Best SUVs of 2023 and 2024

Best SUVs of 2023 and 2024

There are plenty of choices in today’s popular SUV segment. Here are our picks from the wide range of models available now.


If you’re a new car buyer in 2023, chances are an SUV is on your shopping list. And if that’s the case, you’re spoiled for choice. Each year, SUVs are becoming more and more popular, and to cover every nook and cranny of consumer interest, from small baskets to big boxes, automakers continue to diversify the range of SUVs in their lineup. The automotive landscape includes a plethora of SUV models that cater to the frugal-minded among us, the most performance-focused buyers, and every consumer in between. As a result, the competition is forcing changes to these types of vehicles. The dull SUVs of yesterday still exist, but there are also a number of delightfully engaging alternatives as well.

Finding the best option in a field this large is a lot to chew through. We’ve split the more than 200 new crossovers and SUVs for sale today across 13 segments to find the ones that dare to be good. Our editors have put every SUV sold today through our comprehensive testing regimen to filter out the pretenders. We’ve driven them all to decide which ones deserve a spot on our 2023 Editor’s Choice list, not to mention naming a few of the very best of these vehicles to our 10Best Trucks and SUVs of 2023.

Here are the best SUVs for other model years: 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019

Subcompact: Hyundai Kona

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Whether you call it a low-riding SUV or a tall hatchback car, the diminutive 2023 Hyundai Kona is a practical and fun-to-drive vehicle, which makes it one of our faves. The entry-level engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes only 147 horsepower, but the optional turbocharged mill dials in some spiciness that better matches the Kona’s nimble handling. Like other Hyundai models, the Kona comes packed with a generous list of standard features—including driver assistance and infotainment technologies—at a reasonable price. More than reasonable, actually. Considering that rivals such as the Kia Seltos and the Volkswagen Taos cost thousands more to start, you may find it easy to justify splurging on a higher-trimmed Kona model even if you’re on a budget. The Kona may not have as much passenger or cargo space as some of its larger rivals, but when it comes to driving satisfaction it’s a bundle of spunky, funky fun—no matter whether you think it’s a car or an SUV.

Subcompact: Kia Niro

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With a bold new look, the 2023 Kia Niro is set to add a dose of cool to its eco-friendly image. The base hybrid model comes with a 139-hp four-cylinder, while the perkier plug-in-hybrid model adds a more powerful electric motor that bumps output to 180 horsepower. The cabin, which is lined with sustainable materials, matches the extroverted exterior styling and looks fairly upscale for what will be one of Kia’s entry-level models; it’s positioned next to the boxy Soul at the small end of the lineup. A novel ‘Green Zone’ drive mode will be standard and uses navigation data to automatically switch the Niro into EV mode when driving in neighborhoods, near schools and hospitals, and by frequently visited places such as a driver’s office or home.

Subcompact: Kia Soul

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Choosing to drive a 2023 Kia Soul says a lot about a person, as its unconventional, stylized-toaster design and memorable ad campaign—featuring hamsters bopping out to dance music—imbue it with a certain whimsy. While it’s true that the Soul looks like nothing else on the road, its boxy body hides a particularly practical cabin, with plenty of room for both people and cargo despite its small footprint. It’s also a great value, with a price tag that starts thousands less than rivals such as the Chevrolet TrailblazerJeep Renegade, and Kia Seltos. It’s not the most exciting car to drive, and its 147-hp four-cylinder only comes mated to a continuously-variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, but the Soul delivers a compliant ride and multiple virtues that make it pleasant to live with.

Subcompact: Mazda CX-30

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Driving verve ranks high on our list of priorities and the 2024 Mazda CX-30 is a small SUV that easily satisfies our desire for fun-to-drive transportation. The CX-30 is based on the Mazda 3 compact car, which explains its athleticism and its class-above cabin furnishings—both of which set it apart from rivals such as the Subaru Crosstrek and the Volkswagen Taos. With the entry-level 2.5-liter four-cylinder, the CX-30 can feel a bit sluggish, but if you’re so inclined, Mazda offers a more powerful—and more expensive—250-hp turbocharged version. All-wheel drive is standard with either engine; both come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The higher-end trims offer near-luxury accommodations inside, which make the CX-30 a more luxurious option in the subcompact SUV segment. You could even consider it as a cheaper alternative to premium-branded models such as the Audi Q3 or the BMW X1.

Subcompact: Volkswagen Taos

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Subcompact SUVs feed a hunger for space, affordability, and a certain sense of belonging—since almost everyone drives an SUV these days. Among 20 other competitors, the Volkswagen Taos quenches an additional, more recent consumer craving for parsimonious fuel economy. Available in front- or all-wheel drive, every Taos hums along getting exemplary real-world fuel mileage thanks to a stingy, 158-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Taos doesn’t offer a hitch to tow with, so we’d suggest moving up to the larger Tiguan SUV for that, but there’s plenty of cargo space inside, even with the rear seats in use, to easily handle grocery duty. It’s a close fight among the best in this class, so the Tiguan’s low starting price and capacious cockpit make it a tempting choice among others such as the Kia Seltos and Chevrolet Trailblazer. Beating its EPA estimate by 4 mpg, an all-wheel-drive Taos SEL we tested managed an awesome 40 mpg during our 200-mile, 75-mph highway fuel-economy test loop. Copious amounts of interior plastic help keep the Taos’s price down while making the more richly-appointed Mazda CX-30 cabin feel like a miniature luxury condo in comparison with the VW.

Subcompact Luxury: BMW X1

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Although it sits at the bottom of BMW’s SUV lineup, there’s nothing entry-level about the 2024 X1. Its lithe handling and practical interior almost make the X1 a suitable replacement for the 3-series station wagon that’s regrettably absent from BMW’s U.S. product portfolio. The standard powertrain is a 241-hp turbo four but the racier M35i trim comes with a 312-hp variant; both come standard with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The cabin features both a modern design and modern tech, including BMW’s latest iDrive 9 infotainment system, a curved-glass display, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are two rows of seats which are both spacious for the small SUV class, but the Mercedes-Benz GLB-class is roomier still and offers an optional third row of seats. What the Benz doesn’t have, however, is the BMW’s driving verve.

Subcompact Luxury: Volvo XC40

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For decades, Volvo produced cars that were just as plain and boxy as they were safe-with-a-capital-“S.” Modern Volvo continues to delight us with models that are even safer, but with a design that’s much more elegant and expressive. That includes the spunky entry-level XC40 SUV, which blends excellent protection with an upscale ambiance and a youthful character. The cabin offers drivers a higher seating position than what’s found in rivals such as the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class. Even the least expensive variant features an inviting and nicely trimmed interior, and the upper trims look thoroughly premium. Every XC40 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive that scoots along nicely, and Volvo hasn’t skimped on standard safety and assistance technology. An electric version is also available if you’re looking for an eco-friendlier option, but we review the XC40 Recharge separately.

Compact: Honda CR-V

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As soon as the new CR-V debuted last year it was a hit, immediately earning a 10Best Trucks and SUVs trophy. The CR-V offers reliably good performance, with plenty of usable space, friendly driving dynamics, front- or all-wheel drive, a 190-hp turbocharged engine, and an optional 204-hp hybrid version. That hybrid powertrain delivers a stellar 40 mpg combined. Even in base form, the CR-V shines with a deep layer of modern tech and safety features that don’t hog the spotlight deservedly occupied by its superb chassis. The CR-V is our favorite in the highly popular compact-SUV segment, even amid stiff competition from the Mazda CX-50Volkswagen Tiguan, and Kia Sportage.

Compact: Hyundai Tucson

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The 2023 Hyundai Tucson struts a cutting-edge style that stands out among its more sober-looking compact SUV competitors. That doesn’t mean that the Tucson sacrifices practicality or affordability. It boasts both. Hyundai has taken the blanket approach with the Tucson, offering a wide variety of trims and powertrains—including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid—giving it broad appeal. The entry-level powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder but the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models use a turbocharged 1.6-liter four that’s buttressed by an electric motor—a combination that provides more pep. Entry-level models of the Tucson are nicely equipped while higher-end trims cross the line from mainstream to premium, giving it an edge over rivals such as the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Compact: Kia Sportage

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The 2023 Kia Sportage separates itself from the throng of compact SUVs with its extroverted styling. The Kia’s unconventional face features a set of alien-looking headlights and a distinct grille design. Its bolder bodywork is also dimensionally bigger than before, which translates to more cargo space and a roomier interior. Inside, the new Sportage is both attractive and packed with tech that includes a massive dash-mounted screen. Motivation comes from a 187-hp four-cylinder, a 226-hp hybrid powertrain, or a more powerful plug-in-hybrid model with an estimated electric range of 34 miles. Competition is tough from segment stalwarts such as the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V, but the 2023 Sportage proves it has more to offer than just a wild-looking exterior.

Compact: Mazda CX-5

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Taking a look back at the Mazda CX-5’s history is a good way to understand where it stands today. It’s got as many Car and Driver 10Best awards as it does tires, but after seven years of one of our favorite SUVs, the CX-5 is due for a rejuvenation. It’s still a better driver and far more luxurious than the train of competitors behind it, but the new kids on the block have quickly outshined its trophy cabinet. Under the hood is a 187-hp inline-four engine with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The optional 256-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter is the powertrain to get, but thankfully Mazda has decided against the popular CVT and instead uses a traditional six-speed automatic transmission, which sweetens the CX-5 driving experience. While it gives up some space for the sake of style, sitting in a CX-5 is enough to convince you of its luxury. For space, we’d stick with the newer Honda CR-V or the slightly larger CX-50, but despite its age, the CX-5 still drives like it’s out to prove something.

Compact: Mazda CX-50

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Mazda is quickly transitioning its lineup to SUVs but the 2024 CX-50 is proof that there’s still plenty of zoom-zoom left in the tank. This compact SUV sports a ruggedly handsome look and a near-luxury interior but doesn’t abandon the agile handling and fun-to-drive nature the brand is known for. A 187-hp four-cylinder is standard, and all models come with all-wheel drive but things get more fun when the optional 256-hp turbocharged four is under the hood. The CX-50’s size puts it in contention with winning entries such as the Honda CR-V and the Volkswagen Tiguan, not to mention a rival from within its own showroom—the Mazda CX-5. But the CX-50 trades on its expert blend of style and grace to edge its way toward the top of the compact SUV class.

Compact: Volkswagen Tiguan

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Among compact SUVs, the 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan is the only one that offers a distinctly European flavor, with crisp handling and elegantly tailored styling. The only engine choice is a smooth, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and while performance is merely adequate, it does deliver on fuel efficiency. A host of tech features is included in every model, including a digital gauge display, contemporary infotainment connectivity, and driver-assistance features. The cabin, while sedately styled, is spacious for people and cargo; a third row of seats is available as an option, something only the Mitsubishi Outlander matches in this segment. More than anything, though, we like the Tiguan because it’s sporty and fun to drive.

Compact Luxury: BMW X3

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Traditionally, sports sedans have been the vehicles that best projected the spirit of the BMW brand. Not so much anymore. The 2023 X3 SUV edges in on its four-door brethren’s territory with a satisfying blend of refinement and driver engagement. As its name implies, the X3 is the SUV equivalent to the renowned 3-series sedan, and it shares its powertrains with that car. Entry-level models are powered by a 248-hp turbo-four while M40i models get a boost from the company’s revered 382-hp turbo six—an engine that never ceases to amaze us with its velvety muscle. A handsome exterior design gives the X3 enough curb appeal to fit in among style mavens such as the Genesis GV70 and Volvo XC60. The X3’s spacious interior is soberly styled but lined with premium materials and desirable technology. But it’s the X3’s frisky handling that endears it most to enthusiast drivers like those on our staff and, as an added bonus, its athletic road manners don’t compromise its genteel nature when cruising nor its all-around SUV practicality.

Compact Luxury: Genesis GV70

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Although it starts at a lower price than many of its competitors, there’s nothing second-rate about the 2024 Genesis GV70. This compact SUV does luxury better than the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 and also delivers well-balanced road manners—with a smoother ride than the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class and the Volvo XC60. While those rivals have the Genesis beat when it comes to name recognition, the GV70 is impressively deluxe, with a chic design and a full roster of convenience and technology features. A turbocharged four-cylinder is standard, but a more powerful twin-turbo V-6 is optional; both offer plenty of giddyap and come with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. We had a V-6-powered GV70 for a long-term test in which we finished 40,000 miles with almost nothing but praise for it.

Compact Luxury: Porsche Macan

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Porsche’s SUV lineup began with the mid-size Cayenne, but the compact Macan delivers a heartier helping of the brand’s sporting ethos while still offering more space for people and cargo than a sports car. The Macan’s snappy shifts and exciting ride earned it a place on our list of 10Best Trucks and SUVs for 2023. A turbocharged four-cylinder is standard, but the S model is equipped with a significantly more powerful twin-turbo V-6 engine. The high-performance GTS trim is even more powerful, but we review that one separately. Handling is crisp, and all Macan models provide a joyful driving demeanor that even the most hardened SUV detractors will appreciate. This is why it’s one of our favorite SUVs. Rivals such as the BMW X3 or Genesis GV70 offer more luxury equipment as standard, but the Macan stands alone as an upscale, compact SUV that satisfies its driver first and fulfills its other missions second.

Compact Luxury: Volvo XC60

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Like a nice pair of shoes, or a perfect pair of jeans, the 2024 Volvo XC60 brings together practical design with handsome styling to create a unique option in the luxury-SUV class. The XC60 pairs an elegant exterior with an upscale interior and a distinctively Scandinavian take on luxury. Volvo offers two four-cylinder engine options for the XC60—the 247-hp B5 and the 455-hp T8 plug-in hybrid. The Volvo takes corners well and feels connected to the road, even if rivals such as the Porsche Macan infuse more athleticism into their road manners. Technology sits at the forefront of the XC60, and even though we don’t love the Google-based infotainment system, it works well enough. Competitors like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class offer more space for cargo, but we think most customers will find it practical enough.

Compact Performance: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is an Italian dreamboat with a 505-hp twin-turbo V-6 for a heartbeat. It delivers its power via all-wheel drive and uses an eight-speed automatic that handles shift work as adamantly as factory workers in Bologna. The QF is the regular Stelvio unleashed. It feels supremely balanced under intense cornering and, when it comes to the open road, is quicker to 60 mph than the rear-drive Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan thanks to its four powered wheels. Though its driving instincts scream sports car, on the SUV side of things passenger and cargo space all take a figurative back seat to its exciting persona. Its mighty performance can’t escape Alfa Romeo’s reputation for spotty reliability, though—something we experienced firsthand in a long-term test of a Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan.

Compact Performance: Porsche Macan GTS

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Porsche has more than a half-century of sports-car development to draw from. The company’s expertise culminates in the sports-car-esque 2023 Macan GTS, making it one of the most exciting SUVs to drive. With a 434-hp twin-turbo V-6 under its hood, the all-wheel-drive GTS is potent enough to rocket to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds. Should the compact luxury ute encounter coiling roads along the way, it’ll remain planted on each one, rewarding its driver with agile handling that’s not only rare among most SUVs, but also among many cars. For those in the market for a high-riding high-performance machine, there is none better than the Macan GTS. Of course, those seeking maximum utility might find boxier rivals such as the BMW X3 M and Jaguar F-Pace SVR more useful. Still, to us, there’s no greater utility than the 2023 Porsche Macan GTS’s unmatched driver involvement.

Mid-Size: Ford Bronco

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Whether it’s crunching through dense forest trails or quietly idling up to a Wendy’s drive-through window, the four-wheel-drive Ford Bronco is arguably the most exciting off-roader since the Jeep Wrangler. A winner of our 10Best Trucks and SUVs award, the Bronco comes in both two- and four-door body styles, and it was designed to do everything a Wrangler can—and it does that and more. Yes, you can remove the doors on the Bronco just like you can on a Wrangler, but only the Ford retains its mirrors. Both brands’ SUVs cater to the big muddy, but the Bronco suffers from noticeably less road noise when traveling the highways between puddles. It has more base horsepower too, with output ranging between a 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four and a 330-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6. If you’re after more than that, feast your eyes on the swollen fenders of the 418-hp Bronco Raptor, reviewed separately. With a dizzying array of models, trims, and optional equipment, the Bronco offers vast configurability that allows it to fit a wide range of needs—even for those die-hards (like us) who want to shift gears with the help of a clutch pedal.

Mid-Size: Ford Bronco Raptor

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If you’re lusting for a badass ride that offers extreme levels of off-road performance, you have quite a few options. A great one is the 10Best award-winning 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor, an off-road predator that muscles up the already-capable Bronco SUV with a burly EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6, a multi-configurable four-wheel-drive system, a suspension setup with Fox dampers that can cope with whatever terrain you might throw at it, huge 37-inch tires with deep treads, and skid plates galore. Beyond that, the Raptorized Bronco is also capable of towing up to 4500 pounds and sprinting to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds. It’s not the most comfortable highway cruiser, but it’s not intended to be; this Ford is for hardcore off-road enthusiasts who see the world as a massive, sandy, rock-strewn playground waiting to be explored.

Mid-Size Honda Passport

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The 2023 Honda Passport is like a steady left-fielder who makes solid plays, good catches, and plenty of base hits but never draws attention to himself. The Passport competes in the mid-size SUV segment against more than two dozen diverse rivals, all with different skill sets. But while the Passport isn’t an obvious superstar, its respectable all-around capabilities and absence of negatives lift it into the top third of this overcrowded and highly competitive class. The two-row mid-size Passport is based on the larger three-row Honda Pilot and offers all of the automaker’s latest safety and driver-assistance features standard. The Passport pairs the tech with a punchy V-6 engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and standard all-wheel drive. It may not offer thrills, impressive off-road prowess, or exciting looks, but the Passport does deliver adequate power and performance, can tow up to 5,000 pounds, and is a capable family hauler. Of course, if you are drawn to the Passport but need even more room, the Passport’s first cousin, the three-row Honda Pilot, is a sound alternative.

Mid-Size: Honda Pilot

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An all-new generation of Honda’s three-row Pilot SUV has launched for the 2023 model year and it’s been improved from grille to tailgate. The new Pilot’s styling is boxier and more truck-like this time around, which gives it a more rugged overall appearance. A 285-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and a 10-speed automatic are standard and come with either front- or all-wheel drive. The interior can be set up with room for seven or eight passengers, with upscale Touring and Elite models coming standard with a panoramic sunroof and a 12-speaker Bose stereo system. An off-road-oriented TrailSport variant sits at the middle of the lineup and offers all-terrain tires on unique 18-inch wheels and tweaks to the all-wheel drive system that allow for more torque transfer to the rear wheels. Its off-road capability and newfound on-road refinement and updated features make it easier for the Pilot to challenge segment leaders such as the Kia Telluride, the Hyundai Palisade, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Mid-Size: Hyundai Palisade

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Few SUVs offer the near-perfect blend of utility, value, and luxury of the 2024 Hyundai Palisade. It shares its underpinnings with the superb Kia Telluride, but it wears a unique look all its own. All Palisades come with a smooth-running 3.6-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic; all-wheel drive is optional—otherwise the Palisade drives the front wheels. While perhaps not as enjoyable to drive the Mazda CX-90, the Palisade’s on-road demeanor is nonetheless composed and relaxed, making it a great choice for long-distance treks. Its high-class cabin features upmarket finishes and three comfortable rows of seats. Hyundai has integrated plenty of connectivity and convenience features throughout the interior, so everyone feels at home. High-end Limited and Calligraphy models take the experience up to the near-luxury level, with features such as quilted leather upholstery, fancier trim, and second-row captain’s chairs.

Mid-Size: Hyundai Santa Fe

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The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t get as much acclaim as the Korean brand’s broader SUV family, but it remains a distinctive member with desirable features. Situated between the compact Tucson and the three-row Palisade, the mid-size Santa Fe has two-row seating and multiple powertrain options. The standard powerplant is an uninspiring 191-hp 2.5-liter inline-four; a stouter 277-hp turbo four is optional, and it’s our recommended buy. Both engines are available with front- or all-wheel drive. Hyundai also offers the Santa Fe with a 226-hp hybrid setup and an EPA-rated 36 mpg in the city. The plug-in-hybrid model offers 260 horsepower, a combined 76 MPGe rating, and the ability to travel an estimated 31 miles on electricity alone. With a low base price and a satisfying ride, the spacious 2023 Santa Fe finds itself ranked mid-pack in the world of mid-size SUVs, which is primarily due to an especially snoozy base engine.

Mid-Size: Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The 2023 Grand Cherokee is a multifaceted SUV situated at the intersection of machismo and elegance. While the base model Grand continues to offer a package that’s altogether mainstream—meaning, not very fancy—the midrange and high-end trims are packed with luxury features and upscale materials that make it a clear upmarket player. Despite this upward mobility, the Grand Cherokee retains its trail-busting off-road capability—it is a Jeep, after all. Two powertrains are offered: a V-6 and a plug-in-hybrid system called 4xe. The Grand Cherokee is a two-row SUV. It’s as happy with suburban family life as it is trudging through the woods, and it offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo inside its roomy cabin. But if your family includes more than a couple of kids, you may find the three-row Grand Cherokee L (reviewed separately) more accommodating.

Mid-Size: Jeep Grand Cherokee L

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Whether it’s stripped down or dressed to the nines, the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is a handsome family support vehicle that’s built to go to basically anywhere—even though many buyers won’t put a single tire onto a trail during ownership. Just the knowledge that you could do such a thing if you wanted to makes Jeep ownership sound romantic. Brand image aside, the Grand Cherokee L is one of the top choices among mid-size SUVs. We’ve found the Grand Cherokee L to be a delightful place to spend time, with a comfortable ride, a spacious cabin, and plenty of convenience and luxury features. High-end models push well past Jeep’s mainstream roots in both interior finishes and price tag, but the entry-level models are more affordable and still generously equipped. Of course, not everyone needs a three-row SUV; for those buyers, Jeep offers the slightly smaller, two-row Grand Cherokee(reviewed separately) which shares most of the same mechanical bits and features in a more compact shape and at a slightly lower entry price.

Mid-Size: Kia Sorento

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The mid-size SUV segment is swollen with entries, but the three-row Kia Sorento is one worth considering. With seating for up to seven passengers, the Sorento offers the utility of the larger V-6-powered Telluride, with better fuel economy and multiple powertrain configurations. The front-drive SUV comes standard with a 191-hp inline-four with an eight-speed automatic transmission; however, we think buyers ought to consider adding all-wheel drive and upgrading to the Sorento’s 281-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Kia also offers the Sorento with a 227-hp hybrid powertrain that returns an EPA-estimated 37 mpg combined and a 261-hp plug-in hybrid (PHEV) setup with an estimated 32 miles of battery-electric driving range. The Sorento offers plentiful passenger space for its size, and even includes available niceties such as heated and cooled front and second-row seating.

Mid-Size: Kia Telluride

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There are many reasons we put the 2024 Telluride at the very top of our SUV shopping list, things like its handsome styling, smooth-running V-6, and near-luxury cabin. This three-row SUV has the goods to satisfy a wide range of buyers, but most of all it’s set up nicely to cater to families with its spacious three-row interior. Adventure seekers will find plenty of capability too. Not only does the Telluride tow up to 5500 pounds, but it also has plenty of room for cargo and is available in a rugged X-Pro guise that can handle moderately challenging off-roading. We’d love a little more driver engagement, but at least the Telluride rides beautifully and provides quiet cruising that reduces long-distance driving fatigue. If you ask us, the Telluride is the mid-size SUV that best meets the needs of those shopping in this segment.

Mid-Size: Mazda CX-9

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Growing up doesn’t mean you have to give up. If you feel the need to trade your hot little two-door sports car for a box-on-wheels but wish you didn’t have to, there’s the 2023 Mazda CX-9. It offers a more satisfying driving experience than other family SUVs such as the Hyundai PalisadeKia Telluride, and Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Mazda has massaged its hallmark driving verve deep into the CX-9 and the turbocharged four-cylinder engine does its best to add some excitement. Of course, this driver-focused experience isn’t without downsides, as the CX-9’s more compact shape means that the larger SUVs in this segment offer more space for people and cargo. The interior may not be as roomy, but it’s certainly more upscale than expected thanks to premium materials and a timeless design. From a purely practical point of view, the CX-9 is falling behind, but for those who have road manners high on their priority list, the Mazda is still a strong entry in the SUV segment.

Mid-Size Luxury: BMW X5

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It may not be as fun to drive as the Porsche Cayenne, nor is it as effortlessly smooth as the Genesis GV80, but the 2024 BMW X5 blends traits from both of those to create an agreeable—and agreeably luxurious—middle ground. From the outset, it’s clear the X5 is going for broad appeal. Why else would BMW offer it with a trio of different powertrains, including a silky-smooth inline-six, an authoritative twin-turbo V-8, and an environmentally friendly plug-in hybrid? The SUV’s cabin is lined with premium materials and, like other BMWs, includes cleverly integrated technology features like a slick-looking curved digital display that stretches nearly the length of the dashboard. This approach results in a luxury SUV so well-rounded that its few shortcomings are easily overlooked, and the X5 remains one of our favorite mid-size SUVs.

Mid-Size Luxury: Genesis GV80

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In less than 15 years, Genesis has gone from being the name of a Hyundai sedan with uncertain prospects to being an undisputed luxury brand making some of the most sophisticated ways of getting from here to there. We get more proof of that every time someone asks if the GV80—a former C/D 10Best winner—is a Bentley. Under the SUV’s sleek skin, a standard turbocharged four-cylinder packs a good punch, but the optional twin-turbo V-6 unlocks noteworthy performance. All models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Genesis still acts like a challenger against established brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, improving its original formula of offering great bang for one’s luxury buck. Stately allure, designer interiors, and luxe cabin finishes make every GV80—especially the plusher variants—look and feel like they should cost thousands more while actually costing the same or less than the most popular SUVs in the class.

Mid-Size Luxury: Porsche Cayenne

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Leaning on its decades-long legacy of sports car manufacturing, Porsche imbues each of its vehicles—including SUVs like the 2024 Cayenne—with a fun-to-drive nature that’s hard for rivals to match. Although the Cayenne is a mid-size SUV, it feels light on its feet in corners thanks to an expertly tuned chassis. It’s also quick, especially with one of its high-output powertrains that include an available plug-in hybrid and a twin-turbo V-8. Porsche’s largest SUV is also luxurious, with a refined ride, a quiet cabin, and plenty of tech and convenience features. While it may not outperform a 911 Turbo, the Cayenne offers plenty of athleticism to satisfy its driver while also providing ample space for people and cargo.

Mid-Size Luxury: Volvo XC90

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The second-generation Volvo XC90 continues to age gracefully. Despite entering its ninth model year, the 2024 XC90 remains one of the sharpest-looking mid-size luxury SUVs on the market. The same applies to the XC90’s cabin, which benefits from a simple but modern interior design that’s complemented by rich material choices. Cushy seats and plentiful space make the Volvo a fine place to while away miles. That said, the third row is on the tighter side—full-size passengers will want to sit elsewhere. Three powertrains are available, as well, and power ranges from as little as 247 horses in entry-level B5 form, to as much as 455 ponies in plug-in hybrid Recharge guise. The latter is also capable of driving up to 36 miles on battery-power alone. Of course, the XC90 has its flaws, and both its small dashboard display screen and cumbersome touchscreen infotainment controls may leave some buyers wanting. For the most part, though, this Swedish SUV’s strengths outweigh its weaknesses. The 2024 Volvo XC90 may not be the best vehicle in the segment—which includes heavy hitters such as the Porsche Cayenne, the BMW X5, the Genesis GV80, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class—but it is good enough to warrant a spot on your mid-size luxury SUV shortlist.

Large: Chevrolet Suburban

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The Suburban name dates all the way back to 1935, and after 87 years it’s as well known as Coca-Cola. Now in its 12th generation, this behemoth full-size, body-on-frame SUV continues to offer three rows, seating for up to eight passengers, and towing capacity aplenty. An abridged version of the ‘Burban, the slightly shorter Tahoe, is reviewed separately. A 355-hp V-8 is standard, while an optional 277-hp inline-six turbodiesel and a 420-hp gas V-8 are available. All engines are lashed to a telepathic 10-speed automatic transmission and can be equipped with either rear- or four-wheel-drive—except for the four-wheel-drive-only off-road-focused Z71 trim. Suburban cargo space is massive, with a 20 cubic foot over the Jeep Wagoneer advantage with their third rows folded. An available air suspension allows the Suburban to comfortably roll with the pavement’s punches. The interior styling and materials are ho-hum, but at least the 10.2-inch touchscreen handles climate and navigation with speed and clarity.

Large: Chevrolet Tahoe

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With tons of space inside for passengers and cargo, the 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe is big in all the ways you want it to be—but it feels more agile on the road than other large SUVs. Three engine options are available, and the Tahoe delivers decent towing capacity with any one of them. The entry-level engine is a 355-hp V-8 but a beefier 420-hp V-8 is just a check-box away on the order form. Unlike past generations of the Tahoe, a six-cylinder diesel inline-six is now also available. Three-row seating is standard and even the base LS trim comes equipped with popular infotainment and driver-assistance features. Off-road adventurers will find the Z71 model best suited for their interests, as it includes a two-speed transfer case, an adjustable air suspension, and meaty all-terrain tires. A more refined experience can be found in the pricier Premier and High Country models, but if you’re not careful you’ll find yourself paying Cadillac Escalade money for a Chevy. If you need even more room for cargo, consider the even bigger, mechanically similar Chevrolet Suburban, which we review separately.

Large: GMC Yukon

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General Motors’ GMC division is best known for commercial vehicles and work trucks, but the 2023 Yukon is one of the most accommodating and luxurious passenger vehicles in the brand’s history. This large family SUV offers spacious accommodations across three rows of seats and is even offered with a longer wheelbase—called Yukon XL—that opens up even more space for cargo. Most models are powered by a V-8—either of a 5.3- or a 6.2-liter variety—but a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six is also available, a novelty in this segment. Towing capacity and acceleration are both strong with any of the available engines, but the V-8s aren’t particularly fuel-efficient. The base SLE trim is hardly spartan, with a host of convenience and technology features offered as standard, but the upscale Denali trims luxe things up to compete with premium entrants such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. The Yukon’s biggest competitor, however, comes from sister brand Chevrolet in the form of the Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, both of which are mechanically identical and offer similar accouterments for slightly less money.

Large Luxury: BMW X7


When it comes to moving an affluent family, there’s no better BMW than the X7, the brand’s luxurious three-row SUV. While its cargo area and rearmost seats aren’t as spacious as rivals such as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Mercedes-Benz GLS-class, the Bimmer boasts better driving manners as well as an impressive selection of engines. They range from a 375-hp turbo-six to a 523-hp twin-turbo V-8, with the latter making 630 horses on the highest-class, max-performance Alpina XB7. All models have all-wheel drive and an adaptive air suspension system that promotes a pillow-like ride. The 2023 X7’s interior is serene, but it’s also packed with upscale materials and modern tech such as the dash’s giant curved glass display. Those features, combined with the X7’s towing capability and an array of standard active-safety tech, make the biggest BMW one of the best.

Large Luxury: Cadillac Escalade

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The Cadillac Escalade has long served as the brand’s flagship, its huge size and aggressive looks broadcasting its extroverted, red-blooded American take on luxury. Despite being based on the same underpinnings as the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon, the Escalade makes a solid case as a competitor to other large luxury SUVs like the Lincoln NavigatorJeep Grand Wagoneer, and Mercedes-Benz GLS-class. That’s because the big Caddy features the brand’s most advanced technology and most luxurious features. Its cabin is lined with wood, leather, designer fabrics, and satin-finished metals. A large, curved display sweeps across the dashboard, serving as both a gauge cluster and an infotainment center. A host of driver-assistance features are available, including Cadillac’s excellent Super Cruise system, which combines adaptive cruise control with a hands-free driving mode. Buyers can choose from a strong 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 or a diesel-powered inline-six, and this year Cadillac adds a wild high-performance V-series model with mega horsepower to the Escalade lineup. Time will tell if the new hi-po Escalade is an elephant that can dance, but given the brilliant athleticism of Cadillac’s recent Blackwing-powered sedans, color us hopeful.

Large Luxury: Land Rover Range Rover

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The Range Rover has been the SUV of choice for celebrities and wealthy elites for decades, but even though it pampers its passengers like a luxury car it still offers off-road capability that means it can venture well off the red carpet. All models come with all-wheel drive, an adjustable air suspension system, and plenty of ground clearance. You can choose between inline-six, plug-in-hybrid, and V-8 powertrains. You can also deck the Range Rover out with all manner of luxury features, including massaging seats in both rows, rear bucket seats, power-deployable rear-seat tray tables, and a beverage chiller. No matter which version you choose you’ll pay a six-figure price, which means the Range Rover automatically costs more than entry-level versions of rivals such as the Cadillac Escalade, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-class. But it’s exactly all of this obvious extravagance that attracts the Range Rover’s image-obsessed buyers, and after sampling several variants of this latest generation of the luxury SUV, we can see why.

Electric: Ford Mustang Mach E

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With its various configurations and range of equipment packages, the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E has plenty to offer for those who want an SUV but are eager to get behind the wheel of an EV. Those customers will also be able to decide between the content-rich Premium model or the elevated performance of the GT. Sure, despite the name it’s no Mustang, but the Mach-E can still be described as agile and quick. Plus, it has fetching looks, a well-appointed interior with all the latest gizmos and gadgets, and sufficient range and capability. On that subject, Ford says the Mustang Mach-E can travel more than 300 miles before needing a charge, and the GT Performance model leaped to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds at our test track. It performed well enough to win our inaugural EV of the Year award in 2021 but has since lost its crown to the cheaper and similarly impressive Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Electric: Hyundai Ioniq 5

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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 won our first-ever EV of the Year award for 2022 because it sacrificed nothing to be different. Today, it still wears its cool-hand boxy rectangularity with great pride. The Ioniq 5 starts as a single-motor rear-drive model with 168 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 220 miles of range. That’s as tame as it gets. From there, a longer-range single-motor Ioniq 5 drives for an estimated 303 miles (the farthest-driving EV for under $60,000), and there’s also a 320-hp all-wheel-drive dual-motor model good for an estimated 266 miles of range. The Ioniq 5’s 350-kW DC fast-charging capability is the real hero. That’s the kind of charging speed you get from far more luxurious and expensive EVs such as the Porsche Taycan and Lucid Air. With more rear-passenger space than the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4, the Ioniq 5 is an easy first step into EV ownership.

Electric: Kia EV6

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A fraternal twin to the Hyundai Ioniq 5—and a winner of our 10Best Trucks and SUVs award—the 2023 Kia EV6 charts its path through the EV market with athletic road manners and a bold look all its own. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive models are punchier and can be had with a larger battery pack with a maximum of 310 miles of driving range. Handling is eager, especially for an SUV, which makes it fun on back roads. For hot-shoe drivers, this year’s new GT model is the one to get as its 576 horsepower is enough to make Stinger owners envious as it blows by them. All the while the EV6’s cabin remains quiet and is spacious enough to justify its place among SUV rivals such as the Ford Mustang Mach E, the Ioniq 5, and the Volkswagen ID.4. It’s one of our favorite SUVs because its traits add up to a well-rounded electric vehicle that’s easy to live with, fun-to-drive, and a good value.

Electric: Volkswagen ID.4

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Volkswagen’s electric car for the masses is the 2023 ID.4 SUV, and it nicely pairs practicality with comfort and adequate driving range to allow drivers to make the switch from internal combustion. We just wish its driving demeanor was more playful. Rear-wheel drive models come with one motor and 201 horsepower; opting for all-wheel drive adds a second motor and ups power output to 295. The maximum range is about 275 miles per charge, but the base Standard trim, while cheaper, pairs its more attractive price tag with a smaller battery and only around 208 miles of range. Luckily, the ID.4 comes standard with DC fast-charging capability, which makes juicing up at public charging stations relatively quick and easy.

Luxury Electric: BMW iX

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One of the best electric SUVs can be found in BMW’s showroom right now. The iX is a mid-size SUV similar in size to the brand’s well-known X5, but it features two electric motors rather than a single gasoline engine. Entry-level xDrive50 models offer 516 horsepower but, in true BMW fashion, there’s a performance oriented M60 trim with 610 ponies. Driven sedately, the iX can motor on for over 300 miles between charges; in our testing both models only delivered 290 miles of highway driving, which is still more than we could muster in the Audi e-tron and the Rivian R1S. Inside, the iX impresses with a cabin design that expertly blends futuristic infotainment tech with high-end materials. The iX’s front seats are plush and perfectly comfortable for long-distance driving—and an available hands-free driving mode further facilitates such driving tasks.

Luxury Electric: Cadillac Lyriq

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Although the 2024 Lyriq is the best glimpse yet of Cadillac’s future, its on-road demeanor pays tribute to the brand’s most iconic luxury sedans. While several rivals have aimed for quick acceleration and athletic handling, the Lyriq is content to waft—something we think the brand’s faithful will appreciate as they trade in their aging DTS sedans and SRX crossovers to go green. After all, this thing isn’t wearing a Blackwing badge. The Lyriq rides on GM’s Ultium scalable battery architecture, which means it shares its tech with the beastly GMC Hummer EV pickup truck, but the two couldn’t be more different. The Caddy’s stylish bodywork gives it a low-slung look and its cabin is far posher. A slick digital display starts behind the steering wheel and, with a slight curve, seamlessly transitions into an infotainment display in the center of the dashboard. The driving range is competitive at an estimated 308 miles per charge, and all Lyriqs come standard with DC fast charging capability to help make the most of America’s burgeoning public EV charging infrastructure.

Luxury Electric: Genesis GV60

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The ambitious Genesis luxury brand is tackling the luxury EV segment with its satisfying and whimsical 2023 GV60 crossover. The GV60 incorporates styling elements found in other Genesis models, but it lacks the brand’s large trapezoidal grille that stretches between the dual-element headlamps, substituting a slimmer lower grille across the front bumper. Inside, the GV60’s cabin looks decidedly premium, with a large monolithic display screen serving as both the gauge cluster and infotainment system and a novel crystal sphere shifter that rotates to reveal itself when the SUV is powered up. At launch, buyers can choose from the 314-hp Advanced or 429-hp Performance trims; the estimated driving range varies from 235 to 248 miles per charge. Rival luxury SUVs such as the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, and the coupe-like C40 Recharge offer similar prestige and driving range, but the GV60’s detail-oriented design and amusing flourishes make it an attractive and off-beat alternative.