Chevrolet, four other brands get most love in Total Quality survey

How do you spell quality?

C-h-e-v-r-o-l-e-t, according to consulting firm Strategic Vision.

Based on a survey of 42,000 new-car owners, the Detroit-based automaker captured five of 27 categories in Strategic Vision’s 2017 Total Quality Impact (TQI) awards. A total of 18 brands were represented in the survey results.

The results offer new-car shoppers a glimpse of how much new owners love their vehicles after 90 days.

The Chevrolet Colorado is “Quality” winner among standard pickups.

The automaker’s five category winners are the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (mid-size, alternative-powertrain, or APT), Chevrolet SS (near-luxury), Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (premium coupe) and convertible (premium convertible/roadster), and the Colorado (standard pickup truck).

Strategic Vision tied Chevrolet’s success to “gradual and steady progress (by domestic companies) … over the years to become leaders in quality once again.”

“This has been accomplished by shoring up reliability issues, focusing on meaningful innovative advancements – especially those that involve styling or powertrain – and establishing a ‘home field advantage’ in the truck and sports car markets,” according to the consulting firm.

Ford, Dodge, other domestics

Ford with three category wins and Dodge with two also contributed to the result that had domestic carmakers winning more than half of the categories – 14 of 27 – compared to just five a decade ago.

Ford winners and Total Quality categories are the C-MAX Hybrid (small APT), Mustang convertible (standard convertible) and F-250/350 (heavy duty pickup), while Dodge winners were the Charger (full-size car) and Durango (mid-size SUV).

The other domestic winners are the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (near-luxury APT), Jeep Wrangler (entry SUV), GMC Yukon XL (full-size utility) and Chrysler Pacifica (minivan).

Subaru also feels the love

Subaru and Honda led other categories with two wins apiece – the Subaru Outback (mid-size hatchback) and Crosstrek (entry CUV) and Honda Civic Sedan (small car) and Civic Hatchback (small hatchback).

But it is Subaru that felt the most love in the survey results as it also took home the award for TQI best mass-market brand for the second straight year.

“Before 2008, it would have been hard to imagine Subaru winning … two straight years,” said Strategic Vision in announcing the survey results. “Then they began their ‘Love’ advertising campaign and have since more than tripled their market share … To many buyers, their Subaru represents much more than a collection of parts that will get them safely from Point A to Point B.”

Other quality-award winners

Nine other brands/models also captured Total Quality categories:

  • Nissan Altima (mid-size car)
  • MINI Cooper 4-Door Hardtop (specialty coupe)
  • Genesis G90 (luxury car)
  • Toyota Tundra (full-size pickup)
  • Mazda CX-9 (mid-size CUV)
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door (near-luxury utility)
  • Lexus GX (luxury SUV)
  • Porsche Macan (luxury CUV)
  • Tesla Model X (premium APT utility)

In the end, Strategic Vision recognizes that the Total Quality Impact is linked to love as much as quality.

“This love, like enthusiasm, enhances the owner’s experience as it amplifies the positive aspects and overlooks the minor negative ones,” said the consulting firm. “Each person has their own preferences, priorities, and unique emotional connection to their vehicle.”

That is why, the Strategic Vision said, “quality truly is in the eye of the beholder.”

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