Are You Driving One of the ‘Highest Quality’ Vehicles?

Find out which vehicles made the cut, according to rankings from J.D. Power – and if they'd make your cut for a family car.

2019 Kia Sedona
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Choosing a quality vehicle is a priority for families, whether they’re in the midst of the minivan vs. SUV debate or scoping out a car for a newly licensed teen driver.

It helps to consider all the available data, which is why parents may want to check out J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study rankings for 2019.

The survey evaluates how new vehicles are doing in their first 90 days on the road, USA Today reports, and its findings often become a key part of automotive marketing campaigns for vehicles that score well.

A look at the overall quality scene

Wondering which brands and vehicles lead the pack for 2019? Genesis, Kia and Hyundai took the top three spots for the second year in a row – all brands from the same Korean manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group, J.D. Power notes in a press release.

“The gap between these three brands and all others has widened considerably,” the release points out. “Remarkably, 16 of 18 models from Hyundai Motor Group rank in the top three in their respective segments. These vehicles tend to perform especially well in the areas of infotainment and other electronic components.”

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Domestic brands Ford, Lincoln, Chevrolet, Dodge and Buick performed above average, while Land Rover was rated the “most improved brand.” The top-rated new vehicle on the market for quality was the Porsche 911.

So, which 5 vehicles took top titles?

Here’s a look at a few of the vehicles that rated the highest quality for their category in J.D. Power’s recent ranking.

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Top-ranking minivan: Kia Sedona

Sorry, Pacifica and Odyssey fans: The Kia Sedona took the top spot for minivan quality in this survey, followed by the runners-up Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna. Fun fact: The Sedona is actually one of the more affordable options, starting at $28,000.

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Top-ranking midsize SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe

This sleek-looking and family-friendly vehicle has a third-row option for those who need it. Its 2019 version starts at $25,750.

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Top-ranking midsize cars: Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion

These two vehicles tied for the top spot, with the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima coming in as runners up. The Ford Fusion starts at $22,840 while the Malibu starts at $22,090.

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Top-ranking large SUV: Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe

Families who need a full-size SUV will appreciate the Tahoe’s roomy cabin and comfortable features. This SUV starts at $48,000 (ouch!). Then again, it’s a steal compared to the top-rated Porsche 911, which starts at $91,100.

What’s your take on the rankings? Tell us in the comments.

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