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J.D. Power Ranks Cruze No. 2 in Compact Car Quality

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A study by J.D Power ranks the Chevrolet Cruze as one of the top compact cars in the country. In its annual Initial Quality Study, the Lordstown-built Cruze was ranked No. 2 among its peers, behind the Kia Forte.

The study examines the number of problems new-car buyers and lessees experience during their first 90 days with the vehicles. Nearly 80,000 customers were surveyed this year.

Among the eight categories cars are rated, the Cruze was given the “among the best” mark – visualized as five out of five stars on the rankings’ website – in four categories, as well as in the Overall Quality area, which combines all factors. Last year, the Cruze ranked fifth among compact cars with a top-level rating in just one category.

In total, three Chevrolet Vehicles were ranked No. 1 in their class: the Sonic for small cars, the Silverado for light-duty pickup and the Silverado HD for heavy-duty pickup. Among all brands, Chevrolet ranked sixth in overall quality, behind Kia, Genesis, Porsche, Ford, Ram and BMW.

Overall, J.D. Power noted in the release of the study, new-car quality is up 8% from a year ago.

“Automotive manufacturers are responding to consumer feedback and producing vehicles of the highest quality,” said Dave Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power, in the release. “The industry has improved significantly in each of the past three years. Today’s vehicles have more things that could go wrong but fewer things that actually do go wrong.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.