Most Reliable Crossovers and SUVs in 2017

Christian Wardlaw | Aug 31, 2017

By surveying thousands of new- and used-vehicle owners each year, J.D. Power gathers data regarding what has gone right and what has gone wrong with the cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans that people own.

From this data measuring vehicle quality and dependability, the company creates Power Circle Ratings that provide visual representation of how reliable a vehicle is predicted to be over time. In cases where a model nameplate is new to the market, J.D. Power considers the historical performance of all models offered by the brand in order to establish its likelihood of providing trouble-free motoring in the future.

On the pages that follow, listed in alphabetical order, and according to J.D. Power, are the mass-market crossovers and SUVs that are expected to provide the best reliability over time. Remember, however, that each rating must be compared to other models within a specific vehicle segment, and are not intended for comparison across segments.

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Buick Encore photo

A surprise hit for Buick, the tidy little Encore crossover SUV receives a freshening for the 2017 model year, bringing greater sophistication to its appearance, inside and out. Equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, available all-wheel drive, and a surprisingly roomy interior, the Encore delivers style, practicality, and upscale amenities at an affordable price.

The 2017 Encore receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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2017 Buick Envision

2017 Buick Envision photo

Introduced late in the 2016 model year, the Buick Envision lineup expands for 2017 with a new standard 4-cylinder engine, more trim levels, and a lower price. Built in China, the Envision is a global compact crossover with upscale intentions. Its reliability rating is largely based on the performance of all Buick models in recent years.

The 2017 Envision receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Chevrolet Equinox - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Redline photo

Chevrolet makes no changes to the 2017 Equinox, the compact crossover SUV’s final one before a complete redesign for 2018. Offered with a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, and featuring a sliding rear seat that adjusts to make more room for passengers or cargo, the Equinox is not the most technologically sophisticated vehicle, but it sure is reliable.

The 2017 Equinox receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.

2017 GMC Terrain

2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition photo

Under its boxy skin, the GMC Terrain is the same vehicle as the Chevrolet Equinox. The main difference is the exterior styling and the fact that it comes in an upscale Denali trim level. Terrain owners, however, report slightly better quality and reliability with the GMC. A 4-cylinder engine is standard, with a powerful V-6 engine optional. All-wheel drive is also available.

The 2017 Terrain receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Hyundai Tucson - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2017 Hyundai Tucson photo

Redesigned in 2016, the Hyundai Tucson is an impressive little crossover SUV. People are happy with its reliability, too. Buyers choose from a variety of trim levels and between a standard 4-cylinder and an available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Highlights for 2017, depending on the trim level, include stain-resistant fabric, rear air conditioning vents, smartphone projection, and a premium sound system.

The 2017 Tucson receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Kia Sorento - find the best Kia deals!

2017 Kia Sorento photo

Though small for its segment, the Kia Sorento is a 3-row crossover SUV that packs a big punch in terms of value. You can choose from a wide range of trim levels and drivetrains, from basic to luxurious. For the 2017 model year, the Sorento gains smartphone-projection technology as well as an available automatic emergency braking system.

The 2017 Sorento receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Toyota Sequoia - Find the best Toyota deals!

2017 Toyota Sequoia photo

Based on the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck, the Sequoia is an 8-passenger SUV built for towing lots of weight and hauling lots of people or cargo. The design is aging, a decade old at this point, and the Sequoia isn’t the most technologically sophisticated model in its segment. But it sure is reliable, which counts for plenty.

The 2017 Sequoia receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan - Find the best Volkswagen deals!

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan photo

Built in Germany, the Volkswagen Tiguan is a reliable compact crossover SUV. Featuring a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and several trim levels, the Tiguan is roomy for people, cramped for cargo, fun to drive, and short on value. A larger, redesigned Tiguan arrives for 2018, intending to resolve some of the SUV’s shortcomings. This older design will continue as the Tiguan Limited.

The 2017 Tiguan receives an overall predicted reliability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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