When you go shopping for a car, you want to avoid surprises. In the past, we’ve highlighted ways salesmen might bend the truth or downright lie to close a deal on a vehicle. Instead of being blindsided when you enter a dealership, simple things like knowing your credit score can help you stay in control.
Still, some surprises don’t turn up until years after new owners drive a vehicle off the lot. While an auto reviewer might be wowed by horsepower or flashy styling, they won’t be able to tell you if the car will start every morning year after year (after a week or so, journalists have to hand back the keys). To find out how a car holds up long-term, you’ll need to check the feedback of people who actually drove the car on a daily basis.
The annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study does this job for you. Every year, tens of thousands of vehicle owners offer feedback on 177 problem areas new cars had over the previous three years. The 2017 study dug into models from 2014, and showed many popular vehicles lagging behind the competition. What took place in the SUV segments especially caught our attention. Here are 15 SUVs that ranked among the worst for dependability.