Ford Wins Big, Mercedes Improves in Initial Quality Study

The powers that be J.D.Power say FoMoCo's breached the top three in its Initial Quality study, and Mercedes is the most improved automaker of all. The study is fielded each year to determine which cars record the fewest problems in the first 90 days of ownership. Ford large's Lincoln brand reached all the way up to third, while Mercury moved up eight points from 2006 to eighth and Ford is up five spots to 10th. Mercedes jumped from 25th in 2006 to fifth in 2007. Bruce continues to elude Porsche, which again ranked highest among nameplates with 91 problems per 100 vehicles. Click through to check out what's likely pinned to every Ford Motor bulletin board today.

Model Segment Awards, J.D.Power Initial Quality Survey

· Subcompact car: Kia Rio/Rio5
Runners-up: Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent

· Compact car: Honda Civic
Runners-up: Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra sedan

· Compact sporty car: Mazda MX-5 Miata
Runners-up: Scion tC, Subaru Impreza

· Compact premium sporty car: Porsche Boxster
Runners-up: Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

· Entry premium car: Lincoln MKZ
Runners-up: Acura TSX, Cadillac CTS

· Midsize premium car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Runners-up: Lexus GS 350/GS 430/GS 450H; Infiniti M-Series, Volvo S80 (tie)

· Large premium car: Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class (tie)
Runner-up: Lexus LS 460

· Premium sporty car: Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Runners-up: Porsche 911, Lexus SC 430

· Midsize sporty car: Ford Mustang
Runners-up: Toyota Solara, Chevrolet Monte Carlo

· Midsize car: Mercury Milan
Runners-up: Honda Accord; Ford Fusion, Mitsubishi Galant (tie)

· Large car: Pontiac Grand Prix
Runners-up: Toyota Avalon; Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego (tie)

· Compact SUV: Honda CR-V
Runner-up: Nissan Xterra, Hyundai Tucson

· Midsize SUV: Toyota 4Runner
Runners-up: Toyota Highlander, Mercury Mountaineer

· Large SUV: Toyota Sequoia
Runners-up: Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon

· Midsize premium SUV: Lexus RX 350/RX 400h
Runners-up: Lincoln MKX, Lexus GX 470

· Large premium SUV: Lincoln Mark LT
Runners-up: Lincoln Navigator, Hummer H2

· Large pickup: Chevrolet Silverado Classic HD
Runners-up: Ford F-150 LD, GMC Sierra LD

· Midsize pickup: Toyota Tacoma
Runners-up: Honda Ridgeline, Dodge Dakota

· Van: Chevrolet Express
Runners-up: Kia Sedona, Ford E-Series

Source: J.D. Power and Associates

Ford grabs most awards in 2007 vehicle quality rankings [USA Today]

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