Great news for Hyundai owners and those considering swapping to Hyundai from another nameplate: the JD Power Initial Quality Awards rankings show the Genesis, Elantra and Accent as the best in the classes.
This is a great result for the Genesis as the second-best car in the entire JD Power study, but even more so for the smaller and much cheaper Accent and Elantra.
(2015 Genesis shown below.)
2014 Hyundai Elantra GT shown below. Hyundai Genesis, Elantra and Accent Score Segment-Best Initial Quality Awards from JD Power
In the compact segment, the biggest sales gains lately have been from the Chevrolet lineup of mini cars -- which the IQS study shows to be far more trouble-prone.
The Initial Quality Awards from JD Power also show Hyundai overall moving up six spots versus last year, showing results of close attention to quality construction, friendly technology and happy owners.
This IQS study not only looks for obvious vehicle faults reported from the 80,000-plus owners surveyed, but delves into the usability of tech features. This is an area of the study where Ford has taken hits lately based on some issues with the SYNC system and MyFord Touch.
Therefore, the Hyundai scores are even more impressive score for Hyundai's rollout of the Bluelink telematics and nav system across even its compact models like the new Elantra GT and Elantra Coupe.
Full details below from Hyundai regarding these quality awards.
HYUNDAI SNARES MOST INITIAL QUALITY AWARDS IN ITS HISTORY
Genesis, Elantra and Accent Ranked Highest in 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study – Hyundai Highest Ranked Non-Premium Brand
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 18, 2014 – J.D. Power today presented three Hyundai vehicles – 2014 Genesis, 2014 Elantra and 2014 Accent – their highest award for initial quality in their respective segments. Hyundai ranked fourth overall in initial quality, climbing six spots from last year, and was the highest-ranked non-premium brand.
In total, Hyundai had six vehicles in the Top Three positions in their segments, including two second place finishes for Santa Fe and Sonata and a third-place finish for Equus. This year’s results mark the third time Hyundai has been the highest-ranked non-premium brand in the past 10 years, and the third time it finished among the Top Four brands overall.
The award comes from the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS). Now in its 28th consecutive year, IQS is the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality, measured at 90 days of ownership.
“Receiving IQS awards in multiple vehicle segments acknowledges Hyundai’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction across our entire product lineup, not just our luxury vehicles,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “Today’s awards are a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of all the Hyundai team members here, in Korea and Montgomery, Alabama.”
The IQS serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality and has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which may significantly impact new-vehicle purchase decisions. The focus of the study is model-level performance and comparison of individual models to similar models in respective segments, which helps manufacturers worldwide to design and produce higher-quality vehicles.
In addition to victories in three vehicle segments, the Hyundai brand substantially reduced problems per 100 vehicles and finished fourth overall, gaining six rank positions compared with 2013. The Hyundai overall score was 94 problems per 100 vehicles, 12 fewer than last year and 22 fewer problems than the industry average which actually deteriorated three problems per 100 compared with 2013. Also, Genesis scored back-to-back segment while Accent, with a mere 65 problems-per-100, was the second highest performing vehicle in the study.