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2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Family Cars

2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Family Cars

By Christian Wardlaw, February 22, 2017

To measure the things that have gone right and wrong with new cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans, J.D. Power conducts the annual Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). Original owners of 3-year-old vehicles report problems related to the design of and defects associated with their vehicles, and the company collects and analyzes the data, publishing its findings in the VDS.

Power Circle Ratings are derived from this data, easily understood visual representations that summarize the study findings in a simple, consumer-friendly way. The ratings represent a model’s performance relative to its competitors and help consumers make smart decisions when buying a vehicle.

This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2014 family cars that receive a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.



2014 Buick LaCrosse
Continuing with a choice between a gas-electric hybrid and a V-6 engine, the subtly restyled 2014 LaCrosse benefitted from new seats, improved interior materials, and a new Ultra Luxury option package. The latest version of Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system also debuted, as well as a long list of safety systems, including forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and more.

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2014 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler’s rapidly aging 2014 Town & Country minivan was offered in a new 30th Anniversary Edition trim level. That brought the trim level count to five, ranging from relatively basic to fairly luxurious. All Town & Country vans included a powerful 3.6-liter V-6 engine and features such as Stow ‘N Go that set it apart from other minivans on the market.

The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2014 Kia Cadenza
Kia introduced the new Cadenza full-size sedan for the 2014 model year. Offered in Premium and SX Limited trim, the 2014 Cadenza included a 293-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine and front-wheel drive. Generous levels of standard equipment coupled with the best warranty package in the automotive industry made the Cadenza an appealing alternative to segment sales leaders.

The 2014 Kia Cadenza receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2014 Toyota Avalon
In its second year following a complete redesign, the 2014 Avalon gained a standard reversing camera system. The XLE Premium trim level received a new infotainment system with navigation and the company’s Entune App Suite technology. The XLE Touring’s wheels went dark, painted anthracite gray, and blind-spot monitoring became available for the XLE Touring. Otherwise, the roomy and reliable Avalon was unchanged for 2014.

The 2014 Toyota Avalon receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Large Car segment.

2014 Toyota Sienna
Few changes accompanied Toyota’s minivan, the Sienna, into the 2014 model year. A blind-spot monitoring system became a stand-alone option for the sporty SE trim level, and all Siennas included a tow-preparation package, bringing standard towing capacity to 3,500 lbs. The Sienna continued to offer robust power from its 3.5-liter V-6 engine and remained the only minivan to offer an optional all-wheel-drive system.

The 2014 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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