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.
2020 Hyundai Kona
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Introduced in 2018

Hyundai Kona

MSRP
$20,300 - $29,350
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
27 - 30
2020 Kia Soul
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Redesigned in 2020

Kia Soul

MSRP
$17,490 - $27,490
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
27 - 30
2020 Honda HR-V
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Introduced in 2016

Honda HR-V

MSRP
$20,820 - $28,890
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 30


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
Redesigned in 2017

Honda CR-V

MSRP
$25,050 - $34,750
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 30
2
Redesigned in 2017

Mazda CX-5

MSRP
$25,190 - $37,155
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 28
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Redesigned in 2016

Hyundai Tucson

MSRP
$23,550 - $33,300
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 25

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.

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Redesigned in 2016

Kia Sorento

Three-row seating is now standard on the Kia Sorento, which is slightly big for a compact SUV but gets high marks for comfort and technology features. Higher trims get pricey, but they come with everything you'd want in a modern family hauler.
MSRP
$26990 - $41890
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 25
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2
Redesigned in 2018

Volkswagen Tiguan

With optional seating for seven and lots of advanced safety and technology features, the Volkswagen Tiguan earns a top rank among a small group of compact three-row SUVs. A thirsty engine and stumbling transmission hurt the Tiguan's overall appeal compared to other compact SUVs.
MSRP
$24945 - $38795
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 25
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3
Redesigned in 2014

Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander is roomy and straightforward, with some good tech features and the option to add some basic all-terrain capability. There are definite shortcomings, though, including an unrefined driving experience and subpar build quality.
MSRP
$24695 - $33195
Edmunds Rating
6.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 27

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.

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Redesigned in 2019

Honda Passport

The top-ranked Honda Passport is one of the most versatile midsize SUVs in the market. It exudes athletic qualities but also delivers a comfortable ride, tons of passenger and cargo space, and a good list of standard features. Put this at the top of your list.
MSRP
$31990 - $43680
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
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2
Redesigned in 2019

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe impresses with its design and usability. It's loaded with infotainment and safety goodies, and its taut suspension helps it handle curves well. A weak base engine and mediocre fuel economy are its only real downsides.
MSRP
$25900 - $39200
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 25
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3
Redesigned in 2015

Ford Edge

Superior comfort and passenger space, along with a whisper-quiet cabin, and robust Sync3 infotainment system make the Ford Edge an appealing SUV. It's consistently well-executed, though the cabin ambiance at higher trim levels is at odds with the price point.
MSRP
$31100 - $43265
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 25

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.

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Introduced in 2020

Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is our top pick for a midsize three-row SUV. Its upscale cabin is quiet, comfortable and thoughtfully designed. It comes packed with standard features and tech, and it even has adult-friendly third-row seating. For the money, there are few more appealing ways to move seven or eight people.
MSRP
$31890 - $43790
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23
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2
Introduced in 2020

Hyundai Palisade

The Hyundai Palisade might be new to the competitive three-row SUV segment, but it's already putting its competition on notice. Packed with value, comfort, and capability throughout its trim levels, the Palisade is a great pick for a family SUV.
MSRP
$31775 - $46625
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Redesigned in 2016

Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot just makes things easy, from driving long distances to carrying a lot of people and stuff. With a smooth ride, plentiful features and smart packaging, this SUV has a lot of strengths.
MSRP
$31550 - $49620
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23

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.

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1
Redesigned in 2018

Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition marries excellent design with a capable truck platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds. Inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle.
MSRP
$48530 - $79200
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 20
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2
Redesigned in 2015

GMC Yukon XL

The GMC Yukon XL's nine-passenger capacity and formidable towing power make it ideal for large families and recreational activities. But the traditional body-on-frame design takes a toll on maneuverability, fuel economy and ride comfort.
MSRP
$52400 - $72500
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 18
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2
Redesigned in 2008

Toyota Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most off-road-capable SUVs you can find, and it also exhibits the kind of build quality that makes luxury manufacturers turn green. Mediocre interior versatility and a stunning price tag limit its broader appeal.
MSRP
85165
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
15


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.

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Introduced in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

The GLB's boxy shape gives it a distinctively rugged look while providing ample passenger and cargo space for its size. Throw in some of the best technology available on the market, and you've got one outstanding luxury SUV.
MSRP
$36600 - $38600
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
26
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2
Redesigned in 2019

Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 delivers pleasing performance and a comfortable and quiet ride. You'll also like its upcale interior and wealth of upscale features.
MSRP
$34700 - $42900
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
22
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3
Introduced in 2019

Volvo XC40

Volvo's all-new subcompact XC40 SUV inherits the brand's familial good looks and packs a lot of charm into a small package, but it isn't without its faults. Front seat ergonomics and the touchscreen interface could be a dealbreaker for some, yet this is certainly one of the segment's standouts.
MSRP
$33700 - $42450
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 27

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.

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Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class sets a high bar for compact luxury SUVs with its elegant cabin and balanced dynamics. It offers an extensive list of luxury features and a variety of available engines, but any GLC model should be a pleasure to drive.
MSRP
$40700 - $70800
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 25
RankVehicleAdditional Information
2
Redesigned in 2018

Volvo XC60

The XC60 is a sharp-looking SUV with a modern, clean interior that gives it immediate luxury appeal. The ultra-refined interior is perhaps a step ahead of the ride quality, but in the final tally, the XC60 is one of the most compelling entrants in this segment.
MSRP
$40150 - $69500
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 26
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Redesigned in 2019

Acura RDX

The Acura RDX differentiates itself from the competition with edgy styling, a comfortable interior and a long list of standard features. It offers a strong engine and sharp handling, but it isn't quite as posh or elegant as more expensive luxury rivals.
MSRP
$37600 - $47700
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 24

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.

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1
Redesigned in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a significant step forward from its predecessor and a class leader in several respects. Materials quality and design are second to none, and the excellent MBUX tech interface sets a new industry standard.
MSRP
$53700 - $61150
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
RankVehicleAdditional Information
2
Redesigned in 2019

Porsche Cayenne

This Cayenne an athlete among luxury SUVs, and its comprehensive lineup ranges from a green-cred plug-in hybrid to a sports-car-beating all-star with a turbo V8. It's an intriguing choice for shoppers whose life circumstances preclude a 911.
MSRP
$65700 - $124600
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 21
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Redesigned in 2019

BMW X5

The BMW X5's advanced interior, sharp new technology and tidy road manners help make it one of the top luxury SUVs you'll want to consider this year.
MSRP
$58900 - $82150
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 23

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.

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1
Redesigned in 2017

Audi Q7

The Audi Q7's combination of performance, comfort, high technology and value is hard to beat. With an impeccably-built interior and sharp reflexes on the road, the Q7 is rewarding to both drivers and passengers. It could stand a bit more cargo and third-row passenger space, though.
MSRP
$53550 - $68700
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
21
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2
Redesigned in 2014

Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is a pragmatic choice, with a standard third-row seat and generous feature content at an attractive price. The are more luxurious and sportier options, but the MDX does just about everything well.
MSRP
$44400 - $60150
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 27
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Redesigned in 2020

Lincoln Aviator

The new Aviator could be a prime pick for a three-row luxury SUV. Its distinctive styling, upscale interior and available hybrid model are big improvements compared to Lincoln SUVs of the recent past.
MSRP
$51100 - $87800
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 23

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.

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1
Redesigned in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a fancy people- and gear-hauler that combines luxury DNA with a princely ride, remarkable performance and a commodious interior.
MSRP
$75200 - $97800
Edmunds Rating
8.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 21
RankVehicleAdditional Information
2
Redesigned in 2018

Lincoln Navigator

The Navigator is built to impress, from its incredible tow rating to its plush interior, expansive cargo space and full suite of modern technology features. This is a very convincing luxury ride.
MSRP
$76185 - $100335
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 19
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Introduced in 2019

BMW X7

BMW's biggest SUV, the three-row X7 strikes an optimal balance of luxury, performance and refinement that should please shoppers, drivers and passengers alike
MSRP
$73900 - $99600
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 22


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.

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Introduced in 2017

Bentley Bentayga

For now, the Bentley Bentayga is at the top of the heap when it comes to luxury, underpinned by powerful engines and some tricky off-road gear. It has access to all of Bentley's bespoke coachbuilding options, including an optional clock that costs only slightly less than the average house.
MSRP
$165000 - $267700
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 17
RankVehicleAdditional Information
2
Redesigned in 2019

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Built with the precision of a military rifle but none of the singularity of purpose, the G-Class relies on style and emotion to justify its price rather than planning or execution.
MSRP
$124500 - $147500
Edmunds Rating
7.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
14
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Redesigned in 2013

Land Rover Range Rover

The Range Rover is the one that made the luxury SUV a thing in the first place. Today's Range is a go-anywhere vehicle that can also meet the most demanding luxury standards. It's not perfect, but it's undeniably impressive.
MSRP
$90900 - $209500
Edmunds Rating
6.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 24


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2021 Cadillac Escalade First Look -- New Diesel, Hands-Free Driving, and OLED Display! | Chicago Auto Show

2021 Cadillac Escalade First Look -- New Diesel, Hands-Free Driving, and OLED Display! | Chicago Auto Show

SPEAKER: When it comes to big luxury, and I mean really big luxury, the Cadillac name has been hard to beat. But they're at it again with this, the all new fully redesigned fifth generation 2021 Escalade. After 21 years and nearly 900,000 units sold, it's safe to say that the Escalade has matured, but it's kept its core principles intact. And we'll get to those in just a bit. Do me a favor right now. Hit Subscribe, below. We have a lot of great content coming your way.Style is understandably important when it comes to Escalade, and it has tons of it. Literally, tons of it. It's more refined. It's a lot more graceful than before. It's less chunky than before, but still has all that presence we've come to expect from an Escalade, even in this regular wheel-based version. It's a safe bet that the long wheelbase ESV version will have even more presence. Returning are power deployable running boards. But new are soft close doors. Also returning, the 6.2 liter V8 that puts up 420 horsepower and 460 pound feet of torque. The kicker is, there's going to be a six cylinder turbo diesel available that puts out 277 horsepower, but has the same torque specs as the gas engines. There was also a rather veiled hint at something on the sporty side in the future. My hope is maybe a V variant. Whether or not that happens, the Escalade will have a 10 speed automatic transmission and be offered an all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive. Like the related models from Chevy and GMC, the new Escalade will have a independent rear suspension. And that has several benefits. It'll have a more refined ride quality. It'll have better handling characteristics. And also, opens things up on the interior. There'll be three suspensions available-- the standard steel suspension, a fourth generation magnetic ride suspension, and new for 2021, an air ride suspension. The air ride suspension will have four inches of travel. It can drop two inches down for better passenger access and easier cargo loading. And it'll increase its ride height for better ground clamps if you go off roading. The giant killer for the Escalade, though may be the inclusion of super cruise. It's the only truly hands-free driving system out there. And it's received some updates for the Escalade. One of them being a lane change feature that's similar to Tesla's Autopilot. The super cruise system is also eligible for 200,000 miles of roadways across the country. As important as the exterior and underpinnings are, the interior is also supremely important. The new Escalade has just as much style inside as it does outside. I'm struck by this beautiful horizontal layout that a lot of other manufacturers have gone to. But if you haven't noticed it yet, the most striking is this beautiful curved piece of glass. It's an OLED, which means it's super sharp, and has really great levels of contrast. That means it'll be easy to read in any light. It can be controlled via touch screen, but there's also a dial right here where your hands should normally rest. And that's actually my preferred method of control while I'm driving. It creates a lot less distraction than trying to wobble around with a touch screen. Maybe taking a page out of the Mercedes-Benz playbook, the Escalade will now offer night vision. But it will also offer an augmented reality overly for navigation. That means when you're driving along and there's a turn coming up, it will overly these animated arrows to show you where to turn. It's especially helpful when you're in a city that maybe you're not so familiar with. For 2021, there will also be a lot more color choices for the interior. That includes the colors of leather and a lot of different textures and colors for the wood trim. My favorite may be the one I'm in right now, which has these lovely fabric elements that lended a luxury feel that is, quite frankly missing from a lot of the German manufacturers. The other big news comes in the form of three letters, AKG. AKG has been synonymous with professional recording equipment. And this is their first foray into automotive, and it's exclusive to Cadillac. There will be two systems available. The standard will be a 19 speaker system. And the upgrade, 36 speakers. And there are also some really cool features built in. For example, the front passenger has their own volume control. And it doesn't really affect the overall experience for the driver. So that means it might actually save some marriages. There's another cool feature, and that's related to navigation. The voice prompts for navigation will actually change their staging as it appears to the driver. If you have a turn that's further up, it's going to sound like the voice prompting you to turn is further away. As you get closer, it's going to seem like that voice is getting closer and even kind of shift around, depending on where you need to turn. There are microphones strategically placed throughout the cabin. So as the front passenger or driver, you can have a conversation with someone in the back row and hear them just fine without having to shout. Another cool feature is a fridge and freezer that will go right here in the center console. It means everybody here can enjoy a nice cold beverage, including the second row, where we're headed next. In addition to the typical luxury features we expect from the second row, there are some new additions. Obviously, there is a new 12-inch rear entertainment screen with some cool features. It has USB as well as HDMI input, but they can be independently operated. So you can have two different movies playing. And if you want to share it with the other person, you just kind of swipe it over, and it'll appear on theirs. The sound can also be broadcast through the speakers or through headsets. One convenience item that I found particularly interesting is navigation. You can have someone co-piloting for you back here, find a place you want to go, and send that navigation information up to the front. Thanks to that smart packaging of the new rear independent suspension, there's a lot more space in the third row. 10 inches more of leg room. I fit perfectly back here. It's no longer the penalty it once was. You also have these convenient USB C ports to keep everything charged. Another benefit to that new rear suspension is cargo capacity. There's now 25 and 1/2 cubic feet behind the third row. That's an increase of 68% over last year. Damn impressive. When the Escalade goes on sale this summer it will have the style, presence, and features to do better with our favorite in the class, the Lincoln Navigator. All I can say is, it'll be a hell of a shootout. For more information on the Escalade, the Navigator, and all their competition, head on over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit Subscribe.

The all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade addresses previous drawbacks and keeps the improvements coming with impressive results. With the addition of Super Cruise, an available diesel engine and more interior space, it has the chance to reclaim its spot at the head of the class.

FAQ

What are the best SUVs on the market?
Most buyers find their needs are met by either a compact SUV or a mid-size 3-row SUV. Our top pick for a small SUV goes to the Honda CR-V for fitting tons of utility into a relatively small package. For shoppers with a growing family or who just need extra capability, the Kia Telluride is our top-rated midsize 3-row SUV. If you're looking to step up to a luxury SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class provides excellent premium comfort and features along with car-like maneuverability. 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 3-row Pilot. In the luxury class, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is our top pick for a small SUV, and the Audi Q7 is our top-rated luxury midsize 3-row 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 small SUVs include perennial favorites like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. In the luxury class, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a top-rated midsize SUV, while the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class competes with the Lincoln Navigator for top honors in the full-size 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. Among lightly used SUVs likely to be available via CPO programs, we like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 in the small 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. Learn more

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