2017 Vehicle Dependability Study:Most Dependable Family SUVs
J.D. Power conducts the annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) to learn what design- and defect-related problems, if any, the original owners of 3-year-old cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans have experienced during the previous 12 months. The data is collected and analyzed, and after J.D. Power determines what has gone right and what has gone wrong with the vehicles, the findings are published each year in the VDS.This information is also used to generate Power Circle Ratings. The ratings summarize the VDS findings in a consumer-friendly way, providing a visual representation of how a model compares with its direct competitors. Used-car buyers can use the ratings to make smarter purchase decisions.This buyer’s guide includes those 2014 model-year SUVs equipped with 3 standard rows of seats that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.