Top-Rated Luxury SUVs in the 2016 Initial Quality Study
For 30 years, the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) has served as a benchmark study of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality. The study measures design- and defect-related problems as reported by new-vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership, and the 2016 U.S. IQS is based on more than 80,000 survey responses.
Power Circle Ratings (PCRs), derived from the research, are visual summarizations of the study’s findings that are designed to help consumers when they shop for a new vehicle. Contained in this buyer’s guide, the top-rated 2016 luxury SUVs earned a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality in the latest IQS.
2016 Audi Q3
A new entry-level small SUV for the 2015 model year, the Audi Q3 receives several updates for 2016 including revised styling, a freshened interior, and additional standard equipment. The top-of-the-line Prestige version gains standard S-line styling with larger wheels and standard LED headlights.
The 2016 Audi Q3 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Small Premium SUV segment.
2016 BMW X5
BMW makes no changes to its X5 lineup for 2016, other than to introduce the new xDrive40e plug-in hybrid model. It has an electric driving range of about 14 miles, according to BMW, and various modes allow it to operate as an electric vehicle, hybrid, or purely using the gasoline engine.
The 2016 BMW X5 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium SUV segment.
2016 BMW X6
Based on the X5, the BMW X6 has a fastback roofline and less room inside for people and things, but is more expensive. Changes for 2016 are limited to minor equipment, trim, and upholstery variations. This model is offered with a turbocharged 6-cylinder or turbocharged V-8 engine.
The 2016 BMW X6 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Infiniti QX80
A full-size, 3-row, 7-passenger SUV, the QX80 is based on Nissan Motor’s global model, the Patrol. It has a 5.6-liter V-8 engine and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. This year, a limited-production Signature Edition adds special trim, Saddle Tan leather, and a full load of equipment.
The 2016 Infiniti QX80 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Lincoln Navigator
Lincoln’s large Navigator SUV comes in regular- and extended-length styles, with seating for up to 8 people. A twin-turbocharged V-6 engine supplies plenty of power, and the Navigator gains a new Sync 3 infotainment system for 2016, one designed to resolve customer complaints with the previous MyLincoln Touch technology.
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Premium SUV segment.
2016 Porsche Macan
One year after its successful debut, the Porsche Macan receives minor changes for 2016. It continues in S and Turbo trim levels, a compact, 5-passenger SUV designed more for paved-road pleasure than off-road adventure. In 2017, a new base model arrives with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and a GTS variant arrives to split the performance difference between the S and Turbo versions.
The 2016 Porsche Macan receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Compact Premium SUV segment.