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Top Ranking Vehicles According To J.D. Power’s 2020 Initial Quality Study Per Segment

J.D. Power’s 2020 Initial Quality Study reveals that North American brands have dramatically improved.


  • American brands are nearly all ranking above-average.

  • All European luxury brands are ranked below average.

  • Japanese are not ranking as high as they once did in initial quality.


J.D. Power ratings are among the most coveted in the industry, by the industry. Now, they’ve just released 2020 Initial Quality Study and we’re all about to see a round of new adverts featuring the awards. For each segment, J.D. Power not only names the best brands but also points out the top-ranking models and this is what you will find here.

Dodge Ranks Number 1 In 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, First Ever Domestic Brand To Reach Top Spot

If you’ve ever seen an ad for a car, be it on TV, on the web, in the papers, odds are that the J.D. Power logo was in many of them. The following vehicles and brands are the top-rated in their respective segments according to J.D. Power.


Small Car: Chevrolet Sonic

Chevrolet Sonic | Photo: Chevrolet


Small Premium Car: Audi A3

Audi A3 | Photo: Audi


Compact Car: Kia Forte

Kia Forte | Photo: Matt St-Pierre


Compact Sporty Car: Hyundai Veloster / MINI Cooper

2019 Hyundai Veloster N
Hyundai Veloster N | Photo: Hyundai

MINI Cooper SE | Photo: MINI


Compact Premium Car: Genesis G70

Genesis at Home
Genesis G70 | Photo: Genesis


Midsize Car: Chevrolet Malibu

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Malibu | Photo: Chevrolet


Midsize Sporty Car: Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube


Midsize Premium Car: Cadillac CT5

Cadillac CT5 | Photo: Cadillac


Upper Midsize Premium Car: Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6 | Photo: Cadillac


Large Car: Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima SR | Photo: Matt St-Pierre


Large Premium Car: BMW 8 Series

BMW M850i Gran Coupé | Photo: BMW


Small SUV: Kia Soul

Kia Soul | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube


Small Premium SUV: Jaguar E-Pace

Jaguar E-Pace | Photo: Jaguar


Compact SUV: Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson | Photo: Hyundai


Compact Premium SUV: Cadillac XT4

Cadillac XT4 – Photo: Charles Jolicoeur


Midsize SUV: Nissan Murano

2019 Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano | Photo: Nissan


Midsize Premium SUV: Lexus GX

Lexus GX 460 | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube


Upper Midsize SUV: Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento | Photo: Kia


Upper Midsize Premium SUV: BMW X6

BMW X6 | Photo: BMW


Large SUV: Nissan Armada

Nissan Armada – Photo: Nissan


Large Premium SUV: Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade | Photo: Cadillac


Minivan: Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona | Photo: Kia


Midsize Pickup: Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger Thunder
Ford Ranger | Photo: Ford


Large Light Duty Pickup: Toyota Tundra

2020 Toyota Tundra TRD
Toyota Tundra | Photo: Toyota


Large Heavy Duty Pickup: Ford Super Duty

2020 Ford Super Duty
Ford Super Duty | Photo: Ford

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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