J.D. Power ranks Kia highest brand for Initial Quality, Rio and Stinger shine in APEAL Awards

J.D. Power ranks Kia highest brand for Initial Quality, 
Rio and Stinger shine in APEAL Awards.

We knew it all the time here at Barnett. Nice to see the world noticing, too.

We’re talking about Kia’s growing reputation for quality, and the industry accolades that go with it.

Kia Motors has been named the highest ranked mass market brand in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study for the fourth consecutive year.

The J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study measures new-vehicle owners’ overall satisfaction with their vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. The results are divided into 10 categories and weighted accordingly: exterior, interior, storage, audio, seats, heating and ventilation, driving dynamics, powertrain, visibility, and fuel economy. 

Kia’s overall APEAL awards score went up by eight points over last year. Following the launch of the 2018 Rio and highly anticipated 2018 Stinger, Kia earned two more for its stylish subcompact and its powerful fastback sports sedan. The double win garnered those eight points, while also securing the brand’s spot among the top 10 non-premium nameplates. Rio also captured a win in the small car segment.

“Whether it be a practical commuter car for people just looking to get from point A to B, or a sports sedan with up to 365-horsepower for enthusiasts, we design every Kia with the customer in mind,” said Orth Hedrick, Kia vice president, product planning. “Earning a J.D. Power APEAL award for both the Rio and Stinger demonstrates the level of dedication we put on delivering a superior combination of the desirable features and attributes today’s savvy car buyers want from their vehicles.”

Completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Rio outshined the competition in the small car segment, being one of the only contenders to score the highest marks in overall performance and design, comfort, features, and style. The highest performing vehicle in Kia’s history, Stinger bested its more expensive European counterparts in the compact premium car segment.

Right now at Barnett you can buy a 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback as low as $14,089*, or get 0% APR for up to 60 months**. Lease a fun-to-drive 2018 Kia Stinger AWD starting at $299 a month+. Ask us for details or click here. You’ll also find our other current special offers and deals.

And remember, every new vehicle purchased comes with Barnett’s exclusive—and FREE—MILLION MILE Warranty. Ask your sales associate for all the details on that, too. Come see us soon at Barnett Kia on Highway 61 in White Bear Lake!

Offers end 9/4/18. *Rebate to dealer. See dealer for details. Does not include military discount. Must take from dealer stock. Stock #K18606. MSRP $15,225. **From Kia motors finance (KMF) on approved credit. With $13.33 per $1,000 financed for well-qualified buyers. +10,000 miles per year. Security deposit waived. KMF lease cash to dealer. For qualified leases. Lease from Kia Motors Finance on approved credit. Does not include military discount. Limited quantity available. Stock #18376. MSRP $35,055.
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