J.D. Power has released its latest initial quality study and General Motors brands didn’t make out quite as well as previous years.
The initial quality study tallies problems reported by owners in the first 90 days of ownership. Problems can range from simple fixes to major issues. This year, Buick, Cadillac and GMC all fell in the rankings, while Chevrolet held tight.
Chevrolet tied with BMW and Hyundai for sixth place with 88 problems reported per 100 vehicles. Last year, Chevrolet remained at number six. However, Chevrolet sits above the industry average, which is 97 problems per 100 vehicles.
Buick snuck past the industry average at 13th place with 95 problems reported and GMC fell to 16th place with 99 problems reported, a slip from 12th place. Buick took seventh place last year. Cadillac also faltered with a 20th place finish, down from 17th last year.
Meanwhile, Ford made strides with a jump from 11th to fourth place in this year’s initial quality study, and Kia took first place for the second year in a row.
GM had a few bright spots in particular vehicle segments, however. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic was deemed the best small car; the 2017 GMC Terrain was named best compact SUV and the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD were named best light-duty and heavy-duty pickup, respectively.