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Most and Least Reliable SUVs

US News & World Report - Cars Logo By John M. Vincent, Carter MacLeod of US News & World Report - Cars | Slide 1 of 27: There are a multitude of SUVs in the marketplace, with a range of models so vast that there’s an SUV or crossover to meet almost any buyer’s needs and budget. While there are a lot of factors buyers should consider, a critical part of any decision should be reliability.
An important part of our new car rankings and reviews, predicted reliability is a gauge of how well a vehicle is expected to hold up over time. Our predicted reliability rating is based on data from the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and Initial Quality Study (IQS). Vehicles are rated on a scale from one to five, with higher scores indicating better predicted reliability.
In order to make this list, it wasn’t enough to just have a good or bad reliability score for the 2019 model year. SUVs had to demonstrate a history of good or bad scores. We’ll start off with those models receiving above-average marks of four or above, in ascending order of their reliability and U.S. News overall scores. They're followed by models with poorer than average ratings of 2.5 or lower. Note that our ratings and rankings can change over time as new information becomes available, so the numbers shown in this story may not match those shown on the individual full review pages.
If you are interested in luxury SUVs, take a look at our companion article on the best and worst luxury SUV predicted reliability rankings for the 2019 model year.
Read on to see the most and least reliable SUVs in our rankings.

The Best and Worst in SUV Reliability

There are a multitude of SUVs in the marketplace, with a range of models so vast that there’s an SUV or crossover to meet almost any buyer’s needs and budget. While there are a lot of factors buyers should consider, a critical part of any decision should be reliability.

An important part of our new car rankings and reviews, predicted reliability is a gauge of how well a vehicle is expected to hold up over time. Our predicted reliability rating is based on data from the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and Initial Quality Study (IQS). Vehicles are rated on a scale from one to five, with higher scores indicating better predicted reliability.

In order to make this list, it wasn’t enough to just have a good or bad reliability score for the 2019 model year. SUVs had to demonstrate a history of good or bad scores. We’ll start off with those models receiving above-average marks of four or above, in ascending order of their reliability and U.S. News overall scores. They're followed by models with poorer than average ratings of 2.5 or lower. Note that our ratings and rankings can change over time as new information becomes available, so the numbers shown in this story may not match those shown on the individual full review pages.

Read on to see the most and least reliable SUVs in our rankings.

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