Top-Rated Family SUVs in the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study
The J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM is conducted annually and measures new-vehicle owner satisfaction with the performance, design, layout, and content of their vehicle during the first 90 days of ownership. Derived from this research, Power Circle Ratings summarize the data for consumers and are used to help car buyers choose a new vehicle.
This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2016 family SUVs from the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study. Each model receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.
2016 Buick Enclave
Though the Enclave is one of the oldest SUVs in terms of its design, this roomy and upscale crossover SUV certainly makes its owners happy, according to J.D. Power research. Equipped with 3 rows of seats and more space than some full-size SUVs, the Enclave is offered with a choice between Convenience, Leather, or Premium equipment groups. A V-6 engine powers the front or all four wheels.
The 2016 Buick Enclave receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
A full-size, traditional body-on-frame SUV with significant towing and hauling capabilities, the Chevy Tahoe is equipped with a V-8 engine, automatic transmission, and rear- or 4-wheel drive. Buyers choose between LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels.
The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large SUV segment.
2016 Ford Edge
Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Ford Edge 5-passenger midsize crossover SUV gains new infotainment technology and extra standard equipment for 2016. Trim levels include SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport, and buyers choose between three different engines (turbocharged 4-cylinder, V-6, or twin-turbo V6) as well as front- or all-wheel drive.
The 2016 Ford Edge receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Ford Explorer
Ford’s 7-passenger, 3-row Explorer crossover SUV receives a thorough update for the 2016 model year, gaining a new Platinum luxury version. Other variants come in standard, XLT, Limited, or Sport trim, and depending on the trim level the Explorer offers a turbocharged 4-cylinder, V-6, or a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. All-wheel drive is an option for this otherwise front-wheel-drive SUV.
The 2016 Ford Explorer receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Ready for just about anything you care to throw at it, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 5-passenger SUV offered in Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, and hot-rodded, track-ready SRT trim levels, as well as a handful of special- and limited-edition variants. Buyers choose between a V-6 or a V-8 engine, including a diesel and a 475-horsepower Hemi.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2016 Kia Sorento
Kia redesigns its Sorento midsize crossover for the 2016 model year, dramatically improving the SUV in every way. A 4-cylinder, turbocharged 4-cylinder, and a V-6 are available, as well as front- or all-wheel drive. Equipped with seating for 5 people, an optional third-row seat adds space for 2 extra people. A range of trim levels, from basic to luxurious, is also available.
The 2016 Kia Sorento receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize SUV segment.
2016 Toyota Highlander
A midsize crossover SUV with seating for up to 8 people, the Toyota Highlander is available with a 4-cylinder, V-6, or a gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Trim levels include LE, LE Plus, XLE, and Limited, and buyers select between front- and all-wheel-drive systems.
The 2016 Toyota Highlander receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.