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2018 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Luxury SUVs

2018 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Luxury SUVs

By Christian Wardlaw, February 14, 2018
Each year, J.D. Power publishes the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). Contained within it are the findings derived from thousands of survey responses from the original owners of three-year-old vehicles, and from this information J.D. Power can determine what has gone right and what has gone wrong with these models.

In order to assist consumers who are shopping for used vehicles, J.D. Power creates Power Circle Ratings based on this information. Power Circle Ratings are visual representations summarizing the highlights of the VDS, and consumers can use them to make informed decisions about a used car, truck, SUV, or van.

Listed in alphabetical order below, you’ll find the Most Dependable Luxury SUVs sold during the 2015 model year. Each one receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after three years of ownership.

2015 Audi Q3

Though new to the U.S. market in 2015, the Audi Q3 was not new to the world. It arrived just in time to capitalize on consumer interest in small SUVs, providing a dose of luxury at an attainable price. Four people fit comfortably, and the Q3 carries up to 48.2 cubic feet of cargo. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine motivates the front or all four wheels.

The 2015 Audi Q3 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and receives an award in the Small Premium SUV category.

2015 BMW X1

BMW’s X1 entered its final year before a complete redesign without any major changes. This marked the final year of the rear-drive X1, which was offered with a choice between a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive was an option. After 2015, the X1 moved to a front-drive platform, and lost its more powerful engine option.

The 2015 BMW X1 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2015 BMW X3

Larger than the BMW X1, the BMW X3 is a 5-passenger crossover SUV equipped with rear- or all-wheel drive. Three turbocharged engines are available: a 4-cylinder gas, a 4-cylinder diesel, and a 6-cylinder gas. The diesel was new for the refreshed 2015 X3, and BMW also introduced new infotainment systems and driver assistance and collision avoidance technologies.

The 2015 BMW X3 receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2015 Lexus GX

Sharing a platform with the Toyota 4Runner, the Lexus GX gets exclusive styling, detailing, interior, and a V8 engine to vault it into luxury territory. Because the GX sits on underpinnings designed for serious off-roading, it drives more like a truck than a car. But it sure is dependable, and in 2015 it added Siri Eyes Free compatibility as well as new music apps for the infotainment system.

The 2015 Lexus GX receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2015 Lexus NX

With the new-for-2015 NX, Lexus entered the compact luxury crossover SUV segment. It is based on the Toyota RAV4, but with distinctly different styling inside and out, along with higher quality interior materials. Engine choices included a standard turbocharged 4-cylinder or a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain, and all-wheel drive was an option.

The 2015 Lexus NX receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2015 Lexus RX

One of the most popular luxury vehicles in America, the Lexus RX is a 5-passenger, midsize crossover SUV. Engine choices included a V6 or a powerful gas-electric hybrid drivetrain, and the RX came with front- or all-wheel drive. In its final year before a complete redesign, the 2015 RX received infotainment system improvements, a new Cabernet leather color with F Sport trim, and a Crafted Line special edition with a unique appearance.

The 2015 Lexus RX receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and receives an award in the Small Premium SUV category.

2015 Lincoln MKX

The Lincoln MKX is a 5-passenger crossover SUV with upscale design and trimmings. It was equipped with a V6 engine and front-wheel drive, with an all-wheel-drive system offered as an option. Lincoln made no changes to the MKX for 2015, while the vehicle on which it was based, the Ford Edge, received a complete redesign.

The 2015 Lincoln MKX receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

A new model for 2015, the GLA-Class used the CLA-Class car platform, swapping the sedan styling for a 5-door hatchback body style and a raised suspension to create a subcompact crossover SUV. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was standard, and in AMG performance tune generated a whopping 355 horsepower.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

With unusually angular styling and a track record for dependability, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is a compact crossover SUV. Standard equipment in the GLK250 included an efficient turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine, but most buyers selected the GLK350 for its 3.5-liter V6. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive versions were available. Mercedes made no changes to the GLK for 2015, the model’s last before a redesign and name change to GLC.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and receives an award in the Compact Premium SUV category.

2015 Porsche Macan

Based on the same platform as the Audi Q5, the Porsche Macan is a small crossover with an emphasis on performance. It arrived for the 2015 model year, available with a choice between turbocharged V6 engines and a standard all-wheel-drive system engineered to provide unexpected off-roading capability. In its debut year, it came in S and more powerful Turbo trims.

The 2015 Porsche Macan receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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