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2016 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Family Cars

2016 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Family Cars

By Christian Wardlaw, February 24, 2016
Based on feedback from original owners of 3-year-old vehicles, the annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) explores what has gone right and what has gone wrong with new cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs as they age. Design- and defect-related problems are summarized and categorized within the VDS, and from this data J.D. Power formulates Power Circle Ratings that reflect the findings. Consumers can use these ratings to help them decide which make and model might be best for their requirements.

This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2013 family cars—full-size sedans, large multi-purpose vehicles, and minivans—that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.


2013 Buick LaCrosse
Available with a hybrid or V-6 powertrain, the LaCrosse is a full-size sedan with a rather small trunk. In 2013, Buick added a new touch-screen infotainment system to the LaCrosse, installed a new electric steering system for cars equipped with a V-6 engine, and made minor changes to the paint color roster and appearance of the available HID headlights.

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Large Car segment.


2013 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler invented the modern minivan in 1983. Thirty years later, the Town & Country gained standard leather seats and a trailer sway control system. Higher trim levels received new standard features, and the optional rear-seat entertainment system added a high-resolution display, Blu-Ray DVD player, USB ports, and HDMI input jacks.

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Nissan Maxima
Nissan’s self-proclaimed “4-door sports car” is designed to provide greater performance and comfort than the mainstream Altima. In 2013, Nissan made a premium sound system easier to order, introduced a new Value package for the SV trim level, and expanded the Sport package with ventilated front seats and dark-finish wheels.

The 2013 Nissan Maxima receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Toyota Avalon
Toyota redesigned the full-size Avalon sedan for the 2013 model year, equipping the car with sleeker styling, a larger trunk, and an optional hybrid powertrain designed to get a remarkable 40 miles per gallon in combined driving. New capacitive-touch controls debuted, too.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Toyota Prius V
Based on the Toyota Prius, the Prius V is a larger multi-purpose vehicle shaped like a station wagon. Additional size and weight takes a toll on fuel economy, the Prius V earning a 42-mpg rating from the EPA in combined driving. In 2013, the top-of-the-line Prius V Five added a leatherette steering wheel wrap and one new color.

The 2013 Toyota Prius V receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle segment.


2013 Toyota Sienna
Toyota’s minivan, the Sienna, has a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine for 2013, replacing the 4-cylinder engine offered in L and LE trim levels. The popular LE trim level gains several items as standard equipment, and upper trims can be fitted with a new blind-spot warning system.

The 2013 Toyota Sienna receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Minivan segment.


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