Published on February 14th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair


Hyundai, Kia And Genesis Top-Ranked In Vehicle Dependability Study By J.D. Power In The USA

Hyundai, Kia and Genesis are some of the most dependable vehicles in the USA for 2022.

The 2022 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study points to Hyundai Motor Group’s 3 main brands as the most dependable. Kia was the top-ranked brand overall in the study that takes into account both mass-market and premium car brands. Hyundai came in third in the same study, with Genesis trailing not far behind in fourth place, making it the most dependable premium car brand in the USA. Special mention must go specifically to the Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata, which topped their respective segments (midsized SUV and midsized sedan). The Kia Sorento is also noteworthy for taking the top spot for upper midsized SUV segment for the 2nd time around.

Kia jumped to the top spot after attaining third place last year, making it the first time a mainstream brand has achieved first place in the annual study. Kia hit a score of PP100 out of 145, which is higher than the industry average by 47 points. Genesis also got PP100, but out of 155 because it’s a premium brand and there’s a different grading system for those brands. Hyundai went up 4 places in 2022 with its best-ever ranking in the Vehicle Dependability Study.

Hyundai Santa Fe rear

Here’s the press release with more information.

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Kia is the top-ranked brand overall, including all mass-market and premium brands, and Genesis is the top-ranked premium brand and fourth overall. Hyundai Motor is ranked third overall, based on VDS’s PP100 (problems per 100 vehicles) scoring criteria.

Hyundai Motor also took top honors in the midsize SUV and midsize sedan segments with Santa Fe and Sonata, respectively. Kia Sorento took the top honor in the upper midsize SUV segment for the second consecutive year.

Based on the new criteria, Kia jumped two positions to take the top spot overall with a PP100 score of 145, beating the industry average by 47 points. It is the second consecutive year that Kia has claimed the top spot among mass-market brands, coming in third overall last year behind two premium brands. This is the first time that a non-premium brand has been awarded first overall in the ranking in the history of VDS.

Genesis improved four positions overall and three positions in the premium category with a top-ranked PP100 score of 155, beating the industry average by 37 points. 

Hyundai Motor improved its rating by four positions overall and one position in the mass-market category to place third with a score of 148, beating the industry average by 44 points and securing its highest-ever ranking in the VDS study. 

For the 2022 VDS, J.D. Power surveyed 29,487 customers in the U.S. across 32 automotive brands. Only verified purchasers and lessees of new 2019 model-year cars and light trucks registered for personal use were considered. After the study’s redesign, the industry’s problem levels are 59 percent higher in 2022 than in 2021, with the industry average increasing from 121 to 192.

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