Top 10 Most Dependable SUVs, Vans and Trucks of 2016: J.D. Power

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Shopping for a crossover, SUV, minivan of pickup truck? Find out which ones are the most dependable.

The J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study results are in, helping determine the most dependable vehicles available today. The study, now in its 27th year, surveyed 33,560 2013 model year vehicle owners to see how many problems that experienced over the past 12 months.

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Overall dependability is given a score based on the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. The top vehicles in each segment also gets recognized and you can see the most dependable SUVs, vans and trucks according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study below.

Small SUV: Buick Encore

Buick as a brand excelled in this year’s study, finishing third overall with 106 problems per 100 vehicles. The Buick Encore was named most dependable in the small SUV category while the MINI Countryman and Volkswagen Tiguan were also ranked high.

Compact MPV: Toyota Prius v

The compact MPV is an interesting segment, with very few competitors in the U.S. The Toyota Prius v took top honors, followed by the Kia Soul. No other vehicle in the segment performed above segment average, which means that they aren’t considered for the award.

Compact SUV: Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox bested the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Honda CR-V to be named most dependable vehicle in the compact SUV category. Last year’s winner, the GMC Terrain, was nowhere to be seen in the top three.

Compact Premium SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class took the compact premium SUV class yet again, besting the BMW X3 and BMW X1 models. Last year, the BMW X3 finished third behind the Acura RDX.

Midsize SUV: Nissan Murano

The popular Nissan Murano is the most dependable midsize SUV, just as it was last year. This year, it beat out the Toyota Venza and 4Runner models while last year it trumped the Buick Enclave, Toyota Highlander and Venza.

Midsize Premium SUV: Lexus GX

As the most dependable brand in this year’s study, Lexus also takes top honors in the midsize premium SUV category with its GX. The Lexus RX wasn’t far behind in second while the Porsche Cayenne finished third. Both the Lexus GX and RX finished first and second, respectively, in 2015.

Minivan: Toyota Sienna

Like the MPV segment, there isn’t a lot of competition in the minivan market. The Toyota Sienna retains its crown in the segment, although this year the Chrysler Town & Country came in second. Last year, that went to the Honda Odyssey, which apparently didn’t score above segment average in this year’s study.

Large SUV: GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon is another repeat winner, taking the large SUV category yet again. This year it is followed by the Chevrolet Tahoe, which also finished second in 2015.

Large Light Duty Pickup: Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra is the highest ranked large light-duty pickup truck, taking the crown away from the GMC Sierra. The Sierra however did finish second this year, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado.

Large Heavy Duty Pickup: Chevrolet Silverado HD

As the only vehicle that performed above segment average in the large heavy duty pickup category, the Chevrolet Silverado HD is the clear winner in the segment. It was also the highest ranked in last year’s survey, followed by the GMC Sierra HD. Oddly enough, the GMC Sierra HD was not recognized in this year’s survey.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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