Edmunds' experts test 200 vehicles per year on our test track. We also test them using a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. The data we gather results in our ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value.

X-Small SUVs

Extra-small SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers you can buy, pairing an elevated driving position with excellent maneuverability. Cost-cutting is sometimes apparent, but top-trim versions can feel surprisingly upscale.
2022 Volkswagen Taos
1
Introduced in 2022

Volkswagen Taos

MSRP
$23,495 - $33,645
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 31
2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2
Introduced in 2021

Chevrolet Trailblazer

MSRP
$21,600 - $27,200
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 31
2022 Mazda CX-30
3
Introduced in 2020

Mazda CX-30

MSRP
$22,500 - $34,700
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 26
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Small SUVs

Small SUVs are among the hottest vehicles in today's market, thanks to virtues like reasonable pricing, excellent versatility and a just-right size. They've even begun to supplant midsize sedans as a sensible family vehicle.
1
Introduced in 2023

Mazda CX-50

MSRP
$27,550 - $42,300
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 27
2
Redesigned in 2017

Honda CR-V

MSRP
$26,800 - $36,600
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 30
3
Redesigned in 2017

Mazda CX-5

MSRP
$26,250 - $39,000
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
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Small 3-row SUVs

If you need a lot of seats on a tight budget, a small three-row SUV might be a good fit. The third row will be cramped for anyone larger than a child, and there's not much cargo room with the third row deployed, but it's nice to have the option.
1
Redesigned in 2021

Kia Sorento

MSRP
$29,590 - $43,190
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
2
Redesigned in 2022

Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP
$26,995 - $35,345
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 27
3
Redesigned in 2018

Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP
$26,490 - $37,320
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
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Midsize SUVs

For growing families or frequent road trippers, midsize SUVs make a lot of sense. They have a larger back seat and more cargo room than their smaller siblings, while some models offer off-road variants for buyers in search of something different.
1
Redesigned in 2019

Honda Passport

MSRP
$38,370 - $45,930
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
2
MSRP
$33,635 - $50,805
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 23
3
Redesigned in 2022

Jeep Grand Cherokee

MSRP
$39,000 - $66,155
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
22
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Midsize 3-row SUVs

Midsize three-row SUVs provide lots of utility at a reasonable price. Expect advanced safety features, too, along with capable acceleration when you need it.
1
Top Rated vehicle
Introduced in 2020

Kia Telluride

MSRP
$33,390 - $45,190
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23
2
Introduced in 2020

Hyundai Palisade

MSRP
$35,250 - $51,100
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
3
Redesigned in 2016

Honda Pilot

MSRP
$38,080 - $51,870
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23
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Large SUVs

Large SUVs are classic utility vehicles. These truck-based workhorses can tow a boat and transport a family of eight at the same time. Fuel economy is predictably forgettable, but if maximum versatility is what you need, these big rigs deliver.
1
Redesigned in 2021

Chevrolet Suburban

MSRP
$51,100 - $75,700
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 17
1
Redesigned in 2021

GMC Yukon

MSRP
$51,600 - $72,500
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 17
3
Redesigned in 2018

Ford Expedition

MSRP
$52,405 - $84,610
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 19
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X-Small luxury SUVs

Extra-small luxury SUVs offer a prestigious badge at an affordable price. They don't always deliver luxury-grade comfort and performance, but a few gems stand out.
1
Introduced in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

MSRP
$38,600 - $49,950
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 27
2
Redesigned in 2016

BMW X1

MSRP
$35,400 - $37,400
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 27
3
Redesigned in 2021

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

MSRP
$36,400 - $54,950
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 28
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Small luxury SUVs

Small luxury SUVs cost more than their extra-small counterparts, but the adage about getting what you pay for is true. These crossovers typically offer a more comfortable ride, nicer materials and better performance, as well as a larger cabin, of course.
1
Top Rated vehicle
Introduced in 2022

Genesis GV70

MSRP
$42,900 - $55,000
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 24
2
Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

MSRP
$43,850 - $59,900
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 25
3
Redesigned in 2019

Acura RDX

MSRP
$40,600 - $53,800
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 24
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Midsize luxury SUVs

Midsize luxury SUVs generally provide stout performance, the latest in luxury options and lots of space for passengers and cargo. Also included here is a new sub-class of SUV "coupes," which sacrifice practicality for style.
1
Redesigned in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

MSRP
$56,150 - $116,850
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 22
2
MSRP
$78,450 - $117,850
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 19
2
Redesigned in 2019

Porsche Cayenne

MSRP
$69,000 - $165,300
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 21
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Midsize 3-row luxury SUVs

Midsize luxury three-row SUVs typically offer seating for seven, or six if you spring for second-row captain's chairs. Make sure to bring the family along for the test drive; it's not unusual to find that the third row is tight for taller children or adults.
1
Redesigned in 2017

Audi Q7

MSRP
$57,500 - $73,300
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 22
2
Redesigned in 2022

Acura MDX

MSRP
$48,000 - $72,050
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 22
3
Redesigned in 2020

Lincoln Aviator

MSRP
$51,780 - $88,230
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 23
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Large luxury SUVs

In terms of road presence, there's nothing quite like a large luxury SUV. With plenty of seating and strong towing abilities, these behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many other vehicles offer quilted leather upholstery along with underbody protection for serious off-roading.
1
Redesigned in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

MSRP
$77,850 - $135,400
Edmunds Rating
8.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 20
2
Redesigned in 2018

Lincoln Navigator

MSRP
$77,635 - $109,680
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 19
3
Redesigned in 2021

Cadillac Escalade

MSRP
$76,295 - $104,595
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
16
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Super luxury SUVs

Planning to star in a music video? You've come to the right place. Superlux SUVs are the fanciest of the fancy. They're designed for shoppers who demand the best, no matter the price.
1
Introduced in 2021

Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS

MSRP
$165,100
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
2
Introduced in 2017

Bentley Bentayga

MSRP
$193,400 - $259,400
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
14 - 18
3
Redesigned in 2019

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

MSRP
$139,900 - $179,000
Edmunds Rating
7.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
14 - 16
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Small performance SUVs

Don't let the word "small" throw you off. Compact performance SUVs are among the most capable all-around performers on the planet, pairing major driving thrills with plenty of SUV versatility.
1
Introduced in 2020

Tesla Model Y Performance

MSRP
$65,990 - $69,990
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
2
Redesigned in 2021

Audi SQ5 Sportback

MSRP
$56,100 - $64,700
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
20
3
Redesigned in 2018

Audi SQ5

MSRP
$55,800 - $65,200
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
21
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Midsize performance SUVs

If you need a lot of space but want sports-car acceleration and handling, too, a midsize performance SUV could be just the ticket. These steroidal SUVs boast incredible power and athleticism, yet they also deliver wagon-like practicality.
1
Introduced in 2019

Lamborghini Urus

MSRP
$221,506 - $245,381
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
14
2
Introduced in 2020

Audi SQ7

MSRP
$88,500 - $93,500
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
3
Introduced in 2020

Audi SQ8

MSRP
$93,500 - $99,700
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
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Large performance SUVs

The laws of physics technically still apply to these high-horsepower family haulers, but that may be hard to believe when you're hurtling along inside one. Want your family to experience maximum driving excitement along with the usual luxury? These SUVs should hit the spot.
Not enough vehicles yet to rank
Introduced in 2021

BMW ALPINA XB7

MSRP
$141,300
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
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Edmunds' experts test 200 vehicles per year on our test track. We also test them using a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. The data we gather results in our ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value.


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Top Selling SUVs of
2021

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    year
    20212021

    Some Takeaways

    • In 2021, The Jeep Grand Cherokee became the most popular car in 5 states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Michigan.
    • For the first time in history, a Tesla model became the most popular car for a state in America. The Tesla Model Y was the top sold vehicle in California for 2021.
    • Over the last five years, Toyota's RAV4 has taken over as the top sold SUV in the majority of U.S. states.
    • While Jeep had the most total sales nationally in 2016 & 2018, no singular Jeep model was the best selling SUV in a U.S. state until 2018.
    • Ford became the 3rd top selling SUV maker in 2020, despite not even breaching the top five in 2016.
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    What are the best SUVs on the market?

    Sport-utility vehicles (SUV), also referred to as crossovers, are the most popular vehicle type in recent years. Most buyers find their needs are met by either a compact SUV or a midsize three-row crossover. Our top pick for a compact SUV goes to the Tesla Model Y for fitting tons of utility into a relatively small package. For shoppers who have a growing family or who just need extra cargo capacity, the Kia Telluride is our top-rated midsize three-row SUV. If you need a full-size SUV, the Ford Explorer is our top pick, though the Chevrolet Suburban offers more cargo space. Learn more

    What is the top-rated SUV for 2019?

    Shoppers looking for a little more attitude and capability lucked out in 2019: The redesigned Honda Passport became our top-rated midsize SUV when it launched. Honda had several top-rated SUVs for 2019, including the compact CR-V and midsize three-row Pilot. In the luxury class, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is our top pick for a compact SUV, and the Audi Q7 is our top-rated luxury midsize three-row vehicle and a great choice for families. Learn more

    What is the top-rated SUV for 2020?

    The three-row Kia Telluride has taken the SUV world by storm, offering a remarkable blend of luxury, space and style at an attractive price. Its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Palisade, delivers similar strengths in a more understated package. Top-rated compact SUVs include perennial favorites such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. In the luxury class, the Mercedes-Benz GLE is a top-rated midsize SUV, while the Mercedes-Benz GLS competes with the Lincoln Navigator for top honors in the full-size SUV segment. If you like the Navigator, keep in mind that the Ford Expedition is a less luxurious version at a more reachable price point. Learn more

    What are the best used SUVs to buy?

    Look for "CPO" or certified pre-owned vehicles if you're shopping for used SUVs. Some of the CPO vehicles we like are the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 in the compact SUV segment. If you need a little more off-road capability, the Subaru Outback is a good choice, and if you need three rows, the Honda Pilot is a top pick. Finally, if you need maximum cargo capacity, the Chevrolet Suburban is worth looking into. Learn more

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    1. 2022 Volkswagen Taos
    2. 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
    3. 2022 Mazda CX-30
    4. 2023 Buick Encore GX
    5. 2022 Hyundai Kona
    6. 2022 Subaru Crosstrek
    7. 2022 Kia Soul
    8. 2022 Kia Seltos
    9. 2023 Honda HR-V
    10. 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

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