American brands topped the reliability rating of J.D. Power 2022 cars

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Last year, South Korea was the leader in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) with its Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis brands. Despite the different criteria, the JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) for 2022 revealed some major changes, as a result of which 3 American car brands took the first place.

Recall that Ram topped last year’s IQS results, and Dodge, Lexus, Mitsubishi, and Nissan rounded out the top five. In 2022, Buick ranks first with 139 problems per 100 cars, and the parent company General Motors is also gaining points: the manufacturer with the highest rating, the individual model with the highest rating (Chevrolet Corvette), and the production plant with the highest rating.

“General Motors is encouraged by the brilliant results of the initial JD Power 2022 quality study. Achieving high—quality results requires multiple data sources and a commitment to continually evolve and improve,” said Dan Hermer, GM’s vice president of quality in North America.

“At Buick, the quality of our materials, world-class manufacturing, and customer-oriented design are at the forefront of everything we do. The Buick Encore GX also performed exceptionally well, taking first place in the highly competitive small SUV category,” said Duncan Aldred, global vice president of Buick-GMC.

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As for the rest of the list, Dodge retained its second place, while Chevrolet rose 7 positions and took third place. Genesis has overtaken Lexus as number one in the luxury category, as JD Power considers Buick a “mass market” brand. Other brands that are rated above the industry average are Kia, Lexus, GMC, Cadillac, BMW, Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Mini, Toyota, and Mazda.

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At the opposite end of the list are Maserati, Volvo, and Chrysler, although Polestar would take the last place if it met the criteria of the study. Similarly, Tesla will occupy equal positions with Mitsubishi at the bottom of the list. Vehicle owners in the study mentioned more problems with their plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles in general, which may explain why Polestar and Tesla are performing so poorly.

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Overall estimates this year were lower than in 2021. “Given the many challenges that automakers and their dealers have had to face in the past year, it’s somewhat surprising that the initial quality hasn’t dropped even more dramatically,” explained David Amodeo, director of Global Automotive at JD Power. “Overall, the baseline quality has shown steady improvement throughout the history of this study, so this year’s decline is disappointing but understandable. Automakers continue to produce increasingly technologically sophisticated vehicles in an era when there have been many shortages of critical components to support them.”