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
$22,995 - $33,045
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
2021 Mazda CX-30
3
Introduced in 2020

Mazda CX-30

MSRP
$22,050 - $34,050
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 28


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
$25,750 - $35,550
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 30
2
Redesigned in 2017

Mazda CX-5

MSRP
$25,370 - $37,505
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 28
3
Redesigned in 2021

Nissan Rogue

MSRP
$26,050 - $37,230
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 30

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
$29,490 - $43,090
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
2
Redesigned in 2022

Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP
$25,795 - $35,345
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 27
3
Redesigned in 2018

Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP
$25,995 - $36,595
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26

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
$32,790 - $44,180
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
2
MSRP
$30,855 - $50,025
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 22
3
Redesigned in 2021

Toyota Venza

MSRP
$32,670 - $40,000
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
39


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
$32,790 - $44,590
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23
2
Introduced in 2020

Hyundai Palisade

MSRP
$33,150 - $48,390
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
3
Redesigned in 2016

Honda Pilot

MSRP
$36,830 - $50,620
Edmunds Rating
8.2 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.
1
Redesigned in 2021

Chevrolet Suburban

MSRP
$50,700 - $75,300
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 18
1
Redesigned in 2021

GMC Yukon

MSRP
$51,000 - $71,600
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 18
3
Redesigned in 2018

Ford Expedition

MSRP
$49,625 - $79,425
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 20


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
$38,050 - $49,500
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 26
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
$36,230 - $54,500
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 28

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
Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

MSRP
$43,200 - $73,900
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 25
2
Redesigned in 2019

Acura RDX

MSRP
$38,400 - $51,000
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 24
3
Introduced in 2015

Porsche Macan

MSRP
$52,100 - $84,600
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 21

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
Top Rated vehicle
Redesigned in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

MSRP
$54,750 - $113,950
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 23
2
MSRP
$76,500 - $116,000
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 20
2
Redesigned in 2019

Porsche Cayenne

MSRP
$67,500 - $163,200
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 20

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
$55,800 - $72,000
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 22
2
Redesigned in 2022

Acura MDX

MSRP
$47,200 - $60,950
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
3
Redesigned in 2020

Lincoln Aviator

MSRP
$51,465 - $87,905
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.
1
Redesigned in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

MSRP
$76,000 - $132,100
Edmunds Rating
8.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 21
2
Redesigned in 2018

Lincoln Navigator

MSRP
$76,705 - $101,855
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 18
3
Redesigned in 2021

Cadillac Escalade

MSRP
$76,195 - $102,995
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 17

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
$160,500
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
16
2
MSRP
Not available
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
3
Redesigned in 2019

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

MSRP
$131,750 - $156,450
Edmunds Rating
7.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
14 - 18

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 2017

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S

MSRP
$84,100
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
18
2
Introduced in 2020

Tesla Model Y Performance

MSRP
$57,990 - $62,990
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
111 - 125
3
Introduced in 2020

BMW X3 M

MSRP
$69,900
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
16

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
$218,009
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
14
2
Introduced in 2020

Audi SQ7

MSRP
$85,000 - $91,200
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
3
Introduced in 2020

Audi SQ8

MSRP
$89,100 - $95,000
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
17


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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Top Selling SUVs of
2016

Vehicles included in the data set are exclusively retail registrations to individuals and do not include rental sales or registrations from government bodies*

  1. Jeep
    734,539
  2. Toyota
    633,653
  3. Ford
    559,891
  4. Honda
    539,869
  5. Subaru
    458,228
year
20162020

Some Takeaways

  • 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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TRAVIS LANGNESS: If you're entering the EV market these days, there are two pretty white hot segments to do it in, pickup trucks and luxury vehicles. And if you don't really make a pickup truck, well, there's only one place left to go. Enter the 2023 Genesis GV 60. It's a compact crossover, it's fully electric, and, yes, it's here to take on vehicles like the Tesla Model Y. Now, of course, there are other competitors out there, stuff like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Audi e-tron, and the Volvo XC40 Recharge. So what makes the GV 60 different? Well, let's find out. Since we're all here together, why don't you give that Like button a click, and hit the little bell next to it [BELL] to subscribe. And if you want to sell your car, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar to get a cash offer right now. This is the first all electric vehicle for the Genesis brand which is a big deal. Because right now, luxury and electric go together pretty well. That's why it makes sense for Hyundai to take its Ioniq 5 EV and create a version for the Genesis brand to cater to its own clientele. Genesis, in case you missed it, is the luxury brand that Hyundai spawned recently. And that's how we got here, the GV 60. The GV 60 is a small SUV slotting in below crossover relatives like the GV 70 and 80 both of which have scored highly in our Edmunds' rating tests. But those models are powered by gasoline. And the GV 60 is not. So what exactly do you get? You get a choice between rear wheel drive and all wheel drive or performance all wheel drive. And according to Genesis' horsepower claims and range estimates, here are the numbers. Rear wheel drive, 225 horsepower and 280 miles of range. All wheel drive, 314 horsepower and 249 miles of range. Performance all wheel drive, 429 horsepower and 229 miles of range. Now all of these models get a 77.4 kilowatt hour battery pack. They even get an electronic limited slip differential. Oh, yeah, they do. You also get a boost mode for 10 second bursts of extra juice and a drift mode that Genesis calls athletic driving. I'm here for it. I'd like to go ahead and put my name down too for the first person to drift mode in an electric SUV. Now what about pricing? Genesis hasn't announced anything official yet. And we don't know exactly when it'll go on sale. But we have a rough estimate. If we had to guess, it seems like the GV 60 will steer clear of the high pricing from Audi and Jaguar, the $70,000 mark and stick towards prices like the Tesla and the Ford have in this pricing range around $50,000. Around the exterior of the vehicle, a few things stand out. The front fascia certainly isn't bland. I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing yet. There's a clamshell hood, digital mirror cameras, electronic door handles. Is this thing trying too hard? There are some clean design lines. But from the rear 3/4, it just looks kind of bland. And the wheels, I'm not sold yet on those either. They look a little bit too Pontiac Aztecy. Enough roasting. Because the GV 60 appears perfectly sized for what most shoppers will need. It sits low to the ground for easy access to get into the inside. And it's got a big greenhouse, lots of headroom. So passengers will have lots of room inside. I'm digging those roof rails too. They're easy for me to reach. And how rad would it be if a bunch of GV 60s were running around with Thule roof boxes or mountain bikes? I don't see a lot of that on Mach-Es. At least not yet. The GVC 60 experience starts before you even get in. If you touch the door handle and show your face, a small camera will tell that it's you, recogonize your face, and unlock the car then adjust the seats, steering wheel, and infotainment settings to your preference. Genesis calls this Face Connect. It's a little bit strange especially if you like to dress up as Ted Lasso on the weekend. Like will the car recognize me if it thinks I'm Jason Sudeikis? Should I shave the mustache? There's a fingerprint mode too. You can drive your car without the key simply by using your fingerprint. Inside the GV 60, you have a similar overall design and aesthetic to existing Genesis models with some key differences. This two tone colourway and a third accent stitching color definitely catches your attention. And there are playful ovals placed throughout the cabin to make it feel friendly and welcoming. And then, of course, these steering wheel buttons look like missile launchers which is always a good thing. You've also got a massive screen that stretches from in front of the driver to the traditional center of the touch screen area, a lot like the Mercedes MBUX system. But here it's controlled by a dial just like in the Genesis GV70 and others. We're lukewarm on this dial. Because it definitely looks cool, and it's fun to spin around, but execution can be a bit clunky when you use it. And that brings us to my crystal ball. Actually, Genesis calls it a crystal sphere. You rotate it to control the transmission. But when the GV 60 is off, it also turns into the car's source for mood lighting. Listen, I'm as comfortable with an all seeing, all knowing orb as you are, but it does look pretty good in person. As far as charging this bad boy, there's a lot to learn. First of all, where are you going to charge them? Well, Genesis plans to build dedicated proprietary systems for its cars to use in Korea. As far as the US, it's still a mystery though. Hyundai and Genesis could start building their own stations, or they could strike a deal with Chargepoint, Electrify America, or similar companies to use their existing infrastructure. For now, it's part of the GV 60 mystique. And there are still plenty of other details about charging the GV 60. There have been reports that it will be able to charge itself wirelessly. But we're not sure yet if that'll make it to the US. Who's to say? If you use a fast charging station, Genesis claims you can get the GV 60 from a 10% charge to 80% in just 18 minutes. But chargers that fast are rare in the US currently. So maybe that's something we'll just have to wait on. What we do know is the GV 60 will include battery conditioning which is where the car automatically prepares the battery for the best charging temperatures possible on its own, on a hot or cold day, for instance. Of course, it will tell you, the owner, how to help, like the best time of day to charge and where to find an optimal station. The car will work with you to get the fastest, most efficient charge possible. That seems like a good thing that we'll get here after all. After our first look at the GV 60 today, I'd say that all luxury EV automakers should definitely take a look over their shoulders. Because what's clear is that this is not just an automaker trying to get in on the rush to do it. Genesis is jumping in with both feet. The most important thing of all is that the GV 60 has us wanting more. And I think it's enticing enough to maybe start attracting people who haven't considered an EV before. For more information on the GV 60 and all of its EV competitors, click the link in the description below. Press Like and Subscribe to see more videos like this on our channel. And we appreciate you watching.

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FAQ

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 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe 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

Best SUV Summary

Best X-Small SUVs

  1. 2022 Volkswagen Taos
  2. 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
  3. 2021 Mazda CX-30
  4. 2021 Buick Encore GX
  5. 2022 Hyundai Kona
  6. 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
  7. 2022 Kia Soul
  8. 2021 Mazda CX-3
  9. 2022 Kia Seltos
  10. 2022 Honda HR-V

Best Large performance SUVs

  1. 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

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