Philly Murtha | Jul 31, 2019


Conducted annually for 32 years, the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), seeks to identify makes and new models that are the most trouble-free for their owners. Each year, J.D. Power surveys thousands of original buyers and lessees of new cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans after the first 90 days of ownership to identify problems with new-vehicle design and defects or malfunctions. Results are analyzed, and findings are published in the IQS.

Based on this information, J.D. Power creates Power Circle ratings, expressed on a 1-5-point scale, with 5 being the highest. These ratings help consumers to quickly determine the initial quality of a new vehicle, which J.D. Power also finds is a predictor of long-term durability. Consumers can use ratings to compare vehicles to help make a final choice.

Family SUVs are popular in the U.S. and this guide includes the most problem-free Family SUVs including both Midsize and Large SUVs from mainstream brands. Each receives an overall initial quality rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 points and models are listed in alphabetical order.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

The new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has been transformed from a muscular off-road truck-based utility that debuted in 1969 into a refined midsize front-wheel drive sporty 5-seat crossover that can be powered by one of two engines—including a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 308 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Design cues from Chevy’s sporty midsize Camaro add interest and infotainment and safety technology systems are available in the new SUV.

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5 Power Circles.  

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe seats 7-9 and can tow up to 8,600 lbs. with a selected 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 420 horsepower when partnered with a 10-speed automatic. The fourth-generation truck-based utility last redesigned in 2015 is smaller than sibling Suburban. New for 2019 is a Premium Plus package featuring extra chrome outside with mahogany and black interior. Smartphone connectivity, Wi-Fi and USB ports are standard and advanced safety systems are available.   

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe receives an Initial Quality score of 5 out of 5 and earns an Initial Quality award in the Large SUV category. 

2019 Dodge Durango

The 2019 Dodge Durango Midsize SUV comes in a Police Pursuit variant, but also aims to attract family shoppers with new options packages, a revised GT trim and new front-end look and LED fog lamps integral to R/T and SRT trims. For 2019, leather upholstery is available on the basic SXT trim and in higher-end Citadel and R/T trims, second-row Captain’s Chairs are standard. Advanced safety features are optional.

The 2019 Dodge Durango Midsize SUV receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5 points. 

2019 Ford Expedition

Ford’s rugged 2019 Expedition Large SUV, built on the F-Series platform, was redone for 2018 and seats up to 8 in three rows. The 2019 Expedition has few changes this year, but does feature two new trim options packages, Black Stealth and Texas Editions. Tri-zone climate control replaces dual zone. Both Expedition and longer Expedition Max are built with more aluminum and are powered by twin-turbo V-6s partnered with 10-speed automatics.

The 2019 Ford Expedition Large SUV receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5. 

2019 Ford Flex

Distinctive “boxy” station wagon looks carry on in the 2019 Ford Flex, which was designed a decade ago. Two paint colors are added for 2019. The spacious interior offers flexible configurations. Equipped with a choice of two V-6 engines that offer plenty of power, this Midsize SUV keeps abreast of technology with the Sync 3 Infotainment system. Flex is slated to be discontinued in 2020.

The 2019 Ford Flex Midsize SUV receives an Initial Quality score of 5 out of a possible 5.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai introduces a redesigned 2019 Santa Fe Midsize SUV that is smaller but wider and longer with two rows of seats that can seat 5. The new Santa Fe is basically a recasting of the Santa Fe Sport. The previous Santa Fe is now rebadged as the Santa Fe XL that may be replaced by the new 3-row Palisade, say news reports. More advanced safety systems and smartphone integration are standard and all-wheel drive is available.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe receives an Initial Quality score of 5 out of 5 and earns an Initial Quality award in the Midsize SUV category. 

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Preceded by Wagoneer, Jeep Grand Cherokee debuted as a 1993 luxury SUV. Today’s 2019 Grand Cherokee is a 5-seat Midsize SUV that offers a Trailhawk off-road variant. A few updates for 2019 include standard blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert and smartphone connectivity. A new Limited X trim appearance package and three new colors debut.

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives an Initial Quality score of 5 out of 5 and also earns an Initial Quality award in the Midsize SUV segment. 

2019 Kia Sorento

A few exterior design tweaks have been made on the 2019 Kia Sorento Midsize SUV that seats 7 in three rows, although the third row is sized for children. Five trims with two engine choices, including a V-6 matched with a new 8-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive are available. Automated emergency braking and other driver assistance systems are standard or optional on most trims.

The 2019 Kia Sorento receives an initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5 Power Circles. 

2019 Mazda CX-9

Fun behind the wheel, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Midsize SUV also has streamlined good looks, 4-cylinder turbo power, but more limited cargo space and third-row dimensions. Smartphone connectivity is standard on three of four trims and there are plenty of options such as ventilated front seats. Wood trim and special badging adorn the Signature trim and most interiors are near lux level.

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5. 

2019 Nissan Murano

Exuding refinement and aerodynamic lines this year, the 2019 Nissan Murano’s front end is refreshed with new LED headlights. The third-generation Midsize SUV, redone for 2015, is known for upscale interiors with top-quality materials. Platinum trim boasts new diamond-quilt leather seats. A quiet cabin with comfortable 5-passenger seating, lots of amenities and advanced safety systems are now available.  

The 2019 Nissan Murano receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of 5 Power Circles. 

2019 Toyota Sequoia

Toyota’s truck-based Sequoia Large SUV is nearly the same as when the second-generation model launched for 2008.The 2019 Toyota Sequoia, based on a Tundra platform, with seating for 8, offers plenty of cargo room when seats are folded flat. Sequoia can still hold its own off road with the TRD Sport trim that debuted in 2018. Power comes from a standard V-8 that can tow up to 7,400 lbs. Advanced safety systems are available. 

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia receives an Initial Quality score of 4 out of a possible 5.

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