Are You Driving One of the ‘Most Dependable’ Vehicles?

Find out which vehicles made the cut, according to rankings from J.D. Power – and if they'd make your cut for a family car.

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Choosing a quality vehicle is a priority for families, whether they’re in the midst of the minivan vs. SUV debate or scoping out a car for a newly licensed teen driver.

It helps to consider all the available data, which is why parents may want to check out J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study rankings for 2020.

The survey ranks cars in three categories:

  • Highest quality: Based on consumer insights for the first 90 days
  • Dependability: Based on consumer insights after three years of ownership
  • Reliability: Based on a combination of quality and dependability scores

A look at the overall quality scene

Wondering which brands and vehicles lead the pack for 2020? Toyota, Chevy, Buick, Ford, Nissan and Lexus came home with the most awards.

Toyota scored the most with five awards and Chevy came in second with four. All the others tied for third with two awards each.

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“The gap between these three brands and all others has widened considerably,” the release points out. “Remarkably, 16 of 18 models from Hyundai Motor Group rank in the top three in their respective segments. These vehicles tend to perform especially well in the areas of infotainment and other electronic components.”

Domestic brands Ford, Lincoln, Chevrolet, Dodge and Buick performed above average, while Land Rover was rated the “most improved brand.” The top-rated new vehicle on the market for quality was the Porsche 911.

So, which 5 vehicles took top titles?

Due to COVID-19, the Highest quality cars have not yet been released for 2020 (check back later this year for an update). Instead, here’s the top picks for the most dependable cars in 2020.

Most dependable minivan: Toyota Sienna

Sorry, Pacifica and Odyssey fans: The 2017 Toyota Sienna took the top spot for minivan quality in this survey, followed by the runners-up the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2017 Dodge Caravan

Most dependable midsize SUV: 2017 Lexus GX

This sleek-looking and family-friendly vehicle has a third-row option for those who need it. Runners up in this category include the 2017 BMW X6 and the 2017 Porsche Cayenne.

Most dependable midsize cars: 2017 Buick Regal and the 2017 Toyota Camry

The regal and Camry scored a whopping 82 in overall quality and reliability to snag the top spot. Runners up include the 2017 Nissan Ultima, the Chevy Malibu, the Kia Optima and the Subaru Legacy.

Most dependable large SUV: Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe

Families who need a full-size SUV will appreciate the Tahoe’s roomy cabin and comfortable features. Runners up include the 2017 Toyota Sequoia, the Chevy Suburban and the GMC Yukon.

What’s your take on the rankings? Tell us in the comments.

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