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Highest quality 2021 new cars, trucks, SUVs, according to J.D. Power

The Ram truck and van brand bested all other automotive brands as the highest quality vehicle lineup for the 2021 model year, according to an influential study.

The closely followed J.D. Power Initial Quality Study named Ram and its sibling brand, Dodge, as the first and second highest quality brands in the industry, respectively.

They topped top-of-the-list stalwart Lexus, the luxury brand made by Toyota. Lexus tied for third with Mitsubishi.

“This is not a data-point; this is a trend,” said Mark Champine, head of North America customer experience at Stellantis, which makes the Ram, Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Fiat brands, in a statement. “Anyone who knows the robustness of our product-improvement processes, as well as the engagement level of our workforce, is not surprised by these latest results.”

The 35th annual J.D. Power study assessed the first three months of 2021 model-year vehicle ownership among nearly 111,000 owners, who answered 223 questions about features like infotainment, powertrain, comfort and safety.

The assessment is separate from J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which tracks the reliability of cars, trucks and SUVs after three years of use

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX pickup. The Ram brand was named as the highest quality brand of the 2021 model year in the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study.

In the 2021 IQS study, the Nissan Maxima, a large car, ranked as the highest quality vehicle.

Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Group, which includes the Hyundai and Kia brands, had seven vehicles named as the highest quality models in their individual categories, the most of any company. (See the full list below.)

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