Tesla Included in J.D. Power’s Initial Vehicle Quality Study for the First Time

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Initial vehicle quality declined in the late days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as detailed in the 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) shared by JD Power on Tuesday.

According to the report, the decline in vehicle quality has been caused by myriad factors, primarily including supply chain issues, record-high vehicle prices and personnel dislocations.

The study’s key findings include the fact that quality deterioration has been going beyond just launch vehicles, while mass-market vehicles experienced fewer issues than premium vehicles, and infotainment systems remained the most problematic area.

Additionally, the study found that battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) were found to be more problematic than gas vehicles and that issues with driving assistance systems have grown.

JD Power Director of Global Automotive David Amodeo said, “In general, initial quality has shown steady improvement throughout the history of this study, so the decline this year is disappointing—yet understandable. Automakers continue to launch vehicles that are more and more technologically complex in an era in which there have been many shortages of critical components to support them.”

The study is in its 36th year and is based on responses from 84,165 vehicle buyers this year on a 223-question inventory.

Tesla was officially included in the study for the first time, and the company’s cars scored a 226 PP100, while Buick’s cars ranked highest overall with a score of just 139 PP100.

While Tesla was included in the calculations, the press release also states that Tesla doesn’t allow JD Power access to certain owner information in states where permission is required by law, so the automaker is ineligible for awards.