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Top-Rated Family SUVs in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

Top-Rated Family SUVs in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

By Christian Wardlaw, June 21, 2017

Since 1987, J.D. Power has conducted the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) in order to measure owner-reported design and defect problems with new vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. An industry benchmark of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality, the 2017 IQS is based on more than 77,000 survey responses.

J.D. Power calculates Power Circle Ratings from this automotive research. These ratings visually reflect and summarize the study’s findings, helping consumers to make better choices when they shop for a new vehicle.

2017 Ford Expedition Platinum photoBased on the results of the 2017 IQS, this buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated family SUVs of 2017. Each model highlighted below earns a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality during the first 90 days of ownership.


 


2017 Buick Enclave

In its final year before a complete redesign, the 2017 Buick Enclave is one of the highest quality SUVs you can buy for your family. New Sport Touring Edition and Tuscan Edition packages give the 2017 Enclave minor appearance makeovers, but this SUV is otherwise unchanged.

The 2017 Buick Enclave receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet’s full-size SUV is the most popular model in its segment, and receives several important updates for 2017. Teen Driver technology, a Rear Seat Reminder system, and low-speed automatic emergency braking all debut this year, along with a new wheel design, freshened paint colors, and other minor enhancements.

The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Ford Expedition

Ford’s Expedition tows more weight, hauls more cargo, and has a more comfortable third-row seat than most competitors, but is frequently overlooked. Perhaps a quality award from J.D. Power will help Ford to sell the remaining 2017 Expeditions in stock as the company prepares to introduce the completely redesigned 2018 version.

The 2017 Ford Expedition receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large SUV segment.

2017 Ford Explorer

One of America’s favorite midsize SUVs, the 2017 Ford Explorer offers an affordable new Sport Appearance package and the company’s next-generation Sync 3 infotainment system. A wide range of trim levels, price points, and drivetrains ensures that there is an Explorer for just about anyone.

The 2017 Ford Explorer receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Kia Sorento

Kia adds key features to the 2017 Sorento, including smartphone-projection technology, automatic emergency braking, and dynamic bending headlights. Otherwise, this 3-row SUV continues in a range of trim levels and with three different engines including a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.

The 2017 Kia Sorento receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize SUV segment.

2017 Toyota Highlander

For 2017, the popular Toyota Highlander receives a significant makeover that includes updated styling, a new V-6 engine, new 8-speed automatic transmission, expansion of trim levels including a sporty SE version and lower-priced Hybrid variant, and important safety technologies as standard equipment.

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

2017 Toyota Sequoia

A full-size SUV based on the company’s Tundra pickup truck platform, the Sequoia features a V-8 engine, towing capacity of 7,400 lbs., and seating for up to 8 people. Toyota makes no changes to the 2017 Sequoia.

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


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