Most Reliable 2016 Crossovers and SUVs

Christian Wardlaw | Aug 09, 2016
2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT photo

Each year, J.D. Power surveys thousands of verified new- and used-car owners, asking them about what has gone right, what has gone wrong, what they like, and what they dislike about their vehicles. The information is used to measure a variety of individual factors related to vehicle dependability, quality, and overall appeal, among others. The data is also used to calculate Power Circle Ratings.

Based on the company's Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and Initial Quality Study (IQS) data, J.D. Power predicts how reliable new cars, trucks, and SUVs are likely to be in the future. For models that are new to the market, the company also examines historical performance of that model or brand in order to make an accurate reliability prediction.

Listed on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order, are the top-rated non-luxury crossovers and SUVs in terms of predicted reliability, according to J.D. Power. The ratings for each model reflect how the subject model measures up against its direct competitors in that market segment, and is not reflective of how it compares with all models contained in this guide.

2016 Buick Encore

2016 Buick Encore photo

An unexpected sales sensation when it first went on sale, the diminutive Buick Encore combines upscale styling and amenities with efficiency and practicality at a relatively affordable price. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine powers the front wheels, and an all-wheel-drive system is optional.

The 2016 Encore receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Buick Envision

2016 Buick Envision photo

New for 2016, the Buick Envision is a compact crossover SUV that seats up to 5 people. Built in China, the 2016 Envision is offered with lots of standard equipment and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. A full rollout of the entire Envision lineup is coming for 2017, along with a lower base price.

The 2016 Envision receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ photo

Combining the interior passenger space and comfort of a midsize SUV with the price and cargo capacity of a small SUV, the Chevrolet Equinox is one of the few crossover vehicles in its segment that is available with a robust V-6 engine. Overdue for a redesign, the Equinox instead gets a minor refresh for 2016. Nevertheless, this Chevy is a dependable choice.

The 2016 Equinox receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2016 GMC Terrain

2016 GMC Terrain SLT photo

Take one Chevrolet Equinox, replace its rounded design with squared-off styling, add GMC badges, and you’ve got the 2016 Terrain. The optimistic name is applied to a compact crossover SUV best suited for paved roads, and the optional all-wheel-drive system helps it battle blizzards. A luxury version is available, called the Denali. All trim levels of the 2016 Terrain receive minor styling and equipment updates.

The 2016 Terrain receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Kia Sorento

2016 Kia Sorento SXL photo

Completely redesigned for 2016, the Kia Sorento is offered in a wide range of trim levels and with a choice between a 4-cylinder, turbocharged 4-cylinder, or a V-6 engine. Offered with 3 rows of seats, the new Sorento can be outfitted like an entry luxury vehicle. Or, you can save thousands by going with the basic version. Either way, this dependable midsize crossover SUV earns top crash-protection ratings while supplying industry-leading warranty coverage.

The 2016 Sorento receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Nissan Murano

2016 Nissan Murano photo

Setting the styling tone for Nissan’s expansive lineup of crossovers and SUVs, the dramatic Murano blends upscale design and a midsize interior with proven engineering, making it a stylish and dependable choice for people who need not carry more than 5 people at a time.

The 2016 Murano receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2016 Toyota 4Runner

2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail photo

One of the few traditional, body-on-frame SUVs left on the market, the rugged 4Runner is a dependable SUV that can carry up to 7 people. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with 4-wheel-drive optional. All versions of the 4Runner have a V-6 engine, and when properly equipped this Toyota can travel far off the beaten path. It’s reputation for reliability delivers the confidence that it will also dependably return you to civilization.

The 2016 4Runner receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander photo

A midsize crossover SUV with 3 rows of seats, the Highlander technically seats 8 people, but half of those folks had better be children. Offered with a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine and available as a gas-electric hybrid good for an EPA-rated 28 mpg in combined driving, the Highlander is popular for more reasons than just its record for reliability.

The 2016 Highlander receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Toyota RAV4 SE photo

Toyota’s RAV4 compact crossover SUV gets a significant update for 2016, one that includes the addition of a gas-electric hybrid version that is more powerful and more efficient than other iterations of the vehicle. Among the largest models in its market segment, the RAV4 is also one of the most dependable over time, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability data.

The 2016 RAV4 receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.





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