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Best Luxury SUVs for the Money for 2024

The best luxury SUVs for the money are ranked based on an analysis of their price and average lifespan, with the top-ranked models offering the longest life at the lowest price.

The best luxury small and compact SUV for the money is the Acura RDX, with the Acura MDX being the best luxury midsize SUV for the money. The Buick Enclave ranks #1 for the best luxury large SUVs for the money.

The best luxury crossover SUV for the money is the Acura RDX and the best luxury three-row SUV for the money is the Acura MDX. Topping the list for the best luxury hybrid SUVs for the money is the Mercedes-Benz GLE (Plug-in Hybrid), which is also the best luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs for the money (PHEV).

The best luxury 7-seater SUV for the money is the Acura MDX, with the Acura RDX being the best luxury 5-seater SUV for the money. The Volvo XC90 ranks #1 for the best luxury 6-seater SUVs for the money.

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How We Rank These Cars

The Best Cars for the Money list ranks cars by their annual cost, which compares the purchase price of the car against how long the car lasts. We believe this is a good determiner of value--the lower the annual cost, the better the value.

iSeeCars analyzed millions of cars to determine how long each car can last. Then we calculated the annual cost over the lifespan for each vehicle. In the event two or more vehicles have the same annual cost, we use iSeeCars proprietary rating of the overall quality of the car (iSeeCars Score) to break the tie.

The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

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).

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