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The 9 Top Rated Used Midsize SUVs: The Only Midsize SUV Reviews You’ll Need

Over the years, midsize SUVs have gradually transitioned from their original hardy, truck-inspired designs to an overall sense of multipurpose versatility that makes them apt for most any situation, whether you're out on the job or out with the family.

These days, most any automaker out there has at least one – if not multiple – midsize SUV options on the market, and each has its pros and cons. But something they all have in common is the fact that they're built to endure the daily grind, be it at work or at home. 

So it goes without saying that a used SUV runs the chance of having led a hard life, depending on however the former owner or owners treated and cared for it. That's critical information that a new buyer unfortunately can't always know. Thankfully, every SUV in Shift's inventory passes a 150-point inspection to ensure that it's as good as new. What's more, Shift's best-in-class service contracts allow you to get the great price and value of a used car with the bumper-to-bumper protection of a new car.

If you're in the market for a used midsize SUV, here are nine top-rated models to consider.

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Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner has come a long way since its debut in 1984, when it was essentially a pickup truck with a cap tacked atop the cargo bed. Now with nearly four decades years on the road and five generations under its belt, Toyota's veteran midsize SUV continues to be one of the longest lasting, most reliable and – with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and optional additional seating for seven – one of the most useful SUVs on the market these days. New base model 4Runners start at $36,000, but used upper-trim models that retailed for $40,000 or more when new now go for as little as $30,000. Simply put, buying a used vehicle as opposed to new one can bring savings that equate to thousands of dollars.

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Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner has come a long way since its debut in 1984, when it was essentially a pickup truck with a cap tacked atop the cargo bed. Now with nearly four decades years on the road and five generations under its belt, Toyota's veteran midsize SUV continues to be one of the longest lasting, most reliable and – with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and optional additional seating for seven – one of the most useful SUVs on the market these days. New base model 4Runners start at $36,000, but used upper-trim models that retailed for $40,000 or more when new now go for as little as $30,000. Simply put, buying a used vehicle as opposed to new one can bring savings that equate to thousands of dollars.

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Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder

With roots that stretch back to its early days as an off-road rally racing champion, the Nissan Pathfinder has been not just finding but rather blazing down unbeaten paths since its release in 1986. These days, the Pathfinder comes with three rows of seating by way of a bench that slides five inches for extra room and the ability to haul up to 6,000 pounds, making it a solid candidate for anyone looking for an upgrade from the realm of minivans or compact SUVs. While new Pathfinders start at just under $32,000, used models can be found for around $15,000.

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Nissan Pathfinder

With roots that stretch back to its early days as an off-road rally racing champion, the Nissan Pathfinder has been not just finding but rather blazing down unbeaten paths since its release in 1986. These days, the Pathfinder comes with three rows of seating by way of a bench that slides five inches for extra room and the ability to haul up to 6,000 pounds, making it a solid candidate for anyone looking for an upgrade from the realm of minivans or compact SUVs. While new Pathfinders start at just under $32,000, used models can be found for around $15,000.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Once upon a time the Wagoneer, in the early 1970s Jeep rebranded its coveted timber-paneled family vacation vehicle to create the Cherokee and then later stretched it a bit to make the larger, more luxurious Grand Cherokee. A classic American icon, these days the sleek Grand Cherokee comes with seating for up to seven and a towing capacity of up to 7,200 pounds. So it goes without saying that the Grand Cherokee is as rugged as always. Used Jeep Grand Cherokees usually range $15,000-$40,000, while new models go for between $27,000 and $37,000 depending on the trim level.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

Once upon a time the Wagoneer, in the early 1970s Jeep rebranded its coveted timber-paneled family vacation vehicle to create the Cherokee and then later stretched it a bit to make the larger, more luxurious Grand Cherokee. A classic American icon, these days the sleek Grand Cherokee comes with seating for up to seven and a towing capacity of up to 7,200 pounds. So it goes without saying that the Grand Cherokee is as rugged as always. Used Jeep Grand Cherokees usually range $15,000-$40,000, while new models go for between $27,000 and $37,000 depending on the trim level.

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Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

Now in its sixth generation, the Ford Explorer first arrived on the market in 1991. And while it continues to be the dependable, hardy American-made SUV that drivers have come to know and trust throughout the past three decades, Ford has made a few modifications over the years. In 2010 came a third row of seating, upping the total passenger capacity from five to seven passengers. In 2020, just shy of the Explorer's 30th birthday, Ford moved the drivetrain from the front to the rear of the vehicle, making for better handling and improved balance, too. Prices for a new Ford Explorer range from the low $30,000s to the low $50,000s – slightly higher than other midsize SUVs – while used models tend to run $20,000-$30,000.

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Ford Explorer

Now in its sixth generation, the Ford Explorer first arrived on the market in 1991. And while it continues to be the dependable, hardy American-made SUV that drivers have come to know and trust throughout the past three decades, Ford has made a few modifications over the years. In 2010 came a third row of seating, upping the total passenger capacity from five to seven passengers. In 2020, just shy of the Explorer's 30th birthday, Ford moved the drivetrain from the front to the rear of the vehicle, making for better handling and improved balance, too. Prices for a new Ford Explorer range from the low $30,000s to the low $50,000s – slightly higher than other midsize SUVs – while used models tend to run $20,000-$30,000.

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Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento

Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive and two engine options – a 191 horsepower four-cylinder or 281 horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged upgrade – the Kia Sorento earns a spot on this list thanks much in part to long list of safety features like forward-collision avoidance assistance and a safe exit assist feature that have earned it many five-star safety ratings since its release in 2002. With three rows of seating with room for seven and a combined fuel efficiency of 24-25 mpg depending on the engine, the sharp-looking Sorento makes for a secure and comfortable ride both on and off the interstate. And best of all, it's priced slightly lower than most of its competitors. New Sorentos start at $29,390, while used models range $12,000-$24,000.

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Kia Sorento

Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive and two engine options – a 191 horsepower four-cylinder or 281 horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged upgrade – the Kia Sorento earns a spot on this list thanks much in part to long list of safety features like forward-collision avoidance assistance and a safe exit assist feature that have earned it many five-star safety ratings since its release in 2002. With three rows of seating with room for seven and a combined fuel efficiency of 24-25 mpg depending on the engine, the sharp-looking Sorento makes for a secure and comfortable ride both on and off the interstate. And best of all, it's priced slightly lower than most of its competitors. New Sorentos start at $29,390, while used models range $12,000-$24,000.

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Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

By far the beefiest SUV among the Honda roster, the Pilot is essentially a bulked-up take on its popular pintsized sibling, the CR-V. With additional interior space, a third row of seats that makes for room for eight altogether and upped umph via the V-6 engine under the hood, the Pilot combines the reliability and practicality of the CR-V with the heavy duty capacity of a midsize SUV. Now in its third generation, in 2003 the Pilot joined the ranks alongside Honda's first midsize SUV effort, the Passport, which is still in production and slightly smaller than the Pilot, with space for just five. New Pilots start at $32,500, but used models can go for as low as $9,000-$17,000.

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Honda Pilot

By far the beefiest SUV among the Honda roster, the Pilot is essentially a bulked-up take on its popular pintsized sibling, the CR-V. With additional interior space, a third row of seats that makes for room for eight altogether and upped umph via the V-6 engine under the hood, the Pilot combines the reliability and practicality of the CR-V with the heavy duty capacity of a midsize SUV. Now in its third generation, in 2003 the Pilot joined the ranks alongside Honda's first midsize SUV effort, the Passport, which is still in production and slightly smaller than the Pilot, with space for just five. New Pilots start at $32,500, but used models can go for as low as $9,000-$17,000.

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Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango

As the line between crossover SUVs and their truck-based counterparts becomes increasingly blurred these days, Dodge has decided to remain true to its rugged roots with the Durango, an SUV that's a traditionalist in every sense of the word. Capable of hauling more than a whopping four tons – more than any other make and model to make this list – the Durango is heavy-duty at heart but also cleans up handsomely, with an elegant, finely tailored modern interior that sports space for seven. In production since 1997, these days new Durango base models start at around $32,000, whereas used options can go for roughly half of that.

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Dodge Durango

As the line between crossover SUVs and their truck-based counterparts becomes increasingly blurred these days, Dodge has decided to remain true to its rugged roots with the Durango, an SUV that's a traditionalist in every sense of the word. Capable of hauling more than a whopping four tons – more than any other make and model to make this list – the Durango is heavy-duty at heart but also cleans up handsomely, with an elegant, finely tailored modern interior that sports space for seven. In production since 1997, these days new Durango base models start at around $32,000, whereas used options can go for roughly half of that.

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Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen's premier contender in the category of midsize SUV, the Touareg is essentially a repackaging of the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne – in terms of its core essence, at least – for a fraction of the cost. Nevertheless, the Touareg base model starts in the mid-$40,000s, which is $10,000-$15,000 pricier than other comparable SUVs. It's without a doubt a fun and luxurious ride to pilot, albeit slightly stingier than its Asian- and U.S.-conceived counterparts when it comes to fuel efficiency and interior legroom. Used Volkswagen Touaregs go for around $18,000.

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Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen's premier contender in the category of midsize SUV, the Touareg is essentially a repackaging of the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne – in terms of its core essence, at least – for a fraction of the cost. Nevertheless, the Touareg base model starts in the mid-$40,000s, which is $10,000-$15,000 pricier than other comparable SUVs. It's without a doubt a fun and luxurious ride to pilot, albeit slightly stingier than its Asian- and U.S.-conceived counterparts when it comes to fuel efficiency and interior legroom. Used Volkswagen Touaregs go for around $18,000.

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GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia

When designing the third and most recent generation of the Acadia, in production since 2017, GMC reached far into the fanciest reserves of its bag of tricks and went with the Cadillac luxury sedan CT6's platform to build this midsize SUV. And as far as appearances are concerned, the Acadia is outfitted to size up to the likes of luxury makes like Acura, Lincoln or Lexus. Functionally speaking, with seating for six to seven altogether and the choice of FWD or AWD depending on the trim level, the Acadia packs in a surprising amount of value overall for its price. While new models start at just shy of $30,000, used Acadias can be found for as little as $15,000-$20,000.

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GMC Acadia

When designing the third and most recent generation of the Acadia, in production since 2017, GMC reached far into the fanciest reserves of its bag of tricks and went with the Cadillac luxury sedan CT6's platform to build this midsize SUV. And as far as appearances are concerned, the Acadia is outfitted to size up to the likes of luxury makes like Acura, Lincoln or Lexus. Functionally speaking, with seating for six to seven altogether and the choice of FWD or AWD depending on the trim level, the Acadia packs in a surprising amount of value overall for its price. While new models start at just shy of $30,000, used Acadias can be found for as little as $15,000-$20,000.

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Consumer Reports Car Experts Recently Rated the Best New SUVs to Buy Today

The $10,000 Question

There’s no denying that for years now, SUV’s have been the backbone of the American family car. Primarily because they are roomy and reliable. And even when you become an empty nester, there’s still a need for a full-sized and reliable car that can haul enough luggage to last a month and the family dog or two while on those well-deserved road trip vacations around the U.S.

Being past SUV owners with kids, many of us have a preference for a favorite make and model that has served us well; and thereby, will be the one that we want to stick to when it comes time to buy a new SUV. However, one of the more difficult decisions is what I like to call the “$10,000 Question”---do we go with exactly the same model we bought last time, or is it time to downsize our car budget and choose a different model that is less expensive?

The good news is that $10,000 question was recently made a little easier for us as Consumer Reports car experts recently released their ratings of the best SUVs under the $40K and $30K categories separately that all share the reliability and comfort we look for in a SUV.

Summarized below is a listing of their rated SUVs that matches the recommended $40K models with the $30K models to help you decide upon and answer your own $10,000 question. And because safety features help drivers stay aware during those long road trips, included with the pricing are the safety features found with each model.

Please note the following safety feature abbreviations used:

• FCW---forward collision warning
• BSW---blind spot warning
• AEB---automatic emergency braking

The BEST NEW $30K and $40K SUV'S TODAY

KIA’s $40K and $30K MODELS

2021 Kia Telluride
Price Range: $32,190 - $44,390
CR MPG: Overall 21 mpg / City 14 / Hwy 30 mpg
Rated #1 of 13: Midsized sport-utility with 291-hp V6 and smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW.

2021 Kia Sportage
Price Range: $24,090 - $35,250
CR MPG: Overall 23 mpg / City 16 / Hwy 32 mpg
Rated #5 of 19: Compact sport-utility vehicle with 2.4-liter four-cylinder and smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features include: FCW and city-speed AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW is standard on all except the base trim.

SUBURU’S 40K and $30K MODELS

2021 Subaru Outback
Price Range: $26,795 - $39,945
CR MPG: Overall 24 mpg / City 16 / Hwy 32 mpg
Rated #1 of 12: Midsized sport-utility vehicles with the base model possessing a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that does the job (but can feel strained under stress). The turbocharged 260-hp, 2.4-liter engine transforms the Outback, giving it effortless acceleration.
All versions include the EyeSight suite of advanced safety and driver assistance systems, including FCW and AEB, but BSW is optional.

2021 Subaru Forester
Price Range: $24,795 - $34,895
CR MPG: Overall 28 mpg / City 20 / Hwy 38 mpg
Rated #1 of 19: Compact sport-utility vehicles with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder combined with a continuously variable automatic transmission.
Standard active safety features include FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection, but BSW is optional.

HYUNDAI’S 40K and $30K MODELS

2021 Hyundai Palisade
Price Range: $32,675 - $47,900
CR MPG: Overall 21 mpg / City 15 / Hwy 29 mpg
Rated #3 of 13: Midsized sport-utility vehicle with a 291-hp, 3.8-liter V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Several advanced safety systems come standard, including FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection, however, BSW is optional.

2022 Hyundai Tucson
Price Range: $24,950 - $37,350
CR MPG: Overall 26 mpg / City 18 / Hwy 35 mpg
Rated #6 of 19: Compact sport-utility vehicles with a standard 187-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission
Standard active safety and driver assistance features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW.

TOYOTA’S 40K and $30K MODELS

2021 Toyota Highlander
Price Range: $35,085 - $50,640
CR MPG: Overall 22 mpg / City 14 / Hwy 32 mpg
Rated #2 of 13: Midsized sport-utility vehicle with either a 295-hp V6 that packs a lot of reserve power and gets a competitive 22 mpg overall; or, a 243-hp hybrid four-cylinder with an excellent 35 mpg overall.
Safety features include the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite includes standard FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection, but BSW is optional.

2021 Toyota RAV4
Price Range: $26,250 - $37,330
CR MPG: Overall 27 mpg / City 19 / Hwy 38 mpg
Rated #12 of 19: Compact sport-utility vehicle with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic.
Safety features include FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard, and BSW is standard on all except the base trim.

MAZDA’S 40K and $30K MODELS

2021 Mazda CX-9
Price Range: $34,160 - $46,805
CR MPG: Overall 22 mpg / City 15 / Hwy 32 mpg
Rated #4 of 13: Midsized sport-utility vehicle with a 227-hp, 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to a smooth six-speed automatic.
All active key safety features come standard, including FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW.

2021 Mazda CX-5
Price Range: $25,370 - $37,505
CR MPG: Overall 24 mpg / City 17 / Hwy 33 mpg
Rated #2 of 19: Compact sport-utility vehicles with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
Safety features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW standard equipment.

NISSAN’S 40K and $30K MODELS

2021 Nissan Murano
Price Range: $32,810 - $45,910
CR MPG: Overall 21 mpg / City 15 / Hwy 29 mpg
Rated #5 of 12: Midsized sport-utility vehicle with a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a continuously variable transmission.
Safety features include Nissan's Safety Shield 360 with FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, rear cross traffic warning, and rear automatic braking.

2021 Nissan Rogue
Price Range: $25,850 - $37,030
CR MPG: Overall 25 mpg / City 17 / Hwy 34 mpg
Rated #9 of 19: Compact sport-utility vehicle with a 181-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with a continuously variable transmission.
Safety features include standard advanced safety and driver assistance systems with FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW.

For more about great car deals that save money, be sure to check out Consumer Reports Most Discounted New Cars to Buy Right Now.

COMING UP NEXT:Consumer Reports Reveals How to Find Hidden Problems in a Used Car Before Buying It

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The Best Luxury SUVs Of 2021: Premium Driving Experience

Comfort, style, practicality, and power: Our list of the best luxury SUVs of 2021 offers the ultimate luxury experience on wheels.

Consumers are expecting a lot from today’s top-rated SUVs. We’re glad to report that the best ones are stepping up to the plate – en force

The luxury SUV market is exploding in 2021, with even the most traditional luxury car manufacturers getting in on the fun. Just take a look at what Ferrari and Aston Martin are releasing for the segment.

Most luxury car brands are now also offering hybrid and fully electric models. These EV SUVs promise a lot of speed and fun in a more environmentally-friendly package.

But that’s not all! From improved safety ratings to semi-autonomous driving features, you’ll see in our ranking that innovation continues to fuel the SUV market.

Ready to buy your next luxury SUV? We’re reviewing the absolute best premium SUVs of 2021 to help you find the one that’s right for you.

The 21 best luxury SUVs of 2021

Check below our ranking our methodology to select and rank the top luxury SUVs in the world and our answers to our readers’ most frequently asked questions.

21. Mercedes-Benz GLB: Best small luxury SUV

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We begin our 2021 round-up of the best luxury SUVs with a utility vehicle that’s on the smaller side – but isn’t missing out on any of the features of its larger counterparts. The GLB has boxy styling, which makes it instantly recognizable as a member of Mercedes-Benz’s line of SUVs. It has room for an optional third row (albeit with extremely efficient space for one) for practicality. 

This pint-sized car, the best small SUV of 2021 offers a good balance of high-tech features and comfortable additions. Heated seats, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entries, infotainment displays and blind-spot monitoring: In the GLB, you’ll enjoy your completely updated driving experience. 

It’s also got power. A 2.0L engine gives the GLB an acceleration of 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) in 6.9 seconds; this small SUV can also reach a top speed of 130 mph, or 209 kilometres per hour.

Price: Starting from $38,050 Website:www.mercedes-benz.com 

20. BMW iX3: Best midsize premium SUV

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With a little more room to speak of than the GLB, BMW’s iX3 is sporty, comfortable – and sustainable (it also features in our lineup of 2021’s best electric vehicles). With luxurious additions and impressive performance statistics, this BMW proves that eco-friendly vehicles can be practical and fun, too. 

The iX3 is expected to do quite well, as it’s very similar in build and styling to BMW’s beloved X3 gas-powered movel. The differences are subtle, but add up: for example, the iX3 has upgraded wheels for improved aerodynamics.

As an electric version of BMW’s popular X3 model, this car is expected to do very well. There are, in fact, few differences between the iX3 and BMW’s beloved gas-powered variant. 

The BMW iX3 boasts a competitive 249 mile range, rapid charging, an acceleration of 0-60 mph (0-100kph) in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph (or just shy of 200 kilometres per hour).

Price: Starting from $67,000 Website: www.bmw.com 

19. Lincoln Navigator L: Best large luxury SUV

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To unseat last year’s best large luxury SUV, the 2020 Mercedes Maybach GLS, comes the 2021 Lincoln Navigator L – an SUV that seeks to set the standard of luxury for the American brand. 

Three full rows of seating can be found in the Navigator, which comes in both a standard and a long-wheelbase body style. Lincoln did not skimp on the in-cabin detailing for any of those seats either: Everywhere you look, you see wood trim, metal accents, genuine leather, and more. 

With this SUV, your entire party can ride in expansive comfort. 

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator L can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) in less than six seconds; its top speed is 157 mph, or 252 kph. 

Price: Starting from $100,335 Website:www.lincoln.com 

18. Mercedes-Benz GLS Maybach: Best extra-large high-end SUV

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One of the points of an SUV is to offer you the size you need in a utility vehicle; for example, you might need something rugged and ready to adventure, in a petite size. If so, the Mercedes-Benz GLB is a good choice. 

On the other end of the scale? The gargantuan, gorgeous Mercedes-Benz GLS Maybach. It’s huge – and it’s here to impress. From the outside, it’s also instantly recognizable as a Mercedes. Chrome side air intakes grace the flanks; durable underbody protection emphasizes this car’s ultimate practical nature. 

You can fit two or three benches in the back; there are fold-out tables to make entertaining, eating, and even working easier, if you so choose. (However, there are also branded champagne flutes included with each vehicle, so we’d lean towards entertaining, if forced to choose.) 

An equally large twin-turbo engine provides competitive acceleration: 0-60 mph (or 0-100 kph) in 4.9 seconds. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS can attain a top speed of 155 mph, or 249 kilometers per hour. 

Price: Starting from $160,500 Website:www.mercedes-benz.com 

17. Aston Martin DBX: Best luxury crossover

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Crossovers tend to have better comfort, off-road utility, and fuel economy than typical truck-based SUVs. As the best crossover we’ve seen, the Aston Martin DBX brings together the worlds of practicality and luxury to gorgeous effect. 

Aston Martin is a century-old luxury British mark within the auto manufacturing world. The DBX is its very first SUV – and one that could signal a new focus for the classic brand. After all, the SUV market is one of the most quickly-growing in modern vehicles – it’ll be very exciting to see where the DBX leads Aston Martin in the future. 

With unmistakable Aston Martin styling, the same 4.0L V8 engine that powers several other cars in its line, and the zippy soul of a true sports car, this SUV is a joy to ride. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in just 4.3 seconds; it can reach a top speed of 181 mph / 291 kph; and it does so in style. Its cabin features full-grain leather and Alcantara for a truly luxurious feel. 

Price: Starting from $189,900 Website:www.astonmartin.com 

16. Volvo XC90: Best SUV for road safety

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The 2021 Volvo XC90 is winning over the top-rated safety award this year. It’s elegant, it has myriad impressive tech features, and comes with an attractive mid-size SUV feel.

The Volvo XC90 is made incredibly road-safe with many driver assists, including a semi-autonomous drive mode, that allows your SUV to be more aware of your surroundings (and able to take quicker action in an emergency) than you are. However, its safety features aren’t its only selling point. It’s got a luxe interior, the sustainability perks of being a high-functioning hybrid, and power to back up is name. 

The Volvo XC90 can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) in 4.9 seconds. Its top speed is 140 mph / 225 kph; it can seat seven people; and it’s earned the highest safety rating possible from NHTSA, the American highway travel safety organization. 

Price: Starting from $48,195 Website:www.volvo.com 

15. Lexus GX: Best off-road SUV

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The 2021 version of the bestselling Lexus GX has unseated the 2020 Lincoln Navigator as our ranked best off-road SUV. With a different build and styling than many SUVs, this Lexus manages to bring power to adventuring off the beaten path – with a silent, zen-like cabin to boot. 

Three rows of seats make this an ideal choice for road trips and large families; modern infotainment modules make this attractive for those who enjoy modern tech-focused vehicles. 

The main charm of the Lexus GX is simple: It’s a luxury SUV that doesn’t mind rough terrain. With it, you can tow 6500 pounds; it has sturdy enough underpinnings to take quite a beating, and it has 8.1 inches of ground clearance (making it easy to maneuver around rocks and trees). 

This SUV also brings power to the game. With an acceleration of 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 111 mph / 178 kph, it might not be the fastest car out there – but if you’re going off-road, that might not be a feature you need, anyway. And if it’s absolute speed that you need, check our ranking of the fastest cars of the year instead.

Price: Starting from $53,100 Website:www.lexus.com 

14. Rivian R1S: Best electric off-road SUV

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Because we’re focusing on 2021 SUVs, we can’t ignore the fast-growing and incredibly promising EV sector of the market. This year, we award a prize not only to the best off-road SUV – but also to its most promising electric counterpart. 

The Rivian R1S is featured in our roundup of the best electric cars of 2021, but it’s also a powerful SUV option in its own right.

It’s certainly powerful: You can select from three different battery sizes in this EV pickup, including 105, 135, and 180 kWh options. With the largest battery, there’s no need to worry about range. The R1S can travel 410 miles without stopping, perfect for exploring without concerns for recharging. 

The R1S comes with attractive performance stats, as well: This SUV can accelerate to 0-60 mph (or 0-100 kph) in 3 seconds. It can also attain a top speed of 125mph (or just over 200 kilometres per hour). 

Price: Starting from $77,500 Website:www.rivian.com 

13. Ferrari Purosangue: Fastest SUV

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We never quite knew when we’d see the day, but Ferrari, the famous maker of Italian supercars, has announced its first SUV. As such, we’ve given the title of ‘fastest luxury SUV’ to this heavily-anticipated hypercar, over previous winners (including the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus). 

As we’re several months away from its release, little is known about the reality of the very first Ferrari SUV. It’ll be high-performance and high-dollar. Driving it will likely be worth every penny. 

Following in the footsteps of other luxury brands, such as Lamborghini and Porsche, who have also successfully added SUVs to their portfolios, Ferrari will likely invest in both the luxurious and performance aspects of the Purosangue. While we don’t have specific acceleration and speeds stats as of yet, Ferrari’s past offerings – such as the 950-hp V-12 hybrid powertrain in 2014’s LaFerrari tell us one thing: To get excited. 

Price: Starting from $300,000 Website:www.ferrari.com

12. Lincoln Aviator: Best compact SUV

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For a truly top-tier compact SUV, we turn to Lincoln again – this time, the 2021 Aviator. It’s got an extremely polished powertrain – a turbo V-6; a comfortable, decked-out interior; and plenty of seductive curb appeal. 

If you’re looking for a small SUV that’s still agile and easy to park, look no further. The features and styling of the Aviator remind us of the Navigator, but in a more manageable size for an urban environment. It comes with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive options, a very spacious cabin for the first two rows of seats, and plenty of other perks. 

The driver and passenger in the 2021 Lincoln Aviator will be sitting in style with 30-way adjustable seats, soft-close doors, and a high-tech stereo system. This SUV also comes with driver-assistance features for added safety. 

Finally, the performance of the Aviator doesn’t disappoint. This compact SUV can attain a top speed of 145 mph / 233 kph, and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 6.0 seconds. 

Price: Starting from $87,800 Website:www.lincoln.com 

11. Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid: Best hybrid SUV

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The first auto house that went all-in on the luxury SUV trend was BMW, cashing in on the premise with the launch of the hugely popular BMW X5. However, the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid also has a place in luxury SUV history. The overnight success of Porsche’s first SUV completely electrified the luxury SUV market. 

That was three iterations of the Cayenne ago. Now, modern drivers can own the luxury SUV that launched the trend – but with innovative upgrades. This most recent version embraces the latest and greatest in the auto industry with a powerful hybrid engine that offers a smooth yet powerful ride. 

This hybrid can go from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 4.2 seconds, far outpacing many of its gas-powered peers. Additionally, the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid can reach a top speed of 165 mph / 265 kph – a blistering speed for a luxury hybrid SUV. 

Price: Starting from $81,100 Website:www.porsche.com

10. Mercedes-Benz EQC: Best full electric SUV

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This year, the gap between what gas-powered vehicles and EVs are capable of is becoming nonexistent. The Mercedes-Benz EQC reminds us that sustainable vehicles are more than just an eco-friendly trend: They can perform just as well as, if not better than, the tech that we’ve embraced for centuries. 

The updated 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC builds on the auto house’s best selling design with new driver assistance features, a high-tech steering wheel that exhibits superior touch control, gorgeous styling, and enough comfort to let you know that you’re definitely experiencing a luxurious Mercedes-Benz vehicle – and a worthy successor to last year’s winner in this category, the Audi e-tron. No wonder it’s also listed as one of the best luxury EVs of the year.

The brand has not yet released full specifications, but the EQC is estimated to have a 200-mile / 321 kilometre range – and its performance is sure to be exhilarating. Buyers of green luxury vehicles are waiting with bated breath to learn more about this 2021 release. 

Price: Starting from $67,900 Website: www.mercedes-benz.com

9. Cadillac XT5: Most comfortable luxury SUV

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Looking for a cabin that’s zen-like and easy to relax in? Interested in an SUV with interior styling you’ll fall in love with at first sight? The new Cadillac XT5 brings all of this along with plenty of power, cargo space, and more to the 2021 SUV market.

To make your driving experience as seamless as possible, the 2021 Cadillac XT5 includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration. A huge infotainment center with updated picture quality, a robust wireless charging center, and USB-C outlets can be found all over the cabin. Comfort and safety go hand-in-hand with this SUV: Along with the luxurious, roomy cabin come night vision, driver assistance, rear pedestrian alert, and other high-tech sensors. 

This SUV offers performance, as well. The Cadillac XT5 can achieve an acceleration of 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 7.6 seconds, and its top speed is 130 mph / 209 kph. 

Price: Starting from $44,990 Website:www.cadillac.com 

8. Tesla Model X: Most high-tech SUV

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The new Tesla Model X is our most high-tech SUV; it’s also a new and exciting enough EV that it’s on our list of the best electric cars of 2021, as well. Tesla’s utilitarian SUV combines practical features and luxurious assets for a car that’s enjoyable to ride, has a low environmental impact, and can do as much as any gas-powered variant. 

The Model X has enough seating for seven people in its high-tech cabin, and it also offers quite a competitive range. However, it’s far better known for its fun styling and innovative features, such as its ‘Ludicrous Mode’ – which can help the Model X achieve a 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph acceleration of under three seconds. 

That’s not all: Its portfolio of safety sensors, semi-autonomous driving features, Falcon doors and smooth driving feel make it safe to use, as well. 

The Model X can attain a top speed of 155 mph (or 249 kph).

Price: Starting from $79,990 Website:www.tesla.com

7. Lamborghini Urus: Most sporty SUV

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The ‘S’ in SUV stands for sport, giving modern SUV’s the challenge of integrating practical features and adventurous range into one multipurpose vehicle. Lamborghini decided to look to its past to deliver on this modern car: Decades ago, the historic brand debuted a made-for-military SUV, the Lamborghini LM002. 

Today, with extremely reminiscent styling, the Lamborghini Urus brings similar spirit with modern tech features and blazing power. The Urus has a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 powering it, giving it enough energy to accelerate from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 3.6 seconds. 

The massive wheel arches help this car navigate off-road very capably; the interior of this Lamborghini makes it feel like the high-end car it is. The cabin is full of inlaid wood, Alcantara, full-grain leather, and other gorgeous, luxury options. 

The Lamborghini Urus can attain a top speed of 190 mph, or 305 kilometres per hour. 

Price: Starting from $200,000 Website:www.lamborghini.com 

6. Maserati Levante Trofeo: Most stylish SUV

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When you’re buying a luxury car, you want it to look good – even if it also boasts the efficiency and comfort of a high-performance SUV. Each of the cars that made it to our rankings look good. But the Levante Trofeo from Maserati is truly a work of art in motion. 

The moment you see it on the road, you know it’s a Maserati. It’s got the prominent grille and bold front styling featured in so many of Maserati’s finest vehicles. Rounded haunches, a triple vent, a quad exhaust system: This car truly brings modern innovations to a gorgeously-styled vehicle. 

All throughout the inside of the cabin, the high-end accents that make a Maserati a Maserati can be seen. Highly-polished wood; silk and soft leather; a resonant sound system. This car performs well, feels good, and is beautiful simply to look at! 

However, it also features impressive stats. The Maserati Levante Trofeo has a top speed of 188 mph / 300 kph; it can accelerate from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 3.2 seconds.

Price: Starting from $171,500 Website:www.maseratiusa.com 

5. Porsche Macan: Best handling

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Driving an SUV can, at times, feel heavy and laborious, especially in small windy roads. That’s when the 2021 Porsche Macan shines. It’s got specs to impress, brushed aluminum trim, Alcantara interiors and a high-tech cabin (with features like surround sound, wireless smartphone charging pads, cameras for semi-autonomous driving features, and heated windshields). If you want a car that feels like it was made for easy, intelligent use, this is the car to buy.

0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 4.7 seconds, mobile wifi, and (all new in 2021) integrated Apple CarPlay: The new Porsche Macan makes it easy to enjoy your time on wheels, whether you’re driving or riding.

The Porsche Macan boasts a top speed of 162 mph / 260 kph. 

Price: Starting from $50,900 Website:www.porsche.com 

4. Cadillac Escalade: Largest cargo space

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As the fifth generation of the very popular model, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade offers many features of the beloved car that everyone knows well – but with all-new elements of technology, style, and luxury.

This year’s Escalade comes with two engine options: a 6.2L V-8 and a turbo-diesel inline-six. There’s no wrong choice, however: both versions will be powerful, both versions will have slick assembly and all of the infotainment options you could possibly want.

For 2021, there has also been a thorough redesign for the Escalade. Now, this quintessential SUV has more independent rear suspension, the latest in interior tech, and much better styling. With semi-aniline leather, 16-way adjustable seats (with massage!), a 36-speaker audio system and semi-autonomous driving features, this car is the smartest Escalade we’ve seen yet.

However, its real selling point is its cargo space. No matter where you go, you’ll be able to bring everything you need with you in the Escalade, with its long-wheelbarrow model offering the most cargo space we’ve ever seen in an SUV. 

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade can accelerate from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 5.9 seconds; it can reach a top speed of 120 mph / 193 kph. 

Price: Starting from $76,195 Website:www.cadillac.com 

3. Alfa Romeo Tonale: Best value luxury SUV

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This year, we’re proud to award that title to the Alfa Romeo Tonale – a new Italian entry in the world of subcompact luxury SUVs. It features artistic, sinuous bodywork and iconic exterior styling – and a plug-in hybrid powertrain for an excellent focus on sustainability. 

As this car is currently set for a late 2021 release, little is known about the performance aspects of this smaller SUV. However, the company has promised that those lucky enough to drive a Tonale will enjoy the experience. It will feature an all-wheel drive option and a high seating height; otherwise, the world is watching Alfa Romeo for more information about this highly-anticipated 2021 release. 

Price: Starting from $35,000 Website:www.alfaromeo.com 

2. Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Most expensive SUV

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The Rolls-Royce Cullinan persists as our most expensive SUV of the year. As Rolls-Royce’s entry into the SUV market, it’s certainly one of the most luxurious, comfortable SUVs we’ve ever seen and tested.

The Cullinan boasts soft-close doors, power-adjustable headrests, a power liftgate, completely bespoke wheels, and comes with the opportunity to custom-fit the cabin to the driver’s precise specifications. It can be outfitted in any colour, the trim can be your choice, and no expense has been spared in making passenger comfort out of this world. It deserves a place on our list of the most expensive cars of the year too!

It can drive, too: The Cullinan has a top speed of 155 mph / 249 kph, and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 4.8 seconds.

Price: Starting from $325,000 Website:www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

1. Mercedes-Benz GLE: Overall best luxury SUV

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Our best overall SUV award goes to another Mercedes-Benz: The all-time popular GLE. It’s been redesigned as a hybrid for 2021, and it’s setting out to shape the future of sustainable sports utility vehicles. 

This SUV features a six-cylinder engine, Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Boost system, and an advanced suspension. That means that it’ll offer a smooth ride – and it’ll get you where you need to go quite quickly; the GLE has a top speed of 174 mph / 280 kph, and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 7.1 seconds. 

This eco-friendly SUV also has a spacious interior with large infotainment modules as well as controls that make it handle extremely well. It’s available in its standard GLE version but also a GLE Coupé. All in all, this is the best SUV of 2021 for most people – and it’s certainly our pick overall

Price: Starting from $53,700 Website:www.mercedes-benz.com 

Methodology: How we select, test, and rank the best options on the market

This is the third year in a row that we publish Luxe Digital’s ranking of the best luxury SUVs on the market, so we start our list by going through the expected updates and new releases from all the luxury car manufacturers in the world. For each new SUV, we note all the necessary details (price, engines, fuel category, etc.). That takes some time.

When our list is finally completed, it’s time to do in-depth comparison and reviews. We look at everything, from specification to claimed speed and optional accessories. Literally everything that a potential buyer would themself consider before purchasing a luxury SUV. These cars are expensive, so we take into account all the features that are important to you.

The final step involves many hours of conversations internally as our car editors sit down and share their thoughts. This is the most fun part of our review process.

The result is a list that we feel confident covers every option you, as a buyer, would need to consider this year.

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Frequently asked questions about luxury SUVs

What is the #1 rated luxury SUV for 2021?

The best luxury SUV for 2021 is the Mercedes-Benz GLE. We’re a big fan of both the sustainable focus and the smooth ride that it offers!

What is the most luxurious SUV of 2021?

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the most luxurious SUV of 2021. The Cullinan boasts soft-close doors, power-adjustable headrests, a power liftgate, completely bespoke wheels, and comes with the opportunity to custom-fit the cabin to the driver’s precise specifications. Price starts from $325,000 USD.

What are the most reliable luxury SUVs?

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is the most reliable luxury SUVs of the year based on our reviews. The GLE remains the overall best SUV of its class, with impeccable build quality and a competitive price.

What SUVs are being redesigned for 2021?

The SUVs being redesigned for 2021 include the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, Lexus GX, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Cadillac Escalade, and the Cadillac XT5.

What is the best large luxury SUV for 2021?

The best large luxury SUV for 2021 is the 2021 Lincoln Navigator L – it offers roomy seating, a good amount of cargo, and the space you need while still being easy to handle.

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TOP 3-ROW SUVs TO BUY IN 2022 - From the Most Affordable 3 Row SUVs to the Top Luxury Three-Row SUVs

Think of these crossovers and SUVs as the just-right ones. They fall right in the middle of the size and price spectrum that sees subcompacts on one side and full-size rigs on the other. Once made up almost entirely of truck-based entries with rugged frames, four-wheel-drive systems, and meaty tires, this segment is now practically overflowing with crossovers, vehicles based on car platforms using relatively efficient engines, including two- and three-row offerings. Beefy styling and body cladding intended to evoke 4x4s of yore make up the personality gap, though a few truly hardcore off-roaders are still offered. So, click on for a peek at how the crowded mid-size SUV class shakes out, as ranked from worst to best.

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23. Toyota 4Runner

In a world rapidly being consumed by car-based crossovers, Toyota's 4Runner is one of the few remaining mid-size SUVs to share DNA with a pickup truck. Although it's offered in two-wheel-drive base form, it's a proper 4x4 that offers up to 5000 pounds of towing capacity. Those accustomed to the smooth ride and swanky interiors of modern crossovers may find that the rugged 4Runner falls short in those metrics. Available with just one powertrain—a 4.0-liter V-6 with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission—this beast is outdated and somewhat sluggish, but also several times beefier and dirt-ready than the competition.

  • Base price: $37,265
  • Engine: 270-hp 4.0L V-6
  • Cargo space: 47 cubic feet

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22. Nissan Pathfinder

Once an off-road warrior like the Toyota 4Runner, the Nissan Pathfinder has matured and has happily found itself in a family way. For starters, it's a car-based crossover, not a body-on-frame ute like it used to be. There is seating for seven with easy access to the third row, even with a child seat installed on the second-row bench. A 284-hp 3.5-liter V-6 powers either the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission, but it feels dated. Thankfully there's a new-generation Pathfinder hitting showrooms in summer 2021, with a nine-speed automatic transmission, modern looks, and a far more intuitive interior.

  • Base price: $33,130
  • Engine: 284-hp 3.5L V-6
  • Cargo space: 16 cubic feet

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21. Nissan Murano

Not much has changed this year for the 2021 Nissan Murano. It's still got the same sharp looks and the same smooth ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel-drive is available on every trim. Nissan's Safety Shield 360 is also standard on all four trims, with automated emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, rear alert with emergency braking, and high-beam assist. A 260-hp 3.5-liter V-6 with a CVT is the only powertrain. The interior is nicely appointed with handsome optional leather upholstery, and the ride is quiet and composed.

  • Base price: $32,575
  • Engine: 260-hp 3.5L V-6
  • Cargo space: 31–32 cubic feet

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20. GMC Acadia

The three-row Acadia provides plenty of storage and room for up to seven, despite being smaller (and much lighter) overall than its predecessor. It drives fine for an SUV; in our testing, the front-drive version matched its EPA fuel-economy rating of 25 mpg, but the all-wheel-drive model fell short of its estimate by 5 mpg, managing only 20 mpg. Cargo room is tight with the third row in use but improves considerably with it folded. Interior tech includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability on all trims.

  • Base price: $30,995
  • Engines: 193-hp 2.5L inline-four; 310-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 13 cubic feet

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19. Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse is no minivan, but its interior is nearly as spacious as one. Folding the third row opens up 57 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. With both second and third rows folded the Traverse has 98 cubic feet of space, which is just 3 short of the Toyota Sienna minivan. The 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6 under the hood drives the front or all four wheels through a slick-shifting nine-speed automatic. A 7.0-inch infotainment display is standard, and an 8.0-inch unit is optional; both come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Automated emergency braking is an available feature, as are conveniences like adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlamps.

  • Base price: $34,895
  • Engines: 310-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 23 cubic feet

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18. Subaru Ascent

Subaru's Ascent was late to the three-row crossover party, but it arrived with its sights set on segment domination. Its roomy, storage-bin-laden cabin offers room for up to eight passengers as well as the image of traditional Subaru all-weather readiness. Flexible seating and excellent packaging provide ample passenger space and easy access to the third-row seat. The 260-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine can tow up to 5000 pounds and is complemented by competent handling. Should the Ascent's athleticism run out, automated emergency braking and lane-keep assist is there to help. We lived with one for 40,000 miles during a long-term testing experience.

  • Base price: $33,345
  • Engine: 260-hp turbo 2.4L flat-four
  • Cargo space: 18 cubic feet

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17. Toyota Venza

The Toyota Venza is a 219-hp all-wheel-drive hybrid. It uses the same powertrain as the more affordable Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, but the RAV4 has a better EPA-estimated highway fuel economy at 40 MPG, can drive further on a tank of gas, and despite being a compact crossover, also has more cargo area than the Venza. It's not all bad news though, as the Venza is a handsome looking alternative, and it's the first Toyota with an optional electrochromic panoramic sunroof. It can turn transparent to opaque with the flip of a switch. The Venza has a bunch of driver-assistance features standard, like automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control on every model. Per Toyota's hybrid powertrain warranty, the Venza comes with an eight-year or 100,000 hybrid component coverage.

  • Base price: $33,645
  • Engine: 219-hp 2.5L inline-four electric-hybrid
  • Cargo space: 28 cubic feet

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16. Ford Edge

The two-row Ford Edge sits between the smaller Escape and larger three-row Explorer in size, but the Edge is still a somewhat popular seller in the mid-size segment. Its boxy shape maximizes interior space in the cargo area, with 39 cubic feet behind the second row and an impressive 73 cubic feet with the second row folded. A 245-hp turbo inline-four or a 280-hp V-6 mate to a six-speed automatic and front- or all-wheel drive. The top ST trim is powered by a 335-hp twin-turbo V-6 with all-wheel drive and a heated steering wheel standard.

  • Base price: $32,495
  • Engines: 250-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 335-hp twin-turbo 2.7L V-6
  • Cargo space: 39 cubic feet

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15. Chevrolet Blazer

The Blazer name is back in Chevrolet showrooms, only unlike before, it’s attached to a car-based crossover instead of a rugged 4x4 SUV. Feelings on the name are mixed, but there’s no denying the Chevy Blazer is a cool-looking piece, one that successfully mixes Camaro styling cues with an aggressive, lifted-hatchback shape. Three engines are available, a base naturally aspirated four-cylinder, a turbocharged four-cylinder, and a V-6—and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • Base price: $29,995
  • Engines: 193-hp 2.5L inline-four; 227-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 308-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 31 cubic feet

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14. Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is simply the two-row version of the seven-passenger Atlas. Both SUVs share the same powertrains, including a 235-hp turbo four-cylinder and a 276-hp V-6, and use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The lower roofline gives it some attitude compared with the bigger Atlas too. This five-passenger version has an extra three inches of legroom over the three-row, making it a comfortable and spacious experience for anyone in the second row. During our highway fuel economy test the V-6–powered Atlas Cross Sport achieved 25 mpg, slightly better than the Ford Edge ST and Honda Passport. Driver assist features such road-sign recognition and adaptive cruise control are optional, and can be especially useful when dealing with stop-and-go traffic.

  • Base price: $32,050
  • Engines: 235-hp turbocharged 2.0L inline-four; 276-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 31 cubic feet

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13. Volkswagen Atlas

Like its namesake, the Volkswagen Atlas can carry the world on its shoulders—at least figuratively speaking. Unlike many three-row crossovers' third row seats, the Volkswagen's can hold two adults comfortably. There is even room for luggage behind them. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and a 12-speaker Fender audio system is optional. The base model comes with a 235-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available, and so is a 276-hp V-6. Optional safety tech includes automated emergency braking and lane-keep assist.

  • Base price: $32,565
  • Engines: 235-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 276-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 21 cubic feet

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12. Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango remains big and brawny in an era of soft, curvy crossovers—and it's also not as trucklike as other large SUVs. Its handling is quite good given its size (even in regular-grade, non-SRT form), and its ride is comfortable. There's a 295-hp V-6 and a few V-8 options to choose from that can be had in either rear- or all-wheel drive. The V-6 can tow 6200 pounds; the V-8 can tow up to 8700 pounds. The optional third row makes room for seven. An 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, while a 10.1-inch screen is optional for the all-wheel-drive GT trim and standard on Citadel and R/T. The Dodge Durango is the only SUV on this list to offer three rows of seats and 710 horsepower, found in the Durango SRT Hellcat.

  • Base price: $33,490
  • Engines: 293–295-hp 3.6L V-6; 360-hp 5.7L V-8; 475-hp 6.4L V-8
  • Cargo space: 17 cubic feet

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11. Hyundai Santa Fe

The two-row Hyundai Santa Fe is refreshed for 2021 with new powertrains and an upgraded interior. Every engine offered in the Santa Fe is a four-cylinder, starting with the 191-hp base engine up to the 277-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter with a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Santa Fe Hybrid adds an electric motor to a turbocharged 1.6-liter for a combined 225 horsepower. The jump between the SEL and Limited trims with those powertrains is nearly $10,000. Hyundai plans to add a plug-in-hybrid model later in 2021. The dash is fitted with a 8.0-inch touchscreen standard, with a 10.3-inch screen optional. The buttons and controls are easy to find and use. Every Santa Fe comes standard with forward-collision warning and automated braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go tech, and lane departure warning with lane-keep assist.

  • Base price: $26,995
  • Engines: 191-hp 2.5L inline-four; 277-hp turbocharged 2.5L inline-four; 225-hp turbocharged 1.6L inline-four with electric motor
  • Cargo space: 36 cubic feet

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10. Honda Pilot

If a stylish, useful, and trouble-free ride is what you're after, the Honda Pilot lands on its feet. Every Honda Pilot uses a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 to power the front or all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system offers torque vectoring for improved traction and settings for snow, sand, and mud. The Pilot's three rows provide plenty of room for all, and a host of driver-assistance tech is available to help keep everyone safe. Should you dig the Pilot’s vibe but only want two rows of seating and tidier exterior dimensions, Honda offers the Passport; that SUV looks nearly the same, if slightly stubbier in length.

  • Base price: $33,725
  • Engine: 280-hp 3.5L V-6
  • Cargo space: 17 cubic feet

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9. Ford Explorer

The new Ford Explorer looks to build on its previous success of being one of the most popular SUVs ever. Immediate improvements include an optional hybrid drivetrain, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, as well as a new mechanism that allows passengers easier access into the third-row nosebleeds. It didn't win our most recent comparison test among other new three-row SUVs, but it did have the best braking distance among its competition. A 300-hp turbocharged four-cylinder is standard, but move up to the ST trim to unlock a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6. The Explorer can tow a maximum 5600 pounds in top Platinum and ST trims.

  • Base price: $33,470
  • Engine: 300-hp turbocharged 2.3L inline-4, 365-hp twin-turbo 3.0L V-6, 400-hp twin-turbo 3.0L V-6, 318-hp electric-hybrid 3.3L V-6
  • Cargo space: 18 cubic feet

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8. Jeep Wrangler

Uh, what's a Jeep Wrangler doing here? It's true, the legendary Wrangler is unlike any vehicle it shares the segment with. The doors are easily removable, the windshield folds down, and let's just say you won't see people in Ford Explorers waving to each-other in traffic (at least not with two fingers, that's a Jeep thing). It's available in two- or four-door, with four different powertrains. A 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6 is standard, but there's also a 270-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, a 260-hp turbo diesel V-6, and a newly added 270-hp turbocharged four-cylinder plug-in hybrid. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 3.6-liter, but the optional eight-speed automatic is standard with everything else. There's also a V-8–powered Wrangler 392 on its way and a fully-electric Wrangler planned for as early as 2022. The Wrangler has 13 different trims to choose from, including a right-hand-drive four-door model, for folks who take their mailman cosplay extremely serious.

  • Base price: $29,970
  • Engines: 285-hp 3.6L V-6; 270-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 13–32 cubic feet

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7. Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is about to undergo a major update, as the 2021 model year will introduce a new generation. A three-row version joins the lineup called the Grand Cherokee L. For now, the familiar handsome face of the current Grand Cherokee still offers plenty, as the outgoing two-row model won't be replaced until 2022. There's a trim option for any occasion, like the off-road-oriented Grand Cherokee Trailhawk with tools to travel earth's unpaved parts. A 475-hp V-8 powered SRT model exists too, and so does an even crazier 707-hp Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. A tiny 5.0-inch display is standard on lower trims, but opting for the larger 8.4-inch touchscreen with the Uconnect infotainment software, is worth the extra money, as its quick and easy to use.

  • Base price: $33,890
  • Engines: 295-hp 3.6L V-6; 360-hp 5.7L V-8; 475-hp 6.4L V-8; 707-hp supercharged 6.2L V-8
  • Cargo space: 36 cubic feet

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6. Toyota Highlander

The new Toyota Highlander is better than ever, offering more space and a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. Every gas-powered Highlander comes with a 295-hp V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available. A 243-hp Highlander hybrid is available, which is available with either front- or all-wheel drive as well. The front-drive hybrid models get the best fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway. If you can match the EPA estimates, you could drive the Highlander almost 600 miles before stopping at the gas station. The standard Highlander completed our highway fuel economy test with a result of 28 mpg. Base and mid-range trims can seat up to eight passengers, but with available second-row captain's chairs on higher trims, the Highlander will seat seven instead. An 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment is standard, while a 12.3-inch screen is equipped on top Limited and Platinum trims. All models get SiriusXM satellite radio, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connectivity.

  • Base price: $36,085
  • Engines: 295-hp 3.5L V-6; 231-hp 3.5L V-6, 167-hp electric motor, 68-hp electric motor, total system power: 306 hp
  • Cargo space: 14 cubic feet

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5. Honda Passport

Think of the Honda Passport as a Honda Pilot with part of its tail missing. The Passport is a plucky two-row, with predictable handling that makes it easy to drive anywhere. It comes with a 280-hp V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission only. All-wheel drive is available, but front-wheel drive is standard. The front-drive Passport is is the most fuel efficient version, getting an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel-drive models dip 1 mpg beneath that. The Passport can transport up to five people, with 50 cubic feet of cargo area behind the second row. It's spacious. We lived with one for 40,000 miles, and appreciated its sold reliability and versatility.

  • Base price: $33,965
  • Engine: 280-hp 3.5L V-6
  • Cargo space: 50 cubic feet

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4. Kia Sorento

Kia's Sorento is a good-looking, value-oriented crossover for those seeking to avoid the minivan stigma. The Sorento can be had in either front- or all-wheel drive, with a 191-hp four-cylinder engine standard and a 281-hp turbocharged four-cylinder available too. Both use an eight-speed automatic, though the 227-hp Sorento hybrid comes with a six-speed automatic only. The hybrid has an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway fuel economy, while the other two powertrains both get 29 mpg. Inside is an easy-to-use 8.0-inch touchscreen, or optional 10.3-inch screen on higher trims. A wireless phone charging pad is also optional. The Sorento also comes with a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, one of the best warranty offerings of today.

  1. Base price: $30,565
  2. Engines: 191-hp 2.5L inline-four; 281-hp turbocharged 2.5L inline-four; 1.6-liter inline-four with electric motor (277-hp combined output)
  3. Cargo space: 13 cubic feet

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3. Mazda CX-9

It's not easy to give a three-row crossover spirit, but the Mazda CX-9 drives like it's something better. It's earned several of our 10Best awards throughout the years, although it's starting show its age among a handful of truly worthy opponents. It's still a great choice. Mazda knows how to treat its drivers, as you'll find out just from siting in this CX-9. The materials feel good, and for 2021 its once tiny infotainment screen is replaced with a large 10.3-inch display. A 250-hp turbocharged inline-four with a six-speed automatic is the only powertrain. The torquey turbo engine gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway in front-drive models, and loses 2 mpg with all-wheel drive. Cargo room and third-row space aren’t generous—certainly not compared to behemoths such as the Chevrolet Traverse or Volkswagen Atlas—but neither of those SUVs’ cabins are dressed in class-above materials and features like the Mazda is.

  • Base price: $35,060
  • Engine: 250-hp turbocharged 2.5L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 14 cubic feet

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2. Hyundai Palisade

Much of what makes the Hyundai Palisade a top choice in this segment is the fact it looks and feels like something from the mid-size luxury SUV listing without a giant price tag. Plus, it's big inside and has tight body control on the road. Power comes from a 291-hp V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. During a comparison test with the other top three-row SUVs, the Palisade tied the Mazda CX-9 with best observed fuel economy on our 450-mile trip, with 22 mpg. There's no shortage of available extras on the Palisade. Heated and ventilated second-row seats are standard on upper Limited and Calligraphy trims, a feature the $100,000-plus Cadillac Escalade doesn't have. The Palisade was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, receiving a Superior rating for front crash prevention for vehicle-to-vehicle testing. Hyundai also offers a promising warranty, one of the best in the industry, with a 10-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

  • Base price: $32,645
  • Engine: 291-hp 3.8L V-6
  • Cargo space: 18 cubic feet

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1. Kia Telluride

Parked at the top of Mid-Size Mountain is the Kia Telluride. It carries all the class-leading features from its Hyundai Palisade sibling but is better-looking and more affordable. There's plenty of passenger and cargo space, with over 31 inches of legroom in the third row. Steering and infotainment controls are easy to use, and the 10.3-inch touchscreen standard on most trims is responsive. We lived with a 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD for 40,000 trouble-free miles and couldn't understand why anyone would buy more expensive mid-size SUVs with fewer features. We've also awarded the Telluride with our 10Best award every year since the model's debut in 2019.

  • Base price: $32,785
  • Engine: 291-hp 3.8L V-6
  • Cargo space: 21 cubic feet

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Every Mid-Size Luxury Crossover and SUV Ranked

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With over 75 million new-car sales over the past five years, consumers have a massive pool of vehicles to choose from when shopping for a used model. If you choose a vehicle with high depreciation, you can get into a ride for 70% less than the original owner did a few years back.

But it all depends on your priorities. For used-vehicles shoppers who prize reliability over other factors, you might want to ignore depreciation at the start of your search.

In fact, your first stop should probably be the detailed Consumer Reports reliability ratings since the start of the decade. Looking at the midsize SUV category in recent years, these eight models have stood above the pack in this category.

8. Subaru Outback

Maybe you call it a wagon, but the cargo-friendly, four-wheel-drive Outback is exactly what consumers want in a utility vehicle. Every year, it posts above-average owner satisfaction ratings while posting strong resale value.

Meanwhile, Subaru’s midsize model has ranked high for reliability. Since 2014, you’ll find only minor issues with infotainment and power equipment. Otherwise, you’ll get a car that runs as reliably as any SUV for the 2014-17 model years.

7. Kia Sorento

You could argue that Kia’s gains in quality over the past 10 years has been one of the under-reported stories in the automotive media. Just about every vehicle in the lineup has improved dramatically, and all the while the 10-year warranty has stuck around.

The Sorento midsize SUV offers a perfect test-case. By 2015, all the complaints about earlier model-years disappeared as an above-average reliability rating went on the books. In 2016, despite being a redesign year, Sorento once again got a high rating. A total of zero (0) mechanical, interior, or other flaws were reported for both years.

6. BMW X5

Whether you go by sales, owner satisfaction, or reliability, the BMW X5 is one of the top-rated SUVs you can buy (new or used). For our purposes, zeroing on dependability in daily operations, it stands out among all midsize utility vehicles and among luxury models in particular.

Since the 2015 model appeared, the only weak spots identified were the in-car electronics system (’15 models) and overall fit-and-finish (’16 models). Otherwise, owners and testers reported solid, reliable performance.

5. Toyota Venza

  • Best years: 2012, 2014-15

While the Toyota Venza was discontinued in 2015, this model remains one of the most reliable utility vehicles of the decade. Year after year, owners reported few (if any) issues with its powertrain, fuel system, climate control, or brakes.

Certainly, you’ll sacrifice a bit of modern tech and convenience with an older vehicle, but if reliability is your primary concern the Venza is among the best. An “average” brake score for 2015 is about as bad as this model ever got.

4. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

In terms of daily operation (engine, transmission, brakes, suspension), you’ll struggle to find an SUV that’s more reliable than the 2014-17 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Used-vehicle buyers also get a model with a high-quality interior and decent fuel economy.

If you don’t want a Toyota but consider reliability a chief driver of your next car purchase, a Santa Fe Sport should be on your radar. the only flaw that turned up since 2014 was an “average” rating for infotainment.

3. Lexus RX

Road shot of gray Lexus RX350 SUV

Consumer Reports always stresses caution when it comes to redesigned vehicles. Usually, automakers need a year or two to get it right, and reliability typically drops a peg or two during that change-over period. But that’s not the case with elite models like the Lexus RX.

Models from 2014-15 (before the exterior makeover) landed the top reliability ratings, as did every other model earlier in the decade. After the 2016 refresh, that barely changed. The latest models take advantage of a new transmission and offer better fuel economy, though used prices will be higher.

2. Toyota Highlander

If your goal is to find the most practical SUV on the new or used market, the Toyota Highlander is probably your best option. Reliability, fuel economy, and owner satisfaction are among the best of any vehicle Consumer Reports rated this decade. (In 2019, Highlander ranked No. 1 of 18 midsize SUVs.)

Poring over the ratings for each element of this model, you won’t find any flaws outside of infotainment since 2014. Model years 2015-17 (following the ’14 redesign) were especially strong.

1. Toyota 4Runner

  • Best years: Every year since 2010.

Is the Toyota 4Runner the best midsize SUV? Almost no one believes that. However, this dated model is unanimously the most reliable vehicle (car, truck, or SUV) of the entire decade, so its place on this list is secure.

Since 2014, the only significant flaw found in this vehicle came in the infotainment setup (in only the ’14 model). Otherwise, used vehicle shoppers can’t do better if your goal is having your ride start every morning and stay out of the repair shop.

The one drawback? A used 4Runner holds its value as well as any five-year-old SUV, so used models don’t come cheap.

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Best SUVs For 2021

People haulers have always been a thing, but the marriage between passenger space and utility is highly apparent in modern SUVs. They promise daily driving competency as well as weekend adventuring talent. The desire for of-the-moment tech also is strong, with drivers and passengers demanding 24/7 connectivity. That means enough USB ports to charge multiple smartphones or interact with a system (usually on an oversized touchscreen) that requires zero learning curve and some form of voice control. Light trucks—a category that includes pickups, SUVs and minivans—now account for nearly 80% of new car sales in the U.S. Almost 70% of those sales are from SUVs; about 25% fit into the mid- and full-size category, stretching between 190 and more than 200 inches. No matter what the flavor—mainstream, premium, off-road ready—it’s undeniable that Americans prefer larger vehicles. Cheaper gas also makes the case for SUVs even stronger. (Today petrol sells for 20 cents a gallon less than the historical inflation-adjusted average of $2.40, according to AAA). Many advances in safety technology and powertrains have made these once cumbersome transporters more livable and fuel-efficient than ever before. Our top picks identify the utility vehicles that go above and beyond, offering buyers that want to haul people and things standout characteristics such as affordable luxury, approachable capability, thoughtful interiors, innovative powertrains and tech—so much tech.

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Crossovers and SUVs are among the most popular new cars on the market today, and automakers are supplying that demand with models of all shapes and sizes. To make the shopping process less daunting and easier to navigate, we've compiled a list of the best crossovers and SUVs of 2021. The collection includes at least one model from every segment, our 10Best winners, Editor's Choice picks, and other highly ranked models.

Those who are interested in the best crossovers and SUVs from 2020 can refer to last year's list.

Every Crossover and SUV Ranked from Worst to Best:

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Subcompact: Mazda CX-30

Although the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is close in size to the CX-3 SUV, it's a more modern—and hugely desirable—offering. It borrows its styling, interior design, and powertrain from the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, and adds a slightly lifted suspension that gives it an SUV-like feel (albeit barely) from behind the wheel. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder provides adequate power and can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive; a far more powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter is optional and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Inside you'll find a near-premium cabin that should give more-expensive rivals such as the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 pause; Mazda throws in a host of standard driver-assistance features as well. In our opinion, if you insist on a subcompact SUV over a similarly priced sedan or hatchback, the CX-30 belongs at the very top of your shopping list.

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Subcompact: Hyundai Kona

Even three model years into its initial run, the 2021 Hyundai Kona continues to turn heads with its bold styling. But this SUV is more than just a style item, as it offers crisp handling and a gutsy optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine. If you can't afford to upgrade to the 175-hp turbo powertrain, the base nonturbo model is slower but still plenty fun to drive. The Kona's cabin is nicely trimmed and comfortable for four adults, although rear-seat headroom and cargo space aren't as generous as slightly larger rivals. Despite its practical downfalls, the Kona remains one of the best looking and best driving small SUVs available today and it's one we're happy to recommend.

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Subcompact: Kia Soul

The 2021 Kia Soul puts the "fun" in funky and functional with its distinctly boxy design and remarkably roomy cabin. The subcompact SUV has corporate competition from the new Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Kona, but the Soul is significantly cheaper. Kia offers buyers the choice between two gas-powered four-cylinders, one of which is a powerful 201-hp turbocharged engine. Alternatively, you can wait for the forthcoming electric model (reviewed separately). While Kia markets the Soul as an SUV, the vehicle's lack of all-wheel drive and limited ground clearance make it seem like more of a large hatchback. Still, it possesses entertaining driving manners that complement its eccentric nature. The 2021 Soul isn't especially fuel-efficient, and the base model doesn't offer any driver-assistance features, but it's hard to beat this ute's affordability and personality.

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Subcompact Luxury: Volvo XC40

Volvo's fun and funky 2021 XC40 blends everything we love about the brand's large SUVs with a more youthful appearance and a charming driving demeanor. Volvo offers two different turbocharged four-cylinders: The 184-hp T4 engine comes with front-wheel drive, and the more powerful 248-hp T5 gets all-wheel drive as standard. Inside, buyers will find a thoughtfully designed cabin complete with plenty of storage cubbies and a smattering of high-tech features. Compared with most of its subcompact-crossover rivals—such as the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class—the XC40 has a more commanding driving position, making it feel larger than it is.

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Subcompact Luxury: BMW X1

Under the 2021 BMW X1's somewhat anonymous-looking outer skin lies a playful chassis that give this small SUV a winning character. All X1s come with the a 228-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which provides considerable pep and reasonable fuel economy. On a twisty road, the ute comes alive and delivers much of the same crisp handling and ride refinement that the BMW brand is known for. Inside, the cabin is spacious for four adults, and the large cargo area will swallow suitcases, groceries, and bulky items with ease. A few down-market materials and a pair of bar-stool-shaped front seats slightly dull the X1's shine, though. For a sportier compact SUV wearing the roundel, check out the mechanically similar X2, which we review separately.

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Subcompact Luxury: BMW X2

If the 2021 BMW X2 looks like a chopped-roof version of the X1 SUV, that's because it is—but this little crossover dials in a bit more aggression to the driving dynamics. The standard engine is the same 228-hp turbocharged four-cylinder that's in the X1, but the X2's slightly sharper handling makes it more fun to wield on a twisty road. Unlike on the X1, BMW offers the X2 with a 302-hp four-pot, which turns it into a fire-breathing performance machine. The X2's racier bodywork and faster roofline do come with some compromises, though: Interior space is more limited here for both people and cargo. But those crossover shoppers who value performance above all else will find the X2 more desirable than its squarer sibling.

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Compact: Mazda CX-5

When it comes to compact crossovers, it's easy to see why the 2021 Mazda CX-5 wins the SUV equivalent of Best-in-Show. Not only does it boast beautifully sculpted bodywork, its interior is just as interesting to the eyes. Of course, Mazda has shown us that its attention to detail is more than skin-deep, with thoughtful ergonomics and engaging driving dynamics. Compared with its predominantly dull competitors, the CX-5 is delightfully athletic and equally refined. While the standard four-cylinder engine lacks the punch of the available turbo-four, both pair with a highly proficient automatic transmission and are more fuel efficient than their EPA ratings suggest. Despite a smaller cargo area than its key competitors, the 2021 CX-5 shines brighter than all its classmates and even some more-expensive alternatives, making it a shoo-in for our 2021 10Best list.

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Compact: Volkswagen Tiguan

The compact SUV segment is full of good options, but one of our favorites is the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, which is one of the most well-rounded choices. It's handsomely styled, well-equipped, and practical. Plus, the VW is one of only two compact SUVs that offer an optional third row of seats (the other is the Mitsubishi Outlander). All models come with the same 184-hp four-cylinder engine, which is admittedly a little poky. Still, its fuel economy is competitive with rivals such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. While the Tiguan does offer some of the same sharp driving dynamics that endears us to majority of the Volkswagen lineup, its practicality is really what makes it worth buying.

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Compact: Honda CR-V

If you're seeking a compact SUV with impressive versatility, know that the 2021 Honda CR-V does just about everything well. The two-row Honda provides an attractive and spacious cabin bolstered by bountiful storage solutions that are perfect for pack rats and road trips. While neither of its four-cylinder powertrains—one turbocharged, one hybrid—are especially quick, both have notable fuel-economy ratings. Compared with the Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan, the CR-V is less entertaining from behind the wheel, but it has a pleasant ride and never feels uncoordinated. It also comes equipped with myriad active-safety features and offers all manner of popular technology. These qualities and a sophisticated appearance make the 2021 CR-V one of the best compact SUVs for small families.

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Compact: Toyota RAV4

From spartan to swanky to outdoorsy, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 offers something for almost everyone. The base LE covers the economical end of the spectrum while the well-equipped Limited and TRD Off-Road models offer impressive amounts of equipment aimed at two very different types of buyers. No matter which trim you choose, the RAV4 comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is optional on the LE, XLE, XLE Premium, and Limited, and standard on the Adventure and TRD Off-Road models. The RAV4's square-jawed looks are inspired by the 4Runner SUV and Tacoma pickup truck, but its car-based construction delivers a smoother ride than either of those trucks. Interior accommodations are spacious and the materials chosen are durable, but those buyers seeking modern-day convenience features such as power-adjustable seats, push-button start, and blind-spot monitoring will want to avoid the entry-level model.

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Compact: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Full-electric and hybrid powertrains continue to spread rapidly throughout the automotive industry, so it's no surprise that hybrid-car specialist Toyota offers a 2021 RAV4 Hybrid and plug-in hybrid RAV4 called the Prime. The Japanese automaker has applied the lessons learned from its Prius hybrid to its entry in the far trendier compact-SUV class. Based on the regular nonhybrid RAV4 (reviewed separately), the RAV4 Hybrid and Prime offer similar practicality and features with much better fuel efficiency and, in the case of the Prime, respectable electric-only driving range. These electrified Toyotas aren't alone in the segment—hybrid versions of the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape, and the Mitsubishi Outlander are also available—but they are well-equipped to compete for your hard-earned dollar.

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Compact Luxury: Porsche Macan

With a refined chassis, strong turbocharged engines, and a comfortable cabin, the 2021 Porsche Macan is a dual-purpose package unlike any other vehicle on the road today. It's equally at home tearing it up at a track day as it is running Sunday errands. Performance is impressive, and the Macan's suspension is poise personified: taut while cornering but not so firm that it sacrifices ride comfort on the work commute. It's this flexibility that earned the Macan a place on our 2021 10Best list. All-wheel drive is standard, and buyers can pick from one of three turbocharged engines. Some auto enthusiasts may kvetch about the infiltration of SUVs—and we're guilty of similar complaints—but with the Macan, there are so few compromises that it deserves respect from even the most ardent SUV detractors.

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Compact Luxury: Porsche Macan

The 2021 Porsche Macan Turbo is the single best driving crossover on the planet. That's not hyperbole, it's truth. Despite a higher center of gravity and heftier curb weight than the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman the compact luxury SUV is almost as enthralling. While the Turbo model shares a lot with the Porsche Macans we review separately, it packs the lines highest price tag and mightiest engine, a 434-hp twin-turbo V-6 that's audibly rousing and brutally quick. It teams with a zealous dual-clutch automatic transmission and a tenacious all-wheel-drive system. Armed with these compelling attributes, the Porsche's supernatural chassis tuning gives the driver an immersive experience that transcends the limitations of the SUV species. Consider also that it can carry more people and stuff than any sports car. Which is why we think the Macan Turbo is practically perfect—and vice versa—so we've given it a 10Best award for 2021.

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Compact Luxury: Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and GLC63

Mercedes-AMG juiced up the standard GLC-class to create the 2021 GLC43 and GLC63 performance SUVs, and the results speak for themselves. Unlike the Benz model, available only with a turbocharged four-cylinder, the AMG athletes come with either a 385-hp twin-turbocharged V-6 (GLC43) or a 469-hp twin-turbo V-8 (GLC63). Both offer blistering acceleration and sharper handling than the standard model. Despite their performance potential, each retains the GLC-class's refinement and sports an upscale interior with all sorts of modern technology and luxury features. Rival SUVs with similar price tags may be slightly more practical or a bit more subtle, but the AMG GLC-class SUVs offer everything a driving enthusiast dreams about.

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Compact Luxury: BMW X3

Even though it's an SUV, the 2021 BMW X3 will surprise with its fun-to-drive nature, a hallmark of the brand's sports sedans through the years. A trio of available powertrains provide plentiful performance, especially the gutsy turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six in the sportiest M40i model. While rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class and the Volvo XC60 offer a slightly more elevated interior design, X3 occupants are treated to a nicely-trimmed cabin of very conservative design that offers plenty of space for adults in both the front and rear seats. A host of tech features make the X3 a well-connected SUV, and behind the folding second-row there's plenty of space for all manner of luggage, groceries, home-improvement items, and any of the other gear an SUV is expected to haul.

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Compact Luxury: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

There are several other hot-rodded compact crossovers, but none is as ravishing as the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Thankfully, the Italian stunner is as fun to drive as its curvy body is to look at. Alfa Romeo supplies the zestiest Stelvio (the rest of the lineup is reviewed separately) with a 505-hp twin-turbo V-6 that slings from a stop and sings at WOT (read: wide-open throttle). It is worth mentioning that Alfa is known for its reliability issues. Still, the enthralling six-pot sends power to all wheels via a prudent eight-speed automatic that can be shifted with prominent column-mounted paddles. Encounter a snaking mountain pass—like the one the Stelvio is named after—and the Quadrifoglio (QF for short) will showcase its surprising athleticism and immersive controls. Sure, the 2021 Stelvio QF's interior volume is smaller and its price higher than luxury rivals, but its attractiveness and exclusiveness are more apparent.

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Compact Luxury: Volvo XC60

Handsomely styled and thoughtfully designed, the 2021 Volvo XC60 offers a unique Scandinavian take on the compact luxury SUV. A trio of four-cylinder powertrains is offered—the turbocharged T5 is standard, while a turbocharged-and-supercharged version called T6 and a plug-in hybrid T8 variant are optional—all providing ample power and decent fuel efficiency. The XC60's upscale cabin puts real pressure on rivals such as the Audi Q5, the BMW X3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, and its suite of standard driver-assistance features gives it an edge in the safety department. A 12.3-inch digital gauge display and a vertically oriented 9.0-inch infotainment screen are both standard, as well, and provide plenty of options for connectivity. The infotainment's slow startup, though, is a rare annoyance in an otherwise exquisite package.

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Mid-Size: Kia Sorento

Kia transforms the 2021 Sorento from minivan-esque to muscular with the reimagined version of its mid-size crossover. With a squarer silhouette and more assertive exterior details, the new generation looks a lot different than the one it replaces. The cabin design is an improvement over its predecessor, too, with slick digital interfaces and snazzier styling throughout. The three-row SUV also has a diverse selection of powertrains, including a 281-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a hybrid model that will deliver 39 mpg in the city. Slotting between the 10Best-winning Telluride and the compact Sportage, the 2021 Sorento looks to further bolster an already impressive portfolio of Kia SUVs.

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Mid-Size: Kia Telluride

The 2021 Kia Telluride is a terrific three-row crossover because it's great for shuttling families and looks more expensive than it is. Credit Kia's ability to deliver an upscale experience and popular features at a bargain price for its largest model's success—earning a spot on this year's 10Best list. The Telluride has few compromises and outshines its mid-size SUV competitors in all the important categories. While its standard V-6 powertrain could be more fuel-efficient, and we wouldn’t mind if its driving behavior was sharper, there's no denying that it exceeds its mission of moving people and their stuff better than anything in its class. The 2021 Telluride simply provides unrivaled levels of luxury and remarkable utility, which is why it'll make you feel richer than your bank account might suggest.

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Mid-Size: Hyundai Palisade

Although the 2021 Palisade shares a platform with the Kia Telluride, the Hyundai's distinct styling cleverly carves out its own niche. That allows it to appeal to a different subset of the SUV-buying public while offering much of what we like about the Telluride, including a smooth-running powertrain, spacious cabin, and composed on-road demeanor. The Palisade takes a more upscale approach, with its top trims offering almost Genesis-like levels of comfort and refinement. Along the way, its cheaper value-minded trims still offer a generous set of convenience and infotainment features made to suit the modern family. Its long warranty coverage and standard driver-assistance tech are yet two more reasons to have the Palisade at the top of your shopping list.

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Mid-Size: Mazda CX-9

If the idea of buying a crossover is an affront to your driving-enthusiast sensibilities, we're happy to report that the 2021 Mazda CX-9 delivers plenty of the brand's hallmark driving verve. Its handling is far sharper than any of its rivals' and it's powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder that will provide enough pep for most drivers. The Mazda's cabin earns just as much love from our editors as its driving dynamics, as it offers a near-luxury atmosphere and competitive list of standard and optional features. A host of driver-assistance features are standard, too. Rivals such as the also-excellent Kia Telluride and its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Palisade, offer more passenger and cargo space, but the CX-9 remains one of our favorite SUVs to recommend to those who value athletic handling and driver engagement as much as we do.

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Mid-Size: Honda Passport

Spacious, capable, and nicely equipped for the money, the 2021 Honda Passport hits its mark as a mid-size SUV. Sharing many of its mechanicals with the three-row Pilot and Ridgeline pickup, the Passport uses a familiar name from Honda’s 1990s lineup but is fully modern, with plenty of standard safety equipment and optional tech features. Its standard V-6 engine is powerful, and its interior is practical and capacious. We chose it as our favorite two-row mid-size crossover in a comparison test over the Ford Edge, the Nissan Murano, the Chevy Blazer, and the Hyundai Santa Fe on these merits and because it’s good to drive, with confident handling. Its main demerits include so-so fuel economy and some occasionally fussy interior controls. Despite these quibbles, it is one of our highest-rated SUVs.

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Mid-Size Luxury: Porsche Cayenne

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne is an SUV by design but a sports car by nature. This largest of Porsches provides a diverse range of powertrains that include a pair of proficient V-6s, a modern plug-in hybrid, and a thundering twin-turbo V-8. Of course, power is pointless if it isn't properly harnessed, and the Cayenne's innate athleticism and sublime handling traits ensure it lives up to the German brand's illustrious history. Its spacious interior is basically a canvas for customization thanks to Porsche's extensive roster of available options. While these features can quickly inflate its price, and we think some should be standard, at least they're discretional. Besides, the 2021 Cayenne—and its coupe counterpart (reviewed separately)—are mid-size luxury crossovers that fully engage driving enthusiasts. That makes them our favorite choice.

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Mid-Size Luxury: BMW X5

In our eyes, a mid-size luxury SUV is at its best when it so effortlessly blends on-road driving satisfaction with modern technology and a posh cabin—and the 2021 BMW X5 does just that. Three different powertrains are offered—including a plug-in hybrid model and a high-performance twin-turbo V-8—and the X5's road manners are decidedly athletic. Its styling is attractive without being overly flashy, and the interior treats occupants with quality materials, comfortable seats, and a plethora of convenience and luxury features. It faces heady competition from the likes of the Audi Q7, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class, but the X5 is a richly outfitted package well-equipped for the task at hand.

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Mid-Size Luxury: Volvo XC90

Supremely elegant and technologically advanced, the 2021 Volvo XC90 is one of the most desirable mid-size luxury crossovers. Volvo loves to promote its safety-conscious image and makes it real by packing its lone three-row SUV with copious standard driver assists. Along with tech-savvy features such as a fully digital gauge cluster and a tablet-like infotainment touchscreen, the XC90 offers a semi-autonomous drive mode. Although the Volvo isn't very engaging from behind the wheel, especially compared with sportier rivals such as the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, it has one of the prettiest interiors in the game. A trio of four-cylinder engines are highlighted by a quick and potent 400-hp plug-in hybrid. However, the hybrid has a short all-electric range. Still, the 2021 XC90 is a perfectly splendid luxury vehicle with seating for up to seven.

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Large Luxury: BMW X7

The 2021 BMW X7 is the brand's biggest people mover and brings an undeniably upscale aura and impressive levels of performance. Behind the three-row SUV's borderline-bloated kidney grille are three excellent turbocharged engine options. While the standard straight-six is perfectly adequate with its 335 horsepower, there's a lusty V-8 that makes either 523 or 612 horsepower. To get the highest-output engine requires ordering the Alpina XB7, which costs almost twice as much as the base model but delivers the excess expected by those who can afford it. Still, the beauty of the big BMW is that every one has a cushy and hushed cabin, as well as a plethora of luxury amenities and driver-assistance tech. Although its interior is smaller than its exterior suggests, and its power rear seats have sluggish operation, the 2021 X7 earns the highest marks among high-end SUVs.

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Full-Size: Chevy Suburban

Chevy totally reinvents its oldest nameplate with the all-new 2021 Suburban—and it's bigger and better than ever. It shares a lot with the redesigned Chevy Tahoe; however, its extra length and newly adopted independent rear suspension bring more cargo and third-row space. Those traits make the 'Burban the biggest SUV to wear a bowtie and a serious competitor to enormous alternatives such as the Ford Expedition Max. In addition to its familiar V-8 engines, the Chevy now includes a diesel option with loads of torque. Of course, it also offers an abundance of obligatory equipment such as contemporary driver assists and countless infotainment features.

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Full-Size: Chevy Tahoe

The phrase latest and greatest may be a cliché, but it actually applies to the all-new 2021 Chevy Tahoe. With a fresh face and contemporary content, the three-row SUV is the shorter version of the equally new Chevy Suburban. The 2021 Tahoe is not only bigger on the outside, its third row and cargo area have grown, too. This is partly due to the debut of its independent rear suspension, which fixes the issues that plagued the previous generation. Along with a roomier cabin, it offers two dutiful V-8 engines as well as an efficient and torquey diesel. There's also a host of driver-assistance options and popular infotainment features that should delight full-size families.

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Full-Size: GMC Yukon

When it comes to large, three-row family-hauling, toy-towing muscle, the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are hard to beat. Redesigned from the ground up for 2021, the new Yukon borrows mechanicals from the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, but goes its own way with unique looks and a few novel features. Three engines are offered—two gasoline V-8s and a turbo-diesel inline-six—all mated to a 10-speed automatic that's operated via GMC's signature push-button gear selector. The cabin is roomier and better equipped than last year's model and cargo space has increased as well—all the better for family vacations, trips to Home Depot, and tailgating parties.

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