Philly Murtha | Aug 01, 2019


Conducted for 32 years, the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), seeks to recognize 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 during their shopping research.

Luxury SUVs are popular choices because of premium amenities, leading-edge technology and utility. This Guide features the most trouble-free Luxury SUVs, including Compact, Midsize and Large Premium crossovers 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 BMW X4

Redesigned, the 2019 BMW X4 sporty fastback crossover with wider and longer stance and more powerful engine choices stands out from the more squared-off X3. Two trims—the xDrive30i is powered by a 248-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and the M40i is equipped with a 355-horsepower turbo 3.0-liter inline 6. The new luxury crossover comes with most driver assistance features and user-friendly infotainment and nav system.

The 2019 BMW X4 receives 5 out of a possible 5 points and earns an Initial Quality award in the Compact Premium SUV category.

2019 Cadillac Escalade

This luxury family hauler receives few changes for 2019. Powered by a burly 420-horsepower V-8, Escalade seats up to 8. Last redone for 2015, Escalade still boasts bling and can tow up to 8,000 lbs. New this year is a hands-free liftgate and several new metallic paint colors. Three rows of seats are standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

The 2019 Cadillac Escalade receives 5 out of a possible 5 points and merits an Initial Quality award in the Large Premium SUV category.

2019 Cadillac XT5

Contemporary swept-back styling defines the 2019 Cadillac XT5 Midsize Premium SUV. Upper trims come standard with more safety systems, including automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist. Introduced for 2017, the 5-seat XT5 relies on comfort, smooth ride, and is spacious except for rear headroom. It is equipped with a 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter, V-6 partnered with an 8-speed automatic. A new Sport package and rearview camera mirror are optional as is all-wheel drive.

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 receives 4 out of a possible 5 points.

2019 Infiniti QX60

The 2019 Infiniti QX60, last redone for 2014, comes with more advanced safety systems, and is powered by a standard 295-horsepower V-6 engine partnered with fuel-efficient CVT. Configured with 3 rows to seat 7, the crossover features faux leather heated front seats and an infotainment system with 8.0-in. screen. New this year are two upscale trims—Pure and Luxe and an optional ProAssist safety suite along with a new Limited package

The 2019 Infiniti QX60 receives 4 out of a possible 5.

2019 Lexus NX

The first-gen Lexus NX Compact Premium SUV launched for 2015. Few changes for the 2019 Lexus NX 5-seat crossover include full smartphone connectivity and optional Lexus Enform remote feature that works with a smart watch. Also, a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive are available.

The 2019 Lexus NX receives 4 out of a possible 5 points.

2019 Lexus RX

The Lexus RX Midsize Premium SUV, last redone for 2016 with an edgier look and polarizing spindle grille, was the most popular luxury model in the U.S. last year. The fourth-generation 2019 Lexus RX is offered in two trims, base and F Sport. It comes in multiple configurations—2- and 3 rows of seats for 5-7 passengers. A plethora of safety and interior features plus high-end options can be selected and a hybrid powertrain is available.

The 2019 Lexus RX receives 5 out of a possible 5 points and also merits an Initial Quality award in the Midsize Premium SUV category.

2019 Lincoln MKC

More appealing to females, according to J.D. Power research, the 2019 Lincoln MKC sports a new Lincoln-themed Signature grille and includes more standard features. The 5-seat Compact Premium SUV, built on a platform shared with Ford Escape, is available in all-wheel drive. Offered in four trims, MKC’s standard power is a 245-horsepower, turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic.

The 2019 Lincoln MKC receives 5 out of a possible 5 Power Circles. 

2019 Lincoln Nautilus

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus slots between MKC and the all-new 2020 Aviator. Dressed in a new skin, Nautilus, based on the previous Lincoln MKX, built on the same platform as Ford Edge, features bolder front styling and lots of standard advanced safety systems. Two energetic turbo engines, including a V-6, are selectable in Nautilus, which seats 5 and has ample cargo space.

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus receives 4 out of a possible 5 points.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC

First launched for 2016, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Compact Premium SUV that seats 5, adds standard heated front seats, a new power outlet and an available off-road engineering package. There’s also a 4-door coupe variant and a hybrid powertrain option. In addition to an extensive group of safety and luxury features, performance AMG variants are available.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC receives 4 out of a possible 5 points.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Wider and longer than sibling GLC, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE comes standard with all-wheel drive. The Midsize Premium SUV is still a first-generation model that debuted for 2016. Truly comfortable for 4, the basic GLE crossover is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 329 horsepower and can capably pull up to 7,200 lbs.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE receives 5 out of a possible 5 points.

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