Top-Rated Family Cars in the 2016 Initial Quality Study
The J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) serves as a benchmark assessment of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality. Conducted annually for 30 years, the study measures owner-reported design- and defect-related problems with new vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. This year, the results are based on more than 80,000 survey responses.
Based on the data collected by J.D. Power, the company creates Power Circle Ratings (PCRs) to summarize the study’s findings in a simple, visual, easily referenced way. Consumers can use these PCRs when researching new vehicles.
In this 2016 Family Cars buyer’s guide, we highlight the top-rated models in the 2016 U.S. IQS, those vehicles earning a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality during the first 90 days of ownership.
2016 Buick LaCrosse
A full-size sedan with an upscale look and feel, the LaCrosse enters its final year before a complete redesign, with infotainment system enhancements and a new Sport Touring trim level. A hybrid model remains available, but most LaCrosses have a stout 3.6-liter V-6 engine paired with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The 2016 Buick LaCrosse receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet’s stylish full-size family sedan, the Impala is offered with a new Midnight Edition appearance package and an upgraded infotainment system with smartphone-projection technology. Full leather seating is now an option for the midgrade LT trim level.
The 2016 Chevrolet Impala receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Chrysler Town & Country
In its final year on the market, this classic Chrysler minivan proves itself the highest-quality model in its segment. Aside from offering an Anniversary Edition variant for 2016, no changes were made to the Town & Country. For 2017, this model is replaced by the all-new Chrysler Pacifica.
The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Minivan segment.
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
A corporate twin of the Chrysler Town & Country, the venerable Dodge Grand Caravan soldiers on into 2016 without changes. Dodge plans to continue production of this model into 2017, but has not announced a successor once the Grand Caravan is ultimately discontinued.
The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Hyundai Azera
A full-size sedan slotted between the Sonata and the Genesis, the Hyundai Azera is a high-quality alternative to segment sales leaders and features a generous list of standard equipment. For 2016, the Azera Limited adds adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-start capability, which is helpful in heavy traffic.
The 2016 Hyundai Azera receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Car segment.
2016 Nissan Altima
Nissan gave its Altima midsize sedan a thorough update for 2016, revising the styling, refining the interior, retuning the steering and suspension, and improving the car’s safety ratings. New infotainment, driver-assistance, and collision-avoidance technologies debut, and a sporty SR trim arrives to put a smile on any driver’s face.
The 2016 Nissan Altima receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Toyota Camry
When it comes to cars, the midsize Camry is the most popular model in terms of sales. This 4-door family sedan comes with a 4-cylinder engine, V-6, or a hybrid powertrain, and for a limited time in 2016 is offered with a new Special Edition appearance package.
The 2016 Toyota Camry receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Car segment.