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Best SUVS for 2018 | CarMax

Looking for the best SUVs for daily commuting and weekend adventures? Whether you're looking for a smaller SUV with solid fuel economy, or you’re in need of a three-row SUV with seating for up to seven passengers, there are plenty of options to suit your needs.

Here’s a list of our 10 best SUVs for 2019, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

  1. Dodge Journey
  2. Jeep Cherokee
  3. Jeep Wrangler
  4. Toyota RAV4
  5. Honda CR-V
  6. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  7. Ford Explorer
  8. Ford Escape
  9. Chevrolet Equinox
  10. Nissan Rogue


Dodge Journey

Best SUVs: Dodge Journey | CarMax

The Dodge Journey is an SUV available with up to three rows of seating, depending on the trim level you select. Those looking for an SUV with a little more power behind the wheel will also appreciate the impressive the 2017 model’s 3.6L V6 engine that comes standard on the top-tier GT trim. Standard features across all five trim levels in the 2017 Journey include:

  • Convenient roof rails
  • Keyless ignition/entry
  • Comfortable reclining seats in the second row
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.


Jeep Cherokee

Best SUVs: Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk | CarMax

The Jeep Cherokee has a longstanding reputation for being both stylish and rugged enough to handle just about any terrain. This is a great SUV choice for those who enjoy taking back roads from time to time. In the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude, drivers will enjoy:

  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • LCD monitor
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 2.4L I-4 engine
  • Premium cloth seats


Jeep Wrangler

Best SUVs: Jeep Wrangler | CarMax

When it comes to off-roading, the Jeep Wrangler is ready for adventure. The Wrangler offers wash-out interior for journeys through the mud. The Jeep Wrangler now offers more options to suit your needs than ever before. In the 2019 Sport trim standard features include:

  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Removable doors and a fold-down windshield
  • 17-inch steel wheels and a full-size spare tire
  • UConnect touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth® technology


Toyota RAV4

Best SUVs: Toyota RAV4 | CarMax

Since its introduction in 2013, the Toyota RAV4 has remained one of our best-selling SUVs. This five-passenger compact SUV is a great choice for those wanting the ruggedness and versatility of an SUV without compromising handling or maneuverability in the process. Specifically, the 2017 RAV4 is available in five trim offerings, with your choice of front- or all-wheel drive on each trim. The RAV4 was redesigned in 2019 and offers the following features as standard:

  • 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Smartphone integration
  • Seven-inch touchscreen


Honda CR-V

Best SUVs: Honda CR-V | CarMax

With an optional turbocharged engine for those with a need for speed, as well as a sleek and sporty design, the 2017 Honda CR-V is available in four trim levels. With a fair offering of standard features (including Bluetooth® connectivity and smartphone integration), the CR-V offers an excellent balance of interior comfort, excellent handling, and generous amounts of storage space. If you go up a year, standard features on the 2018 model include:

  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Keyless ignition
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Four-way manual passenger seat adjustment

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

Best SUVs: Jeep Grand Cherokee | CarMax

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a longstanding reputation for being both stylish and rugged enough to handle just about any terrain. This is a great SUV choice for those who enjoy taking back roads from time to time. In the 2018 model, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the following standard features:

  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Heated steering wheel


Ford Explorer

Best SUVs: Ford Explorer | CarMax

If you're looking for an SUV that strikes a great balance between comfort, style, and value, the Ford Explorer is a great choice. Depending on the configuration and trim you select, the 2017 Explorer offers ample space for six or seven passengers. There are also three different engine offerings available to suit your needs. Some excellent standard features in the 2017 model include:

  • Ford Sync®
  • 3.5L V6 engine
  • Rearview camera
  • LED headlamp
  • USB connection


Ford Escape

Best SUVs: Ford Escape | CarMax

Topping our list for another year is the Ford Escape, a crossover SUV that offers seemingly endless options for customization, as well as impressive handling and tech. Features like the MyFordTouch® infotainment system. The 2017 Escape is one of the most versatile SUVs on our list. It’s an excellent choice for everything from running daily errands to embarking on adventurous road trips. Standard features in this model include:

  • Smartphone integration
  • Rearview camera
  • Keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • MP3 player
Ford Escape Interior


Chevrolet Equinox

Best SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox | CarMax

Looking for an SUV that caters to everyone in the family? The Chevrolet Equinox is definitely worth checking out. In the 2017 model, drivers love the ample amount of standard features, including:

  • Bluetooth® technology
  • Rearview camera
  • Alloy wheels
  • Stability control

Rear-seat passengers will also appreciate the easy-reclining second row that offers plenty of leg and head room even for adults.


Nissan Rogue

Best SUVs: Nissan Rogue | CarMax

For those who may need a little more space for additional passengers, the Nissan Rogue is still classified as a compact SUV, but two of its trim levels in the 2017 release (the S and SV) offer the option of a third row that afford seating for up to seven passengers. Some standard features of the 2018-2019 Nissan Rogue include:

  • Stability control
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Satellite Radio
  • USB port
  • Rear parking sensors

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