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Top-Rated Minivans in the 2018 Initial Quality Study

Top-Rated Minivans in the 2018 Initial Quality Study

By Philly Murtha, June 20, 2018
The J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), measures owner satisfaction with the quality of new vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. The IQS, now in its 31st year, has become the standard to evaluate a vehicle’s quality in terms of the number of owner-reported design and defect problems. This year’s IQS is based on responses from more than 75,000 original car, truck, SUV and minivan owners.

To help consumers research and shop for their next new vehicle, J.D. Power has developed a system of user-friendly Power Circle ratings based on IQS findings to provide an easy-to-use graphic for overall initial quality.

This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated minivans (midsize vans) for 2018. Each of the four models earns 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 Power Circles for initial quality.


2018 Dodge Grand Caravan
An original family hauler dating back to the 80s, the current 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan offers economy, space for 7-8 passengers and folding Stow’n Go seating in four value trims. New for 2018 is a fun color: IndiGo Blue. All 2018 Grand Caravans include backup camera and infotainment system with 6.5-in. touchscreen. A Blacktop appearance package, captain’s chair configuration, Bluetooth connectivity and aluminum wheels are added options.

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2018 Kia Sedona
Seating for 7-8 is standard for the 2018 Kia Sedona, which earns a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Although there are few changes from the 2017 model year, automatic emergency braking is a new optional feature as is an infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. Second-row Captain’s Seats also are available.

The 2018 Kia Sedona receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5.

2018 Toyota Sienna
Cargo space expands to 150 sq. ft. in the 2018 Toyota Sienna minivan, which is powered by a more energetic V-6 that generates 296 horsepower. The 2018 Toyota Sienna also is available with all-wheel drive (AWD). Standard equipment this year features Toyota’s suiteof advanced safety systems, including forward collision warning, adaptive cruise and navigation plus 5 USB ports. Also new for 2018 is an optional rear seat entertainment package with fold-down video screens for passengers on long trips.

The 2018 Toyota Sienna receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5 , which is better than most.

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