Top-Rated Family Cars in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

Top-Rated Family Cars in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

By Christian Wardlaw, June 21, 2017
  • 2017 Kia Cadenza photo

    Serving as a benchmark measurement of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality, the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) is conducted annually. The study measures owner-reported design and defect problems with new vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership.

    The information collected by J.D. Power forms the basis for the company’s Power Circle Ratings, which summarize the study’s findings in a simple, visual, easily referenced way. During the new-vehicle research process, consumers can use these ratings to make the right decision about a new car, truck, SUV, or van.

    In this 2017 Family Cars buyer’s guide, we highlight the top-rated models in the 2017 IQS. This guide includes those car and minivan models earning a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality during the first 90 days of ownership.


     


  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica photo

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica

    Chrysler cancelled the Town & Country for the 2016 model year, replacing it with this redesigned minivan called the Pacifica. With the Pacifica, and according to critics, Chrysler took a huge leap forward in terms of design, quality, sophistication, and technology. Based on J.D. Power research, Pacifica owners feel the same way.

    The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Minivan segment.

  • 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT photo

    2017 Dodge Grand Caravan

    Dodge did not get a version of the Pacifica to sell. Instead, the brand continues to offer the old Grand Caravan. For the 2017 model year, the lineup is stripped down to four value-laden trim levels: SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT. The standard radio screen grows to 6.5 ins. across in order to make the newly standard reversing camera genuinely useful.

    The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

  • 2017 Hyundai Sonata photo

    2017 Hyundai Sonata

    Hyundai offers the Sonata in a wide range of trim levels, ranging from basic to sporty to luxurious. Standard and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines power most versions, and there are also hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants available. For 2017, Hyundai drops prices and adds available dynamic bending headlights.

    The 2017 Hyundai Sonata receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

  • 2017 Kia Cadenza photo

    2017 Kia Cadenza

    Redesigned for 2017, the stylish Kia Cadenza offers full-size car space and luxury car amenities at a bargain price. Three trim levels are available, all powered by a strong 3.3-liter V-6 engine. Prices range from the low-$30,000 range to the mid-$40,000 range.

    The 2017 Kia Cadenza receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Car segment.

  • 2017 Kia Optima SXL 2.0t photo

    2017 Kia Optima

    Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the 2017 Optima lineup gains new hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. The Optima Hybrid is estimated to get 42 mpg in combined driving, while the Optima Plug-in Hybrid is expected to provide about 27 miles of electric range and 600 miles of total driving range once the gasoline engine kicks in. New option packages and standard LED headlights for SX and SXL trim levels round out the changes.

    The 2017 Kia Optima receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

  • 2017 Nissan Altima photo

    2017 Nissan Altima

    Following a substantial update for the 2016 model year, the popular Nissan Altima stands pat for 2017. Buyers choose between a 4-cylinder and a V-6 engine, and trim levels ranging from basic to sporty to luxurious. An Altima highlight is the car’s “Zero Gravity” seating designs, which are quite comfortable.

    The 2017 Nissan Altima receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

  • 2017 Nissan Maxima photo

    2017 Nissan Maxima

    One year after a dramatic redesign, the Maxima returns with a couple of new option packages, Apple CarPlay smartphone-projection technology, and a new Midnight Edition version with a blacked-out exterior appearance. The Maxima continues in S, SV, SL, SR, SR Midnight Edition, and Platinum trim levels, all powered by a robust, 300-horsepower V-6 engine.

    The 2017 Nissan Maxima receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

  • 2017 Toyota Avalon Limited photo

    2017 Toyota Avalon

    Toyota’s full-size family car gains several driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies as standard equipment for 2017, all grouped under the Toyota Safety Sense banner. Otherwise the upscale sedan continues with a choice between a V-6 engine and a remarkably efficient gas-electric hybrid drivetrain, and in several levels of specification.

    The 2017 Toyota Avalon receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

  • 2017 Toyota Camry SE photo

    2017 Toyota Camry

    In its final year of production before a complete redesign, the Toyota Camry repeats its performance in this year’s IQS, topping its segment for quality. With a new 2018 Camry right around the corner, Toyota makes few changes to the 2017 Camry aside from minor equipment changes and a new Blue Streak paint color.

    The 2017 Toyota Camry receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Car segment.


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