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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.

Interested in the #1 ranked Ford Escape? See it inside and out with our new 360 interior photos.

Here’s a list of our 10 best SUVs based on CarMax sales data from February 2018:

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


Toyota RAV4

Best SUVS for 2018: Toyota RAV4 | CarMax

Since its introduction in 2013, the Toyota RAV4 has seen very few changes and 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. Where the RAV4 really shines is in its interior comfort, with a surprising amount of head and leg room for such a compact SUV.


Nissan Rogue

Best SUVS for 2018: 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. One of the best features of the 2017 Rogue is its standard, ample cargo space. Even with all seats in use, you'll enjoy up to 32 cubic feet of storage space. And that number more than doubles to 70 cubic feet when seats are folded down!


Dodge Journey

Best SUVS for 2018: Dodge Journey | CarMax

The Dodge Journey is yet another 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 3.6L V6 engine that comes standard on the 2017 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, and a 4.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.


Kia Sorento

Best SUVS for 2018: Kia Sorento | CarMax

Like many other vehicles on our list of best SUVs, the Kia Sorento is available in both five- and seven-passenger configurations to meet your specific needs. The 2017 Sorento specifically is available in five trim levels, with a turbocharged engine available in select trim options. The interior of the Sorento really shines, featuring quality and soft-touch materials. And with up to 73.5 cubic feet of total cargo space, this is a great option for hauling groceries, sports equipment, suitcases, and more.


Jeep Grand Cherokee

Best SUVS for 2018: 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. Drivers will also enjoy the 2017 Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6L V6 engine that packs quite a punch behind the wheel, with the option to upgrade to a 5.7L V8 (this is recommended if you want to maximize your towing capacity).

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Ford Explorer

Best SUVS for 2018: 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 include a rearview camera, Ford Sync, and a 3.5L V6 engine.


Jeep Cherokee

Best SUVS for 2018: Jeep Cherokee | CarMax

If you want the ruggedness of the Grand Cherokee in a smaller package, the Jeep Cherokee is another great option. This crossover SUV offers five different trim levels in its 2017 model, along with your choice of a standard four-cylinder or upgraded V6 engine. Drivers and passengers love how quiet this vehicle is and how well it performs on the road.


Honda CR-V

Best SUVS for 2018: 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.


Chevrolet Equinox

Best SUVS for 2018: 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, buyers love the ample amount of standard features, such as its seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 17-inch wheels, and even an available in-car 4G Wi-Fi hotspot! Rear-seat passengers will also appreciate the easy-reclining second row that offers plenty of leg and head room even for adults.


Ford Escape

Best SUVS for 2018: Ford Escape | CarMax

Topping our list for another year is the Ford Escape, a crossover SUV that offers seemingly endless options for customization, including features like the MyFordTouch® infotainment system, as well as impressive handling and tech. 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, such as rearview camera and smartphone integration, are also very generous.

Ford Escape Interior

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