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Worst 10 Car Brands in Initial Quality for 2018

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Worst 10 Car Brands in Initial Quality for 2018

J.D. Power released it’s Initial Quality Study for 2018 this week.

The study examines problems experienced by original vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. A vehicle’s ‘initial quality’ is then determined by recording the number of problems a certain model experiences per 100 vehicles (PP100). The lower score, the higher the vehicle’s initial quality is.

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J.D. Power’s study takes into account tech-related issues, which account for many of most vehicles’ problems in the first 90 days of ownership. Problems related to infotainment systems were down in frequency compared to last year, although active safety systems, which are becoming increasingly popular in new vehicles, still proved to be troublesome on many new vehicles.

Let’s take a look at the worst automakers for initial quality for the 2018 model year.

10. GMC

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GMC was the best of the worst this year with 99 problems recorded for every 100 vehicles.


9. Mazda

Mazda had 100 problems recorded for every 100 vehicles. That’s 1 each! #Math


8. Honda

2019 honda fit

Honda was beaten out by its Japanese rivals at Mazda, with Honda vehicles experiencing 102 problems for every 100 vehicles.


7. Volkswagen

2018 volkswagen atlas

Volkswagen vehicles experienced slightly more issues than Hondas, recording 103 problems for every 100 vehicles.


6. Audi

Audi vehicles recorded 105 problems for every 100 vehicles.


5. Chrysler/Mitsubishi

Not surprisingly, Chrysler is among the worst automakers for initial quality, recording 111 problems for every 100 vehicles. Mitsubishi was tied with Chrysler at 111 problems for every 100 vehicles.


4.Subaru

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Subaru vehicles experienced 115 problems for every 100 vehicles.


3. Volvo

2017 Volvo V60 Polestar Track Test

Volvo is a bit of a surprise to see on this list. The Swedish premium brand’s vehicles experienced 122 problems for every 100 vehicles.


2. Jaguar

2017 Jaguar XE R-Sport

Performing truly terribly was Jaguar, which had a shocking 148 problems for every 100 vehicles.


1. Land Rover

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Blowing everyone out of the water, though, was Land Rover. The fancy SUVs experienced a scarcely believable 160 problems for every 100 vehicles.