Top-Rated 2014 SUVs: Initial Quality
By: Jeff Youngs, 7/9/2014
J.D. Power conducts its Initial Quality Study (IQS) each year, surveying thousands of new car, truck, SUV, and van buyers who have owned their vehicle for at least 90 days, asking them about the quality of the vehicle during the initial ownership period. Derived from this research, Power Circle Ratings are consumer-friendly reflections of the information and are used by consumers when they research new vehicles.
This Top-Rated 2014 SUVs guide lists those models that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4, 4.5, or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality. For a list of the top-rated 2014 crossover SUVs, see the separate guide.
2014 Chevrolet Suburban
The Chevy Suburban is a full-size SUV seating up to 9 passengers in 3 rows of seats. In advance of a complete redesign, Chevrolet discontinued the heavy-duty Suburban 2500 for 2014, and dropped the bigger 6.0-liter V-8 engine, leaving the light-duty Suburban 1500 and a standard 5.3-liter V-8 paired with an automatic transmission and 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive.
The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.
2014 Chevrolet Tahoe
Think of the Chevy Tahoe as a shorter Suburban. It still seats up to 9 people in 3 rows of seats, it just can't carry as much cargo at the same time. The Tahoe features a 5.3-liter V-8, automatic transmission, and a choice between 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive. For 2015, the Tahoe is redesigned.
The 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2014 Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV that carries up to 8 passengers in 3 rows of seats. Offered in regular- and extended-length body styles, the Expedition is equipped with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine, automatic transmission, and either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. For 2015, the Expedition is restyled.
The 2014 Ford Expedition receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2014 GMC Yukon
The GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV able to carry up to 9 people in 3 rows of seats. Regular- and extended-length (Yukon XL) versions are available, as well as luxury-oriented Denali versions with unique styling and equipment. All 2014 Yukons have a V-8 engine, ranging in size from a 5.3-liter to a 6.2-liter, as well as an automatic transmission and a choice of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. The Yukon is redesigned for 2015.
The 2014 GMC Yukon receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.
2014 Lexus GX
The Lexus GX is a midsize SUV that seats up to 7 passengers in 3 rows of seats. It shares a platform with the Toyota 4Runner and is equipped with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine, automatic transmission, and a standard full-time 4-wheel-drive system.
The 2014 Lexus GX receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4.5 out of 5.
2014 Porsche Cayenne
The Porsche Cayenne is a midsize 5-passenger SUV designed for optimum performance both on and off the pavement. Engine selections include a V-6, turbo-diesel V-6, V-8, twin-turbocharged V-8, or a gas-electric hybrid powertrain with a supercharged V-6. All feature standard all-wheel drive, and all have an automatic transmission except for the standard Cayenne model, which comes with a manual gearbox.
The 2014 Porsche Cayenne receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a midsize 5-passenger SUV styled to recall the iconic FJ40 models. In its final year on the market, the FJ Cruiser is equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine, automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Choose the optional 4-wheel-drive system and a manual gearbox is also available.
The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser receives an Initial Quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
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