10 Toyota models and 5 GM models grabbed top spots on the J.D. Power initial Quality Survey. GM's biggest winner was the Chevy Malibu/Malibu Maxx, which beat last year's winner, the Hyundai Sonata, in the midsize car segment. Toyota kept the winning streak going with top spots with the Lexus SUVs and saw big improvements in Scion's score. Overall the industry stayed flat on average problems, falling to 118 problems per vehicle from 119 problems a year ago. Click through for the full list of winners and runners-up. And remember, this is a customer satisfaction survey more than a hardware quality gauge.



J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Initial Quality StudySM (IQS)

Compact Car
Highest Ranked: Toyota Prius
Kia Spectra
Honda Civic (tie)
Toyota Corolla (tie)

Entry Midsize Car
Highest Ranked: Chevrolet Malibu/Malibu Maxx
Hyundai Sonata
Volkswagen Jetta

Premium Midsize Car
Highest Ranked: Buick Century
Chevrolet Impala (tie)
Pontiac Grand Prix (tie)

Full-Size Car
Highest Ranked: Buick LeSabre

Mercury Grand Marquis
Ford Five Hundred

Entry Luxury Car
Highest Ranked: Lexus IS 300/IS 300 SportCross

Jaguar X-Type
Cadillac CTS

Mid Luxury Car
Highest Ranked: Lexus GS 300/GS 430

BMW 5 Series Sedan
Cadillac DeVille

Premium Luxury Car
Highest Ranked: Lexus SC 430
Lexus LS 430
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Sporty Car
Highest Ranked: Scion tC

Acura RSX
Ford Mustang

Premium Sports Car
Highest Ranked: Nissan 350Z

Honda S2000
Porsche 911

Truck Segments


Midsize Pickup
Highest Ranked: Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Ford Ranger
Subaru Baja

Light-Duty Full-Size Pickup
Highest Ranked: Ford F-150 LD

Cadillac Escalade EXT
Toyota Tundra

Heavy-Duty Full-Size Pickup
Highest Ranked: GMC Sierra HD
Chevrolet Silverado HD
Dodge Ram Pickup HD

Entry SUV
Highest Ranked: Toyota RAV4

Mitsubishi Outlander
Hyundai Tucson

Midsize SUV
Highest Ranked: Toyota 4Runner
Mitsubishi Endeavor
Honda Pilot (tie)
Nissan Murano (tie)

Full-Size SUV
Highest Ranked: Chevrolet Suburban

Chevrolet Tahoe
Toyota Sequoia

Entry Luxury SUV
Highest Ranked: Lexus RX 330

BMW X3
Infiniti FX-Series

Premium Luxury SUV
Highest Ranked: Lexus GX 470
Lexus LX 470
Lincoln Navigator

Midsize Van
Highest Ranked: Toyota Sienna
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan


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