buying 8 Best Midsize SUVs of 2021
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There’s a lot to like about the 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid, including its lithe handling and swift acceleration. However, its poor predicted reliability rating and frustrating infotainment controls pull it down near the bottom of our hybrid and electric SUV rankings. The 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid is ranked: #10 in 2017 Hybrid SUVs #52 in Used Hybrid SUVs under $30K Is the 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid a Good Used SUV? Despite its ranking, the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is a decent vehicle. With good acceleration and sporty handling, this Acura proves that a hybrid SUV can be fun to drive. It comes with plenty of standard features too.
In the beginning, buying an SUV almost certainly meant you were going to be buying a midsize SUV. Early models like the, , , and are the reason a niche, off-roading vehicle segment morphed into the bread-and-butter family transportation choice and then spawned numerous offshoot segments based on size, capability, performance and luxury.
All those different directions can be easily seen in today's selection of midsize SUVs (most of which are technically crossovers), including the current versions of those SUV pioneers. There are the three-row family haulers that consumers happily gobble up instead of minivans. There are two-row, style-oriented choices like the, and that are resolutely intended to stay nice and clean on-road. On the opposite end, there are the old-school, body-on-frame, definitely-not-a-crossover and . Between the two resides the versatile . And then you have segment-bending oddities that don't exactly fit into a single category like the and . Oh, and lots and lots of luxury choices, though we'll save those for another list.
Chevy Corvette remained fastest-selling car in March, Toyota RAV4 Prime not far behind
The Corvette's inventory likely remains in short supply, and ditto for the RAV4 Prime.Still, according to new data from iSeeCars on Wednesday covering the month of March, a Corvette only stuck around at a dealership for 9.4 days on average. The average time to sell a vehicle sits at 47.4 days for all new vehicles, underscoring how quickly a Corvette in stock turns into a sale. While General Motors works to build the sports car as quickly as possible for eager fans, the second-place finisher is pretty surprising.
So here is our list of the best midsize SUVs, broken into two- and three-row choices, then listed alphabetically.
Best three-row midsize SUVs
Why it stands out: More third-row and cargo space; well-executed tech; high-style interior
Could be better: No hybrid or performance version
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Theis mechanically related to the , and choosing between this pair of masterfully executed family haulers could basically come down to a coin flip. Or, more realistically, which you think looks better. For its part, the has a more luxurious vibe, which is most obvious in its Limited (pictured above) and Calligraphy trim levels that could easily compete with actual luxury-brand SUVs. The main reason for this is the stylish, well-made cabin that not only looks great, but boasts useful storage, user-friendly infotainment tech and more space than nearly every competitor — bigger kids and even adults will be perfectly comfortable in the third row, and you can . Hyundai's is also among the best-executed in the industry. If there's a major hole in its game, it's the lack of a hybrid powertrain or a more powerful version.
2011 Toyota Camry: What You Need to Know
The 2011 Toyota Camry finishes near the top of our midsize car rankings thanks to its outstanding reliability rating, supple ride, and generous amount of cabin space. However, it has below-average safety scores, numb handling, and mundane interior styling. The 2011 Toyota Camry is ranked: #2 in 2011 Affordable Midsize Cars #10 in Used Midsize Cars under $15K Is the 2011 Toyota Camry a Good Used Car? Yes, the 2011 Toyota Camry is a good used car. It isn’t the most athletic or stylish choice in the midsize car class, but it’s a sensible one.
Why it stands out: Unique size; efficient engines including two hybrid choices; high-end cabin; well-executed tech
Could be better: Less standard power than similarly priced midsize models
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Thebasically has the exterior dimensions of a two-row midsize SUV, but manages to sandwich in a third row for those who could foresee needing one on occasion, but not frequently enough to warrant driving around a bigger, thirstier and pricier vehicle like Kia's Telluride. We think this versatility gives the a leg up on two-row crossovers like the and , while its smaller size is bound to appeal to those who don't view bigger as necessarily better. And for its part, the is appealing for myriad other reasons. Completely redesigned for 2021, it features revised styling in keeping with but not copying the successful . There are even slightly different styling flavors, including the sportier SX Prestige and more rugged X-Line (pictured above). Inside, material quality is elevated, the design is handsome and technology is not only abundant, but user friendly. The same well-executed driver assistance and safety features that so impress in the Palisade and Telluride are also available in the Sorento. And finally, the Sorento benefits from a full menu of fuel-efficient powertrains: the admittedly meager 191-horsepower base engine, the powerful turbo upgrade that's more efficient than the V6s of most competitors, the 37-mpg traditional hybrid and the late-availability plug-in hybrid.
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Why it stands out: More third-row and cargo space; well-executed tech; well-made interior; doesn't look like a family hauler
Could be better: No hybrid or performance version available
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If you've already read the above description of the Hyundai Palisade, you've already been briefed about its mechanical commonalities with the Telluride and that they share the same fundamental strong points: space, technology, quality and value. They also do so to an extent that outpaces their competitors. Of the two, the Kia Telluride has received the greater share of accolades, largely because its styling seems to resonate with more people. Basically, style is the tie breaker. There's more than a whiff ofto its blocky proportions and restrained detailing. Heck, "Telluride" is even written across the hood, much like a Range Rover would be. Basically, the Kia Telluride doesn't look like a three-row family hauler despite being one of the best three-row family haulers. Win-win.
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Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Why it stands out: Best fuel economy in its segment by many miles; high-end interior
Could be better: Cramped third-row seat; sluggish and simplistic infotainment
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The Telluride and Palisade might be excellent, class-leading three-row crossovers, but their fuel economy is simply average for the segment at 21 mpg combined. The, on the other hand, gets 35 mpg combined. That difference is as massive as it seems. Besides the environmental benefits, you will save an average of $850 per year at the pump with the , according to the EPA. When you consider it costs only $1,400 more than a comparable V6-powered , you're looking at an incredibly quick payback time. True, it has only 243 horsepower, which means it's on the slow side for the segment, but considering how most people drive their three-row family haulers, we think the 14-mpg advantage will more than make up for that. Besides its fuel economy, though, the recently redesigned Highlander is appealing in its own right with Palisade-rivaling interior quality, composed ride and handling, and ample feature content. If there's reason for pause, it's the rather cramped third-row seat. Toyota says its customers were content with the Highlander's smaller-than-average size and therefore didn't expand it greatly, but there's no ignoring that most three-row midsize SUVs are bigger. The exception? The Kia Sorento, which is smaller on the outside but not that different in the third row. It's also the only other three-row, non-luxury SUV available as a hybrid.
Best used cars to trade in for the most cash
As the car market booms, you may own one of the best used cars to trade in and earn a premium right now.By looking at the used cars with the greatest price increases, the website notes owners will inevitably receive a higher trade-in value so dealers can stock them and sell them for the higher prices. If you own one, you're sitting in a pretty great spot if you want to sell it. Keep in mind, the vehicles listed come from the 2016-2020 model years and are ranked by the percentage not absolute price increase. Older vehicles aren't included in the averages.
Best two-row midsize SUVs
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Why it stands out: Off-road capability; towing capacity; user-friendly tech; variety of models
Could be better: Meager performance from base V6; old and about to be replaced; interior space
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Sure, it's been around forever and is about to be replaced by an all-new model. Nevertheless, the Grand Cherokee soldiers on as a top pick among two-row midsize SUVs because it offers a unique mix of attributes. Whereas other two-row midsizers like the Honda Passport and Ford Edge offer questionable value compared to three-row models that cost a pittance more, the Grand Cherokee has clear advantages over the family haulers. It has genuine off-road and towing capability, plus numerous engine upgrades (including the truly absurd 707-horsepower Trackhawk) and styling that most definitely avoids the family hauler look. It's also more refined, efficient and modern than the other go-to off-roading midsizer, the Toyota 4Runner. Although we haven't tested, its excellent two-row predecessor is a good sign for things to come.
Why it stands out: Off-roading legend; vast variety of models and options; it's really cool
Could be better: On-road handling; ride comfort; interior noise; fuel economy; cargo space; cabin security
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The Wrangler isn't really a competitor for any of the above midsize SUVs, and we definitely don't recommend it as a family vehicle. In fact, we are quick to point out the Wrangler's innumerable practical drawbacks: handling, ride comfort, interior noise, safety ratings, fuel economy, cargo space, windows that come undone with a zipper. ... Basically, think long and hard about whether you can live with these drawbacks to what is otherwise a masterful off-roading SUV. Available in two- and four-door body styles, five engine options (including the plug-in hybrid 4xe and 470-horsepower Rubicon 392), multiple hard- and soft-top roof styles, and numerous trim levels and special style packages, there's bound to be a Wrangler for everyone. Heck, there's also the Jeep Gladiator pickup. Ultimately, we recommend the Wrangler because despite those many drawbacks, this latest generation is in fact far more refined and livable than past generations. A Honda Passport it isn't, but it's now unlikely to beat up your spine, blow out your ears and confuse your hands with spooky steering.
2021 Honda CR-V Touring First Test: Still the Best
They—whoever they are—say it is difficult to be humble when you’re the best at what you do, but apparently they forgot to tell that to the 2021 Honda CR-V, the family hauler that we rate number one among compact SUVs. It’s not hard to believe that Honda would make the best compact SUV in the segment—but what exactly makes it so good? We took a refresher drive in a top-of-the-line 2021 Honda CR-V Touring with all-wheel drive and were reminded of everything we love about the CR-V. Let's take a tour, front to back. © William Walker 2021 Honda CR V Touring We'll start with the engine, a 1.
Why it stands out: More space and ground clearance than other midsize crossovers; fuel economy; easy-to-load roof racks
Could be better: The droning CVT; boring to drive; hyper-vigilant driver assistance tech
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You're right, the Outback isn't technically an SUV. But then, everything else on this list except the traditional, body-on-frame Wrangler and 4Runner aren't technically SUVs, either. They're crossovers that feature car-like unibody construction — just like the Outback. And despite looking like a wagon, it has more ground clearance, more cargo capacity, more back seat space and better fuel economy than most other midsize crossovers. It's a genuinely sensible and usable vehicle, especially for those who actually like to take their vehicles off the beaten path (versus those who just like to project the appearance of such weekend adventures). Throw in its abundance of safety and infotainment tech, standard all-wheel drive, solid reliability ratings and improved interior quality with its most recent redesign, and you have a vehicle that's easy to recommend.
Why it stands out: Large and versatile cargo space; off-road capability; reliability; residual values; charmingly old-school
Could be better: Antiquated engine, transmission and interior; poor fuel economy; sloppy handling
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Much like the Jeep Wrangler, there are innumerable reasons to think twice about the 4Runner. The inefficient, slow and unresponsive powertrain represents most of the issues, but then, the antiquated interior and inherent issues of driving an old-school SUV on-road aren't helping things. For most midsize SUV buyers, Toyota's Highlander Hybrid would be a far more sensible choice. But, let's say you don't need to be that sensible. The 4Runner in many ways still makes more sense than the above Jeeps due to its bulletproof reliability, eye-popping residual values (the TRD Pro has been known to go up in value), and colossal cargo capacity. As a go-anywhere family vehicle, the 4Runner is hard to beat. It even looks pretty cool, which isn't something that can be said about many family vehicles.
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Polestar 3 electric SUV coming in 2022, will be built in South Carolina .
The 3 will share a platform with the next-generation Volvo XC90.This news is hardly a surprise. The Polestar 3 will ride on an electrified version of Volvo's upcoming Scalable Product Architecture 2 (SPA 2) platform, which will also underpin the next-generation XC90 SUV. During an interview in October 2019, Volvo's US president and CEO, Anders Gustafsson, told us the new XC90 will be built in South Carolina starting in 2022, so it only makes sense that it'll be produced alongside the Polestar 3.