J.D. Power and Associates has released the results of their 2007 Initial Quality Survey. Porsche held the top spot with only 91 problems per 100 vehicles for the second time in a row. But it was Ford that made the biggest headlines.
The survey looks at both manufacturing defects and design defects in new cars that are reported by owners.
In the study Ford held the top spot in five of the categories. The Ford Mustang, Lincoln Mark LT, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan and the Mazda MX-5 Miata all held the top spots in their categories (Don’t forget that Mazda is partly owned by Ford).
All three of Ford’s U.S. based brands (Ford, Lincoln and Mercury) placed above average.
The average car in the survey had 125 problems per 100 vehicles.
The top five brands (in order) were Porsche, Lexus, Lincoln, Honda and Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz had the highest improvement out of any of the automakers this year. The automaker went from number 25 in 2006 to number 5 this year.
Honda had the fewest problems per 100 vehicles out of any of the non-premium brands. The automaker improved from sixth place in 2006 to fourth this year.
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Top Ranked Vehicles:
Subcompact: Kia Rio/Rio5
Compact: Honda Civic
Compact Sporty: Mazda MX-5 Miata
Compact Premium Sporty: Porsche Boxster
Entry Premium: Lincoln MKZ
Midsized Premium: Mercedes-Benz E-class
Large Premium: Audi A8/Mercedes-Benz S-class
Premium Sporty: Mercedes-Benz SL-class
Midsized Sporty: Ford Mustang
Midsize: Mercury Milan
Large: Pontiac Grand Prix
Compact SUV: Honda CR-V
Midsize SUV: Toyota 4Runner
Large SUV: Toyota Sequoia
Midsize Premium SUV: Lexus RX
Large Premium SUV: Lincoln Mark LT
Large Pickup: Chevrolet Silverado Classic HD
Midsize Pickup: Toyota Tacoma
Van: Chevrolet Express