Best SUVs, trucks, minivans power to top of quality rankings

More car shoppers will drive off dealership lots this year in an SUV than any other type of vehicle.

And some of the best SUVs – and crossovers, or CUVs – reside at the top of vehicle quality rankings, winners and runners-up in J.D. Power’s 2019 Initial Quality Awards.

They are among more than two-thirds of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. this year that will NOT be cars.

Almost half the vehicles sold in 2019 – about 48 percent – will be sport utility vehicles, built on truck frames, or their smaller siblings, crossover utility vehicles, which ride on car frames. And if you add pickup trucks and minivans to the vehicle equation the total reaches 68 percent.

Nissan Murano best SUVs
Photo credit: Nissan via NewspressUSA
Nissan Murano was named among the best midsize SUVs of 2019.

The Initial Quality Awards recognize a total of seven segment winners, ranging from the Kia Sportage “small SUV” to the Cadillac Escalade premium SUV, and 23 CUVs or SUVs overall. JDP also named three truck segment winners, eight trucks overall, and the three top minivans.

Best car brands feature ‘quality’ leaders Genesis, Kia, Hyundai

Chevrolet was the only two-segment winner with the Equinox among compact SUVs and the Tahoe among large SUVs, while adding a third with the Silverado HD large heavy-duty pickup. Besides the Sportage, the Kia Sedona also won the minivan segment award.

Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Chevrolet and Lincoln each had several models, a total of 26, at or near the top of the Power awards rankings, which comprised a total of 34 vehicles.

Following are the award winners in the seven SUV segments:

Small SUV

Kia Sportage
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Kona

Compact SUV

Chevrolet Equinox
Ford Escape
Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue (tie)

Compact premium SUV

Lincoln MKC
Mercedes-Benz GLC

Midsize SUV

Hyundai Santa Fe
Ford Flex
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento and Nissan Murano (tie)

Midsize premium SUV

Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE
Lincoln Nautilus

Large SUV

Chevrolet Tahoe
Toyota Sequoia
Ford Expedition

Large premium SUV

Cadillac Escalade
Lincoln Navigator

Here are the winners and runners-up in the three truck segments:

Midsize pickup

Ford Ranger
Nissan Frontier
Toyota Tacoma

Large light duty pickup

Nissan Titan
Ford F-150
Toyota Tundra

Large heavy duty pickup

Chevrolet Silverado HD
Ford Super Duty

Following are the top three minivans:


Kia Sedona
Dodge Grand Caravan
Toyota Sienna

Initial quality is measured by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

Watch for an upcoming report about J.D. Power results on car model rankings.

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