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Best Midsize SUVs for 2021

The best midsize SUVs have the space, comfort, technology, and performance to satisfy a wide range of people. Whether you’re carting kids around town, going on a family road trip, or just transporting a lot of your stuff, a midsize SUV can usually get the job done. All Rankings »

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2021 Kia Sorento

Best Cars for the Money

The 2021 Kia Sorento is fully redesigned and claims one of the top spots in our midsize SUV rankings. It's enjoyable to drive, with … read more »

8.5SCORE

$29,390 - $42,590 MSRP

N/A MPG

8.5SCORE

$29,390 - $42,590 MSRP

N/A MPG

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe finishes near the top of our midsize SUV rankings. It has a comfortable interior, plenty of tech features, good … read more »

8.5SCORE

$26,275 - $39,575 MSRP

22 City / 29 Hwy MPG

8.5SCORE

$26,275 - $39,575 MSRP

22 City / 29 Hwy MPG

2021 Hyundai Palisade

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade ranks near the top of the midsize SUV class because of its spacious and high-end interior, potent V6 engine, poise read more »

8.4SCORE

$32,525 - $47,750 MSRP

19 City / 26 Hwy MPG

8.4SCORE

$32,525 - $47,750 MSRP

19 City / 26 Hwy MPG

2021 Kia Telluride

The 2021 Kia Telluride ranks near the top of the midsize SUV class thanks to its pleasant driving dynamics, comfortable and spacious interio read more »

8.4SCORE

$31,990 - $44,090 MSRP

N/A MPG

8.4SCORE

$31,990 - $44,090 MSRP

N/A MPG

2021 Mazda CX-9

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 lands near the top of the midsize SUV class thanks in part to its dynamic performance and handling, along with … read more »

8.3SCORE

$33,960 - $46,605 MSRP

22 City / 28 Hwy MPG

8.3SCORE

$33,960 - $46,605 MSRP

22 City / 28 Hwy MPG

2021 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse finishes in the top half of our midsize SUV rankings. It's not the most athletic vehicle in the class, but … read more »

8.0SCORE

N/A MSRP

18 City / 27 Hwy MPG

8.0SCORE

N/A MSRP

18 City / 27 Hwy MPG

2021 Dodge Durango

The 2021 Dodge Durango lands in the top third of our midsize SUV rankings. It has a comfortable interior, a good predicted reliability ratin read more »

8.0SCORE

$31,765 - $80,995 MSRP

N/A MPG

8.0SCORE

$31,765 - $80,995 MSRP

N/A MPG

2021 Honda Passport

Best Cars for the Money

The Honda Passport ranks in the top half of our midsize SUV rankings. Its well-rounded performance and spacious cabin are highly appealing, read more »

8.0SCORE

$32,590 - $43,980 MSRP

20 City / 25 Hwy MPG

8.0SCORE

$32,590 - $43,980 MSRP

20 City / 25 Hwy MPG

2021 Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave ranks in the middle of the midsize SUV class. It’s roomy and powerful, but it has cheaper cabin materials than you'd … read more »

7.9SCORE

N/A MSRP

N/A MPG

7.9SCORE

N/A MSRP

N/A MPG

2021 Honda Pilot

The 2021 Honda Pilot offers a comfortable ride and adult-friendly seating in all three rows, but its dismal predicted reliability rating rel read more »

7.9SCORE

$32,250 - $49,920 MSRP

20 City / 27 Hwy MPG

7.9SCORE

$32,250 - $49,920 MSRP

20 City / 27 Hwy MPG

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas ranks in the top third of the midsize SUV class. It has a spacious interior, user-friendly features, and composed read more »

7.9SCORE

$31,545 - $50,695 MSRP

21 City / 24 Hwy MPG

7.9SCORE

$31,545 - $50,695 MSRP

21 City / 24 Hwy MPG

2021 Toyota Highlander

The 2021 Toyota Highlander places midpack in our midsize SUV rankings. It offers a nice interior and a strong engine, but its third row … read more »

7.8SCORE

$34,810 - $48,915 MSRP

N/A MPG

7.8SCORE

$34,810 - $48,915 MSRP

N/A MPG

2020 Ford Edge

The 2020 Ford Edge sits in the middle of the midsize SUV class. It has decent engine power and a balanced ride, but its … read more »

7.7SCORE

$31,100 - $43,265 MSRP

N/A MPG

7.7SCORE

$31,100 - $43,265 MSRP

N/A MPG

2021 Subaru Ascent

The 2021 Subaru Ascent boasts a comfortable ride, adult-friendly seating, and plenty of tech features. However, its subpar predicted reliabi read more »

7.7SCORE

$32,295 - $45,445 MSRP

21 City / 27 Hwy MPG

7.7SCORE

$32,295 - $45,445 MSRP

21 City / 27 Hwy MPG

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks in the middle of the competitive midsize SUV class. The Grand Cherokee boasts a posh interior, a user-fri read more »

7.6SCORE

$32,350 - $87,650 MSRP

19 City / 26 Hwy MPG

7.6SCORE

$32,350 - $87,650 MSRP

19 City / 26 Hwy MPG

2021 Ford Explorer

The 2021 Ford Explorer finishes in the bottom third of our midsize SUV rankings. It's powerful and it offers a comfortable ride, but it … read more »

7.4SCORE

$32,225 - $54,480 MSRP

N/A MPG

7.4SCORE

$32,225 - $54,480 MSRP

N/A MPG

2021 Chevrolet Blazer

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer lands in the bottom third of our midsize SUV rankings. Its tight rear seats and small cargo hold limit its … read more »

7.3SCORE

N/A MSRP

21 City / 27 Hwy MPG

7.3SCORE

N/A MSRP

21 City / 27 Hwy MPG

2021 GMC Acadia

The 2021 GMC Acadia finishes in the bottom third of our midsize SUV rankings. While it has a comfortable ride and intuitive tech features, … read more »

7.3SCORE

N/A MSRP

21 City / 27 Hwy MPG

7.3SCORE

N/A MSRP

21 City / 27 Hwy MPG

2021 Nissan Murano

The 2021 Nissan Murano offers good fuel economy, a comfortable ride, and an easy-to-use infotainment system, but it suffers from a dated int read more »

7.3SCORE

$32,510 - $45,610 MSRP

20 City / 28 Hwy MPG

7.3SCORE

$32,510 - $45,610 MSRP

20 City / 28 Hwy MPG

2021 Toyota 4Runner

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner ranks near the back of the midsize SUV class. The 4Runner’s high predicted reliability rating and strong off-road pe read more »

7.1SCORE

$36,340 - $50,470 MSRP

16 City / 19 Hwy MPG

7.1SCORE

$36,340 - $50,470 MSRP

16 City / 19 Hwy MPG

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder ranks near the bottom of the competitive midsize SUV class. It has a peppy V6 engine, good fuel economy, and … read more »

6.9SCORE

$31,680 - $44,610 MSRP

20 City / 27 Hwy MPG

6.9SCORE

$31,680 - $44,610 MSRP

20 City / 27 Hwy MPG

2020 Dodge Journey

The 2020 Dodge Journey places near the bottom of our midsize SUV rankings. Its low base price can’t make up for its lackluster engine, … read more »

5.7SCORE

$23,675 - $28,595 MSRP

19 City / 25 Hwy MPG

5.7SCORE

$23,675 - $28,595 MSRP

19 City / 25 Hwy MPG

More on Midsize SUVs

Advancing safety technology over the past decade has brought significant improvements to SUV safety. Today’s SUVs not only include models built with rugged body-on-frame construction, which makes them capable of heading off-road, but also crossover models, which are less rugged but offer a more comfortable, carlike performance. 

With a wide range of prices, performance capabilities, and connectivity, it’s easy to find a midsize SUV that suits your needs.

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