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.
2021 Mazda CX-30
1
Introduced in 2020

Mazda CX-30

MSRP
$22,050 - $34,050
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 28
2021 Buick Encore GX
2
Introduced in 2020

Buick Encore GX

MSRP
$24,200 - $30,600
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 29
2021 Hyundai Kona
2
Introduced in 2018

Hyundai Kona

MSRP
$20,500 - $29,550
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
27 - 30


Small SUVs

Small SUVs are among the hottest vehicles in today's market, thanks to virtues like reasonable pricing, excellent versatility and a just-right size. They've even begun to supplant midsize sedans as a sensible family vehicle.
1
Redesigned in 2017

Honda CR-V

MSRP
$25,350 - $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
$25,850 - $37,030
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 2016

Kia Sorento

MSRP
$29,390 - $42,590
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
2
MSRP
Not available
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
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
$32,590 - $43,980
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
$32,570 - $39,900
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
$32,190 - $44,390
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23
2
Introduced in 2020

Hyundai Palisade

MSRP
$32,675 - $47,900
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
3
Redesigned in 2016

Honda Pilot

MSRP
$32,250 - $49,920
Edmunds Rating
8.1 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
$49,025 - $78,825
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
$38,200 - $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 2014

Acura MDX

MSRP
$44,500 - $61,750
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 27
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
MSRP
Not available
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
2
Redesigned in 2019

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

MSRP
$131,750 - $156,450
Edmunds Rating
7.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
14 - 18
3
Redesigned in 2013

Land Rover Range Rover

MSRP
$92,000 - $211,000
Edmunds Rating
6.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 24

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
$39,990 - $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
$89,000 - $94,500
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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RYAN ZUMMALLEN: It has been a year. Am I right? And when life is throwing everything at us, it helps to have a vehicle that just makes things easy. Remember easy? Today we have a trio of three-row SUVs, each with a starting price around $33,000. They're competing in a tight segment for the title of most convenient family SUV. And for 2021, they've all made improvements but some more than others. In this video we will show you what's new, talk about which vehicles we've owned, and show you some hidden talents that you won't want to miss. So which vehicles spent the last year getting better, and which ones were eating Oreos and binge watching that Formula One docuseries? It was pretty good. First, bust a back flip on that like button, and don't forget to subscribe so that you don't miss any of our videos. If you're in the market, go to edmunds.com for all of your car shopping needs. And are you selling your car? If you're going to edmunds.com/sellmycar, you can get a cash offer right now, I mean, if you like cash. There is no beating around the bush here. The Kia Telluride is still Edmunds top-rated midsize three-row SUV after impressing us with its 2020 debut. In fact, this is our long-term test vehicle. We've owned it for over a year now, and the Telluride is still impressing us with its comfortable and value-packed approach. To read more about our ownership, click the link above to see our long-term page. Inside, you get spacious seating for up to eight passengers, lots of standard features, and to round it all out, a responsive V6 engine under the hood. But here's the thing you need to know about the 2021 Telluride, it now comes with seven pin wiring. Two words, standard. This allows you to use electronic trailer brakes when towing larger loads, but more on that later. There's also a new Nightfall Edition which you can add to higher trims for an extra $1,300 if you want to block out the exterior. Moving on. The Subaru Ascent once reigned supreme in our three-row SUV rankings, but then the Telluride and its punk brother the Hyundai Palisade came along and knocked it off its perch. Too bad. But the Ascent still comes in at a solid number three in our Edmunds rankings. And for 2021, it's got something a little extra. All Ascents now come with dual zone climate control and the once optional nine-speed automatic transmission. Subaru is essentially upping the value in base versions of the Ascent, and we think that's a win for buyers. We actually owned a Ascent in this generation, but that was way back in 2016 when it first debuted. We had a positive ownership experience with that car, and its roomy cabin and smooth ride remain a big part of this year's model. Finally, we have the Subaru Ascent. Now, this model comes in at number nine in our Edmunds rankings. But trust me, that is a strong number nine. There are plenty of familiar names they got squeezed out of the top 10 to make room for the Ascent. In fact, it's only 0.5 points off of the number three Subaru Ascent, so it's a close race. For 2021 you get two big upgrades, adaptive cruise control and cornering LED headlights that are, say it with me, standard. Combine that with an excellent all-wheel drive system and it's easy to see the appeal of the Ascent. Now that we've checked out all these vehicles, let's get into greater detail. [MUSIC PLAYING] So, inside the Ascent. There's nothing offensive in here, but it just doesn't feel as focused or cohesive as the other two as you'll see later. Seat cushioning is so-so. Materials are OK. There are a cup holders everywhere for some reason. Count with me. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. Maybe more in a pinch. Here's a standout area for the Ascent. This touch screen has really bright and clear graphics. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard too. The Bluetooth system will read out your text messages from your phone to you, even if they're acronyms that are R-rated. SPEAKER 2 (CAR AUDIO): What the [BLEEP], Mark? Takahashi is better than you. It stinks in here. Ryan, it's a bad start but keep going. [CHUCKLES] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: We're such children. Third row space is acceptable, but I'm six feet and I find it pretty limiting back there. The upside is there are rear USB ports so your passengers will stay connected. If you already like the Ascent, you'll like the interior too. But it's not the reason you buy this car. Let's check out the Ascent. [MUSIC PLAYING] Subaru is known for clever packaging, and let me show you a little bit about what I mean by that. Immediately when you get in there's a lot of space to move around and get comfortable. Just good use of the interior room. There's also a lot of different storage places to keep your small items. And here are two more interesting things. There's a drop-down mirror so that you can look at your rear passengers here instead of having to turn around. The Ascent also offers that. There's also an intercom system that will turn on a microphone so your rear passengers can hear you without having to turn around. The Telluride offers that, but the Ascent is the only one that offers both. Another interesting note on space. In the third row it's going to be a little bit tricky for adults to squeeze back there and stay back there for long periods of time, but it is much, much, better than the Ascent. OK. So, Subaru infotainment. First off, on the base Ascent LX you don't get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Boo. Another thing to know is that on our long term Subaru Passport which uses the same screen as this, we had a crashing issue where it would just completely stop working. But Subaru has issued a fix for that, and it seems to have done the job. The screen responds really quickly to your touch, and you can even hold and drag icons to move them around wherever you want, just like a smartphone. And I really like that. All in all, success. [MUSIC PLAYING] Inside the Telluride it's clear that Kia paid attention to all of the details. The seats, the panels, the big controls, they all feel upscale. And these big windows make visibility a breeze. It's also a champion of space inside. This is a very roomy cabin, and I even fit comfortably in the third row. That never happens. When it comes to infotainment, the Telluride has a sharp setup. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. And our vehicle has the larger optional screen that's very crisp and easy to use. And check this out. It also has Doppler radar for the weather. And 64-color ambient lighting. That's just sweet. Out of these three, the Telluride's interior definitely stands out. But is it a champion on the road? Let's take them for a spin and find out. As stated earlier, the Telluride feels great on the road. It isn't blindingly fast, reaching 60 miles an hour in 7.5 seconds on our test track. We'd call the power output of this engine adequate for the task. It makes up for its lack of zip with natural handling and smooth brakes. Front-wheel drive models get an estimated 23 mpg combined. In our year of ownership of the all-wheel drive version, we've gotten and observed 19.5 mpg combined, putting it in a lower strata for the segment when it comes to fuel economy. On the tech side, in our ownership experience we weren't so big on the blind spot camera. It's a neat trick but not as helpful as it seems when blind spot monitoring works just fine. Otherwise, though, standard adaptive cruise control and other safety features are easy to set and work superbly. As always, the Ascent is an oddball. Its turbocharged four-cylinder is the smallest engine here, but power isn't the problem. If anything, the pedal is too sensitive off the line. It literally feels jumpy, and it doesn't really smooth out as you go along. And strangely it seems wider than it is. It's hard to gauge the size of the hood in front. Just an odd note. Handling and braking feel good. And we love, love, love it's 8.7 inches of ground clearance, putting it near the top of its class and almost at a 4Runner level. Press this little X-Mode button for additional all-wheel drive capability. And in slippery conditions, the Ascent is a great wingman. It's clearly built for adventure. Base models get 23 miles per gallon combined, while higher trims get 22 mpg. Both of these numbers put it near the top of the segment. And they feel right to us as our testing revealed 21.7 miles per gallon over the course of our evaluation. OK. Serious time. Subaru nails the safety features in the Ascent. Adaptive cruise is butter smooth and all the warnings are effective. If I have one tiny gripe, it's why does the adaptive cruise control only move in five mile per hour increments. You have to hold the button to change speed by one mile an hour, which is just completely backwards. Argh! You flew too close to the sun, Subaru. The Ascent is the oldest model here having debuted in 2016. But in this case, old does not mean slow. The Ascent scurried to 60 miles per hour in seven seconds flat in our testing thanks to its strong V6 engine. Handling is predictable and precise. Same with the brakes. There's not as much ground clearance or all-wheel drive capability as the other two. But fuel economy is good at 23 miles per gallon for front-wheel drive and 22 mpg for all-wheel drive. And in our evaluation loop with the nine speed automatic transmission, the Ascent came back with a little over 25 miles per gallon. So that tells us those ratings are spot on. Subaru still has work to do on its safety features though. Adaptive cruise control is standard but it's too jerky. Come on. This is 2021. And it won't work below 20 miles per hour, which is when I want it most. The warnings are still too sensitive. The competition is simply better. Old man Ascent can still yell at the young punks to get off its lawn due to its edge in performance and mpg, but the competition ain't over yet. Now let's check out the business end. [MUSIC PLAYING] Once upon a time the Subaru Ascent led this segment in cargo space. Now it's just a tick above average at 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row and 83.9 behind the second row. Bonus, all this underfloor storage. All-wheel drive models are rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds, but front-wheel drive models are limited to 3,500. Subaru also does not offer seven pin wiring, just a four pin like most crossovers. The Ascent makes a strong showing back here. Behind the third row there's 17.6 cubic feet of space, and with the third row down, there's 86 cubic feet inside. You can fold the third row down by pulling this strap and laying it flat, but for the second row you have to walk around the doors. Maximum towing capacity on upper trims is 5,000 pounds, but be wary that on base models it's only 2000, and there's no seven pin wiring available. Back here, the Telluride only adds to its resume. You have 21 cubic feet of space behind the third row, which is the runaway winner in the class. And 87 feet behind the second row is dang good, I'll tell you what. All of these SUVs can tow 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, but the Telluride is the only one that claims that figure across all trims, all models. Plus, don't forget for 2021 there's that standard seven pin wiring harness that has extra functionality on large trailers. Towers, you're picking up what I'm throwing down. What I want from this group, sorry, what I need, is a daily driver that doubles as self-care. And remarkably, each of these three can fill that role to some extent. The Ascent for its low hassle, all around sufficiency. The Ascent for its rugged demeanor and weirdly specific areas of expertise. But for me, it's the Telluride that retains its spot at the top of the class. It simply feels a step above and has a ton of amenities that are, say with me now, standard. The Telluride provides you with confidence when you're packing for a trip and relief after a hectic day. And if there's anything we all need more of, it's more confidence and more relief. I mean, jeez already. But what this says for 2021 and beyond is that the competition is tight among three-row crossovers, and it's likely going to boil down to personal preference. There's a lot to like here, so let us know which of these three choices you would bring home. How do you say je ne sais quoi in Korean? [KOREAN SPEECH] Yeah, I'm not attempting that. Thanks for watching. Throw us a like and hit subscribe to see more videos like this. If you're selling your car, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar get a cash offer right now.

Kia Telluride vs. Subaru Ascent vs. Subaru Ascent | Midsize Family SUV Comparison Test

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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. 2021 Mazda CX-30
  2. 2021 Buick Encore GX
  3. 2021 Hyundai Kona
  4. 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
  5. 2021 Kia Soul
  6. 2021 Mazda CX-3
  7. 2021 Kia Seltos
  8. 2021 Honda HR-V
  9. 2021 Hyundai Venue
  10. 2021 Nissan Kicks

Best Large performance SUVs

  1. 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

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