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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.

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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
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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