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2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Small SUVs

2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Small SUVs

By Christian Wardlaw, February 22, 2017

Each year, the J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) measures problems with the design and components in used vehicles, as reported by original owners who have owned the vehicle for 3 years. The study identifies what has gone right and what has gone wrong with the cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans, and the company publishes the data, analysis, and its conclusions in the annual VDS.

From this data, J.D. Power calculates Power Circle Ratings to express VDS findings in a simple, consumer-friendly way. These ratings provide an easily understood visual representation of a model’s performance in the study, relative to its competitors. Using Power Circle Ratings, consumers can make smarter decisions about the used vehicles they buy.

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan photoThis buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2014 small SUVs that receive a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.



2014 Buick Encore
With the Encore, Buick found unexpected success. This small crossover SUV appeals to a younger demographic and blends upscale design and details in an affordable and practical package. In 2014, the Encore gained text-messaging support, Siri Eyes Free compatibility, and an available blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

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

2014 Chevrolet Equinox
Larger inside than many direct competitors, and undeniably stylish on the outside, the Chevrolet Equinox was among the more popular small SUVs in 2014. Plus, it offered an optional V-6 engine making more than 300 horsepower and supplying genuine towing capacity—a rarity among compact crossovers. Chevrolet made no substantial changes to the 2014 Equinox.

The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2014 GMC Terrain
Beneath its squared-off styling, the GMC Terrain is identical to the Chevrolet Equinox. One difference is that the Terrain is available in a luxury-themed Denali trim level, providing exclusive content and detailing that is not offered for the Chevy SUV. For 2014, GMC made no significant changes to the Terrain.

The 2014 GMC Terrain receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Styled to resemble the legendary FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser and based on the 4Runner platform, the 2014 FJ Cruiser is a legitimate off-roader equipped with a strong, 260-horsepower V-6 engine. For its last year of production, Toyota expanded availability of a flat gray paint color called Cement and built a final Trail Teams Special Edition variant.

The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and earns a dependability award in the Compact SUV segment.

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
How do you pronounce the name of Volkswagen’s smallest SUV, the Tiguan? Like this: Teeg-wan. There, now you can confidently ask for this fun-to-drive, turbocharged crossover SUV by name. In 2014, the Tiguan gained a sporty R-Line version, most existing trim levels added standard equipment, and VW improved infotainment systems with Car-Net services and an optional Fender premium sound system.

The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and earns a dependability award in the Small SUV segment.


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