Kia is a Two-Time Top Overall Brand in Initial Quality: See Why

By Product Expert | Posted in General Information, Kia Awards on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 2:31 pm
Kia models 2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Cadenza Forte Niro Soul Sorento

Top J.D. Power IQS Models 2017 Kia Cadenza Forte Niro Sorento Soul 

Did you know that Kia has been the top auto brand in vehicle initial quality the past two years, according to the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS)? This means that Kia vehicles as a brand have the fewest issues that need to be fixed in the first three months of vehicle ownership, which came from a survey of more than 77,000 people for the 2017 study. The 2016 study had a similar number of respondents. 

So to celebrate this great news, we have a rundown of features and benefits for the five Kia models that were highest ranked in their segments in the 2017 IQS, which include the 2017 Kia Soul, Sorento, Niro, Cadenza and Forte. 

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2017 Kia Cadenza

2017 Kia Cadenza:

“Highest Ranked Large Car in Initial Quality” by J.D. Power in its 2017 Initial Quality Study 

  • Also the highest ranked vehicle overall in the 2017 IQS. 
  • 290 horsepower. 
  • 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway. 
  • Redesigned exterior, with two front grille options – “Diamond Butterfly” and “Intaglio.” 
  • Also named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. 
  • Also named to U.S. News & World Report’s “2017 Best Cars for Families” list. 
  • Spacious interior, with 107.8 cubic feet for five passengers. 

Benefits of the 2017 Cadenza


2017 Kia Forte

2017 Kia Forte:

“Highest Ranked Compact Car in Initial Quality” by J.D. Power in its 2017 Initial Quality Study

  • Fine fuel economy with 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway. 
  • 147 base HP, 164 top HP. 
  • New S trim for 2017 model year with sporty design accents. 
  • Also named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. 

Test Drive the 2017 Kia Forte


2017 Kia Niro Milwaukee WI

2017 Kia Niro:

“Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality” by J.D. Power in its 2017 Initial Quality Study 

  • First-ever model year for the hybrid that averages 52 mpg city, 49 mpg highway base, and more than 40 mpg in all of its trims. 
  • Available heated, ventilated front seats. 
  • 54.5 cubic feet for cargo. 
  • 139 combined HP from its combination gas engine and electric motor. 

Be an Eco-Hero with the Kia Niro


2017 Kia Sorento SUV

2017 Kia Sorento:

“Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality” by J.D. Power in its 2017 Initial Quality Study 

  • Kia’s standard-bearer for its SUV line, with seven trim levels and room for seven. 
  • 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway base. 
  • Tows up to 5,000 pounds. 
  • Cargo room up to 73.5 cubic feet. 
  • Also named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. 
  • Also made U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Cars for the Money” list for 2017. 

Test Drive a 2017 Kia Sorento


2017 Kia Soul Racine WI

2017 Kia Soul:

“Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality” by J.D. Power in its 2017 Initial Quality Study 

  • The iconic “hamster box” strikes again with the same fun features, but more power. 
  • New turbo engine in its Exclaim (!) trim, with 201 HP. 
  • Fuel economy starts at 25 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and jumps up to 26 mpg city, 31 mpg highway in the Exclaim trim. 
  • Great cargo room for a crossover with 61.3 cubic feet available. 
  • Other praise includes: Parents Magazine and Edmunds “10 Best Family Cars of 2017”; Consumer Guide “2017 Best Buys.” 


Test Drive a 2017 Kia Soul

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We Have the Award-Winning Kia Line at Boucher Kia of Racine WI  

Whether you’re looking for an award-winning Kia sedan, an earth-moving Kia SUV or a fuel-efficient Kia crossover, we have the Kia ride you need at Boucher Kia of Racine, located at 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI! We also serve the area that includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information regarding the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041, check our inventory online or come visit us at the dealership to test drive your favorite model. 

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