"All FCA US brands improved their scores year-over-year in J.D. Power's 2018 Vehicle Dependability Study, with the exception of the Chrysler Brand", FCA U.S said in a statement.
Buick has reclaimed the title as the most dependable mass-market brand after three years of vehicle ownership while luxury marque Lexus again topped the industry, according to J.
2018 VDS finds that dependability has improved overall for the first time since 2013.
That's putting a fun spin on things but the research is pretty serious as it examines the number of problems that original owners of 2015 vehicles have experienced in the past year.
"The results of the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study demonstrate Kia's continued commitment to quality and in building world-class products that offer tremendous value to our customers", said Greg Silvestri, head of service operations, Kia Motors America (KMA). "A 9% improvement is extremely impressive, and vehicle dependability is, without question, at its best level ever".
Buick led the mass-market segment with 116 reported problems per 100 vehicles, 10 fewer than past year. Porsche, Buick, Infiniti, and Kia rounded out the top-five.
Other findings in the study included Fiat being identified as the most improved brand, with its owners reporting 106 fewer problems per 100 cars over 2017 than they did over 2016. Winners include the Lexus CT, Lexus ES, Lexus GS, Lexus RX, Toyota Prius and Toyota Tacoma.
The 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study is based on responses from 36,896 original owners of 2015 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership.
The survey also said that, while FCA was the third worst rated overall with 192 problems per hundred, Fiat was also the most improved. In particular, the Kia Rio was the leader in the small auto category. The study was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2017.