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2015 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Midsize Crossover SUVs

2015 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Midsize Crossover SUVs

By Christian Wardlaw,

On an annual basis, J.D. Power surveys thousands of original owners of 3-year-old cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, collecting data about what has gone right and what has gone wrong with the vehicles during the last 12 months. The Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) summarizes this long-term vehicle owner satisfaction research, and J.D. Power formulates Power Circle Ratings from the data in order to summarize the results of the study and assist consumers during their vehicle research process.

This Most Dependable Midsize Crossover SUVs guide highlights those models that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4, 4.5, or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall vehicle dependability after three years of ownership. (For a list of the top-rated small crossover SUVs, see the separate guide.)


2012 Buick Enclave
Designed to seat up to 8 passengers, the Buick Enclave is larger than its primary competition, and can hold more cargo than most other crossover SUVs in its class. For 2012, Buick made minor changes to the Enclave, the most significant of which included a new hill-holder feature and changes designed to help avoid instances of unintended acceleration.

The 2012 Buick Enclave receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.


2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Beneath its skin, and aside from minor tuning differences, the Traverse is structurally and mechanically identical to the Buick Enclave. New side mirrors and fresh paint colors were the only changes in 2012.

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2012 Honda Crosstour
Based on the Honda Accord, the Honda Crosstour is a 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback crossover that sits on a raised suspension and offers an optional all-wheel-drive system. For 2012, Honda introduced a new, more fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine to replace the formerly standard V-6 engine. The V-6 remained an option. Other changes included standard Bluetooth connectivity and automatic headlights.

The 2012 Honda Crosstour receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2012 Lexus RX
A 5-passenger luxury crossover SUV, the Lexus RX is offered with a V-6 engine or a gas-electric hybrid powertrain based on a V-6 engine. For 2012, Lexus made no changes aside from making minor changes to how optional equipment was packaged.

The 2012 Lexus RX receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2012 Nissan Murano
With seating for 5 people, the Nissan Murano features a standard V-6 engine and a continuously variable transmission powering the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available, and for 2012 Nissan added a new Platinum Edition option package to increase the number of luxury features available for the Murano.

The 2012 Nissan Murano receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the top-ranked model in the Midsize SUV segment.


2012 Toyota Highlander
Equipped with 3 rows of seats and 7-passenger capacity, the Toyota Highlander offers a choice between a 4-cylinder and a V-6 engine, with all-wheel drive an option with the larger power plant. In 2012, Toyota made no changes to the Highlander.

The 2012 Toyota Highlander receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2012 Toyota Venza
Similar to how the Honda Crosstour blurs the line between a station wagon and an SUV, the Camry-based Toyota Venza sits on a car platform but adds the utility of extra cargo space and optional all-wheel drive. In 2012, buyers could choose between a 4-cylinder and a V-6 engine, and Toyota introduced new LE, XLE, and Limited trim levels, switching from the single-trim approach used previously.

The 2012 Toyota Venza receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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