2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Family Cars
To measure the things that have gone right and wrong with new cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans, J.D. Power conducts the annual Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). Original owners of 3-year-old vehicles report problems related to the design of and defects associated with their vehicles, and the company collects and analyzes the data, publishing its findings in the VDS.
Power Circle Ratings are derived from this data, easily understood visual representations that summarize the study findings in a simple, consumer-friendly way. The ratings represent a model’s performance relative to its competitors and help consumers make smart decisions when buying a vehicle.
This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2014 family cars that receive a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.