The long term quality survey showed Hyundai was one of only six volume manufacturers to out perform the industry average, moving up in rank by a total of three positions over last year's result.
With seven problems per 100 cars fewer than the industry average, Hyundai's figure of 148 problems per 100 vehicles is nine less than last year.
The result follows a 2009 Initial Quality Study by J.D. Power and Associates' that ranked Hyundai fourth behind Lexus, Porsche and Cadillac.
J.D. Power and Associates conduct three quality studies each year: the Initial Quality Study (IQS), which measures vehicle quality after 90 days of ownership; the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which measures problems in three-year-old cars in such categories as air conditioning, audio, driving experience, engine, exterior, interior, seating and transmission; and the Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study, which measures customer perceptions on the design, content, layout and performance of their new vehicles.