Philly Murtha | Jul 31, 2019


Luxury Cars are often defined by their appeal to the senses and by superior quality. Every year, J.D. Power measures new-vehicle initial quality during the first 90 days of ownership by surveying more than 75,000 original buyers and lessees of new cars, trucks, SUVs and vans to identify problems with new-vehicle design and defects or malfunctions. 

Based on findings from the 2019 J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), automotive industry benchmark study, J.D. Power creates Initial Quality Power Circle ratings expressed in a 1-5-point scale, with 5 being the highest. The ratings are helpful for new-vehicle shoppers to quickly determine which models are the most problem-free, according to the study. Consumers can use these ratings to compare vehicles during their selection process.

This guide features the highest ranking 2019 model-year Luxury Cars that include Compact Premium and Midsize Premium models from mainstream brands. Each receives an overall initial quality rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 points and are listed in alphabetical order.

2019 Acura TLX

Quiet and nearly sedate, the 2019 Acura TLX debuted for 2015 and still offers comfort and a choice of a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine mated with 8-speed dual clutch and 9-speed automatic, respectively. Interior elements are pleasant and sporty embellishments from the new A-Spec package may be worthwhile. Advanced safety features are standard in the 5-seat Compact Premium sedan and all-wheel drive is available.  

The 2019 Acura TLX receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5. 

2019 Audi A7

Refined and responsive—defines the all-new 2019 Audi A7 fastback, sporty car with turbocharged power supplemented by a 48-volt hybrid-assist system. Advanced driver assistance systems including automated emergency braking and night vision are optional in the 5-seat Midsize Premium car based on the A6 sedan that has a premium interior and state-of-art infotainment system.

The 2019 Audi A7 receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5.

2019 BMW 2 Series

A modern translation of past BMWs, the 2019 BMW 2 Series is a 2-door sporty, Small Premium car that was redesigned five years ago, but has a bevy of the latest standard advanced safety systems and rear parking sensors. Although smaller, it’s got plenty of power and amenities from the BMW lineup that gives this car luxury car status.

The 2019 BMW 2 Series receives an Initial Quality score of 5 out of a possible 5 and earns an Initial Quality award in the Small Premium Car segment.

2019 BMW 4 Series

Known for performance, the 2019 BMW 4 Series features more standard technology—navigation and smartphone connectivity and updated instrument gauges than in the previous model year. Last redesigned for 2014, the Compact Premium coupe offers a breadth of muscular, performance powertrain choices and seats 4-5.

The 2019 BMW 4 Series receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5.

2019 BMW 5 Series

Lots of powertrain choices, including a plug-in hybrid variant, add to the impressive lineup for the well-styled 2019 BMW 5 Series that comes off a redesign for 2017. With seating for 5, midsize luxury sedan offers an array of interior comfort features with plenty of head- and legroom and a 10.2-in. touchscreen plus a 12-speaker audio system. Packed with more safety technology, the 2019 BMW 5 Series also offers one of the largest trunk areas in its class.

The 2019 BMW 5 Series receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5.

2019 Genesis G70

The 2019 Genesis G70 Compact Premium sports sedan, which shares a platform with the Kia Stinger, has already received automotive accolades for performance with its available 3.3-liter, 365-horsepower twin turbo power in its launch year in the U.S. A low center of gravity and stunning cockpit with diamond-quilted leather add to the model’s allure. Two limited editions offer unique personalization.

The 2019 Genesis G70 receives an Initial Quality score of 5 out of a possible 5 points and also earns an Initial Quality award in the Compact Premium Car category.

2019 Genesis G80

Consumers seeking luxury value need to look no further than Hyundai’s 2019 Genesis G80 Midsize Premium sedan that debuted for 2017. For 2019, Genesis adds a new 3.8 trim Sport package with copper and dark chrome elements and updates an 8.0-in. touchscreen infotainment system. Heightened performance and more standard luxury features such as heated leather seats and advanced safety technology create more appeal.

The 2019 Genesis G80 receives 4 out of a possible 5.

2019 Kia Stinger

Introduced in 2018, the 2019 Kia Stinger bold Compact Premium sedan adds standard 18-in. machined wheels and blind spot collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert. A new Sun & Sound package with sunroof, premium audio, 8-in. touchscreen navigation plus LED headlights debuts is an option. Premium and GT trims are equipped with front ventilated seats, wireless charging and advanced safety systems.

The 2019 Kia Stinger receives 4 out of a possible 5 Power Circles. 

2019 Lexus GS

Offered in two versions, the 2019 Lexus GS, which seats 5, also appears as an Anniversary Limited Edition F Sport in Nebula Gray paint with blue interior. The GS Midsize Premium sedan was last redone for 2013. The sharper handling F Sport variant retains a non-turbocharged V-8 paired with an 8-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available, but the hybrid powertrain has been discontinued.

The 2019 Lexus GS receives 4 out of a possible 5.

2019 Lincoln MKZ

A more appealing American Compact Premium car is in its second generation, last redone for 2013. The 2019 Lincoln MKZ that seats 5 comes equipped with more standard safety and infotainment technology. Opt for the hybrid variant at no extra charge or one of the robust twin turbo V-6s. A revised Sync 3 system is more user-friendly although the car still features a push-button gear selector. There may be a redesign with a new moniker for 2021.

The 2019 Lincoln MKZ receives 4 out of a possible 5 points. 

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

Great handling and performance plus assured sleek style in a coupe-like sedan define the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Midsize Premium Car that now seats 5 instead of 4. Major changes for the luxury compact, based on the E-Class, include new exterior and interior looks and new powerful 362-horsepower turbo V-6 engine. A driver assist package is a good add-on with all advanced safety systems.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS receives 5 out of a possible 5 points and also earns an Initial Quality award in the Compact Premium Car category.

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