American consumer research company J.D. Power has released the results of the 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), ranking car brands and new models based on the responses of new vehicle purchasers and lessees. Notably, the Chevy Corvette C8 was recognized as the highest-ranking model in the study.
Now in its 36th year, the annual J.D. Power IQS collects survey responses from new vehicle purchasers and lessees early in the initial ownership period, with the latest 2022 study collecting 84,165 responses total. The survey, which was fielded between February and May of 2022, included 223 questions that break down initial vehicle quality into nine specific categories, including infotainment, features, controls and displays, exterior, driving assistance, interior, powertrain, seats, driving experience, and climate. From these responses, J.D. Power then calculates individual scores around a metric dubbed Problems Per 100 vehicles, or PP100, with a lower PP100 score indicating higher overall vehicle quality.
Of all the models studied, the Chevy Corvette had the lowest PP100 score at 101 PP100, making it the highest-ranked vehicle in the study. Additionally, the Chevy Corvette was the highest-ranked vehicle in the J.D. Power Premium Sporty Car category. Several other Chevy vehicles were also recognized as the highest-ranked in their respective categories, including the Chevy Equinox (Compact SUV), Chevy Malibu (Midsize Car), Chevy Silverado LD (Large Light Duty Pickup), Chevy Silverado HD (Large Heavy Duty Pickup), and Chevy Tahoe (Large SUV).
As GM Authority covered previously, Chevrolet in general did well in the study, ranking third amongst all car brands studied with 147 PP100. The industry average score was 180 PP100.
Source: J.D. Power