Top-Rated SUVs from the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study
The J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) measures long-term vehicle quality after 3 years of ownership. The study identifies five models that are the top-rated SUVs in vehicle dependability in their respective segments.
Among the findings of the 2013 VDS, vehicle owners most often report problems with wind noise, noisy brakes, and vehicle fit-and-finish. The research also finds that, compared with last year, vehicle owners report more problems with hands-free communication systems and the systems' ability to recognize voice commands, and report fewer problems with the amount of brake dust that collects on the wheels.
This year, J.D. Power lists five models among the top-rated SUVs in the Vehicle Dependability Study. Honda and Toyota each rank at the top of two segments, while General Motors models rank in the top two positions in the Large Crossover/SUV segment. Listed below, by segment and accompanied by the each model's problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) score, are the top-rated SUVs from the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study. For comparison, the industry average quality score is 126 PP100.