Top-Rated 2017 Luxury SUVs Over $50,000 in Quality

Christian Wardlaw | Jun 21, 2017

On an annual basis, J.D. Power conducts the research that is the foundation for the Initial Quality Study (IQS). The IQS measures defect and design problems as reported by new-vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership, and is an industry benchmark study of owner satisfaction with new-vehicle quality.

Based on this research, J.D. Power calculates Power Circle Ratings. These ratings visually reflect and represent the overall findings from the research, and are intended for use by consumers when they are researching and shopping for a new car, truck, SUV, or van.

2017 Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition photo This buyer’s guide includes the top-rated 2017 luxury SUVs with a base price higher than $50,000. Each model earns a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality in the latest IQS.

2017 BMW X5

BMW’s midsize SUV is offered with a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, or a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. A performance model called the X5 M is also available. For 2017, an upgraded version of the iDrive infotainment system debuts, and BMW makes its xLine design theme standard equipment. Buyers can still opt for Luxury or M Sport appearance treatments.

The 2017 BMW X5 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 BMW X6

A fastback SUV that BMW calls a Sports Activity Coupe, the X6 receives few changes for 2017. It gets an upgraded infotainment system, Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless device charging. Otherwise, it returns with two different engine choices and as a performance-tuned X6 M model.

The 2017 BMW X6 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium SUV segment.

2017 Infiniti QX80

A large, 3-row SUV, the Infiniti QX80 is based on the global Nissan Patrol. A Signature Series variant arrives this year, and Infiniti adds trailer sway control as standard equipment. An automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian-detection capability is also new. If you’re looking to save some money, the Nissan Armada is the same thing but not quite as stylish on the outside or as plush on the inside.

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Premium SUV segment.

2017 Lincoln Navigator

In its last year before a complete redesign, the 2017 Navigator benefits from a couple of new paint colors. Otherwise, this is the same frequently overlooked full-size SUV that can tow more weight, haul more cargo, and carry more people in comfort than the segment sales leaders.

The 2017 Lincoln Navigator receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class applies a new name to an older SUV. This model was previously called the GL-Class. Accompanying the new name, the GLS-Class receives a number of enhancements, including updated styling, new 9-speed automatic transmission, standard adaptive air suspension, reworked driving programs, new infotainment system, and Steering Pilot technology.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

2017 Porsche Cayenne

The current Cayenne is due for replacement, so Porsche makes few changes to its popular SUV for the 2017 model year. A new infotainment system debuts, along with a Platinum Edition version for base Cayenne and E-Hybrid variants. Porsche also discontinues the diesel engine offering this year.

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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