Top-Rated 2021 Family Cars in Quality According to Consumers
Look at the current automotive landscape and it may seem like SUVs have entirely taken over. While it is true that the majority of new-vehicle sales are of the SUV variety, the venerable family car still has a loyal following. After all, these midsize and large sedans offer most of the benefits of their SUV counterparts but are generally less expensive and more efficient. Sure, you sacrifice a bit in the way of towing, off-road capability, and ride height, but most SUVs never venture beyond a well-manicured gravel road, let alone into the canyons of Moab.
Also, don't forget about minivans. If you have a big family—or even an average size family and a lot of stuff—minivans are tough to beat for their seating and cargo capacity. They offer the same commanding view of the road as most compact and midsize SUVs, and some are even available with all-wheel drive (AWD). This list of the top-rated family cars for quality includes these talented people-movers, too.
Each year, J.D. Power conducts its Initial Quality Study (IQS) to identify the highest-quality new cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans, according to the people who own them. The IQS surveys tens of thousands of verified new-vehicle owners, who provide valuable feedback on the problems they've experienced with their vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership.
This consumer-provided data is compiled, and each model's quality score is reported using "problems per 100 vehicles," or PP100. A lower PP100 score reflects higher vehicle quality. Insights gleaned from the IQS are then used by auto manufacturers to improve the quality of their new vehicles and by consumers to help them make better-informed car-buying decisions.
In the list below, we've highlighted the ten highest-rated 2021 family cars in quality, according to the people who own them. This list of the best new family cars includes models from the Midsize Car, Large Car, and Minivans segments, presented in descending order by PP100 score; the model with the highest quality is at the end.