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2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Midsize SUVs

2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Midsize SUVs

By Christian Wardlaw, February 22, 2017

Participants in the annual J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) are the original owners of 3-year-old vehicles and they report problems related to design and defects. By analyzing this data, J.D. Power identifies what has gone right and what has gone wrong with these cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. Each year, the company’s findings are published in the VDS.

To provide consumers with an easily understood, visual representation of the findings, J.D. Power calculates Power Circle Ratings to convey a model’s performance in the VDS, relative to its competitors. Consumers can then make smarter decisions about the used vehicles they buy.

2014 Toyota Venza photoThis buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2014 midsize SUVs that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.



2014 Ford Edge
Aside from offering new paint colors, Ford made no changes to the popular 2014 Edge crossover SUV. Offered in SE, SEL, Limited, and Sport trim levels with a choice of three different engines, the Edge supplied seating for up to 5 passengers.

The 2014 Ford Edge receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
Available as a 5-passenger Sport model and as a 7-passenger standard model, the Hyundai Santa Fe is actually two vehicles sold under the same nameplate. The Santa Fe Sport comes with a 4-cylinder or turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the larger Santa Fe features a 3.3-liter V-6 engine and more space for passengers and cargo. One year following a complete redesign, the 2014 Santa Fe lineup gained numerous new comfort, convenience, and safety options.

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2014 Kia Sorento
Equipped with available seating for up to 7 passengers, the 2014 Sorento looked similar to the 2013 model, but Kia claimed that 80% of its parts were new or redesigned for 2014. With this significantly overhauled Sorento, Kia debuted an optional 290-horsepower V-6 engine, a next-generation version of its infotainment and connected-services technology, and dramatically expanded feature availability.

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

2014 Nissan Murano
The 5-passenger Nissan Murano returned for 2014 without significant changes, unless you count the return of the CrossCabriolet model as significant. Yes, there once was a Murano convertible, which sold in very low numbers. Otherwise, the Murano continued in multiple trim levels, each equipped with a V-6 engine, continuously variable transmission, and an available all-wheel-drive system.

The 2014 Nissan Murano receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2014 Subaru Outback
Essentially, the Subaru Outback is a Subaru Legacy station wagon sitting on a raised suspension and featuring rugged styling cues. In its final year before a complete redesign, the 2014 Outback received an upgraded continuously variable transmission. Subaru also expanded availability of its EyeSight safety technology to the mid-grade Premium trim level, which gained standard equipment in 2014.

The 2014 Subaru Outback receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2014 Toyota Venza
Built on the same platform as the 1997-2001 Toyota Camry, the Toyota Venza used tried-and-true components wrapped in remarkably stylish exterior design. Equipped with roomy seating for up to 5 people, the Venza offered a choice between a 4-cylinder and a V-6 engine. Minor changes added more standard equipment to the mid-grade XLE and top Limited trim levels.

The 2014 Toyota Venza receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5 and earns a dependability award in the Midsize SUV segment.


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