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Highest quality auto brands ranked worst to first according to JD Power

FCA's brands performed higher than most in the survey.

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JD Power's annual initial quality survey has once again determined which vehicles reign supreme. The survey is considered highly influential when it comes to vehicle purchases.

The 34th annual survey was conducted by JD Power from February through May 2020. It assessed the performance of 2020 model year vehicles within 90 days after they were sold. Owners answered 223 questions and responses for over 87,272 vehicles were recorded.

Tesla is the only brand that did not allow J.D. Power to survey its owners in the 15 states where permission is required. J.D. Power scored the company based on surveys of owners in the other 35 states.

The brands were ranked worst to first by the number of problems each company had per 100 vehicles. Scroll down to see the complete

No. 31 - Tesla

Tesla Model X Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Score: 250 problems per 100 vehicles
Tesla sells the Model 3 and Model S cars as well as the Model X SUV and Model Y crossover. The Cybertruck is Tesla's next big model release.

No. 30 - Land Rover

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Photo courtesy of Land Rover

Score: 228 problems per 100 vehicles
Land Rover just launched the 2020 Defender. It joins the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Evoque, Discovery, and Discovery Sport in the British automaker's lineup.

No. 29 - Audi

2020 Audi E-Tron SUV

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Score: 225 problems per 100 vehicles
Audi has had a big year revamping its lineup and adding the E-Tron all-electric SUV and additional variants of its most popular models.

The Audi cars lineup now includes: A3, S3, RS 3, A4, S4, A5 Sportback, S5 Sportback, RS 5 Sportback, A6, S6, A7, S7, RS 7, A8, S8, A5 Coupe, S5 Coupe, RS 5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, S5 Cabriolet, TT Coupe, TTS Coupe, TT RS Coupe, TT Roadster, R8, R8 Spyder, A4 Allroad, A6 Allroad, and RS 6 Avant.

The roster of SUVs includes: Q3, Q5, SQ5, Q7, SQ7, Q8, SQ8, and RS Q8.

The aforementioned E-Tron SUV is joined by the E-Tron Sportback in the Audi EV stable.

No. 28 - Volvo

2020 Volvo XC60 Photo courtesy of Volvo Car USA

Score: 210 problems per 100 vehicles
Compared to other automakers, the Volvo lineup is rather slim. They offer the XC90, XC60, and XC40 SUVs as well as the S90 and S60 sedans and V90, V90 Cross Country, V60, and V60 Cross Country wagons. Several of the models come in hybrid form.

No. 27 - Mercedes-Benz

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

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Score: 202 problems per 100 vehicles
The Mercedes-Benz stable is nearly full, not just with a wide variety of models, but a slew of engine options to choose from once you pick the car or SUV you're after.

In the U.S., the automaker sells the A-, C-, E-, and S-Class sedans. There's also the Mercedes-Maybach sedan line and the E-Clas wagon. The CLA, C-Class, E-Class, CLS, S-Class, and Mercedes-AMG GT (two- and four-door) all have coupe variants.

There are C-, E-, and S-Class cabriolets as well as the SLC and SL roadster and a convertible version of the Mercedes-AMG GT.

As for SUVs, the lineup includes the GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE, GLS, and G-Class. Mercedes offers coupe versions of the GLC and GLE.

No. 26 - Jaguar

Jaguar E-PACE Corsica Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Score: 190 problems per 100 vehicles
Jaguar's F-Pace and E-Pace make up the entirety of its SUV roster. The I-PACE is the company's all-electric crossover, the F-Type is the sports car, and the XE, XF, and XJ are the available sedans.

No. 25 - Chrysler

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

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Score: 189 problems per 100 vehicles
The Chrysler lineup is quite slim these days, but the brand did expand its offerings a bit for 2020 and 2021. They still sell the 300 sedan and the Pacifica minivan. Now, the company also sells a low-cost version of the Pacifica under the Voyager nameplate.

No. 24 - Subaru

2020 Subaru Ascent Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Score: 187 problems per 100 vehicles
Subaru introduced new Forester, Legacy, and Outback models in the last 18 months. They've also added the Ascent three-row SUV to their lineup and are gearing up to launch a refreshed Crosstrek. The WRX and BRZ are also slated to be made over sooner rather than later.

No. 23 - Porsche

2021 Porsche 911 Targa Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Score: 186 problems per 100 vehicles
Porsche doesn't make as many vehicles as some automakers each year, but they're still plagued by problems similar to what you'll find in a mass market car. The Porsche lineup includes the 718, 911, Taycan, Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne. Each of those has multiple variants - the 911 alone has 22 different models.

No. 22 - Acura

2019 Acura RDX Photo courtesy of Acura

Score: 185 problems per 100 vehicles
Acura's lineup is in the middle of a complete redesign. It sells the ILX, TLX, RDX, and MDX. The company just announced that the RDX will no longer be sold in the U.S. and that they've completely redesigned the TLX for 2021 including a new Type S variant.

No. 21 - Mazda

2020 Mazda CX-5

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Score: 184 problems per 100 vehicles
Mazda doesn't sell many vehicles in the U.S., but its lineup is competitive and includes Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedans, the MX-5 Miata, and four SUVs: CX-3, CX-30, CX-5, and CX-9.

No. 20 - Lincoln

2020 Lincoln Navigator Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

Score: 182 problems per 100 vehicles
If you can't remember the names of the vehicles in the Lincoln lineup, you're not alone. The company recently renamed and redesigned most of their SUVs while also introducing a new one to the mix. The MKC became the Corsair and the MKX is now the Nautilus. There's now the Aviator, and the Navigator remains the flagship. And don't forget about the Continental and MKZ!

No. 19 - Toyota

2020 Toyota Avalon

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Score: 177 problems per 100 vehicles
Toyota delivers a lot of what customers are looking for. Its lineup includes the Yaris, 86, Supra, Corolla, Camry, and Avalon cars as well as the CH-R, RAV4, Highlander, Land Cruiser, and Sequoia. The company also sells the Tacoma and Tundra trucks. They recently announced that they would be selling a plug-in version of the RAV4 and bringing back the Venza nameplate for 2021.

No. 18 - Honda

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

Score: 177 problems per 100 vehicles
The Honda lineup now include the CR-V Hybrid. It also has the Civic, Accord, Ridgeline, Passport, Pilot, CR-V, Insight, and HR-V. The Honda Odyssey minivan is getting a facelift for the 2021 model year. Look for a redesigned Pilot to debut soon as well.

No. 17 - BMW

BMW i3 Photo courtesy of BMW

Score: 176 problems per 100 vehicles
Visiting the BMW lineup is like going to Baskin Robbins. There are a wide variety of flavors to suit nearly every palette. the list of SUVs includes the X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, and X7. There's the 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 Series sedans and coupes. There are M and cabriolet variants of most of the cars. BMW also sells the new Z4 as well as the i3 and i8 electric vehicles.

No. 16 - MINI

2020 MIIN Cooper Photo courtesy of MINI

Score: 174 problems per 100 models
MINI sells its signature Cooper model in two- and four-door hardtop varieties with several grades to choose from per model. There's also the Countryman, which is more like a crossover, and the Clubman. MINI also offers a few convertible versions of its models.

No. 15 - Ford

2020 Ford Edge ST Line

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Score: 174 problems per 100 models
Ford recently slimmed their lineup as the company's focused shifted toward next-gen models. Still, there's a number of competitive offerings. Fusion and Mustang are their only cars. The SUV and crossover lineup includes the EcoSport, Escape, Edge, Explorer, Expedition, and Mustang Mach-E. Some Flex models remain on automaker lots. The Ranger, F-150, and Super Duty round out the trucks lineup while the vans offered are the Transit and Transit Connect. The Ford GT is still sold in limited quantities.

No. 14 - Infiniti

2019 Infiniti QX50 Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

Score: 173 problems per 100 vehicles
Infiniti is in the middle of a brand makeover. It still sells the Q50 and Q60 cars as well as the QX50, QX60, and QX80 SUVs. Most of those models received upgrades for 2020. The launch of the new QX55 SUV is slated for later this year. The QX60 will launch as a 2021 model next year and then there's a few more things up the company's sleeves.

No. 13 - Cadillac

2020 Cadillac CT6

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Score: 162 problems per 100 vehicles
Cadillac has also changed up its lineup in a big way over the last year. It now includes the CT4 and CT5 sedans as well as the XT4 and XT5 SUVs. The Escalade is getting a complete redo for 2021 and the CT6 will be discontinued.

No. 12 - Nissan

2020 Nissan Sentra

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Score: 161 problems per 100 vehicles
Nissan has a wide variety of models to choose from. Its Versa, Sentra, and Altima cars have all be redesigned over the last two years. The Maxima got a solid mid-cycle refresh. On the SUV side of things, the Kicks, Rogue Sport, Rogue, Pathfinder, and Armada all remain options. Nissan plans to launch new versions of most of those in the next two years. The Frontier has a new engine for 2020 and will be all-new for 2021. The Titan has also undergone a significant upgrade.

No. 11 - Lexus

2020 Lexus GX Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Score: 159 problems per 100 vehicles
The Lexus lineup has been rather stagnant lately (with the exception of the ES) but that's about to change. The company just showed off a redesigned IS, and a number of SUV upgrades look to be in the pipeline. Lexus still sells the RC and LS cars.

No. 10 - Jeep

2020 Jeep Gladiator

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Score: 155 problems per 100 vehicles
Jeep now sells a diversified portfolio of SUVs including the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler. The Gladiator has made a statement as the company's truck option. A new Grand Cherokee should be out later this year and look for the forthcoming Wagoneer down the pipeline.

No. 9 - Hyundai

2020 Hyundai Veloster Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America
Score: 153 problems per 100 vehicles
If you've overlooked Hyundais lately, it's time to look closer. The company's lineup is diverse and offers a high-quality portfolio of desirable products from the Veloster, Accent, Elantra, and Sonata cars to the Venue, Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe, and Palisade SUVs. Most of those models are getting a full redesign or a refresh for 2020.

No. 8 - Volkswagen

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Score: 152 problems per 100 vehicles
Volkswagen's U.S. lineup is small, but much of it is made in the U.S.A. There's Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Arteon cars as well as Tiguan, Atlas Cross Sport, and Atlas SUVs. If a wagon is more your style, you can get a Golf SportWagen or a Golf Alltrack. The Beetle, Golf, Golf GTI, and Golf R are also still on sale.

No. 7 - GMC

2020 GMC Sierra HD

Photo courtesy of GMC

Score: 151 problems per 100 vehicles
GMC's lineup is small but mighty. Buyers are flocking to the premium brand, buying up its Terrain, Acadia, and Yukon SUVs as well as its Canyon, Sierra 1500, and Sierra HD trucks.

No. 6 - Buick

2020 Buick Encore GX

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Score: 150 problems per 100 vehicles
Buick has gotten away from selling cars in the U.S. and now has four SUV models in its lineup including the Encore, Encore GX, Envision, and Enclave. The Encore GX is new for 2020. Don't let the name fool you, it's a completely different vehicle than the smaller Encore.

No. 5 - Mitsubishi

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors
Score: 148 problems per 100 vehicles
Mitsubishi sells just a few models in the U.S., the Outlander, Outlander Sport, Outlander PHEV, Mirage, and Eclipse Cross. The SUV has

No. 4 - Genesis

2020 Genesis G80

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Score: 142 problems per 100 vehicles
Up until this year, Genesis just sold three cars in the U.S. - the G70, G80, and G90. Now they're introducing the GV80 SUV with more SUVs on the way. The G80 and G90 were redesigned for the new model year.

No. 3 - Ram

2020 Ram 1500

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Score: 141 problems per 100 vehicles
Ram sells just two models, the Ram 1500 and Ram HD trucks. The 1500 has recently been redesigned and the Ram HD models underwent a refresh. Word on the street is that a midsize truck could soon join the ranks.

No. 2 - Chevrolet

2021 Chevrolet Traverse High Country Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Score: 141 problems per 100 vehicles
Chevrolet's lineup is undergoing a redo. The Sonic, Spark, Malibu, and Impala cars may be available on dealer lots now, but most won't make it another model year. The Bolt EV, Trax, and Blazer are sticking around. Chevy's Camaro and Corvette are still sports car options (the 'Vette was just redesigned). The company has introduced the Trailblazer, refreshed the Equinox, and plans to bring the new Tahoe and Suburban not market this year. The Colorado will undergo a refresh for 2021 and the Silverado and Silverado HD have been recently redesigned.

No. 1 (tie) - Dodge

2019 Dodge Charger Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Score: 136 problems per 100 vehicles
Dodge doesn't make many vehicles, and they've been around without too many modifications over the years though there have been Widebody variants brought to the table in recent years. The current Dodge lineup includes the Journey and Durango SUVs, Grand Caravan minivan, and Charger and Challenger cars.

No. 1 (tie) - Kia

2021 Kia K5 Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Score: 136 problems per 100 vehicles
The Kia lineup is more diverse than it has ever been. The company now offers the Rio, Forte, Optima, Stinger, Cadenza, and K900 sedans as well as a roster of other models including the Soul, Seltos, Sportage, Niro, Sorento, Telluride, and Sedona. The automaker recently debuted redesigned versions of the Optima/K5, Sorento, and Sedona.

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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept shows of the possible future of a V8 under the hood of a Jeep.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept model shows that the production model of a V8-powered Wrangler (and possibly Gladiator) is likely on the way - and that's straight from the people in the know at FCA.

Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler -8 and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "From the recently introduced 29-mpg Wrangler EcoDiesel to our award-winning Jeep Gladiator, and the upcoming Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep is clearly listening to its customers. We are anxious to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a vehicle that delivers an incredible and unmatched level of fun-to-drive performance and capability, on- and off-road."

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept The model is pretty standard for a modern Wrangler Rubicon - on the outside.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

It's been a hot minute since there was a V8 under the hood of a Jeep. The last model to wear its power proudly was the 1981 Jeep CJ, which had a 5.0-liter V8 that delivered 125 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) HEMI V8 that delivers 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. That power gives the concept a zero to 60 mph time of less than five seconds.

Its engine is paired with a more robust version of the traditional eight-speed automatic, something that the HEMI in the Charger Scat Pack gets as well.

The parts roster includes Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan. It also comes with Dana 44 axles, Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case (3.73 gear ratio), and Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials. The SUV rides on custom 17-inch deadlock wheels that are wrapped in 37-inch mud-terrain tires.

The suspension of the typical Wrangler JL has been upgraded to include new aluminum, monotube Fox shocks, and two-mode exhaust, which is adjustable at the touch of a button.

The company has installed a factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar.

All that equipment gives the model some impressive numbers. It has a water fording capability of 34 inches, 13.25 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 51.6 degrees, a breaker angle of 29.5 degrees, and a departure angle of 40.1 degrees. It's Trail Rated.

Jeep has given the concept a Granite Crystal paint job, bronze-colored tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks, and wheels. There's a heavy-duty raised hood, custom half doors, and Wrangler's Sky One-touch powertop.

The concepts interior features a Red Rock-colored leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.

When will you see the production version of the V8? These things take time, but remember, the auto show circuit looks to pick up in earnest early next year, and we have the Wrangler 4xe to see first.

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Thought the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross just debuted in Thailand, it could be slated to come to the U.S.

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Let's face it, the Toyota CH-R was never really supposed to be a Toyota. The model, destined to be a Scion, had its life's direction altered when Scion closed up shop and parent company Toyota merged select members of its lineup with the Toyota line. For the last three years, the model has been doing its damnedest to escape the Scion mold, but hasn't. It remains the odd duck in the stable, not delivering the high-quality interior, good handling, and capability that earns the brand sufficient praise.

Enter: the Toyota Corolla Cross. Though its name doesn't quite invoke the feelings, of "Why? Whhhhhhyyyy?" that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross moniker does, the Corolla Cross name is clearly a strategic move meant to capitalize on the one already worn by one of the best-selling cars of all time.

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross

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Marketed as "Corolla Meets SUV", the Corolla Cross looks like it executes at every level. It rides on the same TNGA platform as the Toyota Prius, Prius Prime, C-HR, and Corolla, and the Lexus UX. That architecture make the slightly longer and taller Corolla Cross spacious with class-leading cargo room for its class.

Though the model is undoubtedly going to be modified a smidge if it comes to America, Toyota has outlined its highlights as part of its launch in Thailand.

The Corolla Cross makes much of its looks from the RAV4, but it's a copy. It's a natural progression of the design language, the same way the Highlander is. Toyota notes that this design allows for an "impressive rearview".

A new torsion-beam suspension delivers a cushioned ride. Toyota notes that the Corolla Cross is easy to maneuver and has a tight turning circle.

Toyota is selling the front-wheel drive model with a traditional gasoline-powered engine setup and as a hybrid. These variants are similar to the Corolla and Lexus UX in the States.

The gasoline-powered model has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 140 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid model returns 122 total system horsepower. Both engines are paired with a CVT.

The interior has good headroom and wide door openings. These are similar characteristics to the modern Corolla.

Toyota has already trademarked the Corolla Cross name for the U.S. according to Car & Driver. The model, which would fill a slot in Toyota product plans that were leaked earlier this year, may be the vehicle set to be made at the end joint Mazda-Toyota plant that is under construction in Alabama. It would fill the gap between the C-HR and RAV4 in the Toyota lineup, and compete directly with the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Kona.

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