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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

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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

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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.

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 Nissan Rogue has been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of Nissan Motor America

It's easy to glance across the compact SUV landscape and characterize them all as being perfect for soccer moms. In the field, however, there are few that actually blend together. All have highs and lows as part of the design process that is their company's plan to stand out.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is no exception to that rule. It was fully redesigned for the 2021 model year, bringing updated looks, an upgraded interior, and more powerful engine to the table. That's not all. The Rogue has stepped out of the bubble-body bubble. Though it still has typical SUV proportions, its nose is beefier and more muted while its backside stands taller and flatter.

2021 Nissan Rogue Nissan offers the Rogue with a two-tone paint scheme.Photo courtesy of Nissan Motor America

Under the hood is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a continuously variable transmission and neither the most fuel efficient nor the most energetic power plant available in a compact SUV. What it is, is capable. There are few times in the Rogue's lifespan where the average buyer is likely to take advantage of the full 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque and think, "You know, I wish this thing was quicker."

Drivers have their choice of Off-Road, Standard, Eco, and Sport drive modes when behind the wheel of an all-wheel drive variant of the SUV. Sport genuinely kicks the experience up a notch and gives the crossover a little more asphalt-eating enthusiasm.

Like the previous-generation Rogue, this one goes right where you want it. The steering is properly weighted and effortless. Parking in a typical store lot is a breeze, as is maneuvering it around traffic.

There's a new-to-Nissan shifter in the Rogue that takes up far less room than the previous generation's did and offers quick and easy maneuverability with accuracy, which is about all you can hope for from a modern shifter yet so many automakers get it so wrong (hello, rotary dial).

2021 Nissan Rogue The shifter in the Rogue is new for 2021.Photo courtesy of Nissan Motor America

A crossover is more about functionality than looks and the Rogue has that covered. From the standard multi-level LED headlights to the wide opening doors (easy in-out for little ones, car seats, and groceries), a split one-touch fold-down rear seat with remote capability, easy-to-wash cargo liner, and Divide-n-Hide divided rear cargo storage system.

It's also about keeping people safe. The Rogue works to do that with its standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of safety technology that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking.

The company's ProPilot Assist driver assist technology is available and performs just as well as it did on the previous generation Rogue. Though its functionality has become more commonplace on vehicles in years since its debut, the system remains one of the better ones on the market and it truly makes driving long distances a heck of a lot easier on the brain.

2021 Nissan Rogue Nissan has improved the car's digital footprint with a large infotainment screen, all-digital driver information display, and a head-up display.Photo courtesy of Nissan Motor America

For 2021, the system is available with Navi-Link, a navigation-based component that uses real-time data to help predict traffic ahead and route accordingly. Additionally, the system makes adjustments to allow the driver to remain at ease in changing situations including Speed Limit Assist, and extended auto restart timing.

That technology pairs with the creature comforts that abound in the Rogue. Its seats are of the famously comfortable NASA-inspired Zero Gravity variety. Rear seat passengers can enjoy a recline function as well as available tri-zone climate control. Pull-up sunshades are also available for the second-row windows.

Its cabin is far more premium than what you'll find in the Toyota RAV4 or Ford Escape at an trim level, and is most comparable to the Mazda CX-5. Though clearly built to withstand the daily rigors of family life, the Rogue's cabin isn't overpowered by materials built for hardiness rather than aesthetics.

The SUV's new all-digital 12.3-inch driver information screen is easy to read and appealing. The same goes for the full-color 10.8-inch head-up display and 9-inch infotainment touch screen. Nissan has brought back its helpful surround view monitor for this generation.

2021 Nissan Rogue Nissan has reconfigured the SUV's cargo area for 2021.Photo courtesy of Nissan Motor America

Other technology amenities include wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, USB-A and USB-C charging ports, Google Maps, and Waze.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue doesn't reinvent the wheel. It keeps doing what the Rogue has always done – offer family-friendly functionality that is hard to beat in its class. For that reason, it deserves to be on your test drive list.

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The disinfectant is the first of its kind to be mass distributed by an OEM.

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Mitsubishi Motors has announced that its new Diamond Premium Care disinfecting spray has been approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is effective in killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Diamond Premium Care is a non-abrasive, antimicrobial, no-contact disinfecting and deodorizing spray used on vehicle interiors and HVAC systems. Mitsubishi Motors is the first and only OEM deploying this service on a national scale.

"Diamond Premium Care is a rare tool in the fight against COVID-19. It offers peace of mind to the driver of any vehicle, but it's especially valuable to those with added exposure, whether that comes from regularly sharing their vehicle with others or from the direct risk of on-the-job exposure to COVID-19," said MMNA Vice President of Aftersales, Scott Smith. "MMNA and our dealer partners are proud to be able to offer this first-of-its-kind, EPA-approved service to everyone during these challenging times."

Mitsubishi Motors COVID-19 spray The spray can be applied at a local dealership.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

Diamond Platinum Care kills 99.99% of viruses and bacteria that inhabit automotive interiors and circulate via the vehicle's HVAC system. It kills SARS-Related Coronavirus 2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. It also eliminates odors at their source without using abrasive chemicals or masking agents.

Here's how it works. The dye-free treatment is applied directly by spray to vehicle surfaces, and for HVAC application, it is applied through the outdoor air intake vent, allowing it to permeate through the HVAC system and cabin interior. For a standard-size vehicle, treatment can be completed in just 10 minutes.

The technology behind Diamond Premium Care™ was developed by Texas-based vehicle disinfecting solutions provider BioPledge.

Diamond Premium Care is currently offered at participating Mitsubishi Motors dealer partners in the U.S. Service must be scheduled in advance with a participating dealer. Pricing may vary. To learn more about this service, and to find a dealership near you, visit mitsubishicars.com/diamond-premium-care-car-disinfectant.

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