Each year J.D. Power puts out surveys that look at a number of things when it comes to new cars sold in the U.S. The annual 2019 J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study has been published marking the 33rd year the survey has been conducted. For the first time ever, both Ford and Lincoln rank among the top five automotive brands in the U.S. Ford says that its high rankings are thanks to overall quality improvements that are outpacing the industry.
The J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study measures vehicle quality by analyzing problems reported by owners in their first 90 days of ownership. Two Ford vehicles ranked at the top of their segments including the Ford Ranger for midsize pickups and theFord Fusion for midsize cars. It’s still surprising that considering how well received the Fusion is, in general, the car is being discontinued in the States.
Ford is particularly proud of its new Ranger midsize truck, which has been embroiled in a class action lawsuit over allegedly misleading fuel economy and emissions numbers. Ford notes that this is the first time the Ranger has earned an Initial Quality Study award since 2006. Other Ford vehicles that did well include the Ford F-150, Ford SuperDuty, Escape, Expedition, and Flex all ranking in the top three of their segments.
Combined Ford and Lincoln had ten top-three models in the study. The top Lincoln models in the study include the Lincoln Navigator, Nautilus, and MKC. Lincoln is having a great year with its mostly new line of SUVs selling well globally. The new Lincoln Aviator fuel economy ratings have surfaced, and the base model gets 26 mpg on the highway. Lincoln is also expecting to win quality awards with its new Corsair SUV.