The Lexus ES was named the top Compact Premium Car in this year’s J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. The LS was the second place Large Premium Car, and the GS tied for third in the Midsize Premium Car category.
The study, which looks at problems experienced in the first 90 days of vehicle ownership, was redesigned in 2013 to better reflect issues related to new technologies and features. Lexus remains third overall in the standings, behind Porsche & Jaguar — here’s a snapshot of the results above the industry average:
In related news, the TMMC South plant in Cambridge, Canada, which produces the Lexus RX, received the Platinum Plant Quality Award for producing models that yield the fewest defects or malfunctions.
Two other Lexus plants were honored — both the Kyushu 1 & Kyushu 2 plants received the Gold Plant Quality Award for producing the Lexus CT, RX, ES and IS models.
Plant quality awards are based solely on defects and malfunctions and exclude design-related problems.
[Source: J.D. Power]