Crossover & Midsize

These Nissan and Kia Family SUVs Won an Award That Others Didn’t

The modern family SUV is incredibly popular. More families choose a crossover or SUV each year. However, not all SUVs are created equal. So when the choices range so far and wide how do families make the right choice for them? One way to narrow down the options is by seeing which vehicles win certain awards. The 2020 Nissan Murano and the 2020 Kia Sorento, for example, won the J.D. Power award for initial quality.

A red 2020 Nissan Murano crossover parked out in a desert, a winner pf the J.D. Power quality award.
2020 Nissan Murano | Nissan

Of family SUVs that J.D. Power named the top 10 2020 family SUVs, these two stood out to consumers as having the highest quality. The 2020 Nissan Armada won the ward for best initial quality. However, there are two more that made the list that also earned quality awards.

The 2020 Nissan Murano is a 5-passenger crossover SUV that families love

This is one that should be on your radar if you’re looking for a two-row family SUV option. It earned a No. 3 spot on the top 10 list. J.D. Power describes it as “an upscale 5-passenger crossover SUV with expressive styling inside and out.” There are four different trim levels for the 2020 Nissan Murano. It’s a front-wheel drive with a 260 horsepower V6 engine. In addition, there is the option for all-wheel drive for buyers who want power to all four wheels.

A 2020 Murano with beige leather seats.
2020 Nissan Murano with leather seats | Ford

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In 2020, Nissan’s full safety suite was added as a standard feature on every model except the base trim. Consumer data from J.D. Power also gives this family SUV an initial quality award. In fact, we think that it’s safe to say that if you are checking out 5 passenger crossovers the 2020 Nissan Murano crossover SUV is one that you should probably test drive. You might end up loving it as much as the owners who provided the feedback that procured the quality award.

The 2020 Kia Sorento crossover SUV seats 7 and people love it

Another family SUV on the J.D. Power top 10 list is the 2020 Kia Sorento crossover SUV. This 7-passenger family crossover is in spot No. 4 on the J.D. Power top 10 list. In addition, it’s another that won the initial quality award.

2020 Kia Sorento parked by the shore won a quality award from J.D. Power
2020 Kia Sorento | Kia

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Though the 2021 model year for the Sorento gets a full redesign, the 2020 Kia Sorento is still a compelling three-row family SUV. Kia offers five Sorento trim levels to choose from. There are engine choices that include a 185 horsepower 4-cylinder engine or a more robust 290 horsepower V6.

Quality awards

Among the others on the top 10 list, these two family SUVs are the only two besides the winner of best quality overall, the 2020 Nissan Armada. There are several other great SUVs on the list. However, the 2020 Kia Sorento and the 2020 Nissan Murano are the ones that earned initial quality awards. Other family SUV options on the list didn’t quite make the cut, according to J.D. Power consumer data.

Front seats of the 2020 Kia Sorento crossover with black cloth upholstery.
2020 Kia Sorento interior | Kia

If you are looking for a new family SUV, these two have made their owners happy. They might be the right choice for your family, although ultimately that decision always falls on the buyer and what they like best. Still, these two are at least worth a test drive.