Most Reliable 2016 Cars: Luxury Sedans Under $60,000
New-vehicle buyers strongly value reliability, making it one of the most important considerations when selecting a specific make and model, according to J.D. Power research. To help car buyers determine which luxury sedans are the most dependable, J.D. Power surveys thousands of new- and used-car owners in conducting the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and Initial Quality Study (IQS), gathering information related to vehicle dependability, quality, and overall appeal, among others. From this data, Power Circle Ratings are calculated and summarize how reliable new models are expected to be in the future.
Listed on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order, are the top-rated luxury sedans priced under $60,000 in terms of predicted reliability, according to J.D. Power. The ratings reflect a model’s prediction relative to its direct competitors, and are not indicative of how it might perform compared to models in different market segments. Also, models that are new to the market reflect historical performance of that brand in order to make an accurate reliability prediction.
2016 Acura RLX
Acura’s flagship sedan, the RLX, is a large luxury car at a midsize price. Standard versions are equipped with a V-6 engine and front-wheel drive, while the Sport Hybrid variants come with a sophisticated gas-electric hybrid powertrain that effectively supplies the RLX with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
The 2016 RLX receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Audi A4
In its final year prior to a complete redesign, the Audi A4 remains a competitive choice in the entry-luxury segment. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine powers the A4, while the sport-tuned S4 variant is equipped with a supercharged V-6 engine. The A4 Allroad is a station wagon version of the car, equipped with SUV styling cues and extra ground clearance.
The 2016 A4 receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
Based on the same platform and using the same powertrains as the BMW 3 Series, the sleeker 4 Series lineup includes a coupe, convertible, and this rakish 5-door hatchback called the Gran Coupe. All-wheel drive is optional, but this is the only 4 Series model not available in a racy M4 variant.
The 2016 4 Series Gran Coupe receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 BMW 5 Series
Available in a variety of model series that includes gasoline, gas-electric hybrid, and diesel engines, as well as a performance-tuned M5 variant and a 5-door hatchback called the Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series offers something for almost anyone seeking a reliable midsize luxury car.
The 2016 5 Series receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Cadillac CT6
Cadillac’s new flagship sedan, the CT6, ushers in new naming conventions for the company. Future cars will have the “CT” designation, while future SUVs will carry the “XT” designation. The CT6 is larger than the CTS, and is expected to eventually replace both the CTS and the XTS when those older models cease production. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive is standard, while available V-6 and twin-turbocharged V-6 engines come with all-wheel drive.
The 2016 CT6 receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Hyundai Genesis
Equipped with a choice between a V-6 or a V-8 engine, the Hyundai Genesis is a large luxury sedan equipped with an appealing price. All-wheel drive is an option with the V-6 engine; other versions of the car are rear-wheel drive. In 2017, Hyundai is launching its new Genesis luxury brand, and this model becomes known as the Genesis G80.
The 2016 Genesis receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Lexus ES
Sharing a platform with the Toyota Avalon, the Lexus ES has an entry-level luxury price combined with a large interior containing plenty of room for people and cargo. Lexus offers the ES with a V-6 engine or a gas-electric hybrid powertrain that maximizes gas mileage.
The 2016 ES receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.
2016 Lexus GS
A midsize luxury sedan, the Lexus GS features rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and is offered with a variety of engines. Buyers choose from a turbocharged 4-cylinder, V-6, gas-electric hybrid, or a V-8 powertrain. The latter engine is exclusive to the new GS F, a track-ready performance version sold in limited quantities.
The 2016 GS receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Lincoln MKS
Lincoln’s largest sedan, the MKS is based on the Ford Taurus but is equipped with different styling and a unique interior. It is offered with a V-6 or a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, and all-wheel drive is an option. Though an older design, Lincoln loads the MKS with modern infotainment, convenience, and driver-assistance technologies. The new Continental replaces this model for 2017.
The 2016 MKS receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Lincoln MKZ
A midsize luxury sedan, the Lincoln MKZ shares a platform with the Ford Fusion. It is offered with a turbocharged 4-cylinder, gas-electric hybrid, or an exclusive V-6 powertrain, and all-wheel drive is available. Fun fact: the MKZ’s optional panoramic glass sunroof is the largest one of any car, according to Lincoln.
The 2016 MKZ receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
In its final year before a complete redesign, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class continues in coupe, convertible, sedan, and station wagon body styles. A variety of engines, an available all-wheel-drive system, and performance-tuned AMG versions ensure one of the broadest ranges of choice among midsize luxury cars.
The 2016 E-Class receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.