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
$25,350 - $35,150
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
$29,390 - $42,590
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
$25,245 - $39,095
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 25

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
$39,060 - $50,620
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 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 2018

Volvo XC60

MSRP
$41,700 - $69,500
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 27
3
Redesigned in 2019

Acura RDX

MSRP
$38,400 - $51,000
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.
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
$54,950 - $72,000
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 21
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
$51,100 - $88,335
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
$76,185 - $101,325
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
$53,990 - $60,990
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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CARLOS LAGO: Hey, Carlos Lago from Edmonds, here and that is the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan. Now Tiguan is a unique SUV because it actually falls into two different categories. On one hand it's a two row compact SUV, much like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, but on the other hand, it's also a three row compact SUV much like the new Kia Sorento. You can see our reviews for all those SUVs on this channel. Now there are upsides and downsides to either configuration. And in this video, we're going to explain what those are, and also what else you should know about this updated Tiguan from its new exterior styling, new interior tech, and so on. But before we do, hey. Have you ever enjoyed Peter Stormare telling you to unpimp your auto? Go ahead and hit that subscribe button. Otherwise like, comment, and also check out the links in the description below for more information about these vehicles and edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on the car you want to sell. The Tiguan starts at 27 grand, roughly, and all wheel drive is a $1,500 option on all but the top of the line trim level. That one's about $38,000. Most people will settle on the mid-range SE trim level, which costs about 32 grand. The thing to know, though, is that front drive Tiguans only have three rows, and all wheel drive Tiguans only have two rows. So if you want all wheel drive and three rows, it's not happening. Sorry. On the other hand, you can choose which setup you want, provided you're happy with the drive train that Tiguan comes with. In terms of size, the Tiguan is a little longer than the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V that I mentioned earlier, but on the other hand, generally speaking, it's a little smaller than the Kia Sorento as well. So it kind of splits a little bit of this sizes. We'll talk about how that affects interior storage and seating capacity with the bit. But for now, let's talk about the exterior, because that's the most obviously new part about the Tiguan from the outside. The front end has been restyled, resculpted to look more like the Volkswagen Atlas. I think it looks really sharp. In fact, I think generally the whole vehicle looks really sharp. There's a couple of reasons for that. These 20 inch wheels on this trim level look great. Wheel sizes range from 17 to 20, depending on trim level. That looks really strong. I also like this body line. Gives this car, I don't know, boldness, strength, whatever. Just looks good. Cars can just look good, right? This part right here, if you look at the Tiguan from right here just by itself, it reminds me of the BMW X5, which is not a bad thing at all by any stretch, but something I noticed first while looking at it. As I come around to the back. Here's where we talk about tow capacity. This doesn't have the optional tow hitch. If it did, it'd have a tow rating of 1,500 pounds. Lastly my only real complaint about the style are these. Remember when cars actually had exhaust tips and not just chrome plastic down here? And what's the point, right? Getting inside the updated Tiguan, I want to point out that all trim levels SE and up have remote start. That's nice. What's better though is all 2022 Tiguans have heated seats. This being the fully loaded trim level, it has heated and ventilated. So that's nice too. In terms of size, at least for the front row, this compares nicely with other compact SUVs, and that's to say that most people of most sizes are going to have plenty of room in this Tiguan. Let's talk about technology though, because that's one of the biggest changes for this year of the Tiguan. And I point that out because modern Volkswagen digital interfaces, we've criticized them pretty heavily in the Volkswagen GTI and in the ID.4. And we criticize them for relying too much on touch sensitive controls. Capacitive switches, so like when I hit this radio button here, there's no feedback to tell me that I've hit that radio button. So I have to pay attention to it. That's fine when we're sitting here parked, but I'm driving on the freeway, I don't want to have to pay that much attention to make sure I'm hitting the right button on this display. I haven't spent enough time with this specific vehicle to know if it's been improved or not versus those other Volkswagens that we've tested, but I'll say that having touch sensitive controls on the steering wheel right here, not my favorite idea because it's nearby where your thumbs rest. These controls do give you some feedback when you hit it. It's kind of like some phones do that when you have a back button or something, they'll give you a little buzz to tell you that you've actually triggered something. This is more of like a button switch so it feels better. But it does still require more attention paid to the wheel than actual physical buttons would. Again, more times needed to make sure this is a complaint worthy of lodging. Now on the other hand Volkswagen says it's asked its customers what they feel, and they like the look, feel, and modern sense that these touch sensitive systems provide. I'm not quite convinced from a functionality perspective just yet. It's not all doom and gloom though, because the system looks really nice and clean, especially this digital instrument cluster, and the center display. And you also get wireless Android auto and Apple Carplay on everything SE and above. Nice setup. Let's look at the back seat now. The thing to keep in mind with the second row and the Tiguan is that it changes the amount of available space depending on whether you get a third row or not. So this is super family size dependent. If you absolutely need the seven seating capacity, know that the space that you have in the second row is going to be compromised a little bit. This two row Tiguan that we're sitting in now has pretty decent space all around. I'm about 5' 10 and I have a lot of legroom in front of me, and I've configured this front seat to be in a position I would fit in. So I'm sitting behind myself. Again, really strong space right here, especially with headroom too, even considering this has the sunroof. This row actually slides forward and back too. I can do the same on that side to buy you a little more cargo space, and overall this seems like a pretty decent place to be. I've got pretty generously sized door pockets, and I've got a USB Charger and a 12 volt cigarette lighter style power adapter, and place them at rest my arm too, and some cupholders. Because hey, where else are you going to put your drinks? So now we've got a base Model Tiguan that has the third row, so I can show you how that affects the second row space, and what kind of space you can expect from the third row. So follow me as I go on an adventure and try to hop inside. So let's flip the seat down, slide it forward. All right, now hop in. So once inside, if I want to get comfortable. Now as you can see, space is fairly tight back here. That's because third rows in compact SUVs like this one are made for kids exclusively. Don't expect a fit adults back here. That's not a criticism of this car, that's just the nature of third rows in small SUVs. That's what you can expect. Now if you do try to fit someone my size back here, they're not going to be very happy, because they have no legroom. And also the people in the second row aren't going to have a lot of space either. You can see the difference in the four aft placement of the left side seat versus the right side seat, and that's just what to expect when you get a third row like this. If I were to try to max out the space up there-- good thing I stretched this morning, because I don't have a lot of space. But again, that's just the nature of a compact SUV with three rows. Super family size dependent. While we have the three row Tiguan here, take a look at the cargo space. Initially it looks somewhat similar to the second row version only, or the two row only Tiguan, but you are actually working with less space. It's especially noticeable when I raise the third row. The space shrinks dramatically because, guess what? The seats are there. Now you do get, interestingly, still a spare with the three row Tiguan. That's a nice setup. But again, what you're really losing-- I'm a professional-- what you're losing though is the space that this third row occupies when it's set up. Yeah, it's just physics. Two row Tiguans have a ton of space back here. We're talking like near top of the class with regard to raw cargo space. And as you can see, it looks very spacious back here. Pulling the rear seats down to give you more space is done at the second row with little straps. Or right here with these levers. Partially so I guess with the passenger side. And that gives you an almost equal load floor if you push that seat down. Now I mentioned that the seats can slide forward and back for additional cargo space. What that does is it kind of creates like a little channel between the seats and the cargo area for, I don't know, like contraband? Whatever. Anyway, underneath this floor here, you don't get additional storage space, but you do get a spare tire. That's worth calling on its own right, because too many vehicles these days don't have a spare tire. Nice to see that. And you do have little cubbies on each side of the Tiguan. The Tiguan drives down the road decently with pleasant ride, pleasant steering, and good power. At least it feels that way. The engine is a turbocharged two liter four cylinder, and it's connected to an eight speed automatic transmission. It makes 184 horsepower, which is OK among compact SUVs, and that power feels good, like I mentioned. But the trade off for whatever reason is fuel economy. Depending on whether you get all wheel drive, and depending on the trim level, the Tiguan has around a 25 MPG combined from the EPA, and that's just not very good. For comparison's sake, the Kia Sorento is available with a turbocharged engine as well, and it has the same fuel economy, but that engine has 100 more horsepower, which is a lot. So it really makes you question what's going on with the Tiguan. So that sums up our first experience with this updated 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan. We'll, of course, have to do a comparison with its two row and three row compact SUV rivals to see where it lands in our rankings. If you can't wait, though, for the time being here are my top pros and cons for the Tiguan. Pro. It's a sharp looking car inside and out. Pro too, there's a lot of cargo space in the two row versions. Pro three, the availability of a third row lets shoppers decide if they want a two row Tiguan or a three row Tiguan, and that's something that you can't do with any other compact SUV to my knowledge. I'm may be missing one. Tell me in the comments below if I am. Cons. Well, the fuel economy isn't that great versus any rival. And con number two is that touch sensitive capacitive technology interface stuff inside may be frustrating during daily use. But hey, if you're OK with all that, know that the Tiguan goes on sale Q3, Q4ish ish of this year. And if you like this video tell me in the comments. If you didn't like this video, tell me in the comments as well. I want to know. Like and subscribe and check out edmunds.com/sellmycar to get that instant cash offer on your car so you can get one of these, or another compact SUV that you like. See you next time.

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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

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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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Best X-Small SUVs

  1. 2022 Volkswagen Taos
  2. 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
  3. 2021 Mazda CX-30
  4. 2021 Buick Encore GX
  5. 2021 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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