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Best Luxury Large SUVs for 2022

The best used and new luxury large SUVs based on a data-driven analysis of each vehicle's reliability, resale value and safety.

The best luxury large SUV is the Lexus LX 570 based on our analysis of 12 million vehicles to assess their reliability, resale value and safety. Its overall rating of 8.8 out of 10 reflects the LX 570’s reliability, value retention and safety scores. A new Lexus LX 570 costs between $86,930 and $91,930 while a used version costs between $69,599 and $101,616. This luxury large SUV can seat up to 8 people and is EPA rated to deliver up to 14 miles per gallon in mixed city/highway driving.

The Luxury Large SUV category consists of 18 models priced between $45,955 and $141,300 for new vehicles and between $18,510 and $294,994 for used vehicles. iSeeCars has sufficient vehicle data to rate and rank 10 of these 18 models based on their reliability, value retention and safety scores.

Why Should I Buy a Luxury Large SUV?

With their expansive cargo space, luxe interiors, and three full rows of seating, luxury large SUVs are the preferred choice for drivers who want a roomy and comfortable premium vehicle. While these SUVs used to be built on truck-based platforms and handle like trucks, today’s large SUVs are remarkably comfortable and quiet with relatively confident handling. However, the extra passenger and cargo space comes at a sacrifice for fuel economy, as these vehicles are not as efficient as their smaller counterparts.

Luxury full-size SUVs are an ideal choice for drivers who want powerful vehicles with massive cargo holds. While the entire segment offers ample cargo and passenger space, they vary in terms of premium features and capabilities.

What are the Best Luxury Large SUVs?

The luxury full-size SUVs with the most cargo capacity are the Cadillac Escalade and its extended wheelbase variant, the Cadillac Escalade ESV. ??The standard Escalade provides 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 72.9 cubic feet behind the second row when the third-row seats are folded down, and a total of 121 cubic feet when all rear seats are folded down. The Escalade ESV provides 41.5 cubic feet behind the third row, 94.1 cubic feet when the third row seats are folded, and 142.8 cubic feet with all rear seats folded.

The Escalade received a redesign for the 2021 model year to make it more upscale. The Escalade comes standard with a 16.9-inch touch screen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless device charging. Available features include a 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch touch screens, a panoramic sunroof and a center console refrigerator and freezer. 

Those seeking a sophisticated and elegant full-size luxury SUV should consider the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class large SUV, which has one of the most elegant interiors in its class and comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD). Its AMG trim epitomizes high-powered luxury with a 603-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine, upgraded air suspension, high-performance brakes, and a performance exhaust system. It includes optional features like messaging front seats, genuine leather upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof.

These luxury large SUVs feature strong powertrains, which typically feature V8 engines or twin turbocharged six cylinders. The Cadillac Escalade has two powerful engine options: a 420-horsepower V8 or a 277-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder diesel. The Lincoln Navigator has a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine with 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, which is one of the more fuel-efficient options in the class. The redesigned for 2022 Lexus LX has a 409-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which replaced the previous generation’s 383-horsepower V8.

Because most large SUVs still use body-on-frame construction and are built on pickup truck platforms, they have a higher towing capacity than their midsize and compact SUV counterparts. For example, the Lincoln Navigator can tow up to 8,700 pounds when properly equipped, which is the best in the class. While they aren’t as nimble as smaller luxury  off-roaders like Land Rover Defender, these large SUVs have excellent off-road ability. The opulent Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a capable off-roader that boasts 9.5 inches of ground clearance and comes standard with a two-speed transfer case, three locking differentials, and four-wheel drive. The G-Class is also the most expensive vehicle in the class with a starting price tag of $133,250. The Lexus LX is the luxury version of the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser off-roader and comes equipped with all-terrain tires and tow hooks. Another large luxury SUV with superior off-road capability is the Land Rover Range Rover, which for the 2022 model year is offered with third-row seating. 

These luxury large SUVs return sub-par fuel economy as a result of their power and size, but they have many active safety features and family-friendly tech features like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, rear-seat entertainment systems and touchscreen infotainment systems with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

What Other Vehicles Should I Consider?

Buyers seeking smaller, or luxury crossover SUVs, should check out our Best Luxury Midsize SUVs list, or our Best Luxury Small SUVs list. For luxury three-row SUVs in the midsize and large category, refer to our Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows list. You can also find hybrid and plug-in hybrid models on our Best Luxury Hybrid SUVs list and all-electric models in our Best Electric SUVs list. Lastly, if you want a more efficient family hauler, be sure to check out our Best Minivans list.

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Why Should I Buy a Luxury Large SUV?

With their expansive cargo space, luxe interiors, and three full rows of seating, luxury large SUVs are the preferred choice for drivers who want a roomy and comfortable premium vehicle. While these SUVs used to be built on truck-based platforms and handle like trucks, today’s large SUVs are remarkably comfortable and quiet with relatively confident handling. However, the extra passenger and cargo space comes at a sacrifice for fuel economy, as these vehicles are not as efficient as their smaller counterparts.

Luxury full-size SUVs are an ideal choice for drivers who want powerful vehicles with massive cargo holds. While the entire segment offers ample cargo and passenger space, they vary in terms of premium features and capabilities.

What are the Best Luxury Large SUVs?

The luxury full-size SUVs with the most cargo capacity are the Cadillac Escalade and its extended wheelbase variant, the Cadillac Escalade ESV. ??The standard Escalade provides 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 72.9 cubic feet behind the second row when the third-row seats are folded down, and a total of 121 cubic feet when all rear seats are folded down. The Escalade ESV provides 41.5 cubic feet behind the third row, 94.1 cubic feet when the third row seats are folded, and 142.8 cubic feet with all rear seats folded.

The Escalade received a redesign for the 2021 model year to make it more upscale. The Escalade comes standard with a 16.9-inch touch screen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless device charging. Available features include a 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch touch screens, a panoramic sunroof and a center console refrigerator and freezer. 

Those seeking a sophisticated and elegant full-size luxury SUV should consider the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class large SUV, which has one of the most elegant interiors in its class and comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD). Its AMG trim epitomizes high-powered luxury with a 603-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine, upgraded air suspension, high-performance brakes, and a performance exhaust system. It includes optional features like messaging front seats, genuine leather upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof.

These luxury large SUVs feature strong powertrains, which typically feature V8 engines or twin turbocharged six cylinders. The Cadillac Escalade has two powerful engine options: a 420-horsepower V8 or a 277-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder diesel. The Lincoln Navigator has a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine with 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, which is one of the more fuel-efficient options in the class. The redesigned for 2022 Lexus LX has a 409-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which replaced the previous generation’s 383-horsepower V8.

Because most large SUVs still use body-on-frame construction and are built on pickup truck platforms, they have a higher towing capacity than their midsize and compact SUV counterparts. For example, the Lincoln Navigator can tow up to 8,700 pounds when properly equipped, which is the best in the class. While they aren’t as nimble as smaller luxury  off-roaders like Land Rover Defender, these large SUVs have excellent off-road ability. The opulent Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a capable off-roader that boasts 9.5 inches of ground clearance and comes standard with a two-speed transfer case, three locking differentials, and four-wheel drive. The G-Class is also the most expensive vehicle in the class with a starting price tag of $133,250. The Lexus LX is the luxury version of the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser off-roader and comes equipped with all-terrain tires and tow hooks. Another large luxury SUV with superior off-road capability is the Land Rover Range Rover, which for the 2022 model year is offered with third-row seating. 

These luxury large SUVs return sub-par fuel economy as a result of their power and size, but they have many active safety features and family-friendly tech features like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, rear-seat entertainment systems and touchscreen infotainment systems with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

What Other Vehicles Should I Consider?

Buyers seeking smaller, or luxury crossover SUVs, should check out our Best Luxury Midsize SUVs list, or our Best Luxury Small SUVs list. For luxury three-row SUVs in the midsize and large category, refer to our Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows list. You can also find hybrid and plug-in hybrid models on our Best Luxury Hybrid SUVs list and all-electric models in our Best Electric SUVs list. Lastly, if you want a more efficient family hauler, be sure to check out our Best Minivans list.

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1. Lexus LX 570

#2 of 25 Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #6 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs #8 of 25 Most Reliable Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.8 / 10
  • Reliability 8.8 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.9 / 10
  • Safety Not Available

2. Lincoln Navigator

#1 of 25 Most Reliable Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #1 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs #3 of 25 Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.8 / 10
  • Reliability 9.8 / 10
  • Value Retention 6.6 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10

3. Lincoln Navigator L

#4 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs #5 of 25 Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #5 of 25 Most Reliable Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.6 / 10
  • Reliability 9.0 / 10
  • Value Retention 6.9 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10

4. Buick Enclave

#3 of 67 Most Reliable Luxury Crossover SUVs #4 of 67 Best Luxury Crossover SUVs #5 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.6 / 10
  • Reliability 8.9 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.0 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10

5. Mercedes-Benz G-Class

#8 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.4 / 10
  • Reliability 8.2 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.7 / 10
  • Safety Not Available

6. Cadillac Escalade

#2 of 25 Most Reliable Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #2 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs #9 of 25 Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.3 / 10
  • Reliability 9.4 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.5 / 10
  • Safety 8.0 / 10

7. Cadillac Escalade ESV

#3 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs #4 of 25 Most Reliable Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #11 of 25 Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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8.0 / 10
  • Reliability 9.2 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.0 / 10
  • Safety 8.0 / 10

8. Land Rover Range Rover

#7 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs #10 of 25 Most Reliable Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #14 of 25 Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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7.8 / 10
  • Reliability 8.5 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.1 / 10
  • Safety Not Available

9. INFINITI QX80

#9 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs #14 of 25 Most Reliable Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #16 of 25 Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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7.5 / 10
  • Reliability 7.5 / 10
  • Value Retention 6.8 / 10
  • Safety 8.0 / 10

10. Mercedes-Benz GLS

#10 of 18 Most Reliable Luxury Large SUVs #17 of 25 Best Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #17 of 25 Most Reliable Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows
iSEECARS SCORE

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7.0 / 10
  • Reliability 5.6 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.4 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 7.4 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
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  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 7.3 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
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  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 7.2 / 10
  • Safety 9.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 7.2 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 7.2 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
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  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 6.9 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 6.8 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 6.7 / 10
  • Safety 9.0 / 10

How We Rank These Cars

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on the latest research by our data science team and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

We analyze data from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with the NHTSA's Safety Ratings to give you an unbiased guide to the best vehicles in each segment.

After being evaluated, vehicles with the highest average scores earn a spot in the iSeeCars Best Car Rankings. (No final score is given to vehicles missing a score in any of the categories, but scores for other categories are still shown.)

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).