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Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger Tops in JD Power

by Bill Cawthon on

The 2015 Chrysler 300 and 2015 Dodge Challenger were the top-rated cars in their categories in the just-released 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey (IQS).


The 2015 IQS was based on reports from more than 84,000 people who bought or leased a new 2015 model-year vehicle within 90 days prior to the survey. This year’s study was conducted from February to May using a 233-question form with eight problem categories, including cellphone connection issues.

The Chrysler 300 beat the Kia Cadenza and Chevrolet Impala to be the highest-rated large car.

The Dodge Challenger easily beat the 2015 Camaro convertible and 2015 Camaro Coupe as the best “Midsize Sporty Car.”


Overall, Ram was the highest-rated Fiat Chrysler brand with an above-average 110 problems. Ram scored better than Honda and Mercedes.

Dodge was slightly below the 112-problem average with 116, one more than GMC and Audi. Dodge moved up three spots from 2014.

Despite its win for Large Car, Chrysler brand dropped dramatically compared to the 2014 IQS. It fell 19 spots with 32 more reported problems, only beating Smart and Fiat.  As it did last year, Fiat occupied the cellar, but with 45 fewer problems reported in 2015, a dramatic improvement.

Jeep improved, though it’s still close to the bottom of the list. There were five fewer problems reported by owners of new Jeep brand vehicles. It did beat Subaru.

The survey is of limited usefulness, since it only covers three months of car ownership, but is considered a fast-response indicator. J.D. Power does longer-term surveys, including a three-year version.

J.D. Power noted that this was the first year in which Japanese automakers did not beat American ones.

2015 Study 2014 Study Change
Brand Rank Problems Rank Problems Rank Problems
Chrysler 31 143 12 111 -19 +32
Dodge 18 116 21 124 3 -8
Jeep 29 141 31 146 2 -5
Ram 13 110 18 116 5 -6
Fiat 33 161 32 206 -1 -45
Alfa Romeo Not Rated
Industry Average N/A 112 N/A 116 N/A -4


Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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