More and more people are turning to SUVs when it’s time to buy a new vehicle. These versatile models offer comfortable and roomy interiors for passengers combined with plenty of space for carrying cargo. Depending on the model, they can even tow a trailer, making them the ultimate do-it-all option.

As technologies evolve, automakers are enabling more advanced safety features in SUVs each year. Many of these features are standard while some are still only available as options or on select trims. We analyzed today’s selection of SUVs to see exactly what is included as a standard feature and what’s only available as an option when compiling our list. We also considered National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings for crash tests into our analysis.

The final factor in our ranking includes the iSeeCars.com Quality Score for each vehicle, which combines its NHTSA safety score with its reliability rating and value retention score. Together, this data provides a full picture of each SUVs overall strengths and weaknesses along with an idea about what you can expect to pay:

Safest SUVs - iSeeCars.com
Category Vehicle NHTSA Overall Rating* IIHS Safety Rating iSeeCars Quality Score New MSRP Starting Price Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price
Best Subcompact SUV Subaru Crosstrek 5 N/A 8.1 $21,595 $23,525
Best Small SUV Subaru Outback 5 Top Safety Pick + 8.7 $26,945 $25,539
Best Midsize SUV Toyota Highlander 5 Top Safety Pick+ 8.8 $35,205 $32,556
Best Large SUV Ford Expedition 5 Top Safety Pick + 8.3 $52,810 $49,324
Best Hybrid SUV Toyota Highlander Hybrid 5 Top Safety Pick + 9.2 $44,979 $36,562
Best Subcompact Luxury SUV Buick Encore 5 Top Safety Pick 8.3 $24,911 $19,317
Best Luxury Small SUV Acura RDX 5 Top Safety Pick+ 8.7 $39,300 $26,742
Best Luxury Midsize SUV Acura MDX 5 Top Safety Pick + 9.0 $47,200 $33,667
Best Luxury Large SUV Lincoln Navigator 5 N/A 8.7 $76,705 $63,398
Best Luxury Hybrid SUV Acura MDX 5 N/A 8.2 N/A $38,926
Best Electric SUV Tesla Model X 5 Not Tested 8.5 $118,034 $73,823
*NOTE: NHTSA Rating is based on each vehicle’s NHTSA score, averaged over 2015-2019 model years. It is also used to derive the iSeeCars Safety Score for each car listed below. 

Crash test scores are only one part of a vehicle’s safety rating. The availability of driver-assist technologies also impacts safety. While it’s essential that the driver always give the road their full attention, these technologies provide a little extra help. They’re an assist, but never a replacement, for an attentive driver.

It’s important to note that it’s not necessary to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a luxury model to get a safe SUV. Advanced safety technologies are now available on the most affordable models, making it easier to stay within your budget.

 Understanding how all the latest safety technologies work is helpful when considering which SUVs to buy. The short list of terms and definitions below will help you understand how the latest safety features help prevent accidents, allowing you to determine which are the most important to you.

Modern Safety Technology Terms and Definitions:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking -- when forward sensors detect an imminent collision they can apply the brakes, even when the driver doesn’t, to assist with front crash prevention
  • Automatic High Beams -- the vehicle can automatically switch between low beams and high beams when appropriate
  • Blind-spot Monitor -- alerts the driver when another vehicle is in the blind spot to reduce the chance of a collision during a lane change 
  • Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward and Rear -- sensors monitor the movement of vehicles passing in front of, or behind, a parked vehicle, alerting the driver to potential collisions
  • Driver Attention Monitoring -- monitors driver behavior and creates an audible and visual warning if the driver shows signs of distraction or fatigue
  • Forward (or Pre-) Collision Warning -- alerts the driver of a potential or likely collision; this system often works with Automatic Emergency Braking to improve front crash prevention
  • Lane Centering -- more advanced than Lake-Keeping Assist, Lane Centering uses small steering corrections to keep a vehicle centered in its lane
  • Lane Departure Warning -- alerts the driver when the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane
  • Lane-Keeping Assist -- monitors the vehicle’s position in its lane and makes steering corrections if a vehicle starts to drift out of its lane
  • Parking Sensors, Front and Rear -- produces audible warnings when parking a vehicle to help the driver understand how close the vehicle is to a solid object (another car, wall, etc.)
  • Pedestrian Detection -- uses sensors to detect pedestrians and can apply brakes to avoid collisions or reduce vehicle speed prior to collision
  • Radar Cruise Control (also known as Smart Cruise Control or Adaptive Cruise Control) -- uses sensors to maintain a set distance from vehicles traveling in front of the primary vehicle, thus reducing the need for driver input to maintain a set speed
  • Rear Seat Reminder -- reminds the driver to check the rear seat area before exiting the vehicle and can sound the horn if rear-seat movement is detected after the vehicle is locked
  • Safe Exit Assist -- monitors street traffic when a car is parked to reduce the likelihood of opening a door when another vehicle is approaching or passing by
  • Steering Assist -- can steer the vehicle away from an imminent collision 
  • Surround View (or 360-Degree) Camera -- provides an overhead view of the vehicle to see how much space is available on all sides when parking or moving at low speeds
The following SUVs received the best safety rankings across 10 SUV categories based on iSeeCars scoring system. While we only crown one winner in each category, we also include 2 “honorable mentions” for SUV shoppers seeking additional options in a safe SUV.

Best Subcompact SUVs

1. Subaru Crosstrek 

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.1

Reliability Score: 6.0

Retained Value Score: 8.4

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $21,595

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $23,525

The Subaru Crosstrek receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars, with 4 stars for frontal collisions, 5 stars for side-impact collisions, and 4 stars for rollover resistance. It did not qualify for a top IIHS rating. The Crosstrek is among the best subcompact SUVs out there and has seating for five people, standard all-wheel drive, and a roomy interior. There are two engine and two transmission choices, including a 6-speed manual. The Crosstrek also has a roomy interior with 55.3 cubic feet behind the front seats.

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
None Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Pre-Collision Braking

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Radar Cruise Control

2. Chevrolet Trax

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.0

Reliability Score: 5.9

Retained Value Score: 8.1

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $22,642

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $17,292

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
None Automatic Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Parking Sensors

3. Hyundai Kona

iSeeCars Quality Score: N/A

Reliability Score: 6.0

Retained Value Score: Not Available

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $25,537

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $19,875

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Driver Attention Monitoring

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Parking Sensors

Radar Cruise Control

Safe Exit Assist

Best Small SUVs

1. Subaru Outback

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

Reliability Score: 8.0

Retained Value Score: 8.1

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $34,898

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $25,939

The Subaru Outback receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars, with 5 stars in front and side-impact collisions and 4 stars for rollover resistance. It also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. The Outback, which is also our pick for the best small SUVs, has seating for up to five people and comes with standard all-wheel drive. This rugged SUV has up to 9.5 inches of ground clearance and can tow up to 3,500 pounds properly equipped. The Outback offers 75.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats.

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Attention Warning

Parking Sensors

2. Subaru Forester

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

Reliability Score: 7.9

Retained Value Score: 8.1

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating:

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $30,716

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $23,752

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Attention Warning

Parking Sensors

3. Hyundai Tucson

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.3

Reliability Score: 6.9

Retained Value Score: 8.1

Safety Score: 9.8 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 4.9

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $30,330

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $20,668

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Driver Attention Monitoring

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Camera

Cross Traffic Alert

Parking Sensors

Radar Cruise Control

Safe Exit Assist

Surround View Camera

Best Midsize SUVs

1. Toyota Highlander

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.8

Reliability Score: 8.3

Retained Value Score: 8.3

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $42,376

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $32,556

The Toyota Highlander receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars, with 4 stars in front collisions, 5 stars in side-impact collisions, and 4 stars for rollover resistance. It also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. As one of the best midsize SUVs available. he Highlander has seating for up to eight passengers and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. There’s plenty of cargo room, with 84.3 cubic feet behind the first row of seats. It can two up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control      

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Parking Sensors

Surround View Monitor

2. Ford Explorer

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.3

Reliability Score: 8.1

Retained Value Score: 6.8

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $46,002

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $32,990

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Lane Centering

Radar Cruise Control

Steering Assist

Surround View Camera

3. Ford Edge

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.2

Reliability Score: 7.8

Retained Value Score: 6.8

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick

MSRP: $39,787

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $26,836

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Attention Monitoring

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

None

Best Large SUVs

1. Ford Expedition

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.3

Reliability Score: 8.8

Retained Value Score: 6.0

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Not Tested

MSRP: $63,488

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $49,234

The Ford Expedition receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars with 5 stars in front and side-impact collisions and 4 stars for rollover resistance. It was not tested by the IIHS. This is a large SUV with seating for up to eight people and a cavernous interior. There’s up to 104.6 cubic feet for cargo behind the first row and it can tow up to 9,300 pounds when properly equipped. It offers a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive with a V6 engine that delivers up to 400 horsepower in the top Platinum trim.

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Attention Monitoring

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Radar Cruise Control

Surround View Camera

2. Chevrolet Tahoe

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.3

Reliability Score: 8.7

Retained Value Score: 8.0

Safety Score: 8.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 4

IIHS Safety Rating: Not Tested

MSRP: $60,352

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $46,820

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Surround View Camera

3. GMC Yukon

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.2

Reliability Score: 8.6

Retained Value Score: 7.9

Safety Score: 8.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 4

IIHS Safety Rating: Not Tested

MSRP: $62,417

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $50,611

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Surround View Camera

Best Hybrid SUVs

1. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

iSeeCars Quality Score: 9.2

Reliability Score: 8.9

Retained Value Score: 8.6

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $44,979

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $36,562

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars, with 4 stars in front collisions, 5 stars in side-impact collisions, and 4 stars for rollover resistance. It also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. The Highlander has seating for up to eight passengers and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Highlander Hybrid earns 36 mpg combined with its standard front-wheel drive version. There’s plenty of cargo room, with 84.3 cubic feet behind the first row of seats.  

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control  

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Parking Sensors

Surround View Monitor

2. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.3

Reliability Score: 5.8

Retained Value Score: 9.0

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $32,965

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $27,181

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control         

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Parking Sensors

Surround View Camera

3. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

iSeeCars Quality Score: 7.8

Reliability Score: 6.4

Retained Value Score: 7.0

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

MSRP: $39,482

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $24,596

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Cross Traffic Alert

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Radar Cruise Control

Best Luxury Subcompact SUVs

1. Buick Encore

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.3

Reliability Score: 6.2

Retained Value Score: 8.6

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick

MSRP: $24,911

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $19,317

The Buick Encore receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars, with 5 stars in front and side-impact collisions and 4 stars for rollover resistance. It also received a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS. The Encore has seating for five passengers and provides a surprising amount of interior space despite its compact size. It offers a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive and two engine choices, including a responsive 1.3-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder with 155 horsepower. Cargo room is a spacious 23.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 50.2 cubic feet behind the front seats.

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Parking Sensors

Surround View Camera

2. Audi Q3

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.1

Reliability Score: 5.8

Retained Value Score: 8.5

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $38,753

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $26,894

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Parking Sensors

Safe Exit Assist

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control

Surround View Camera

3. BMW X1

iSeeCars Quality Score: 7.7

Reliability Score: 6.1

Retained Value Score: 7.0

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $36,406

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $27,485

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Parking Sensors            

None

Best Luxury Small SUVs

1. Acura RDX

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

Reliability Score: 7.7

Retained Value Score: 8.5

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $46,056

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $26,742

The Acura RDX receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars, with 4 stars in front collisions, 5 stars in side-impact collisions, and 4 stars for rollover resistance. It also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. The RDX has seating for up to five people in a roomy cabin that includes 58.9 cubic feet behind the front seats for cargo. It’s available with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive, with power coming from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine offering 272 horsepower.

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control      

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Parking Sensors

Surround View Camera

2. Volvo XC60

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.2

Reliability Score: 7.6

Retained Value Score: 6.9

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $50,339

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $36,699

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Attention Monitoring

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Steering Assist

None

3. BMW X3

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.0

Reliability Score: 7.7

Retained Value Score: 6.4

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $49,282

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $37,414

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Attention Monitoring

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Parking Sensors

None

Best Luxury Midsize SUVs

1. Acura MDX

iSeeCars Quality Score: 9.0

Reliability Score: 8.8

Retained Value Score: 8.1

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $53,599

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $33,667

The Acura MDX receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars, with 5 stars in front and side-impact collisions and 4 stars for rollover resistance. It did not qualify for a top IIHS rating. There’s seating for seven people in the MDX within its comfortable and well-appointed interior. It offers either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and delivers 290 horsepower from its standard V6 engine. It has ample room for cargo, with 71.4 cubic feet behind the front seats, and can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control

Parking Sensors

Surround View Camera

2. Audi Q7

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.3

Reliability Score: 7.6

Retained Value Score: 7.4

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $63,677

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $42,822

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Lane Departure Warning

Pre-Collision Warning

Parking Sensors

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control

Safe Exit Assist

Surround View Camera

3. Infiniti QX60

iSeeCars Quality Score 7.7

Reliability Score: 6.1

Retained Value Score: 7.1

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $55,432

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $32,487

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Lane Departure Warning

Pre-Collision Warning

Parking Sensors

Driver Attention Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control

Surround View Camera

Best Large Luxury SUVs

1. Lincoln Navigator

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.7

Reliability Score: 8.9

Retained Value Score: 7.2

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Not Tested

MSRP: $84,666

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $63,398

The Lincoln Navigator receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars with 5 stars in front and side-impact collisions. It receives 3 stars for rollover resistance with rear-wheel drive or 4 stars for rollover resistance with four-wheel drive. It was not tested by the IIHS. This is an opulent SUV with a premium and expansive interior. There’s seating for up to seven people with 103.0 cubic feet of space behind the first row. It’s offered in either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive configurations, with power coming from a 3.5-liter V6 producing 450 horsepower.

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blinds Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Attention Monitoring

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Radar Cruise Control

Surround View Camera

2. Buick Enclave

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.6

Reliability Score: 8.3

Retained Value Score: 7.5

Safety Score: 10 .0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $50,557

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $34,044

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Surround View Camera

3. Cadillac Escalade

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.4

Reliability Score: 8.8

Retained Value Score: 8.4

Safety Score: 8.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 4

IIHS Safety Rating: Not Tested

MSRP: $92,400

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $59,167

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Surround View Camera

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Radar Cruise Control

Best Luxury Hybrid SUVS

1. Acura MDX

iSeeCars Quality Score 8.2

Reliability Score: 7.2

Retained Value Score: 7.4

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: Unavailable

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $38,926

The Acura MDX receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars with 5 stars in front and side-impact collisions and 4 stars for rollover resistance. It also received an IIHS 2021 Top Safety Pick+ rating. This luxury SUV has seating for up to seven people, with rich interior material and standard all-wheel drive for those who live in wintry climates. Power comes from a responsive V6 engine that yields good fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined.

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane-Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control

Steering Assist

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Surround View Camera

2. Lexus NX 300h

iSeeCars Quality Score 8.0

Reliability Score: 5.8

Retained Value Score: 8.0

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $44,645

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $33,594

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross-Traffic Alert

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control

3. Volvo XC90

iSeeCars Quality Score: 7.9

Reliability Score: 6.2

Retained Value Score: 7.5

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $67,707

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $51,970

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Attention Monitoring

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane-Keeping Assist

Parking Sensors

Radar Cruise Control

Steering Assist

None

Best Electric SUVs

1. Tesla Model X

iSeeCars Quality Score: 8.5

Reliability Score: 6.9

Retained Value Score: 8.6

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Not Tested

MSRP: $118,034

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: $73,823

The Tesla Model X receives an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars with 5 stars in front and side-impact collisions and 5 stars for rollover resistance. It was not tested by the IIHS. There’s room for seven people with the optional third row, but the standard configuration seats five. It has a range of up to 360 miles on a full charge with a maximum of 1,020 horsepower in the top Plaid trim for exhilarating performance. That includes a top speed of 163 mph with a 0-60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds.

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Parking Sensors

Radar Cruise Control

None

2. Audi e-tron

iSeeCars Quality Score: Not Available

Reliability Score: 8.2

Retained Value Score: Not Available

Safety Score: 10.0 (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+

MSRP: $74,924

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: Not Available

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Parking Sensors

Safe Exit Assist

Lane Keeping Assist

Radar Cruise Control

Surround View Camera

3. Hyundai Kona EV

iSeeCars Quality Score: Not Available

Reliability Score: 9.0

Retained Value Score: Not Available

Safety Score: Not Available (normalized from NHTSA rating)

NHTSA Overall Rating: 5

IIHS Safety Rating: Didn’t Qualify

MSRP: $38,474

Average 3-Year-Old Used Car Price: Not Available

Standard Safety Technology on Base Model Optional Safety Technology
Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic High Beams

Blind Spot Monitor

Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Attention Monitoring

Pre-Collision Warning

Lane Centering

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Safe Exit Assist

Parking Sensors

Radar Cruise Control

Picking the Safest SUV

When buying your next SUV always consider the level of passenger protection it provides. Modern SUVs can offer an impressive combination of strong safety ratings and standard or optional driver-assist technology, if you pick the right one. But there remains a variation in crash-test ratings and safety features across every SUV category. If you’re getting ready to buy, do yourself a favor and research which SUVs provide the best combination of active safety tech to avoid an accident, as well as strong passenger protection if an accident does occur. 

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