Top-Rated Family SUVs in the 2016 Initial Quality Study
J.D. Power has conducted the annual Initial Quality Study (IQS) for 30 years, measuring owner-reported problems with new-vehicle design and defects during the first 90 days of ownership. The study—an industry benchmark of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality—is based on more than 80,000 survey responses in 2016.
From this research, J.D. Power creates Power Circle Ratings (PCRs) to visually reflect and summarize the study’s findings. These ratings can help consumers when they shop for a new vehicle.
Based on the results of the 2016 U.S. IQS, this buyer’s guide contains the top-rated 2016 family SUVs. Each model highlighted earns a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality during the first 90 days of ownership.
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Tahoe owners are happy with the quality of their vehicle, and this full-size, 8-passenger SUV tops its segment this year. A new infotainment system with expanded features debuts for 2016, and Chevrolet expands the availability of driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies.
The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large SUV segment.
2016 Dodge Durango
Based on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Dodge Durango is a 3-row, 7-passenger SUV available with a V-6 or V-8 engine and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. This year, Durangos equipped with a V-6 gain technology designed to make them more fuel efficient, and a sport driving mode makes the SUV more fun to drive. The infotainment system adds new features, and Dodge shuffles standard and optional equipment for its family hauler.
The 2016 Dodge Durango receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
A midsize crossover SUV available in 5-passenger (Santa Fe Sport) and 7-passenger (Santa Fe) styles, the Hyundai Santa Fe entered the 2016 model year with few changes. The smaller Sport model comes with a 4-cylinder or turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the larger model has a V-6 engine. All-wheel drive is optional for both versions.
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep’s iconic SUV, the Grand Cherokee is designed for traveling both on and off of the pavement. For 2016, Jeep makes several changes designed to improve the Grand Cherokee’s fuel economy, and redesigns the transmission selector while adding a sport driving mode at the same time. An upgraded infotainment system and several new special-edition versions summarize the changes for 2016.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Kia Sorento
Kia redesigned the Sorento midsize crossover SUV for the 2016 model year, offering it with 5-passenger or 7-passenger seating; with 4-cylinder, turbocharged 4-cylinder, or V-6 engines; and providing it in front-wheel or all-wheel-drive configurations. Trim levels run from basic (L) to luxurious (SX Limited), each of them exhibiting Kia’s flair for style, inside and out.
The 2016 Kia Sorento receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Nissan Murano
Following a complete redesign for the 2015 model year, the Murano continues for 2016 without changes. This is a 5-passenger crossover SUV equipped with a V-6 engine and front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Four versions are offered, and the top-of-the-line Platinum trim level is downright luxurious.
The 2016 Nissan Murano receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Toyota 4Runner
Going someplace where there are no roads? Consider the Toyota 4Runner, a rugged, old-school body-on-frame SUV that seats up to 7 people with its optional third-row seat. This year, adventuring is even more secure thanks to a standard Scout connected navigation system, and all infotainment systems include Siri Eyes Free capability.
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Toyota Highlander
Toyota’s family-friendly Highlander is a 3-row, 8-passenger crossover SUV. A 4-cylidner engine is standard in the basic, front-drive version, but all other Highlanders get a robust V-6 engine. All-wheel drive is optional, and a hybrid model is available. This year, the Highlander Limited’s optional Platinum package gains rain-sensing wipers, and a towing package is standard with the V-6 engine.
The 2016 Toyota Highlander receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize SUV segment.
2016 Toyota Sequoia
Sitting at the top of Toyota’s SUV tree, the Sequoia is a full-size model based on the company’s Tundra pickup truck platform. It’s got a standard V-8 engine and tows up to 7,400 lbs. This year, new infotainment systems are available, and the Limited trim level gains an optional blind-spot monitoring system.
The 2016 Toyota Sequoia receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.