The compact Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV received nine out of 10 points in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, based on surveyed owners of examples from the 2016 model year. Sharing its underpinnings with the Honda CR-V, the RDX was redesigned for 2019, and while it no longer comes with a V6 engine, its current turbo-four is equivalently powerful. The Acura RDX receives a Vehicle Dependability score of nine out of 10.
As one might imagine, given the brand, the compact BMW X3 crossover SUV exhibits a decidedly sporty demeanor. The 2016 version scores 9 out of 10 for reliability. The X3 received a makeover for the 2018 model year with added technology, among other improvements. That version receives high marks for initial quality in a separate JDP survey, so we expect its winning ways should continue.
The subcompact Buick Encore bucks the trend among the smallest crossover SUVs by treating its occupants to a decidedly upscale interior that’s both comfortable and quiet. It’s a far better choice in this regard than its cheapish equivalent, the Chevrolet Trax. It receives an overall dependability score of nine out of 10 points.
The compact Chevrolet Equinox crossover gets a full 10 points for reliability, and is J.D. Power’s top-ranked model in its segment. It’s since been given a full redesign for the 2018 model year, so it’s unclear whether the current model will perform as flawlessly as its predecessor, though it’s a strong possibility, as the redesigned model scores nine out of 10 points in JDP’s initial quality study.
The three-row Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV is roomy and comfortable and holds up well enough to receive a dependability score of nine out of 10. It was redesigned for 2018 with more-squared-off styling and a choice of a V6 or turbo-four engine under the hood.
The popular compact Ford Escape crossover receives a score of 9 out of 10 for dependability. It was refreshed for the 2017 model year, but it mostly remains current. The Escape continues to offer a dizzying array of trim level, engine, and options choices. It will, however, undergo a major redesign for 2020.
Like its corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Equinox, the GMC Terrain receives a perfect score of 10 for reliability from J.D. Power. As with that model it’s since been fully redesigned, so it’s not 100 percent guaranteed the new Terrain will hold up as well over time. If you’re interested in a used version from the previous generation, look for one that came with the vehicle’s potent V6 engine.
One of the best selling crossovers on the market, the compact Honda CR-V is well known as being a safe and reliable ride that performs admirably. It received a vehicle dependability score of nine out of 10 points, based on the 2016 version. It was redesigned for 2017, but we’d expect it should continue to hold up just as well over time.
Hyundai Santa Fe XL
The three-row Hyundai Santa Fe receives a reliability rating of nine points out of 10 from J.D. Power, based on the 2016 model. It continues for 2019, though it is now called the Santa Fe XL, to better differentiate it from its smaller sibling, which is now known as the Santa Fe (pictured here).
The Infiniti QX50 receives a Vehicle Dependability score of nine out of 10, based on the 2016 vintage. While not the roomiest model on the market, it’s always been entertaining to drive. It underwent a much-needed redesign for 2019 and now comes powered by a turbo-four engine. History suggests it should reward its owners with minimal mechanical problems.
The midsize Lexus GX truck-based SUV is the more-upscale version of the Toyota 4Runner. Packing a potent V8 engine, it’s just as off-road rugged as its corporate cousin, but with added luxury. It receives a dependability score of 10 out of 10, and is the top model in this regard among midsize premium SUVs.
Sharing its platform with the Toyota RAV4, but with more radical styling and a luxurious interior, the compact Lexus NX crossover SUV receives a dependability score of nine points out of 10. It gets a top score of 10 for mechanical issues, or the lack thereof. It’s available in gas and hybrid versions, with both earning the same rating. It’s since received only modest updates.
The popular Lexus RX crossover was last redesigned for the 2016 model year upon which this rating – nine out of 10 points for reliability – is based, so you can expect the current version to hold up as well down the road. It continues to be offered in standard and hybrid versions, and has since added three-row L versions.
The small and sassy Kia Sportage crossover SUV received nine out of 10 points overall in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, based on examples from the 2016 model year. It was redesigned for 2017, but owners give it a top score of 10 points in the company’s initial quality study, so we’re reasonably certain the current generation should likewise be a safe bet.
The vehicle formerly known as the M-Class was renamed the GLE for 2016 and it continues in both tall roofed and fastback coupe-like versions, and red-hot AMG variants. It scores nine out of 10 points for durability.
The mid-size Nissan Frontier pickup truck has been around in its current form since 2005, which means the automaker has had plenty of time to make it right. It gets a score of nine out of 10 in overall reliability from JDP, though its dated styling gives the Frontier only six points for interior/exterior issues.
The sleek and sporty Porsche Cayenne is available in several levels of performance, including turbo and plug-in hybrid versions, with each coming standard with all-wheel-drive. It receives a score of 9 out of 10 in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.
The smaller sibling to the aforementioned Cayenne, the compact Porsche Macan is an energetic performer and is the brand’s top seller. The base model comes powered by a turbo-four engine, while a racier turbo V6 resides under the hood of the S variant. It scores nine out of 10 points for reliability, based on the 2016 model.
One of the top values among small crossover SUVs by virtue of its standard all-wheel drive system, the Subaru Forester receives a score of nine out of 10 for overall reliability, based on the 2016 vintage. It was redesigned for 2019 with an updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and remains a thoroughly competent and capable ride.
An obvious choice among compact crossover SUVs, the amenable Toyota RAV4 receives an overall score of nine for reliability, and a full 10 out of 10 points where the proverbial rubber meets the road, namely mechanical issues. The RAV4 was redesigned for 2019, but should continue to perform well overall. It comes with standard forward auto-braking for added safety.
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