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The Best-Looking SUVs on Sale Today

The Best-Looking SUVs on Sale Today

These SUVs pack style and substance

Some people buy SUVs because of their passenger space and utility, but some buy them simply because of how they look. To our eyes, the Lamborghini Urus is the best-looking SUV on sale today.

When I say "our," I do mean "our." Rather than having this be a subjective outlook from one person's point of view, the entire Edmunds team weighed in on this one. To that end, here are our picks for the best-looking SUVs you can buy today.

Lamborghini Urus

This one got more votes than any other SUV. "Bold body lines and sharp angles hold true to the car's heritage," says associate director of vehicle operations Mike Schmidt. "They say, 'I'm not like them.' Its exterior even stands apart from its subdued cousins. Available colors like Arancio Xanto and Verde Mantis accentuate its striking exterior details. This is a car I could walk up to every day and get that swell of pride you get when you truly enjoy your car."

Post-production coordinator David Lucio puts it simply: "Nothing else on the road looks like this."

Polestar 3

Polestar's first electric SUV is just starting to hit the road, but it's already making a splash — mostly for its design. Senior news editor Nick Yekikian praises the Polestar 3 for its "clean lines and strong stance." Overall, Yekikian says the Polestar 3 has "real presence." Indeed. This is one sharp-looking SUV.

Audi Q8

The Audi Q8 is a weird one. It's technically in the crossover-coupe category, but it isn't as rakishly roofed as some of its siblings. For director of vehicle testing Jonathan Elfalan, though, that's a good thing.

"I like that it has that coupe-like styling but doesn't suffer the ergonomic deficiencies as a result," Elfalan says. "The roof slope occurs way after the rear passenger entry. The Q8 looks sharp, sporty, and muscular yet still somewhat understated."

Mazda CX-50

The CX-50 is a relatively new addition to Mazda's lineup, but it's already one of the brand's best designs. One of the best things, according to senior vehicle test editor Kurt Niebuhr, is that it shows Mazda can make a handsome car without going over the top.

"It's a tidy design but still distinctive," Niebuhr says. "Taut lines and wide fenders give it some muscle definition, and it looks vaguely adventuresome without kidding itself. Shows good restraint."

Land Rover Range Rover

"The Range Rover exudes luxury like no other SUV on the road," says Elfalan. And indeed, after all these years, the full-size Land Rover Range Rover still manages to turn heads.

"It's boxy and a bit slab-sided," Elfalan says, "but somehow the design still works and looks purposeful. I particularly like the simplistic vertical taillights that are smoked out and connected at the top by a black crossbar that runs the width of the hatch. Just looks so clean."

Toyota Land Cruiser

Many of the SUVs on this list earn high marks because they look rugged and purposeful. The new Toyota Land Cruiser is definitely one of those vehicles.

"It's a clear homage to the early Cruisers but still looks modern," says senior reviews editor Brian Wong. "I love the retro Toyota logo. I love the boxy lines. I love that if you took it and built it out, it would still look awesome."

Lexus GX

In a similar vein, we have the Land Cruiser's corporate cousin, the new Lexus GX. It's another boxy beaut, with an added dose of luxury standard.

"The GX looks authoritative, imposing, and purposeful without using a retro vibe to borrow its credibility from an old nameplate," says script writer Duncan Brady. "I love it."

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Rivian R1S

"The Rivian R1S has such a charming and friendly face despite it being a massive SUV," says editor Jake Sundstrom. Indeed, the R1S is a full-size three-row SUV — and one of the only fully electric seven-passenger sport-utility vehicles on the market.

Sundstrom also praises the R1S for its raft of "killer paint choices." There's definitely a lot to be said for that.

Genesis GV70

"Genesis managed to do something that most automakers these days fail to: Design an SUV that's both impressively unique and attractive," says social media content strategist Ryan Greger. "The proportions are fantastic, there's super-cool design elements (like the trim around the rear quarter window), and everything is totally cohesive, playing off the brand's two-line design ethos."

The GV70 is available with a traditional gas engine or a fully electric powertrain. No matter which engine you choose, Greger says, "it's true design harmony — avant-garde yet sporty and elegant."

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-50 earned praise earlier on this list, but a lot of the same good virtues can be found in the more conventionally styled CX-5.

"It's sleek and modern-looking all this time after its debut," says senior consumer advice editor Ron Montoya. "The CX-5 looks more premium than its price would suggest."

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the perfect example of how design can really hide a vehicle's overall size. Looking at this SUV in photos, you'd think it was a compact hot hatch, yet it's the same size as a Tucson crossover and has a wheelbase as long as Hyundai's Palisade SUV.

"The retro-ish 1980s hatchback vibe stands out on the road," says Brent Romans, senior manager of written content. Indeed; nothing else looks like the Ioniq 5. Well, nothing from this decade anyway.

Jaguar E-Pace

Jaguar might be struggling as a brand these days, but that doesn't mean the company isn't putting out some incredible designs. Executive director of social media Andy White praises the subcompact E-Pace for being "well proportioned and easy on the eyes from every angle."

Buick Envista

Romans says it best: "Looks like a Lamborghini at one-tenth the price." And considering the Urus SUV is already a staff favorite, what praise could be higher than that?