Can You Pick the Most Dependable Trucks and SUVs in America?
By Philly Murtha,
Dependability is one of the most important considerations among consumers shopping for a new or a used vehicle, and many people make incorrect assumptions about which models offer the best quality or are the most reliable. Based on correlations between J.D. Power new-vehicle quality (IQS) and used-vehicle dependability studies (VDS), these 7 trucks and SUVs are rated highly for quality when new, and for reliability after thousands of miles have been added to the odometer.
The only luxury SUV to make the cut, the Acura RDX is a compact crossover with seating for 5 passengers. The RDX was redesigned for 2013, switching from a turbocharged 4-cylinder to a V-6 engine in the process.
A full-size, crew-cab pickup truck, the Avalanche features a unique Midgate design that allows the cargo area to expand into the cabin when the rear seats are folded down. But get one while you can--the Avalanche is discontinued after 2013.
The Chevy Tahoe tops all other full-size SUVs when it comes to quality and dependability. Today's Tahoe is essentially identical to the one that debuted for the 2007 model year.
Among full-size pickup trucks, the GMC Sierra demonstrates consistent quality and dependability, in both light-duty and heavy-duty format. A redesigned Sierra 1500 debuts for 2014, while the Sierra HD carries over with few changes.
One of the most popular compact crossover SUVs is also among the highest quality and most dependable models available. The CR-V was last redesigned for the 2012 model year.
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Based on the rugged 4Runner SUV platform, the retro-styled Toyota FJ Cruiser is ready for anything when equipped with optional 4-wheel drive.
A full-size, 8-passenger, traditional SUV designed for towing and hauling plenty of weight, the Toyota Sequoia is among the highest quality and most dependable ways to move lots of people, trailer, or payload.