The recently released Strategic Vision's Total Quality Index (TQI) still ranked Toyota near the top, but this year the automaker failed to produce any segment-leading models.
Meanwhile, Hyundai had the most, with three of its models leading in their product segments and affiliate Kia leading two other segments.
The survey measures overall new vehicle owner satisfaction through all aspects of the ownership experience, including the buying process, brand loyalty, and the overall perception of quality.
Looking at the results solely by the traditional definition of quality - in terms of the number of problems per vehicle - Toyota now shares a top tier with a group of brands including Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, and Ford, said the firm.
Hyundai's new Entourage (tied with the Kia Sedona and Nissan Quest) replaced Honda's Odyssey, a five-year winner, in the Minivan category, while the Hyundai Azera placed at the top in the Large Car segment and the Santa Fe SUV took the top position in the Small SUV category.
Ford showed especially strong with its trucks. The F-150 returned to the top model in the Large Pickup category, shared with the Nissan Titan, and the Expedition EL took over as the top Large SUV.
Small Car: Honda Civic
Small Multi-Function: Volkswagen Rabbit
Medium Car: Saturn Aura, Nissan Maxima
Large Car: Hyundai Azera
Near-Luxury Car: BMW 3-Series Sedan
Luxury Car: Mercedes S-Class
Small Specialty Under $25,000: MINI Cooper
Convertible Under $30,000: MINI Cooper Convertible
Convertible Over $30,000: Chevrolet Corvette
Minivan: Kia Sedona, Hyundai Entourage, Nissan Quest
Small SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe
Medium Crossover: Dodge Magnum
Medium SUV: Kia Sorento
Large SUV: Ford Expedition EL
Near-Luxury SUV: Lexus RX350
Luxury SUV: Mercedes ML-Class
Standard Pickup: Honda Ridgeline
Large Pickup: Nissan Titan, Ford F-150
Heavy Duty Pickup: Ford F-250/F-350