2017 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Midsize Cars
Conducted annually, the J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) measures problems with design and defects in 3-year-old vehicles, as reported by original owners of the cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. The company analyzes this data in order to identify what has gone right and what has gone wrong with the vehicles, and the company publishes its findings in the VDS.Based on this information, Power Circle Ratings are calculated to visually represent the findings in a simple, consumer-friendly way. These ratings allow consumers to compare a specific model’s performance in the study relative to its competitors and to make better decisions when shopping for a new or used vehicle.
This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2014 midsize cars that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.
One year after a complete redesign, Chevrolet restyled the midsize Malibu sedan, attempted to resolve the car’s rear-seat space restrictions, swapped in a new and more efficient standard engine, gave the optional turbocharged engine more power, retuned the suspension, and offered new infotainment and safety technologies. Yes, it was unusual to see that many changes to what was, at the time, a brand-new design.The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2014 Hyundai Sonata
Just one year before a total overhaul, Hyundai refined the popular Sonata sedan, adding equipment, quieting the cabin, and improving the infotainment and safety systems. Subtle styling changes marked the occasion, in particular the adoption of the more aerodynamic rear bumper from the Sonata Hybrid model.The 2014 Hyundai Sonata receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2014 Toyota Camry
For 2014, Toyota added a new SE Sport version of the Camry midsize sedan. Then, starting with vehicles produced in December 2013, Toyota added a standard reversing camera as well as the latest version of its Entune infotainment system. Otherwise, the Camry continued in L, LE, SE, and XLE trim levels with a choice between a 4-cylinder and a V-6 engine. A hybrid version was also available.The 2014 Toyota Camry receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Midsize Car segment.
2014 Toyota Prius V
Based on the Toyota Prius but equipped with more passenger and cargo space, the taller and larger 2014 Prius V was a multi-purpose vehicle equipped with a hybrid powertrain. In exchange for the added interior volume, fuel economy suffered, measuring 42 mpg in combined driving. Changes for 2014 included standard daytime running lights and expanded availability of a panoramic glass sunroof.The 2014 Toyota Prius V receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and receives a dependability award in the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle segment.