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Top-Rated Small SUVs in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

Top-Rated Small SUVs in the 2017 Initial Quality Study

By Christian Wardlaw, June 21, 2017

A benchmark of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality, the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) measures owner-reported design and defect problems during the first 90 days of ownership.

Based on more than 77,000 survey responses to the 2017 IQS, J.D. Power has calculated Power Circle Ratings from the research. Designed to visually summarize the study’s findings in an easy-to-use format, these rating can help consumers to make the best choice when they are shopping for a new car, truck, SUV, or van.

2017 Kia Niro front quarter photoThis buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2017 small SUVs from the 2017 IQS, each model earning a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality.


 


2017 Buick Encore

Buick’s smallest model is also one of its most popular. The diminutive Encore continues to draw new, younger customers to Buick showrooms, especially after updates for the 2017 model year that refine the styling and the interior while adding new infotainment and convenience technologies.

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

2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet has been building the current Equinox since 2010, and with few changes over the years. Available with a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, with front- or all-wheel drive, and in several trim levels, the Equinox is roomy, comfortable, and affordable. A completely redesigned Equinox arrives for the 2018 model year.

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

2017 Ford Escape

Ford makes several changes to the popular 2017 Escape, perhaps most importantly modifications that improve the SUV’s crash-test ratings. Additionally, the styling is updated, the interior is enhanced, and Ford offers new infotainment, driver-assistance, and collision-avoidance technologies.

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

2017 GMC Terrain

Based on the same platform and using the same mechanical components as the Chevrolet Equinox, the GMC Terrain provides the company’s trademark squared-off design cues in a compact SUV package. For 2017, a new Nightfall Edition variant is available. A completely redesigned Terrain debuts for the 2018 model year.

The 2017 GMC Terrain receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Compact SUV segment.

2017 Hyundai Tucson

One year after a complete redesign, the Hyundai Tucson adds stain-resistant fabric for all seating color choices, improves rear-seat comfort with air conditioning vents, and expands infotainment options for the top trim level. Buyers choose between SE, Eco, Sport, and Limited trims; two different engines; and front- or all-wheel drive.

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Kia Niro

A new model for 2017, the Kia Niro is a hybrid-powered hatchback with a raised suspension and front-wheel drive. The idea here is to offer extra ground clearance and more stylish design than a Toyota Prius, while supplying the same level of utility, functionality, and fuel efficiency.

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

2017 Kia Sportage

Kia completely redesigns the Sportage for the 2017 model year. Larger inside and offering greater cargo capacity than before, the Sportage also boasts improved infotainment and safety technologies, upgraded driving dynamics, and a more robust vehicle architecture for better protection in a collision.

The 2017 Kia Sportage receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Nissan Rogue

Now Nissan’s most popular model, the Rogue lineup expands in 2017 with the addition of a hybrid variant and a top-of-the-line Platinum Reserve trim. Styling updates freshen the SUV’s appearance, and new safety and infotainment technologies debut. Nissan also debuts a smaller Rogue Sport model based on a vehicle it sells overseas.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen’s redesigned Tiguan did not arrive as expected for the 2017 model year, so the old one continued for another go-round. Wolfsburg and Sport trims replaced R-Line and SE trims, and a 6.3-in. infotainment screen becomes standard. The redesigned Tiguan officially arrives for 2018, but this old model will remain on sale as the 2018 Tiguan Limited.

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


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