Used Hyundai Santa Fe

Used Hyundai Quality Called into Question?

Contrast the news that Hyundai is rocking the 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Awards against the fact that one website ranks it as the 8th least reliable brand on the market. Does that mean you should sell your Hyundai while you still can?

As TorqueNews reported, 3 Hyundais are tops in initial quality: the 2014 Genesis, 2014 Elantra and 2014 Accent. Hyundai ranked fourth overall in initial quality, climbing six spots from last year, and was the highest-ranked non-premium brand. In total, Hyundai had six vehicles in the Top Three positions in their segments, including two second-place finishes for Santa Fe and Sonata and a third-place finish for Equus.

Contrast that against a report at on the 10 least reliable used car brands. It quotes a Mojo Motors study that says, "Like Buick and Kia, two brands that also make this list, stick to their newer models from 2010 and onward for something that holds its value a little longer." Mojo Motors specifically calls out the Hyundai Azera as the model to avoid (without going into specifics). Mojo Motors says the average Hyundai can be driven 169,123 miles until it is worthless.


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I'm not sure what J.D. Power's rankings actually measure. "Initial quality" apparently does not equate with "reliability" (long term durability). It is impossible to accurately predict the long term durability of a 2014 automobile in 2014.