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SUVs are having a moment in 2021. Drivers want a car that can do it all, and SUVs seem to fit the bill for that. While Subaru is having an excellent year for ratings, Jeep and Cadillac missed the boat.

This might be an off-year for some of the models listed, but it might be wise to avoid purchasing one for now. Take a look at some of the criteria that goes into rating an SUV and decide if another option might be a better fit for your lifestyle.

Subcompact and midsize SUVs that did not score well

Consumer Reports offers information that makes purchasing a car easier. These criteria include predicted reliability, ride, noise, predicted owner satisfaction, road test, and acceleration. Since these are new models, the predicted criteria are just that, a prediction for the future.

Many 2021 SUVs ranked fairly high. Some models, such as the 2021 Lincoln Navigator and Mercedes GLS, did not rank very high. On the list of Subcompact sport-utility vehicles, the Subaru Crosstrek was highest.

The 2021 Jeep Renegade received a score of 37. Just below that was the Fiat 500x. Both the Fiat and the Jeep had negative ratings from the previous year for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

The road tests scored in the ’50s, and the overall mileage was in the low 20’s. The acceleration from 0-60 was an astonishing 9.9 seconds for the Jeep and 9.8 for the Fiat.

The price for these? The Renegade is priced from $22,850 – $28,900. The 500x is $25,490 – $30,860. In comparison, the Crosstrek is $22,245 – $35,345. Unless you have some serious brand loyalty, it would be hard to go forward on buying the Jeep or Fiat.

Moving on to the midsized sport-utility vehicles, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler came in at a whopping 29 overall score out of 100. It received a 36 on the road test score and only got about 18 miles per gallon combined. The price? A wild $28,575 to $73,500.

Large sport-utility vehicles

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The 2021 GMC Yukon and the 2021 Nissan Armada were at the bottom of this list. Although, in comparison, the scores aren’t terrible. The Yukon came in at 58, and the Armada was at 55. The gas mileage was 17 miles per gallon for the Yukon and 14 for the Armada.

The large SUV category is a hard one to score. The SUVs are generally not great on gas or very capable. The prices are also high for what you get. You could go into the luxury SUV category for a better buy or size down for a more reliable vehicle.

What large SUVs were recommended instead? The Ford Expedition and the Toyota Sequoia. Still priced high but more reliable than the Nissan and GMC.

Luxury entry-level sport-utility vehicles

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The 2021 Cadillac XT4 is priced at $35,795 – $42,495 with a score of 52 from Consumer Reports. On the road test, it received a 78 and got 23 miles per gallon combined.

The predicted reliability came in at one out of five. The predicted owner satisfaction was only a two out of five, which doesn’t look great for the future. CR also noted that the engine was loud, and the ride was uncomfortable.

The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace came in around $40,995 – $49,995. It only scored a 52 overall, but the road score was 69. Both the predicted owner satisfaction and reliability were three out of five. CR didn’t think the luxury SUV lived up to the luxury price than some of the other options in the category.

But have no fear, there are many reliable options available. If one of your favorite sport-utility vehicles made this list, it will likely improve next year.

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Best and Worst Cars and SUVs for Visibility

Car shoppers are often drawn to a vehicle by its appearance, but the most important view is from the driver’s seat. Outward visibility plays a key role in safety, and it goes far beyond what drivers see through the windshield.

The view through the side and rear glass is important because it helps drivers maneuver safely, whether they’re changing lanes, merging onto a highway, or getting into a parking spot. That view has become ever more critical because recent car design trends have resulted in thicker roof pillars that are harder to see around. (Those design changes have been driven in part by tougher roof-crush standards in crash tests, improving aerodynamics, and even car style, with rear pillars and glass now increasingly sloped.)

The decreased visibility means drivers are having a harder time seeing not only other cars but also pedestrians, a particular concern in cities, parking lots, and near schools.

CR evaluates the visibility on every car, SUV, and truck we purchase and test. This is done with a jury approach, with several testers of different sizes and heights recording their impressions and assigning a score. The detailed findings are presented in our online road tests.

We have broken out the visibility scores, part of our driving position rating, from our road-test scores to rank models by category for the first time.

Our findings show that, in general, sedans have better visibility than SUVs, with some exceptions.

A few categories have a clear trend, with a dramatic outlier. For example, among small SUVs, the Subaru Forester is vastly superior to its rivals, a trait that makes it especially appealing for teen and senior drivers.


Jeff S. Bartlett

A New England native, I have piloted a wide variety of vehicles, from a Segway to an aircraft carrier. All told, I have driven thousands of vehicles—many on race tracks across the globe. Today, that experience and passion are harnessed at the CR Auto Test Center to empower consumers. And if some tires must be sacrificed in the pursuit of truth, so be it. Follow me on Twitter (@JeffSBartlett).

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Popular Midsized SUVs to Avoid and What to Buy Instead

For this article we focus on models that are popular in their category, although they might not be the top sellers. Then we present two alternatives we think are among the best. We offer:

  • A better choice: A vehicle that also sells well but has a higher Overall Score.
  • An under-the-radar alternative: A better-scoring model that doesn’t sell as well, in case you don’t want to follow the crowd.

The better choices and under-the-radar alternatives are models recommended by Consumer Reports, meaning they scored well in our road tests, have good reliability, have key advanced safety equipment, and performed well in crash tests.

If you’re a CR member, this article and the list below are already available to you. But if you haven’t signed up, click below and become a member to access the list and all our exclusive ratings and reviews for each vehicle we buy and test. Joining also gives you full access to exclusive ratings for the other products our experts evaluate in several categories, including electronics and appliances. Used-car shoppers can click through to the model pages for information on these vehicles from older model years.

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The WORST SUV's You Should NEVER Buy

Three-row crossovers aren’t the vehicles that will save the planet or encourage spirited mountain driving. They're the answer for buyers who have a lot of kids and, subsequently, an ever-expanding pile of stuff, but don’t want to live with the power-sliding doors of a minivan. The charming aspect of a three-row SUV is that it can hold up to eight passengers, carry all the hockey or football equipment high schoolers can throw at it, and still offer better fuel economy than full-size SUV counterparts such as the Chevrolet Suburban or Ford Expedition.

After multiple tests and countless hours of driving, we’ve ranked the current available mid-size crossovers and SUVs.

More SUVs Ranked from Worst to Best:

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15. Toyota 4Runner

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is starting to show its age among a handful of new competition. It's been 12 years since the 4Runner was given a major update. Its rugged body-on-frame chassis and five-speed automatic transmission are old school. The optional third row is on all trims except for TRD Pro. The 270-hp V-6 that's in every 4Runner is a reliable workhorse but a thirsty one with an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.

  • Base price: $38,000 (est)
  • Powertrain: 270-hp 4.0L V-6 engine; five-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 46 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 9 cubic feet

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14. GMC Acadia

The GMC Acadia is a compact version of Chevy's Traverse; both models offer three-row seating. The Acadia comes with either a 288-hp turbocharged four-cylinder or a 310-hp V-6. Both engines use a nine-speed automatic; no CVT here, folks. The Acadia is on the smaller end of the segment, the shortest in length by over an inch—a plus for families that need more room in the garage for the kids' bikes. Unfortunately, it means the Acadia has the least amount of combined second- and third-row cargo space on the list. The most fuel-efficient Acadia is the front-wheel-drive turbocharged four-cylinder, with an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

  • Base price: $30,995
  • Powertrain: 288-hp 2.0L turbocharged inline-four, 310-hp 3.6L V-6 engine; nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 41 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 12 cubic feet

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13. Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse has been refreshed with LED headlights and new front and rear fascias. It's the biggest SUV on the list at over 17 feet long, giving it more cargo space behind the second row than anything else in the mid-size segment. The only powertrain is a 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine with a nine-speed transmission. Despite its size and power, it achieved 27 mpg during our highway fuel-economy test. Features include an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot with standard 4G LTE data. There's also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration on every Traverse.

  • Base price: $34,895
  • Powertrain: 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine; nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 57 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 23 cubic feet

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12. Subaru Ascent

If you've outgrown the Forester and Outback, meet the Subaru Ascent. Powered by a 260-hp flat-four, the Ascent's 277 pound-feet of torque gives it a hearty push when needed. The standard CVT helps this 4656-pound all-wheel-drive three-row get an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway. Its long list of standard safety features is where the Ascent shines brightest. Even on the cheapest Ascent, forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control are standard. A 6.5-inch touchscreen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but step up to the Premium trim level for an 8.0-inch screen, Wi-Fi capability, and other features like blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and the free choice of either a second-row bench or captain's chairs. Every Ascent has all-wheel drive.

  • Base price: $33,420
  • Powertrain: 260-hp 2.5L turbocharged inline-four engine; continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 47 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 17 cubic feet

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11. Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas was refreshed for 2021 with a friendlier-looking front end. Two engines are available: a standard 235-hp inline-four with front-wheel drive or a 276-hp V-6. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and are available with all-wheel drive. The V-6-powered Atlas SE with the Technology package, the SEL, and SEL Premium models offer max towing of 5000 pounds. This VW has a rather dull interior design compared to the Kia Telluride or Mazda CX-9. Base models come with a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but we think upgrading to the 8.0-inch touchscreen with two more speakers and extra USB ports is more than worth it. Even the base Atlas is thirsty. The most fuel-efficient version is the front-drive four-cylinder, which returned just 24 mpg on the highway during our fuel-economy test.

  • Base price: $32,565
  • Powertrain: 235-hp 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine, 276-hp 3.6L V-6 engine; eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 55 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 20 cubic feet

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10. Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango is the quickest SUV on this list, it tows the most, and is essentially a three-row muscle car. The Durango has three flavors of engine: a 293-hp V-6 with 6200 pounds of max towing all the way up to 475-hp V-8. Every powertrain is supported by an eight-speed automatic. Max towing with the V-8 jumps to 8700 pounds (with the Tow N Go package), meaning it tows more than any mid-size pickup. The Durango offers solid handling with a comfy ride. An 8.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes standard—that's larger than most optional displays on other SUVs. A 10.1-inch screen is optional. The third row is decently roomy and allows the Durango to seat seven. The V-6 Durango scored 22 mpg on our highway fuel-economy test, and the all-wheel-drive V-8 Durango managed 23 mpg, beating its EPA estimate.

  • Base price: $34,872
  • Powertrain: 293–295-hp 3.6L V-6, 360-hp 5.7L V-8, 475-hp 6.4L V-8 engine; eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 43 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 17 cubic feet

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9. Honda Pilot

The 2022 Honda Pilot gets more standard features than last year's model, but with those updates comes a substantial bump in its starting price by nearly $7000. Every Pilot now has LED headlights and taillights, a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen, and a 280-hp V-6 engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Pilot's three rows provide plenty of room, and a host of active-safety tech is available. With standard all-wheel drive, a Honda Pilot Elite model returned 27 mpg on our highway fuel-economy test.

  • Base price: $32,645
  • Powertrain: 280-hp 3.5L V-6 engine; nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 46 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 16 cubic feet

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8. Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is a smooth-riding three-row with solid powertrain options. A 300-hp 2.3-liter inline-four engine and 10-speed automatic are standard, and if that's not enough, the 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 in ST models rockets the Explorer to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. A hybrid Explorer is also available. The Explorer's bigger optional 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen sits vertically, but if Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all you're after, that's standard on models with the smaller 8.0-inch screen, too. The Explorer fell short in our most recent three-row comparo because you can get more features and a nicer interior for a more reasonable price elsewhere. Rear-drive hybrid Explorers return the best fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway. For towing, a base Explorer can pull up to 5300 pounds, while models with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 tow a bit more at 5600 pounds.

  • Base price: $34,170
  • Powertrain: 300-hp 2.3L turbocharged inline-four, 365-hp 3.0L twin-turbo V-6, 400-hp 3.0L twin-turbo V-6, 318-hp electric-hybrid 3.3L V-6 engine; 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 47 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 18 cubic feet

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7. Toyota Highlander

The new Toyota Highlander packs a bunch of cargo space with the third row folded and a hybrid powertrain with impressive fuel economy. A 295-hp V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission can be paired with your choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Other standard features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM satellite radio, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa—even on the base trim. The Highlander Limited and Platinum have a giant 12.3-inch display. A somewhat low roofline can be a bit of a problem for adults in the third row, but there's plenty of room for kids. The front-drive Highlander Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway, while the gas-only version still achieves an impressive 29 mpg.

  • Base price: $36,300
  • Powertrain: 295-hp 3.5L V-6 engine, eight-speed automatic transmission; 243-hp 2.5L inline-four hybrid engine, continuously variable transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 48 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 16 cubic feet

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6. Nissan Pathfinder

New for 2021, the fifth-generation Nissan Pathfinder is still using some of the older SUV's parts. The 284-hp 3.5-liter V-6 makes a return, but this time the sluggish CVT has been replaced by Nissan's nine-speed automatic transmission. Although it rides on the same wheelbase as before, the overall dimensions have grown, and that's good news for third-row passengers. The wider third row now seats three, upping the total passenger capacity to eight, and increased sound deadening has made the Pathfinder quieter to ride in.

  • Base price: $34,560
  • Powertrain: 284-hp 3.5L V-6 engine; nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 45 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 16 cubic feet

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5. Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento has many powertrain options with either front- or all-wheel drive, including a base 191-hp four-cylinder, a 281-hp turbo-four, and a hybrid version. An 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard, though higher trims come with a 10.3-inch screen. The Sorento's is a rather luxurious cabin with materials that go beyond black plastic. The second-row bench seats can also be changed to captain's chairs to make crawling into the third row easier. But when it comes to towing, the Sorento's max capacity is only 3500 pounds. The Sorento is like a diet Kia Telluride, but with a hybrid powertrain, less towing capacity, and a lower starting price.

  • Base price: $30,665
  • Powertrain: 191-hp 2.5L inline-four, 281-hp 2.5L turbocharged inline-four engine, eight-speed automatic transmission; 227-hp 1.6L turbocharged inline-four hybrid engine, six-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 38 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 12 cubic feet

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4. Mazda CX-9

Mazda's CX-9 gives buyers more than they're probably expecting from this class, while appealing to our preference for vehicles that are fun to drive. We've awarded this Mazda a 10Best Trucks and SUV award in 2018 and 2019 because it drives with a sporty verve while also delivering a luxurious ride. And it looks like a luxury SUV inside and out but is priced in the thick of the mainstream three-row segment. Even the base CX-9 comes with a 10.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A gutsy turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • Base price: $35,060
  • Powertrain: 250-hp turbo 2.5L inline-four engine; six-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 38 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 14 cubic feet

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3. Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep's fifth-generation Grand Cherokee debuted in 2021, adding a three-row model dubbed the Grand Cherokee L. It's 15 inches longer than the previous Grand Cherokee, and a smoother ride is a major benefit from its longer wheelbase. The rumble from the available 5.7-liter V-8 is unlike anything else in the segment (save for the Durango), and the V-6 is no sleepyhead either. Overland and Summit trims come standard with air springs, which can lift the Grand Cherokee L to provide up to 10.3 inches of ground clearance. The new Grand Cherokee has more cargo space than ever, and its third row has a good amount of headroom and footroom for folks with size-12 shoes. The V-8 has the highest towing capacity of the two engines at 7200 pounds.

  • Base price: $40,570
  • Powertrain: 290-hp 3.6L V-6, 357-hp 5.7L V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 46 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 17 cubic feet

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2. Hyundai Palisade

The Hyundai Palisade is the Kia Telluride's fraternal twin—sharing a platform, powertrain, and suspension—but its looks, inside and out, are where the two are most different. We think the Telluride has an advantage where looks are concerned, but the Palisade is still the next-best choice if your local Kia dealership is out of stock. The fit-and-finish quality are in stark contrast to many of the competitors in this segment. Second-row ventilated seats and a suede-like headliner for under $49,000? You can't get that combo in a Cadillac Escalade for $103,000.

  • Base price: $33,860
  • Powertrain: 291-hp 3.8L V-6 engine; eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 45 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 18 cubic feet

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1. Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride arrives as the best of the best with mildly refreshed looks for 2022, and even more standard features that make the Telluride's lowest trims feel a little fancy. To start, the smallest touchscreen found in a Telluride is now 10.3 inches. More importantly, the new Telluride drives better than it needs to, and its interior styling and quality are distinctive in this segment. The Telluride can tow up to 5000 pounds and comes with a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. It's earned our coveted 10Best award each year since the model's debut in 2020. We put an all-wheel-drive Telluride SX through the rigors of our 40,000-mile long-term road test, and not only was it one of the most requested vehicles in our fleet, but it was also faultless in terms of reliability.

  • Base price: $34,015
  • Powertrain: 291-hp 3.8L V-6 engine; eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Cargo space behind second row: 46 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 21 cubic feet

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Top 25 Best-Selling Cars, Trucks, and SUVs of 2021 (So Far)

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Midsize suv worst

From big to small, we have a list of the worst SUVs of 2020. These SUVs each have a unique set of problems, making them the options that you should consider passing on. From weak fuel economies, bumpy rides, and more, check out what lemons made the list. 

The Worst SUVs Of 2020 

Honda HR-V 

The Honda HR-V ranks surprisingly low for a compact SUV. Don’t let its cheap price that starts around $20k pull you in. Despite being introduced in 2016, this car has an older look and feel. 

  • 2019 Honda HR-V Sport

Its weak acceleration is pretty laggy. It takes 8.9 seconds for this vehicle to go from 0 to 60 mph. On top of that, it’s not fun to drive. 

The Honda HR-V has a loud cabin and Ridgid handling. Its bumpy ride is uncomfortable, and the stiff steering can be frustrating. 

It also has a bizarre door handle placement in the back that is difficult for kids to figure out. Seriously, kids hate trying to get into this little SUV. 

Jeep Compass 

The Jeep Compass isn’t only a terrible SUV, but it’s the worst Jeep as well. For $22k, you can find a better option elsewhere. 

It only gets a combined fuel efficiency of 24 mpg, making it a gas guzzler and has a weak engine. It only provides an output of 180 horsepower. 

  • 2019 Jeep Compass

It has a slow acceleration and isn’t fun to drive or ride in. The steering is stiff, and the ride is very bumpy. Plus, it’s loud engine penetrates the cabin. 

On top of all that, it’s advanced safety features aren’t standard on every trim option. So, you’ll have to spend more for enhanced safety. 

Honda Passport 

The 2020 Honda Passport also made it on the list of worst options. It’s a larger SUV that starts around $31k, so you’ll save more by avoiding it. 

It has a poor fuel economy and only gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Plus, the Honda Passport is frustrating to drive. 

  • 2019 Honda Passport

The handling is very stiff, and there’s quite a bit of vehicle sway. Also, the steering is unresponsive, making this SUV challenging to handle. There are complaints with the shifter that is difficult to use as well. 

Worst of all, the infotainment center is slow and laggy. It can be too annoying to use and usually gets ignored. 

Acura MDX 

The Acura MDX is supposed to be oozing with a high-class luxurious feel but instead does the opposite. Its ridiculous starting price of about $44k does not accurately reflect it’s quality or features. 

  • 2019 Acura MDX

The interior isn’t very nice. The large cloth seats seem pretty average. Plus, the two-screen interface takes a little getting used to and can disorient drivers. 

It has a frustrating gear selector to ger used to as well. The engine is unresponsive, and the ride is incredibly bumpy too. The Acura fails to provide a smooth, simple, and luxurious ride that it promises to fans. 

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Ranked Worst to Best: 2020 Small SUVs

5 Best Midsize SUVs Of 2020 (& 5 Worst)

It's undeniable that SUVs are running the motor world today, there’s a notable upsurge in demand for comfortable high seated vehicles with enough room to fit a family for a weekend trip out of town. SUVs are becoming so popular that they are expected to account for up to 50 percent of the entire car market by the end of 2020.

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Many manufacturers have already released their 2020 lineups, and from what has debuted already, perfection in automobile manufacturing is at an all-time high. As automakers fight for their rightful spot in the newfound mid-size SUV segment, there are bound to be winners and losers. Here are the five best midsize SUVs of 2020 and five worst.

10 Best: 2020 Honda Passport

There’s a lot of great changes to the new 2020 Honda Passport; it comes with an additional 9.9-inches to its original length that offered its designers ample room of expanding its cabin for increased legroom and passenger comfort.

If you are looking to get enough cargo space at the back, there’s only adequate space for five passengers. With its back seat moved forward, the 2020 Honda Passport offers 41.2 cubic feet of storage without necessarily folding down the seats. The new 2020 Passport comes in four variants, which include the base model Sport, EX-L, Touring, and the Passport Elite.

9 Best: 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

With its 2020 Version, Volkswagen has initiated some changes into the Mid-size luxury SUV entry. It's base model entry comes with a 4-cylinder engine; however, those looking for a bit of boost can opt for a V-6 variant.

Its higher power variant has an EPA of 19mpg on the highway and will come packed with more advanced driver-assist features such as automated braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert and many more. According to Volkswagen, these features will comes standard in their base model vehicle. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has a starting price of about $32,000 to $43,000.

8 Best: 2020 Dodge Durango SRT

The new 2020 Dodge Durango SRT now comes with a third row fitted in a mid-sized luxury SUV. This particular variant comes with a ton of power and is capable of making up to 475hp and 470 lb-ft of torque from its 6.4L HEMI V-8 engine. When it comes to its hauling and towing capacity, the new Dodge Durango has an impressive capacity of 8,700 pounds on all its variant models.

The 2020 Durango SRT also comes with the performance-based all-wheel-drive system for an exhilarating drive experience. Additionally, the 2020 Durango will come with carbon fiber accents on its interior instrument cluster with silver stitching for a true premium look.

7 Best: 2020 Subaru Ascent

The 2020 Subaru Ascent is an all-new 3-row mid-size SUV from Japan. There’s a reason the 2020 Assent is considered the best, and part of it is its seating capacity, it can seat eight occupant’s standard, with the second-row captain seats optional; however, it's still manageable and nimble on the road.

It also comes with ample cargo space with fuel economy to die for. Prospective owners can choose between different trims, including a turbocharged variant with a towing capability of up to 5,000 pounds. In true Subaru fashion, prospective owners will enjoy its standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system as well as great ground clearance for off-roading adventures.

6 Best: 2020 Mazda CX-9

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is, by all means, an amazing vehicle with the right blend of size, class, and style. It’s a midsize SUV that delivers luxury at an incredibly lower price than its closest competition. What’s best is, it comes with 3-row seating but is still able to maintain its maneuverability and superb handling on the road.

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It comes with a standard 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that’s peppy but lenient when it comes to fuel economy. The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is one of the best-looking mid-size luxury SUVs on the road. Prospective owners also get to enjoy a ton of tech, including Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

5 Worst: 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has been on the waiting list for quite some time. What’s even shocking is that it has been on the plan for even longer, and with the new upcoming competition, it already feels stale for the market. There’s even a possibility the 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will debut for the 2021 year.

According to rumors, the 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will come with three rows, borrowing a lot of its characteristics from the Grand Cherokee. Prospective owners will also enjoy a ton of upscale features. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer doesn’t come cheap, according to its CEO Mike Manley, the already late unit will have a starting price of $130,000 to $140,000.

4 Worst: 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

Chevrolet is, by all means, a winning American motor vehicle manufacturer; however, it seems, their latest version of the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer was a miss. According to reports, the 2020 Blazer will be smaller, which is a great disadvantage since most of the competition is going for much bigger units.

Prospective owners should be ready for a five-seating capacity. It will also come in two engine variations a 2.5L 4-cylinder base variant and a 3.6L V-6 engine generating up to 310hp. The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer will come standard in front-wheel with optional all-wheel-drive trim.

3 Worst: 2020 Ford Explorer

It's quite unfortunate the Ford Explorer in on this side of the list, and it's because Ford is offering us the same car with minor improvements on the front and a little aesthetic touch. During the 2020 Beijing Motor Show, Ford offered a teaser of the 2020 Explorer and rumored to have a rear-wheel-drive platform.

It will also pack a 3L bitrurbo v-6 engine generating 400hp. It's difficult to conclude if the 2020 Explorer will offer better safety features after its 2018 model gloriously failed a crash test by the NIHS (National Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

2 Worst: 2020 BMW X7

The 2020 BMW X7 is, by all means, a proper third-row SUV; it’s the most capacious of the German manufacturer’s entries offers a 203.3-ich hauler. Part of the 2020 X7’s problems begins with its obnoxious grill, which, according to most reviewers, is a complete fail.

It’s quick, and maybe quick enough to outrun its internet trolls for its imposing grille. The 2020 BMW X7 comes with a V-6 engine making 335-hp paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Prospective buyers should be ready for an enormous amount of body roll and bulky driving experience.

1 Worst: 2020 Kia Sorento

The 2020 Kia Sorento is the start of the next generation. It will come with a hybrid plug-in version. It’s a mid-size SUV with a seven-seating capacity. Part of its shortcomings is with its gas mileage that is mildly disappointing for 2020. If you are planning on getting the base model, you’ll be missing out on a ton of safety features mandatory on newer vehicles. Minus its hybrid powertrain, its mpg significantly drops.

Its front-wheel 4-cylinder variant’s EPA rating is at 22 mpg city and 29 highway; the all-wheel-drive variant is at 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Its V-6 variant falls further with 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. For the front-wheel-drive version 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for its all-wheel-drive variant.

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Think of these crossovers and SUVs as the just-right ones. They fall right in the middle of the size and price spectrum that sees subcompacts on one side and full-size rigs on the other. Once made up almost entirely of truck-based entries with rugged frames, four-wheel-drive systems, and meaty tires, this segment is now practically overflowing with crossovers, vehicles based on car platforms using relatively efficient engines, including two- and three-row offerings. Beefy styling and body cladding intended to evoke 4x4s of yore make up the personality gap, though a few truly hardcore off-roaders are still offered. So, click on for a peek at how the crowded mid-size SUV class shakes out, as ranked from worst to best.

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23. Toyota 4Runner

In a world rapidly being consumed by car-based crossovers, Toyota's 4Runner is one of the few remaining mid-size SUVs to share DNA with a pickup truck. Although it's offered in two-wheel-drive base form, it's a proper 4x4 that offers up to 5000 pounds of towing capacity. Those accustomed to the smooth ride and swanky interiors of modern crossovers may find that the rugged 4Runner falls short in those metrics. Available with just one powertrain—a 4.0-liter V-6 with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission—this beast is outdated and somewhat sluggish, but also several times beefier and dirt-ready than the competition.

  • Base price: $37,265
  • Engine: 270-hp 4.0L V-6
  • Cargo space: 47 cubic feet

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22. Nissan Pathfinder

Once an off-road warrior like the Toyota 4Runner, the Nissan Pathfinder has matured and has happily found itself in a family way. For starters, it's a car-based crossover, not a body-on-frame ute like it used to be. There is seating for seven with easy access to the third row, even with a child seat installed on the second-row bench. A 284-hp 3.5-liter V-6 powers either the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission, but it feels dated. Thankfully there's a new-generation Pathfinder hitting showrooms in summer 2021, with a nine-speed automatic transmission, modern looks, and a far more intuitive interior.

  • Base price: $33,130
  • Engine: 284-hp 3.5L V-6
  • Cargo space: 16 cubic feet

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21. Nissan Murano

Not much has changed this year for the 2021 Nissan Murano. It's still got the same sharp looks and the same smooth ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel-drive is available on every trim. Nissan's Safety Shield 360 is also standard on all four trims, with automated emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, rear alert with emergency braking, and high-beam assist. A 260-hp 3.5-liter V-6 with a CVT is the only powertrain. The interior is nicely appointed with handsome optional leather upholstery, and the ride is quiet and composed.

  • Base price: $32,575
  • Engine: 260-hp 3.5L V-6
  • Cargo space: 31–32 cubic feet

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20. GMC Acadia

The three-row Acadia provides plenty of storage and room for up to seven, despite being smaller (and much lighter) overall than its predecessor. It drives fine for an SUV; in our testing, the front-drive version matched its EPA fuel-economy rating of 25 mpg, but the all-wheel-drive model fell short of its estimate by 5 mpg, managing only 20 mpg. Cargo room is tight with the third row in use but improves considerably with it folded. Interior tech includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability on all trims.

  • Base price: $30,995
  • Engines: 193-hp 2.5L inline-four; 310-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 13 cubic feet

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19. Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse is no minivan, but its interior is nearly as spacious as one. Folding the third row opens up 57 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. With both second and third rows folded the Traverse has 98 cubic feet of space, which is just 3 short of the Toyota Sienna minivan. The 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6 under the hood drives the front or all four wheels through a slick-shifting nine-speed automatic. A 7.0-inch infotainment display is standard, and an 8.0-inch unit is optional; both come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Automated emergency braking is an available feature, as are conveniences like adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlamps.

  • Base price: $34,895
  • Engines: 310-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 23 cubic feet

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18. Subaru Ascent

Subaru's Ascent was late to the three-row crossover party, but it arrived with its sights set on segment domination. Its roomy, storage-bin-laden cabin offers room for up to eight passengers as well as the image of traditional Subaru all-weather readiness. Flexible seating and excellent packaging provide ample passenger space and easy access to the third-row seat. The 260-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine can tow up to 5000 pounds and is complemented by competent handling. Should the Ascent's athleticism run out, automated emergency braking and lane-keep assist is there to help. We lived with one for 40,000 miles during a long-term testing experience.

  • Base price: $33,345
  • Engine: 260-hp turbo 2.4L flat-four
  • Cargo space: 18 cubic feet

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17. Toyota Venza

The Toyota Venza is a 219-hp all-wheel-drive hybrid. It uses the same powertrain as the more affordable Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, but the RAV4 has a better EPA-estimated highway fuel economy at 40 MPG, can drive further on a tank of gas, and despite being a compact crossover, also has more cargo area than the Venza. It's not all bad news though, as the Venza is a handsome looking alternative, and it's the first Toyota with an optional electrochromic panoramic sunroof. It can turn transparent to opaque with the flip of a switch. The Venza has a bunch of driver-assistance features standard, like automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control on every model. Per Toyota's hybrid powertrain warranty, the Venza comes with an eight-year or 100,000 hybrid component coverage.

  • Base price: $33,645
  • Engine: 219-hp 2.5L inline-four electric-hybrid
  • Cargo space: 28 cubic feet

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16. Ford Edge

The two-row Ford Edge sits between the smaller Escape and larger three-row Explorer in size, but the Edge is still a somewhat popular seller in the mid-size segment. Its boxy shape maximizes interior space in the cargo area, with 39 cubic feet behind the second row and an impressive 73 cubic feet with the second row folded. A 245-hp turbo inline-four or a 280-hp V-6 mate to a six-speed automatic and front- or all-wheel drive. The top ST trim is powered by a 335-hp twin-turbo V-6 with all-wheel drive and a heated steering wheel standard.

  • Base price: $32,495
  • Engines: 250-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 335-hp twin-turbo 2.7L V-6
  • Cargo space: 39 cubic feet

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15. Chevrolet Blazer

The Blazer name is back in Chevrolet showrooms, only unlike before, it’s attached to a car-based crossover instead of a rugged 4x4 SUV. Feelings on the name are mixed, but there’s no denying the Chevy Blazer is a cool-looking piece, one that successfully mixes Camaro styling cues with an aggressive, lifted-hatchback shape. Three engines are available, a base naturally aspirated four-cylinder, a turbocharged four-cylinder, and a V-6—and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • Base price: $29,995
  • Engines: 193-hp 2.5L inline-four; 227-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 308-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 31 cubic feet

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14. Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is simply the two-row version of the seven-passenger Atlas. Both SUVs share the same powertrains, including a 235-hp turbo four-cylinder and a 276-hp V-6, and use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The lower roofline gives it some attitude compared with the bigger Atlas too. This five-passenger version has an extra three inches of legroom over the three-row, making it a comfortable and spacious experience for anyone in the second row. During our highway fuel economy test the V-6–powered Atlas Cross Sport achieved 25 mpg, slightly better than the Ford Edge ST and Honda Passport. Driver assist features such road-sign recognition and adaptive cruise control are optional, and can be especially useful when dealing with stop-and-go traffic.

  • Base price: $32,050
  • Engines: 235-hp turbocharged 2.0L inline-four; 276-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 31 cubic feet

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13. Volkswagen Atlas

Like its namesake, the Volkswagen Atlas can carry the world on its shoulders—at least figuratively speaking. Unlike many three-row crossovers' third row seats, the Volkswagen's can hold two adults comfortably. There is even room for luggage behind them. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and a 12-speaker Fender audio system is optional. The base model comes with a 235-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available, and so is a 276-hp V-6. Optional safety tech includes automated emergency braking and lane-keep assist.

  • Base price: $32,565
  • Engines: 235-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 276-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Cargo space: 21 cubic feet

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12. Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango remains big and brawny in an era of soft, curvy crossovers—and it's also not as trucklike as other large SUVs. Its handling is quite good given its size (even in regular-grade, non-SRT form), and its ride is comfortable. There's a 295-hp V-6 and a few V-8 options to choose from that can be had in either rear- or all-wheel drive. The V-6 can tow 6200 pounds; the V-8 can tow up to 8700 pounds. The optional third row makes room for seven. An 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, while a 10.1-inch screen is optional for the all-wheel-drive GT trim and standard on Citadel and R/T. The Dodge Durango is the only SUV on this list to offer three rows of seats and 710 horsepower, found in the Durango SRT Hellcat.

  • Base price: $33,490
  • Engines: 293–295-hp 3.6L V-6; 360-hp 5.7L V-8; 475-hp 6.4L V-8
  • Cargo space: 17 cubic feet

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11. Hyundai Santa Fe

The two-row Hyundai Santa Fe is refreshed for 2021 with new powertrains and an upgraded interior. Every engine offered in the Santa Fe is a four-cylinder, starting with the 191-hp base engine up to the 277-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter with a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Santa Fe Hybrid adds an electric motor to a turbocharged 1.6-liter for a combined 225 horsepower. The jump between the SEL and Limited trims with those powertrains is nearly $10,000. Hyundai plans to add a plug-in-hybrid model later in 2021. The dash is fitted with a 8.0-inch touchscreen standard, with a 10.3-inch screen optional. The buttons and controls are easy to find and use. Every Santa Fe comes standard with forward-collision warning and automated braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go tech, and lane departure warning with lane-keep assist.

  • Base price: $26,995
  • Engines: 191-hp 2.5L inline-four; 277-hp turbocharged 2.5L inline-four; 225-hp turbocharged 1.6L inline-four with electric motor
  • Cargo space: 36 cubic feet

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10. Honda Pilot

If a stylish, useful, and trouble-free ride is what you're after, the Honda Pilot lands on its feet. Every Honda Pilot uses a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 to power the front or all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system offers torque vectoring for improved traction and settings for snow, sand, and mud. The Pilot's three rows provide plenty of room for all, and a host of driver-assistance tech is available to help keep everyone safe. Should you dig the Pilot’s vibe but only want two rows of seating and tidier exterior dimensions, Honda offers the Passport; that SUV looks nearly the same, if slightly stubbier in length.

  • Base price: $33,725
  • Engine: 280-hp 3.5L V-6
  • Cargo space: 17 cubic feet

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9. Ford Explorer

The new Ford Explorer looks to build on its previous success of being one of the most popular SUVs ever. Immediate improvements include an optional hybrid drivetrain, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, as well as a new mechanism that allows passengers easier access into the third-row nosebleeds. It didn't win our most recent comparison test among other new three-row SUVs, but it did have the best braking distance among its competition. A 300-hp turbocharged four-cylinder is standard, but move up to the ST trim to unlock a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6. The Explorer can tow a maximum 5600 pounds in top Platinum and ST trims.

  • Base price: $33,470
  • Engine: 300-hp turbocharged 2.3L inline-4, 365-hp twin-turbo 3.0L V-6, 400-hp twin-turbo 3.0L V-6, 318-hp electric-hybrid 3.3L V-6
  • Cargo space: 18 cubic feet

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8. Jeep Wrangler

Uh, what's a Jeep Wrangler doing here? It's true, the legendary Wrangler is unlike any vehicle it shares the segment with. The doors are easily removable, the windshield folds down, and let's just say you won't see people in Ford Explorers waving to each-other in traffic (at least not with two fingers, that's a Jeep thing). It's available in two- or four-door, with four different powertrains. A 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6 is standard, but there's also a 270-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, a 260-hp turbo diesel V-6, and a newly added 270-hp turbocharged four-cylinder plug-in hybrid. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 3.6-liter, but the optional eight-speed automatic is standard with everything else. There's also a V-8–powered Wrangler 392 on its way and a fully-electric Wrangler planned for as early as 2022. The Wrangler has 13 different trims to choose from, including a right-hand-drive four-door model, for folks who take their mailman cosplay extremely serious.

  • Base price: $29,970
  • Engines: 285-hp 3.6L V-6; 270-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 13–32 cubic feet

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7. Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is about to undergo a major update, as the 2021 model year will introduce a new generation. A three-row version joins the lineup called the Grand Cherokee L. For now, the familiar handsome face of the current Grand Cherokee still offers plenty, as the outgoing two-row model won't be replaced until 2022. There's a trim option for any occasion, like the off-road-oriented Grand Cherokee Trailhawk with tools to travel earth's unpaved parts. A 475-hp V-8 powered SRT model exists too, and so does an even crazier 707-hp Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. A tiny 5.0-inch display is standard on lower trims, but opting for the larger 8.4-inch touchscreen with the Uconnect infotainment software, is worth the extra money, as its quick and easy to use.

  • Base price: $33,890
  • Engines: 295-hp 3.6L V-6; 360-hp 5.7L V-8; 475-hp 6.4L V-8; 707-hp supercharged 6.2L V-8
  • Cargo space: 36 cubic feet

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6. Toyota Highlander

The new Toyota Highlander is better than ever, offering more space and a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. Every gas-powered Highlander comes with a 295-hp V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available. A 243-hp Highlander hybrid is available, which is available with either front- or all-wheel drive as well. The front-drive hybrid models get the best fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway. If you can match the EPA estimates, you could drive the Highlander almost 600 miles before stopping at the gas station. The standard Highlander completed our highway fuel economy test with a result of 28 mpg. Base and mid-range trims can seat up to eight passengers, but with available second-row captain's chairs on higher trims, the Highlander will seat seven instead. An 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment is standard, while a 12.3-inch screen is equipped on top Limited and Platinum trims. All models get SiriusXM satellite radio, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connectivity.

  • Base price: $36,085
  • Engines: 295-hp 3.5L V-6; 231-hp 3.5L V-6, 167-hp electric motor, 68-hp electric motor, total system power: 306 hp
  • Cargo space: 14 cubic feet

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5. Honda Passport

Think of the Honda Passport as a Honda Pilot with part of its tail missing. The Passport is a plucky two-row, with predictable handling that makes it easy to drive anywhere. It comes with a 280-hp V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission only. All-wheel drive is available, but front-wheel drive is standard. The front-drive Passport is is the most fuel efficient version, getting an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel-drive models dip 1 mpg beneath that. The Passport can transport up to five people, with 50 cubic feet of cargo area behind the second row. It's spacious. We lived with one for 40,000 miles, and appreciated its sold reliability and versatility.

  • Base price: $33,965
  • Engine: 280-hp 3.5L V-6
  • Cargo space: 50 cubic feet

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4. Kia Sorento

Kia's Sorento is a good-looking, value-oriented crossover for those seeking to avoid the minivan stigma. The Sorento can be had in either front- or all-wheel drive, with a 191-hp four-cylinder engine standard and a 281-hp turbocharged four-cylinder available too. Both use an eight-speed automatic, though the 227-hp Sorento hybrid comes with a six-speed automatic only. The hybrid has an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway fuel economy, while the other two powertrains both get 29 mpg. Inside is an easy-to-use 8.0-inch touchscreen, or optional 10.3-inch screen on higher trims. A wireless phone charging pad is also optional. The Sorento also comes with a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, one of the best warranty offerings of today.

  1. Base price: $30,565
  2. Engines: 191-hp 2.5L inline-four; 281-hp turbocharged 2.5L inline-four; 1.6-liter inline-four with electric motor (277-hp combined output)
  3. Cargo space: 13 cubic feet

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3. Mazda CX-9

It's not easy to give a three-row crossover spirit, but the Mazda CX-9 drives like it's something better. It's earned several of our 10Best awards throughout the years, although it's starting show its age among a handful of truly worthy opponents. It's still a great choice. Mazda knows how to treat its drivers, as you'll find out just from siting in this CX-9. The materials feel good, and for 2021 its once tiny infotainment screen is replaced with a large 10.3-inch display. A 250-hp turbocharged inline-four with a six-speed automatic is the only powertrain. The torquey turbo engine gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway in front-drive models, and loses 2 mpg with all-wheel drive. Cargo room and third-row space aren’t generous—certainly not compared to behemoths such as the Chevrolet Traverse or Volkswagen Atlas—but neither of those SUVs’ cabins are dressed in class-above materials and features like the Mazda is.

  • Base price: $35,060
  • Engine: 250-hp turbocharged 2.5L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 14 cubic feet

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2. Hyundai Palisade

Much of what makes the Hyundai Palisade a top choice in this segment is the fact it looks and feels like something from the mid-size luxury SUV listing without a giant price tag. Plus, it's big inside and has tight body control on the road. Power comes from a 291-hp V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. During a comparison test with the other top three-row SUVs, the Palisade tied the Mazda CX-9 with best observed fuel economy on our 450-mile trip, with 22 mpg. There's no shortage of available extras on the Palisade. Heated and ventilated second-row seats are standard on upper Limited and Calligraphy trims, a feature the $100,000-plus Cadillac Escalade doesn't have. The Palisade was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, receiving a Superior rating for front crash prevention for vehicle-to-vehicle testing. Hyundai also offers a promising warranty, one of the best in the industry, with a 10-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

  • Base price: $32,645
  • Engine: 291-hp 3.8L V-6
  • Cargo space: 18 cubic feet

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1. Kia Telluride

Parked at the top of Mid-Size Mountain is the Kia Telluride. It carries all the class-leading features from its Hyundai Palisade sibling but is better-looking and more affordable. There's plenty of passenger and cargo space, with over 31 inches of legroom in the third row. Steering and infotainment controls are easy to use, and the 10.3-inch touchscreen standard on most trims is responsive. We lived with a 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD for 40,000 trouble-free miles and couldn't understand why anyone would buy more expensive mid-size SUVs with fewer features. We've also awarded the Telluride with our 10Best award every year since the model's debut in 2019.

  • Base price: $32,785
  • Engine: 291-hp 3.8L V-6
  • Cargo space: 21 cubic feet

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