2015 Chevrolet Malibu, Dodge Challenger Among Segment Leaders in 2015 Quality Study | Edmunds

2015 Chevrolet Malibu, Dodge Challenger Among Segment Leaders in 2015 Quality Study

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, California — The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu midsize car, 2015 Dodge Challenger midsize sporty car and 2015 Nissan Sentra compact car are among the segment leaders in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality Study released on Wednesday.

Other winners include the 2015 Chevrolet Spark, the highest-ranked city car, and the 2015 Chrysler 300, the highest-ranked large car.

The 2015 Lexus LS took home top honors in the large premium car segment, while the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox and 2015 Ford Escape tied for 1st place in the compact SUV category.

The 2015 Nissan Quest is the highest-ranked minivan. The 2015 Toyota Tacoma topped its competitors in the midsize pickup segment, while top honors in the large light-duty pickup segment went to the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LD.

Korean brands, including Kia, continue to widen the quality gap with other automakers, the study said. At the same time, Japanese brands have slipped below the industry average for the first time in 29 years.

Porsche is the highest-ranked nameplate for a third consecutive year, followed by Kia.

"This marks the first time in the history of the study that Kia has led all non-premium makes in initial quality," J.D. Power noted.

Technology continues to bedevil automakers.

"Entertainment and connectivity systems remain the most problem-prone area for a third consecutive year, with voice recognition and Bluetooth pairing continuing to top the problem list," the study noted.

The study examines problems experienced by vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers will find some invaluable information in this highly regarded look at quality in the global auto industry.

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