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Best Large SUVs | CarMax

Are you looking for a car that matches your thirst for adventure, can take you anywhere and handle any terrain? Or, are you looking for an ideal family car with a spacious, comfortable cabin? For the vehicle that can do both, look no further than a large SUV.

Many full-size SUVs come with three-row seating and all-wheel drive as standard, along with high ground clearance to navigate tricky terrain with ease. Family and friends, groceries, luggage, and adventure gear—the large SUV has space inside for all of it and more.

Interested? To help you with your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 Best Large SUVs for 2021, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.

  1. Chevrolet Traverse
    Best Large SUVs: Chevrolet Traverse | CarMax
  2. Chevrolet Tahoe
    Best Large SUVs: Chevrolet Tahoe | CarMax
  3. Buick Enclave
    Best Large SUVs: Buick Enclave | CarMax
  4. Mazda CX-9
    Best Large SUVs: Mazda CX-9 | CarMax
  5. Chevrolet Suburban 1500
    Best Large SUVs: Chevrolet Suburban | CarMax
  6. Nissan Armada
    Best Large SUVs: Nissan Armada | CarMax
  7. GMC Yukon
    Best Large SUVs: GMC Yukon | CarMax
  8. Ford Expedition
    Best Large SUVs: Ford Expedition | CarMax
  9. GMC Yukon XL 1500
    Best Large SUVs Ranking: GMC Yukon XL | CarMax
  10. Lincoln MKT
    Best Large SUVs: Lincoln MKT | CarMax

The Chevrolet Traverse tops our list and is a great choice for practical daily driving. Being slightly smaller than other choices on this list makes it easier to drive in town, and will require fewer trips to the pumps—2019 models offer a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined.1 But the best part? You still get three rows of seating for up to eight passengers and a generous 157.3 cu-ft of passenger volume overall.

Other great choices for everyday driving include the Buick Enclave and the Mazda CX-9. Both offer a great selection of features even on standard models; 2018–19 model Enclaves offer tri-zone automatic climate control and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.

If space is key to your decision, look no further than the Chevrolet Suburban 1500 and the GMC Yukon XL 1500. Both have seating for up to nine passengers, with the 2019 Yukon XL offering a whopping 121.7 cu-ft of cargo volume with the third-row seats folded.

If you need some pulling power along with a spacious cabin, consider the Chevrolet Tahoe. It also seats up to nine people, and with the standard 5.3L V8 engine and rear-wheel drive, 2019 models can tow an estimated 8,400 lbs, when properly equipped.2 So if you want to head out on an adventure and take a trailer or boat with you, this makes a great pick.

Whether you are looking for a rugged go-anywhere ride, spacious comfort, a packed feature list, or hauling power for days, there's a full-size SUV on our list that is perfect for you. The question is, which one will you drive away with?

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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