The SUV segment remains in high demand in America. This is also true for luxury vehicle buyers, with SUVs making up 60% of luxury vehicle sales. Luxury SUVs are often built with higher-end materials and offer a more comfortable ride than their mainstream counterparts. But does higher quality translate to better reliability?
Of all the luxury SUVs out there, some are better suited towards long-term reliability than others. To determine the most reliable luxury SUVs, iSeeCars analyzed over 11.8 million used cars sold in 2020 to see which are the longest-lasting cars to surpass the 200,000-mile mark. These vehicles with the highest percentages have been crowned the most reliable.
Here are the most reliable luxury SUVs:
1. Lincoln NavigatoriSeeCars Reliability Score: 9.1 (of 10)
The Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV earns the top spot. The Navigator has a powerful V6 engine that provides above-average fuel economy for the large SUV class. It has an elegant interior full of high-end materials including genuine leather and wood trim. The Lincoln Navigator is as spacious as it is posh with three full rows of seats. It also has a towing capacity of up to 8,300 pounds, which earns it a spot on our list of Best SUVs for Towing. A new Lincoln Navigator costs between $81,972 to $99,101 and a three-year-old used Lincoln Navigator is between $50,063 and $74,408.
2. Cadillac EscaladeiSeeCars Reliability Score: 9.0
The Cadillac Escalade ranks second. Redesigned for 2021 with new interior and exterior styling, the full-size SUV provides refined handling and has a luxurious interior that features a large three-screen digital dashboard. The 16.9-inch main infotainment system wirelessly connects to Android Auto and Apple Carplay for hands-free convenience. And the new Escalade’s updated version of Super Cruise is among the most advanced driver assist systems currently available. A new Cadillac Escalade costs between $76,443 and $110,972 and a three-year-old used Cadillac Escalade costs from $46,901to $65,000.
3. Cadillac Escalade ESViSeeCars Reliability Score: 9.0
The Cadillac Escalade ESV ranks third and is the extended wheelbase version of the Escalade. It provides 41.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row compared to the 25.5 cubic feet offered in the standard Escalade. A new Cadillac Escalade ESV costs between $77,962 and $114,138, and a three-year-old used Cadillac Escalade ESV costs between $42,767 and $66,999.
4. Acura MDXiSeeCars Reliability Score: 9.0
The Acura MDX ranks fourth and debuts an all-new version for 2022 after skipping the 2021 model year. It has a capable 290 horsepower V6 engine and offers spacious seating for up to seven passengers. The redesigned MDX offers more cargo and passenger space than the previous generation, and includes more standard features such as a rear-seat reminder (to protect against leaving children unattended) and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also has new standard driver assistance features like blindspot monitoring, drowsiness monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
A new Acura MDX costs between $45,449 and $59,178 and a three-year-old used Acura MDX costs between $24,762 and $38,457.
5. Lincoln Navigator LiSeeCars Reliability Score: 8.9
The Lincoln Navigator L, which is the extended wheelbase version of the top-ranked Lincoln Navigator, ranks fifth. The Lincoln Navigator L has a wheelbase that is 9 inches longer than the standard Navigator, which provides 15 more cubic feet of cargo space. A new Lincoln Navigator L costs between $84,989 and $103,795, while a three-year-old used Lincoln Navigator L costs between $51,439 and $74,100.
6. Volvo XC90iSeeCars Reliability Score: 8.9
The Volvo XC90 midsize SUV ranks sixth. The Volvo XC90 seats up to seven passengers and has plenty of cargo space as well as above-average fuel-economy for the class. It also has a plug-in-hybrid variant, the T8. The XC90 comes with standard features including front parking sensors, adaptive headlights, and a smartphone wireless charging pad. A new Volvo XC90 costs between $47,837 and $69,628, while a three-year-old used Volvo XC90 for sale costs between $34,489 and $46,896.
7. Buick EnclaveiSeeCars Reliability Score: 8.3
Ranked seventh is the Buick Enclave midsize SUV. It comes with a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine and offers a smooth ride. It also has more cargo space than most vehicles in its class and maximizes its cargo capacity with 3.1 cubic feet of storage under the floor. A new Buick Enclave costs between $35,335 and $58,444, and a three-year-old used Buick Enclave costs between $24,997 and $36,995.
8. Lexus RX 350iSeeCars Reliability Score: 8.0
The Lexus RX 350 midsize SUV ranks eighth and represents the Lexus luxury brand’s reputation for quality and reliability. It comes with a long list of standard features like synthetic leather, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, and a power liftgate, to name a few. It also has a suite of standard safety features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane keep assist. All-wheel drive is available for an additional $1,400. A new Lexus RX 350 costs between $46,994 and $61,289, and a three-year-old used Lexus RX 350 costs between $32,610 and $44,646.
9. Lexus LX 570iSeeCars Reliability Score: 7.2
The Lexus LX 570 large off-road SUV ranks tenth. It’s the luxury version of the most reliable SUV, the Toyota Land Cruiser. This SUV has some big drawbacks, like poor fuel economy ratings, a high price tag, and an overall aging design, but it remains a durable and capable off-roader that’s proven to stand the test of time. It comes with a suite of standard safety features like pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. A new Lexus LX 570 costs between $89,731 and $103,976, and pricing for a three-year-old used Lexus LX 570 is between $63,750 and $77,949.
10. BMW X5iSeeCars Reliability Score: 6.5
The BMW X5 midsize SUV rounds out the list and claims the tenth spot. The BMW X5 has a simple yet sophisticated interior design full of high-end materials like synthetic leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped dashboard. Available features include massaging front seats and parallel parking assist. It comes standard with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that strikes the perfect balance of power and efficiency, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is also available for those who want even more fuel efficiency. A new BMW X5 costs between $63,470 and $91,650, and a three-year-old used BMW X5 costs between $33,999 and $50,992.
The Bottom LineFew people buy a luxury SUV because they want to get 200,000 trouble-free miles out of it; if that’s your primary criteria, a Toyota is a much better use of your used-car-buying dollar. But you can still get a luxury SUV that is relatively trouble-free and less expensive than a typical luxury SUV to maintain. And because of the steep depreciation of luxury cars, a used version can save you a lot of money versus buying new.
These vehicles, as well as the rest of the cars found on our list, represent the best options for reliable luxury SUVs. If you expect to keep your new high-end ride for the long haul, one of these options is the way to go.
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