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Top-Rated SUVs in the 2015 Initial Quality Study

Top-Rated SUVs in the 2015 Initial Quality Study

By Christian Wardlaw, June 20, 2015

For 29 years, the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) has served as a benchmark measurement of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality. The study tracks owner-reported problems with their vehicles after they've had their new car, truck, SUV, or van for at least 90 days. Derived from this research, Power Circle Ratings (PCRs) summarize the findings in a consumer-friendly way. This guide to the highest-rated SUVs in initial quality includes those models, listed in alphabetical order, that receive the highest ratings in the 2015 IQS.


2015 Cadillac SRX
A 5-passenger premium SUV, the SRX is currently the best-selling model for Cadillac. A 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine powers the front wheels, and AWD is an option. For 2015, the SRX gains standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, free for a short period of time or data usage following purchase, and then available by subscription thereafter. A redesigned version is due soon, likely wearing a new name: XT5.


2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
Available as the 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport and the 7-passenger Santa Fe, the two different versions of Hyundai's midsize SUV have distinct personalities. The smaller Sport model features a 4-cylinder or turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the larger Santa Fe has a 290-horsepower V-6. All-wheel-drive is optional. For 2015, Hyundai changes steering and suspension tuning for improved driving dynamics, and offers a new Smart Tailgate option.

In the 2015 IQS, the Hyundai Santa Fe ranks second in the Midsize SUV segment.


2015 Hyundai Tucson
Smaller than the Santa Fe Sport, the Hyundai Tucson seats up to 5 people and is equipped with a choice between two 4-cylinder engines. Buyers select GLS, SE, or Limited trim, and this year a new option package delivers extra content for the GLS. A redesigned Tucson arrives for 2016.

In the 2015 IQS, the Hyundai Tucson is the highest-ranked model in the Small SUV segment.


2015 Infiniti QX60
Based on the Nissan Pathfinder and equipped with seating for up to 7 people, the Infiniti QX60 features a 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and FWD. An AWD system is optional, and a hybrid version is available. For 2015, Infiniti improves the QX60's transmission and updates the available exterior and interior colors.


2015 Infiniti QX70
Capable of seating 5 people and designed more for performance on the pavement than in the dirt, the Infiniti QX70 has a 325-horsepower V-6 engine and RWD. All-wheel-drive is an option, but the previously available 5.6-liter V-8 engine has been dropped for 2015.

In the 2015 IQS, the Infiniti QX70 is the highest-ranked model in the Midsize Premium SUV segment.


2015 Kia Sorento
Kia made no significant changes to the 2015 Sorento before the automaker retired the model and debuted a redesigned 2016 version of the SUV. Prior to its discontinuation, the 2015 Sorento was available in 5-passenger and 7-passenger configurations, with a choice between a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, and FWD or AWD.

In the 2015 IQS, the Kia Sorento is the highest-ranked model in the Midsize SUV segment.


2015 Lincoln MKX
A 5-passenger premium SUV, the Lincoln MKX receives no changes for the 2015 model year, its last in advance of a complete redesign for 2016. A 305-horsepower V-6 engine and FWD are standard, with AWD optional. Buyers can upgrade to Premium or Elite trim packages, and Lincoln offers a number of options for the 2015 MKX.

In the 2015 IQS, the Lincoln MKX ranks second in the Midsize Premium SUV segment.


2015 Porsche Cayenne
Engineered for traveling both on the pavement and off of it, the Porsche Cayenne receives numerous improvements for the 2015 model year. According to Porsche, performance, efficiency, comfort, and technology are enhanced compared to previous model years. Multiple powertrain configurations are available, including a turbo-diesel engine and a new plug-in hybrid variant, each paired with a standard AWD system.

In the 2015 IQS, the Porsche Cayenne ranks third in the Midsize Premium SUV segment.


2015 Porsche Macan
New for 2015, the Macan is a compact premium SUV that is smaller than the Porsche Cayenne. Like the Cayenne, it seats up to 5 people, and during its introductory year is offered in S and Turbo model series. Both versions have a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and AWD, but the Turbo model is more powerful and quicker to accelerate.

In the 2015 IQS, the Porsche Macan is the highest-ranked model in the Compact Premium SUV segment.

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