Most Reliable SUVs
Reliability ratings for SUVs are calculated based on analyzing over 12 million vehicles to assess a model’s long term durability.
The most reliable subcompact SUV is the Jeep Compass (7.3 reliability rating), with the BMW X1 being the most reliable luxury subcompact SUV (7.2 reliability rating). The Jeep Wrangler ranks #1 for the most reliable small and compact SUVs (8.5 reliability rating).
The most reliable luxury small and compact SUV is the Acura RDX (8.2 reliability rating) and the most reliable midsize SUV is the Toyota 4Runner (8.8 reliability rating). Topping the list for the most reliable luxury midsize SUVs is the Acura MDX (9.3 reliability rating), while the Toyota Land Cruiser ranks first for the most reliable large SUVs (9.8 reliability rating).
The most reliable luxury large SUV is the Lincoln Navigator (9.8 reliability rating), with the Honda Pilot being the most reliable crossover SUV (8.6 reliability rating). The Acura MDX ranks #1 for the most reliable luxury crossover SUVs (9.3 reliability rating).
The most reliable three-row SUV is the Toyota Land Cruiser (9.8 reliability rating) and the most reliable luxury three-row SUV is the Lincoln Navigator (9.8 reliability rating). Topping the list for the most reliable hybrid SUVs is the Toyota Highlander Hybrid (9.2 reliability rating), while the Lexus RX 450h ranks first for the most reliable luxury hybrid SUVs (9.5 reliability rating).
The most reliable plug-in hybrid SUV (PHEV) is the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid (7.2 reliability rating) and the most reliable luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs (PHEV) is the Porsche Cayenne (7.6 reliability rating). Topping the list for the most reliable electric SUVs is the Tesla Model X (8.1 reliability rating), which is also the most reliable luxury electric SUV.
The popularity of modern SUV’s comes from their do-everything capabilities, putting that “U” in Sport Utility Vehicle. Whether hauling the family across the country, venturing off road, or tackling inclement weather, the best SUVs provide confidence, dependability, user-friendly infotainment systems, and even relatively fuel-efficient powertrains (given their size).
Whether shopping for a brand new model or a reliable used SUV, the reliability scores on this page can help you identify which models have the best ranking in each category. The wide price range between diminutive compact SUVs to large luxury SUVs – and everything in between – means you should find a model that suits your budget. You can always save up-front purchase costs by shopping the used car market, though you’ll miss out on the piece of mind that comes with a new car warranty.
Keep in mind that reliability, while critical when buying either a used or new SUV, is only one of many important factors. If you regularly carry a lot of people you’ll likely need a 3-row SUV with sufficient cargo space. And if towing capacity is a concern you’ll want to consider larger models offering higher horsepower and torque specifications from either a turbo V6 or V8 engine. The larger engines and heavier curb weight will be reflected in lower fuel economy ratings, especially on four- or all-wheel-drive models.
You can avoid MPG concerns by going with an electric SUV from automakers like Mercedes-Benz (EQS), Nissan (Ariya) or Tesla (Model X or Model Y), but you’ll have to take range and recharging logistics into account. Electric SUVs often feature larger infotainment screens and the latest safety features. But many SUV EVs have been introduced in recent model years, meaning they have a limited track record as reliable cars. If this worries you, your best car might be from a traditional brand, like Chevy, Ford, or Lexus.
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 | 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).