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Most Reliable Used Luxury SUVs for 2024

These are the most reliable used luxury SUVs by price and budget based on a data-driven analysis of each vehicle's reliability and dependability.

The popularity of luxury SUVs has driven their new car price beyond the reach of many consumers. But used luxury SUVs can offer a more affordable alternative for buyers seeking a premium utility vehicle. In addition to the refined powertrains, advanced touchscreen infotainment systems and sophisticated safety features one expects on any luxury vehicle, the best used luxury SUVs provide flexible cargo space, capable all-wheel drive (AWD) systems, off-road confidence, and a long list of desirable standard features.

Buyers looking to save money on both the purchase price and ownership costs of a used luxury SUV should seek the most reliable models, which is what iSeeCars has identified below. The most affordable of these are subcompact turbo four-cylinder SUVs like the BMW X1, Buick Encore, and Lexus NX. Popular compact SUVs like the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus RX 350, and Mercedes-Benz GLC cost more but provide increased space and horsepower. Newer models also worth considering in this segment include the Porsche Macan and Volvo XC60.

While small luxury crossovers offer a compelling balance of performance, a comfortable ride, and high fuel economy, their passenger capacity is limited due to no third-row seating options. Shoppers needing space for six or more occupants can find three-row examples in the midsize SUV category. These include the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, Lincoln Aviator, and Mercedes-Benz GLE. Not all luxury midsize SUVs offer three rows. The Porsche Cayenne and, depending on model year, the BMW X5 both stick with two rows and five-passenger capacity.

Large SUVs in the luxury world are the most expensive, and they also deliver the lowest mpg ratings. Many of these models utilize V6 engines, but the BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS, and older Lincoln Navigators can be had with V8s. While full-size American SUVs tend to have larger engines, European and Japanese models like the Land Rover Range Rover and Volvo XC90 leverage plug-in hybrid technology to enhance power and fuel efficiency.

Beyond size, performance, and fuel economy, used luxury SUV buyers should decide which premium features are the most important to them. Unlike the typical Honda and Toyota SUV, luxury models can be had with everything from massaging front seats to highly advanced driver assist systems with automated lane change and self-parking features. The newest automotive technology typically debuts on luxury vehicles, making it easier to find this tech in late-model used luxury cars and SUVs.

The best cars and SUVs are the one that fulfill a buyer’s needs dependably over the course of ownership. Use the iSeeCars reliability ratings listed below to assess a given model’s reliability along with the other traits mentioned above.

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How We Rank These Cars

The iSeeCars reliability ratings indicate how dependable and long-lasting each vehicle is within its vehicle segment.

Each vehicle is rated on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest reliability rating. Vehicles within a given category are sorted to show the most reliable ones first. If two cars have the same ratings, then we break the tie by seeing which vehicle has the higher overall iSeeCars Score. Along with the Reliability ratings, we show comprehensive iSeeCars ratings for each model, because we believe multiple factors should be taken into account when buyers are seeking the best overall vehicle. Two of these factors are safety and resale value, both of which are included in our ratings system.

The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of these 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

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

Value Retention

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

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).