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2015 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Small Crossover SUVs

2015 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Small Crossover SUVs

By Christian Wardlaw, February 26, 2015

Each year, J.D. Power conducts its annual Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which surveys thousands of consumers who purchased their vehicle new and have owned it for three years. From this research, designed to measure long-term quality with both design- and defect-related vehicle attributes, J.D. Power formulates Power Circle Ratings--consumer-friendly reflections of the survey results that can be used during the vehicle research and shopping process.

This Most Dependable Small Crossover SUVs guide lists 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. Notably, three of the four models in this group are General Motors products. (For a list of the top-rated midsize crossover SUVs, see the separate guide.)


2012 Cadillac SRX
The Cadillac SRX is a compact luxury crossover SUV with seating for up to 5 people. In 2012, Cadillac introduced a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine in the SRX, revised the crossover SUV's suspension tuning, and added Bluetooth connectivity as standard equipment.

The 2012 Cadillac SRX receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2012 Chevrolet Equinox
With seating for 5 people, an optional V-6 engine, and a rear seat that slides to maximize either passenger room or cargo capacity, the Chevy Equinox brings an extra measure of utility to the compact crossover SUV.

In 2012, the Equinox received a standard blind-spot side mirror design, and Chevrolet made a touch-screen radio with a reversing camera standard equipment for all versions except the base LS trim level. MyLink smartphone connectivity technology also debuted, and the LTZ trim level could be optioned with lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems.

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


2012 GMC Terrain
Under its squared-off skin, the 2012 GMC Terrain is structurally and mechanically identical to the Chevrolet Equinox. In 2012, the Terrain gained a standard touch-screen radio with a reversing camera, available IntelliLink smartphone pairing technology, and new options in the form of lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning systems.

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


2012 Toyota RAV4
Available with a choice between a 4-cylinder and a V-6 engine, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 saw few changes in its last year before a complete redesign. Minor styling changes and a revised audio system were the only modifications to this 5-passenger crossover SUV.

The 2012 Toyota RAV4 receives an overall Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out 5.

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