One important thing to remember is that all problems are treated equally in the J.D. Power Study, meaning that whether a buyer experiences a blown engine or a hiccup in the infotainment system, it’s the same demerit. And the vast majority of the issues that land cars back at the dealer after short time are of the small variety, as overall quality — for every manufacturer — has improved dramatically in recent years.
For the record, we recently spent time with the 2018 Genesis G80, and while the brand is still quite new, we came away impressed. Here’s what Jeffery N. Ross had to say about the sporty, twin-turbocharged sedan:
The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport is an attempt to target sedans like the BMW 540i M Sport, Cadillac CTS V-Sport and Lexus GS F Sport, and it does so quite well with impressive styling, luxury, and technology. Like these cars, the G80 Sport brings a little added sportiness to a great highway cruiser, resulting in a mid-size sedan that looks good wherever it goes.
You can check out his full review here, and if you’re curious about the 2018 line, head over to your local AutoNation-affiliated Genesis dealership to arrange a test drive. We think you’ll like what you find!