© 2021 CNET, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Bill Howard (Forbes Wheels Staff) is editor of Forbes Wheels. The best midsize luxury SUVs have a desirable combination of space, comfort, technology, and performance. Its primary competitor, the Escalade, which also has a third-row seat, is nearly equally priced and it feels like it's 10 years old. Speaking of eight, the base model gets an 8-inch touchscreen while the other trims get a 10.3-inch screen with wireless phone charging. The top-spec SX trim costs—wait for it—under $45,000. The choice among large SUVs is obvious. Lawrence Ulrich (contributor) is an award-winning auto writer, and former chief auto critic for The New York Times, Detroit Free Press and The Drive. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. The Aviator was discontinued after a single generation in the early 2000s, but it returned as a sleek baby Navigator for the 2020 model year. It's a big SUV, but it still handles like a proper Porsche. Because each category spans the full spectrum of pricing, we selected vehicles that stand out among their peers. The sixth-generation Outback debuted for the 2020 model year and is the most handsomely styled Outback yet. 2021 Kia Telluride. Roadshow editors pick the products and services we write about. It’s equipped with multiple cameras that offer a 3D perspective of the exterior that enhances situational awareness. Click on each SUV for their full review video. Read more: Best midsize SUVs for the money   Â. Auto manufacturers continue to make safety a top priority across all makes and models. Starting Price: $33,160 | Rating 4.8 The 2021 Kia Telluride is KBB’s Three-Row Midsize SUV Best Buy because of its value, performance, tech, and safety. It's like the proverbial butter behind the wheel. Besides being fun-to-drive, the GV80’s platform accentuates its long hood and cab-rearward design, setting it apart visually from front-drive, car-based SUVs. Legit indeed. The 33 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the X5’s second row also is top-of-class. You have several choices when it comes to buying a luxury crossover and SUV. Ranked from worst to best by C/D's editors, ... New for 2021, the Genesis G80 makes a move from the 10th spot on this list. Higher trims get a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The luxurious interior of the GV80 features a high-mounted 14.5-inch touchscreen with navigation that overlays street camera views with directional graphics. That’s why replacing a line of trucks that traces all the way back to the original Land Rover of 1948–an iconic vehicle in its home market–as well as a vehicle that’s been on a 22-year hiatus in North America, is a heavy lift. People haulers have always been a thing, but the marriage between passenger space and utility is highly apparent in modern SUVs. It also offers a segment-leading. Relative to the outgoing model,… Also see: Best Midsize SUVs | Best … Land Rover has enough self-awareness to know that in the U.S. the new Defender will mostly strut around (tinsel) town and not too far off the beaten path, but it’s still on the hook to be a legitimate adventuring ass-kicker. Now in its fourth generation, the X5 outsells every sedan in BMW’s lineup and is second only to the smaller X3 crossover. The capable SUV has up to 19.7 inches of articulation, a wading depth of 35 inches and a 38-degree approach angle complemented by a 40-degree departure angle. The Hyundai Palisade three-row SUV shares a platform with the Kia Telluride but differentiates itself with smoother styling and extra chrome detailing for a more upscale aesthetic. It’s hard to reinvent a classic. With … It's stunning. He is the past president of the International Motor Press Association and was previously executive editor and contributing editor for Ziff-Davis’ PC Magazine and ExtremeTech. This doesn’t improve zero-to-60 times (7 to 8 seconds), but it makes real people real happy during daily commutes and long trips. Based on testing, it also should easily top 30 mpg on the highway, well above the EPA’s 26 mpg rating. 2021 Lexus RX RX is the best-selling premium model in the crossover/SUV class. The hybrid delivers a slightly reduced 260 horsepower but has a 3,650-pound tow rating, 32 miles of all-electric range and a traveling distance of 500 miles with all power sources topped off. Chrysler’s familiar Stow ’n Go fold-down seats allow drivers to tuck the second and third-row seats into the floor, transforming the eight-passenger minivan into a proficient cargo hauler. Two engine choices are offered. The 2021 Defender comes in two sizes: a two-door 90 or a longer, four-door 110, mirroring the old models. From a 335 hp twin-turbo V6 model to the 670 hp Turbo S E-Hybrid, the Cayenne spans a wide potential performance gamut. Kia’s Telluride three-row SUV is having a moment, and that’s because it’s a new shiny toy that does all the things and looks more expensive than it is. No matter what the flavor—mainstream, premium, off-road ready—it’s undeniable that Americans prefer larger vehicles. The new-for-2021, all-wheel-drive-only xDrive 45e replaces the 50i and is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine (same as in the 40i models) paired with an electric motor that delivers a combined 389 horsepower. Also standard is a new 10.1-inch touchscreen and a half-dozen advanced driver-assistance tech, including automatic emergency braking for cars and pedestrians, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, automatic high beams and blind spot monitoring. Light trucks—a category that includes pickups, SUVs and minivans—now account for nearly 80% of new car sales in the U.S. These top vehicles for 2021 were chosen by a 10-person panel of Forbes Wheels staff and contributors. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE The Mercedes-Benz GLE has long been a luxury SUV stalwart, even when it went by M-Class, its former name. Its ground clearance is 8 inches, the minimum required for consideration as an authentic trailblazer. There’s also ducting from the shelf to the USB jacks at the base of the console that hides the cords. The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica people mover got a significant mid-life refresh that added all-wheel drive and slightly more SUV-like styling. With more than 400 vehicles … The onboard 24 kilowatt-hour battery pack gives the X5 30 miles of all-electric range. The current Lexus RX is one of the oldest models in its class, but it still gets … Read Less. The new suspension also helped give third-row passengers 10 additional inches of legroom and added 10 extra cubic feet of storage space behind the third row. Every 3-Row Mid-Size SUV for 2021 Ranked from Worst to Best See where best-selling mid-size SUVs like the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander rank on this list of 2021 three-row SUVs. In addition to bylines at outlets including Gear Patrol, Trucks.com and SlashGear, he was previously the Car section editor at Digital Trends. The GV80’s styling is reminiscent of Bentley, unsurprising as its designer is responsible for fashioning the ultra-high-end Bentayga. See how the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, 2021 BMW X5 & 2021 Lexus RX 350 compare with the rest. The CX-9's sharp exterior and interior design cues also rival many luxury-branded SUVs. Despite that and all-wheel drive, this car will do 240 miles on a charge. Power Ratings For Car Shopping, Hyundai Expands Electrified Choices With 2021 Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid, EV Reliability As Varied As Gasoline Cars, Consumer Reports Finds, Japanese Car Brands Continue To Dominate Consumer Reports Rankings, Higher trims cost almost as much as a Cadillac Escalade, Stow ‘n Go seating offers unrivaled interior versatility, Classic and elegant styling, for a minivan, Transmission behavior can occasionally be erratic, Passenger rows slightly more cramped than primary rivals, Optional third-row seat strictly for kids, 3.0 cubic-feet less behind the third row than Telluride due to the Palisade’s available power-folding third-row seat, Lower trims don’t have the widescreen infotainment, Smooth, thoughtful update of the Defender look, Capable off-road chops that are easy to implement, Some noticeable slowdown in the infotainment system, Sleek design, but can feel too “naked” without accessories, Excellent storage and lots of nooks and crannies, Outstanding off-road performance, plus 8.7 inches of ground clearance, Excellent connectivity and the higher trim models have onboard Wi-Fi, CVT transmission is unobtrusive but boring, Ideally base engine would deliver more than 200 hp, but mpgs would suffer, It looks great, but styling that might not appease fans of sleeker wagons and sedans. It starts at just under $70,000. Andrew Wendler (Forbes Staff) grew up immersed in automotive, marine and aviation culture and spent a decade at Car and Driver as a writer and editor before joining Forbes Wheels. The full-size Chevrolet Tahoe is a completely new beast for 2021, bigger inside and out, with more interior room for passengers and cargo. We made a list of 12 best 2021 luxury SUVs according to previous buyers’ experience, upcoming changes, and prices. A 2.5-liter turbocharged engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE –Class The popular mid-size crossover has been redesigned last year. In addition to the three powertrains, the X5’s slope-roofed counterpart, the X6, helps cast a wider net for buyers who prefer sportier looks. Luxury crossover and SUVs range from compact and fuel-efficient to large, luxurious eight-passenger houses on wheels and high-performance options, too. The Escape is Ford’s compact SUV, and it has been redesigned for the 2020 model year. The GV80 offers two engine choices: a 300-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that makes 375 horsepower and comes only with an all-wheel drivetrain. Chris Teague (contributor) is a freelance automotive writer focused on new vehicle reviews, industry trends and breaking news, and has an MBA focusing on data analysis that gives him insight into some of the auto industry’s biggest companies. Here's the thing about the Land Cruiser -- when it comes to the continuum of luxury SUVs, ol' Lando here definitely skews toward the SUV side of things, but nothing else on this list is built as well or will last as long. That means enough USB ports to charge multiple smartphones or interact with a system (usually on an oversized touchscreen) that requires zero learning curve and some form of voice control. For this slideshow, we’ve separated the best luxury SUVs by their respective segments. The X5 can carry five or seven passengers, and offers kid-hauling drivers a premium cabin experience and impressive space (the optional third row is a little cramped). It also offers a segment-leading 18 cubic-feet behind the third row. The Best Three-Row Midsize SUVs to Buy for 2021. Not so flashy tech includes multiple collision avoidance systems, semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control and remote parking for either parallel or perpendicular spots. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The V8-powered G550 offers ample performance, but why not go with the 577-horsepower G63. If you fancy a sleek silhouette, the 2017–2019 BMW X6 has a coupe design that looks in motion, even when parked. These are the best Midsize Luxury SUVs for 2020 & 2021 ranked. The leather is soft, the interior is roomy, the engine is smooth and from a class standpoint, you're not going to look like a total jerk driving one. These Luxury Midsize SUVs Offer Opulence and Power. It also gets all-wheel drive and a pre-set driving mode for the snow, which means it’s proficient in inclement weather, a major plus for parents who live in seasonal regions. The sixth-generation Outback debuted for the 2020 model year and is the most handsomely styled Outback yet. Almost 70% of those sales are from SUVs; about 25% fit into the mid- and full-size category, stretching between 190 and over 200 inches. The 2021 Kia Sorento is fully redesigned and claims one of the top spots in our midsize SUV rankings. Whether you’re in the market for a sporty boost of horsepower or prefer to prioritize a lush interior – or even if you care mostly about cargo space and towing capacity – there are a number of luxurious midsize SUVs offering a range of the newest and best … It sits on the same platform as Hyundai’s Palisade but offers a different experience. The Highlander offers front-seat passengers an inset shelf in the dash that’s perfect for stashing smartphones, lip balm, loose change or a sandwich (we’re not judging). Before joining Forbes Wheels, she was managing editor of Trucks.com. Is it an ancient $89,000 SUV that can't be bothered to wear a Lexus badge? This car is loaded with advanced driver aid systems, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist. The Hyundai Palisade three-row SUV shares a platform with the Kia Telluride but differentiates itself with smoother styling and extra chrome detailing for a more upscale aesthetic. A year into its fourth generation, the Highlander is tracking to amass nearly a quarter-million sales in 2020, best of any midsize SUV. They are also more upscale and luxurious when compared to midsize SUVs. The X5 can carry five or seven passengers, and offers kid-hauling drivers a premium cabin experience and impressive space (the optional third row is a little cramped). The GV80 is the first SUV from Genesis, the high-value luxury division of Hyundai. The spry little 2.0-liter turbo with 252 horsepower is enough to motivate the Q7 around town, or you can go big and get a twin-turbo V6 with 335 hp. When equipped with all-wheel. To crown our 2021 SUV of the Year, MotorTrend's testing team and editors put each SUV in the field through a rigorous 10-day evaluation process of both instrumented and subjective testing … Just look at it. The lineup also includes a plug-in hybrid (called Pacifica Hybrid, not to be confused with a conventional hybrid) that uses a modified version of the 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine found on the gas version. With seating for up to seven people, it shares its exterior styling with its larger SUV sibling. You have several choices when it comes to buying a luxury crossover and SUV. John Voelcker (contributor) was editor of Green Car Reports for nine years. Sure, it costs over $200,000, but I can't help thinking how fun it would be to slap some aggressive tires on the Bentayga and hit the dunes. Future Trucks: The Best New Pickup Trucks Arriving in 2021 and Beyond 2022 Nissan Pathfinder: What You Need to Know 5 Best Minivans for the Money in 2021 See how your car/truck ranks. The new suspension also helped give third-row passengers 10 additional inches of legroom and added 10 extra cubic feet of storage space behind. A 295-horsepower V6 engine is standard, but a hybrid version uses a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors to provide better than 35 mpg in city and highway driving. And cargo capacity is impressive. The Aviator was discontinued after a single generation in the early 2000s, but it returned as a sleek baby Navigator for the 2020 model year. And cheaper gas—which according to AAA, sells for 20 cents a gallon less than the historical inflation-adjusted average of $2.40—makes the case for SUVs even stronger. All Aviators use the same powertrain, a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that delivers 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. It handles like an Audi car should, it looks great, packs in plenty of passengers, and it has all the latest tech. Yes, it's a ridiculous anachronism, but nothing drives or feels like a Gelandewagen. Vehicles eligible for nomination include any car or truck for sale or in production during 2020; some debuted prior to 2020. The BMW X5 midsize SUV debuted in 2000 and was the German automaker’s first utility vehicle. The nominees and winners were selected by the 2020 Forbes Wheels Car of the Year panel, comprised of four staff editors and six contributors. The BMW X5 midsize SUV debuted in 2000 and was the German automaker’s first utility vehicle. ... Best Luxury SUVs Under $50,000. When equipped with all-wheel drive, it shows off-road prowess unexpected from the Kia value brand. It’s hard to reinvent a classic. There’s also a new independent rear suspension, which gives the truck-based SUV a smoother ride. The new Tahoe gets a standard 10-inch touchscreen and a slew of standard safety features, including automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, a following distance indicator and automatic headlamps. It's enjoyable to drive, with … read more » 8.5SCORE $29,390 - $42,590 MSRP The I-Pace is legitimately quick, with 394 horsepower and a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds. Sam Abuelsamid (contributor) is a principal research analyst at consulting firm Guidehouse Insights (formerly Navigant Research) and is a frequent contributor to Forbes.com, covering innovation in the transportation sector. Let's see... a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine producing 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. There are no wrong choices when it comes to Aviator powertrains; both are smooth and compliant. Many advances in safety technology and powertrains have made these once cumbersome transporters more livable and fuel-efficient than ever before. The Navigator drives like a dream and its interior is some of Lincoln's best work in... maybe forever. 1. Our editors have compiled a list of the best luxury crossover and SUVs you can buy right now.Â. Transmission behavior can occasionally be erratic; Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. One of the few SUVs on this list that has real off-road ability, the Lexus GX is a throwback to a time when SUVs were built as practical vehicles first and luxury vehicles second. All Rankings. The Q7 has excellent tech, from active safety to the intuitive MMI infotainment system and now comes with a virtual cockpit standard. Luckily the new Defender delivered with its modern styling cues and classic off-road dominance. What really wows is the long list of standard safety and driver-assistance tech across the line: adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, lane following, lane keeping assistance, forward collision avoidance assistance with pedestrian detection and driver attention warning. Following the 2020 introduction of the performance-oriented M50i, which offers a 523-horsepower twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, the engine lineup now has a plug-in hybrid option. The bonus: it starts with a base price under $55,000. Its muscular lines and athletic presence underlines its inherent capability, and its 8.7-inches of ground clearance is obvious at first glance. They promise daily driving competency as well as weekend adventuring talent. 2021 Editors' Choice: The Best New Cars, Trucks, SUVs, and Minivans Each year we use our test data and automotive expertise to narrow the field for car buyers. The Outback has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Based on the stellar platform of the impressive G80 luxury sedan, the new Genesis GV80 has made quite the splash in its debut year, … GMC's big-boy Yukon Denali comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 making 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, which is mated to an excellent 10-speed automatic transmission. All trims are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that delivers 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It also shares driving characteristics with German rivals thanks to its rear-drive platform (not to mention the head of Genesis R&D is the former chief engineer for BMW’s M performance division). The Telluride’s 3.8-liter V6 engine has 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque and delivers a sporty ride. View the top-ranked 2021 Luxury Midsize SUVs at U.S. News Best Cars. This is especially true of luxury SUVs, which account for more than 60% of luxury vehicle sales. The GV80’s styling is reminiscent of Bentley, unsurprising as its designer is responsible for fashioning the ultra-high-end Bentayga. Now in its fourth generation, the X5 outsells every sedan in BMW’s lineup and is second only to the smaller X3 crossover. The 2021 GV80 is its first crossover SUV model. Subscribe to Roadshow's newsletter for the latest car news and reviews, delivered to your inbox twice weekly. The powertrain lineup still comprises the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter and 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engines and offers a new third option: a 3.0-liter six-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel that matches the larger V8’s 460 pound-feet of torque and gets 24 mpg in city and highway driving combined. A plug-in hybrid model, only available with AWD, pairs it with a 13.6 kilowatt-hour battery pack and an electric motor for 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. He now is a reporter and analyst covering advanced auto technologies and energy policy, and a North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) Juror. Used Cars New Cars ... 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class How our users rated the 2021 … We ‘ve seen a full load of novelties, which made this model even better than before. Inside, two standout features make life easier: a giant 11.6-inch touchscreen and seat release levers that make easy work of folding rear seats (which expands cargo space to 75 cubic feet). With trailer brakes, the pretty SUV can haul an impressive 5,000 pounds. Plus, the new PCM infotainment, also seen in the Panamera models, is streets ahead of the older system with increased functionality and ease of use. Brian Armstead (contributor) is president emeritus of the Washington Automotive Press Association and a North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) Juror. ... best of any midsize SUV. We are talking about … Picking the right luxury crossover or SUV is getting more difficult with each passing year as automakers scramble to meet growing consumer demand. Skip to content. Here are our editors' favorites for 2021. Best Midsize Luxury SUVs ranked by users. Denali-specific exterior touches add a little more styling and look better than the too-flashy Cadillac Escalade. The Telluride’s 3.8-liter V6 engine has 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque and delivers a sporty ride. All Aviators use the same powertrain, a twin-turbocharged. The desire for of-the-moment tech also is strong, with drivers and passengers demanding 24/7 connectivity. There’s also a new independent rear suspension, which gives the truck-based SUV a smoother ride. The best luxury SUVs for 2021. Sure, it starts at $147,500, but aren't you worth it? The Yukon Denali starts at $67,600. There are no wrong choices when it comes to Aviator powertrains; both are smooth and compliant. It offers a really smooth and quiet ride for such a big, body-on-frame sport utility vehicle. It’s shockingly quick, gets 23 mpg in combined city and highway driving and can travel 21 miles on electricity alone. Higher trims get a turbocharged. The Velar may start at under $60,000, but that doesn't mean it's not chock-a-block with British luxury. Chrysler’s familiar Stow ’n Go fold-down seats allow drivers to tuck the second and third-row seats into the floor, transforming the eight-passenger minivan into a proficient cargo hauler. For 2021, Hyundai added a top-end Calligraphy trim that includes exclusive exterior lighting, 20-inch wheels, a unique grille design and a Nappa leather interior. The world needs more blue interiors. You bet your ass it is, and I'd own one in a heartbeat.Â. Alex Kalogiannis (contributor) has been an automotive writer for over 10 years. 3) 2020 Lexus RX. Unique Features of the Ford F150. It also shares driving characteristics with German rivals thanks to its rear-drive platform (not to mention the head of Genesis R&D is the former chief engineer. The GV80 is the first SUV from Genesis, the high-value luxury division of Hyundai. All trims are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that delivers 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. With seating for up to seven people, it shares its exterior styling with its larger SUV sibling. Why wouldn't this be my choice among my favorite luxurious SUVs? A luxury midsize SUV can accentuate your personal style. It's singularly lovable and memorable, a true living legend that drips both luxury and off-road ability. Not that any owner is likely to go there, but the all-wheel drive I-Pace is a legitimately good off-road driving vehicle. Best Luxury SUVs for 2021. Land Rover has. Standard across the lineup is blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and automatic high-beam headlights. 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