Thanks to their practicality and versatility, the world has fully embraced SUVs. As automakers have dropped sedans from their model lineups, manufacturers have continued to launch new crossovers or SUVs. And in today’s SUV-dominant marketplace, not all are built to the same standard.
To help buyers narrow down what seems like endless options in the SUV marketplace, iSeeCars has compiled a list of the most reliable SUVs. These SUVs are proven to be among the longest-lasting cars on the road as determined by an analysis of 1.8 million vehicles to see which are most likely to exceed 200,000 miles. If you know you want a three-row hauler, you can also check out our list of the most reliable three-row SUVs.
Here are the most reliable SUVs:
|Most Reliable SUVs - iSeeCars|
|Rank||Model||% of Cars Over 200,000 Miles||New Car Price||3-Year-Old Used Car Price|
|1||Toyota Land Cruiser||16.3%||$80,691-$91,541||$58,834-$73,994|
|7||Toyota Highlander Hybrid||3.8%||$39,6367-$52,303||$24,669-$39,997|
|8||GMC Yukon/Yukon XL||3.4%||$63,330-$87,090||$36,807-$57,988|
|11||Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV||1.7%||$76,443-$114,138||$42,767-$66,999|
|Average for All Vehicles||1.0%|
#1 Toyota Land Cruiser
The iconic Toyota Land Cruiser earns the top spot by a wide margin. This classic off-road SUV debuted in the 1950s, and while it isn’t sold in high volumes, Toyota’s oldest nameplate has amassed a following of loyal enthusiasts who enjoy racking up miles on their Land Cruisers. It was engineered to last at least 25 years and is ubiquitous in developing countries where off-roading is the norm. The aging Land Cruiser hasn’t seen a redesign in over 13 years, so drivers likely keep older versions for longer because they still look like the latest models. The off-road capability and dependability doesn’t come cheap, with new versions costing $80,691 to $91,541 and three-year-old used Toyota Land Cruisers for sale costing between $58,834 and $73,994.
#2 Toyota Sequoia
Another full-size Toyota earns the second spot, the Sequoia. Just like the Land Cruiser, the truck-based three-row family hauler embodies Toyota’s reputation for reliability. It features three full rows of seats, with the third row spacious enough for adults, which isn’t always the case, even for large SUVs. It’s a capable family hauler able to tow heavy loads thanks to its brawny 5.7-liter V8 engine and durable powertrain that’s shared with the Tundra pickup truck. A new Toyota Sequoia costs $55,241 to $71,779, while a three-year-old used Toyota Sequoia costs between $35,058-$53,870.
#3 Chevrolet Suburban
The third-ranked Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV is a popular livery vehicle thanks to its class-leading passenger and cargo space. Redesigned for the 2021 model year, it now includes an extra 23 cubic feet of cargo space and an extra two inches of legroom in both the second and third row. It also has improved ride quality and handling, an improved infotainment system, and more standard safety features. A new Chevrolet Suburban costs between $53,448 and $83,158 and a three-year-old used Chevrolet Suburban costs $33,163 to $50,991.
#4 Ford Expedition
An additional full-size SUV, the Ford Expedition ranks fourth. Known for its quality and reliability, it was named as Consumer Reports top choice for a large SUV. Unlike its rivals with V8 engines, the Expedition has a twin-turbo V6, giving it better gas mileage than the rest of its class. It is available as a two- or three-row SUV, and like the Suburban, it has vast cargo and passenger space to make it a popular choice for a livery vehicle. A new Ford Expedition costs $47,681 to $76,432, while a used Ford Expedition for sale costs from $34,742 to $55,989.
#5 Toyota 4RunnerThe Toyota 4Runner earns spot number five. The 4Runner’s presence on the list is no surprise, as its age-old 4.0-liter V6 is one of the toughest engines out there. The 4Runner is similar to the Land Cruiser in that it also enjoys a loyal following that keeps prices up and values high, ensuring high-mileage models still find ready buyers. The 4Runner’s reputation for durability and off-road superiority puts this genuine four-wheel drive SUV among the top ten most reliable SUVs. A new Toyota 4Runner costs between $47,681 and $76,431, while a used Toyota 4Runner costs between $34,742 and $55,989.
#6 Chevrolet Tahoe
Ranked sixth is another American full-size SUV, the Chevrolet Tahoe. Fully redesigned for 2021, it has three available engine options including two powerful V8 engines and a turbo diesel inline-six. The most powerful engine is a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It boasts impressive cargo and passenger space, and like the Suburban, its redesign increased its legroom and added standard safety features. It is among the more affordable vehicles in the large SUV class with a new Chevrolet Tahoe costing between $53,758 and $79,489. If you opt for a three-year-old used Chevrolet Tahoe, you can expect to pay between $34,542 and $53,995.
#7 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid ranks seventh. It is the first midsize SUV and the only hybrid to make the list. Drivers who put major miles on their SUV appreciate the added fuel economy benefits from the Hybrid’s gas-electric powertrain, which gets up to 35 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Those buyers also like the Toyota reputation for reliability, which is as true with the Highlander Hybrid as it is with any other product from the marque. All these factors create a higher likelihood the Hybrid models end up with 200,000 or more miles than the ordinary Highlander variants. A three-year-old used Toyota Highlander Hybrid costs between $30,763 to $38,743.
#8 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL
Ranked eighth is the GMC Yukon and its extended variant, the GMC Yukon XL. Also redesigned for 2021, the Yukon and the Yukon XL share a platform with the other full-size GM SUVs including the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Chevrolet Suburban. GM’s 5.3-liter and 6.0-liter V8 powertrains found in these SUVs have been known to go the distance with minimal issues, and buyers love to use them for long-distance jaunts. All these big GMs will also pull more than 8,000 pounds, making them great options for those who do regular towing. A new Yukon/XL costs between $63,330 and $87,090 and a three-year-old used GMC Yukon costs between $36,807 to $57,988. Pricing for the Yukon XL is an extra $2,700 above the standard version, making it more expensive to buy now. However, it depreciates faster than the standard size, making used Yukon XLs a smart vehicle purchase.
#9 Lincoln Navigator
The Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV ranks ninth and is the premium version of the fourth-ranked Ford Expedition. It also tops our list of the most reliable luxury cars. Like the Expedition, it has a powerful V6 engine giving it above-average fuel economy for the class. It features a lavish interior with three full rows of seats offering a comfortable and pleasant ride for family hauling. 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.
#10 Honda Pilot
The midsize Honda Pilot ranks tenth. The Honda Pilot is a spacious three-row crossover SUV that appeals to those who want a family-friendly hauler but don’t require a full-size SUV. It’s available in all-wheel-drive or front-wheel drive and is a popular minivan alternative with seating for up to eight passengers. It offers a smooth ride and above-average gas mileage for its class. A new Honda Pilot costs between $35,554 and $49,837 and a three-year-old used Honda Pilot costs between $23,498 and $34,999.
#11 Cadillac EscaladeThe Cadillac Escalade ranks eleventh and is no surprise given it shares a platform with all the General Motors full-size SUVs on the list. Redesigned for 2021, it offers refined handling and a luxurious interior. A new Cadillac Escalade costs between $76,443 and $114,138 and a three-year-old used Cadillac Escalade costs from $42,767 to $66,999.
#12 Acura MDX
The twelfth-ranked Acura MDX is the premium version of the tenth-ranked Honda Pilot. It has a capable V6 engine and offers spacious seating for up to seven passengers 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.
#13 Toyota Highlander
Ranked thirteenth is the gasoline variant of the seventh-ranked Highlander Hybrid. The Toyota Highlander is a capable crossover with a high-quality cabin and three spacious rows of seats. A new Toyota Highlander costs between $36,314 and $50,341 and a three-year-old used Toyota Highlander costs between $24,988 and $35,994.
#14 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V ranks fourteenth and is the only compact SUV to make the list, proving that capable and reliable SUVs come in all sizes. The small crossover has above-average cargo and passenger space for its class. A new Honda CR-V costs from $26,454 to $35,742 and a three-year-old used Honda CR-V costs from $19,465 to $28,237.
#15 Nissan Armada
Rounding out the list is the fifteenth-ranked Nissan Armada full-size SUV. It has a powerful V8 engine that makes it a capable hauler for people, cargo, and towing. A new Nissan Armada costs from $42,502 to $66,441, which is below-average for the class. A three-year-old used Nissan Armada costs from $26,651 to $40,997.
Hyundai Santa FeThe midsize Hyundai Santa Fe earns an honorable mention for its combination of quality and value. It did not earn a top spot in our ratings because its improvement in quality is too recent to demonstrate long-term reliability. However, it consistently earns high rankings for predicted reliability and was named as a top SUV by JD Power. The Kia Sorento is similar to the Hyundai Santa Fe and shares the same platform, and is another reliable SUV to consider.
Subaru OutbackWhile the vehicle is technically classified as a wagon, the Subaru Outback offers standard all-wheel drive and provides cargo space typical of a compact SUV. Although its reliability rating fell just short of our overall rankings, it’s a dependable hauler for those who want the perks of an SUV with the driving dynamics of a car.
Lexus RX 350The Lexus RX 350 midsize SUV did not make our list because it was introduced in 2008. As such, it hasn’t been around enough to regularly amass 200,000 miles. However, it shares a platform with the Toyota Highlander and has proven to be a reliable vehicle despite not having the chance to demonstrate long-term reliability.
Buick EncoreThe Buick Encore deserves recognition as a reliable option for drivers who want a subcompact SUV. It was introduced in 2013, so it hasn’t had the chance to demonstrate long-term reliability. However, it is praised for its predicted reliability ratings.
Toyota RAV4The popular Toyota RAV4 earns an honorable mention thanks to Toyota’s reputation for long-lasting, durable SUVs. It’s among the most reliable vehicles out there for shoppers looking for a reliable and dependable compact SUV.
The Bottom LineWhile full-size SUVs dominate the list, there are additional options for reliable haulers including multiple midsize models and a compact SUV. If you want not only the most reliable SUV but also the most reliable vehicle you can buy period, the choices showcased here are your best bet. For going the distance without breaking so much as a light sweat, these big SUVs cannot be beat.
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