Find the ideal SUV for you.
SUVs are a great choice whether you're looking to head off-road, want to bring your whole crew for a road trip, or just need the cargo space for running your daily errands. No matter what you're after, this list of SUVs will have something for you.
Check out this expanded guide to the 74 Best SUVs for 2021 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle sales data.
- Best SUVs Overall
- AWD SUVs
- Compact SUVs
- Crossover SUVs
- Hybrid & Electric SUVs
- Large SUVs
- Luxury Midsize SUVs
- Luxury SUVs
- Midsize SUVs
- 7-Passenger SUVs
- 8-Passenger SUVs
- SUVs with the Best MPG
- Three-Row SUVs
- SUVs with Three Rows Under $25,000
This first list represents some of the best-selling all-rounders based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.1
If you're looking for a capable SUV that's ready for an adventure, these AWD SUVs are a great place to start. They're all based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.
If you need something small enough for city driving but with space for your family and friends, these compact SUVs are a good choice. This list is based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.1
Crossovers offer the go-anywhere looks of an off-roader in a smaller package. If you want something that's practical, take a look at these popular crossover SUVs, based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.1
If high mpg is important to you, or you just want to live a more green-conscious lifestyle, a hybrid or electric SUV is an attractive option. All these picks are based on CarMax vehicle and sales data, from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020.
If space is the most important feature in your search for an SUV, these options should have enough room for your friends and family as well as their things. This list of large SUVs is based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.
Need high-end features and plenty of tech? A luxury midsize SUV offers a wealth of entertainment and technology options, as well as a plush interior. Take a look at this list of the best-selling options based on CarMax vehicle and sales data, from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.
Based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020, these luxury SUVs offer some great standard features as well as a range of high-performing engine options.
Need something that's the perfect size? A midsize SUV could be a good choice for you. Take a look at this list of the most popular options based on customer reviews, select vehicle specs, and RepairPal reliability ratings.1
If you've got a large group of family and friends, or regularly use the carpool lane, a seven-passenger SUV will give you all the space you, your passengers, and their things will need. Take a look at this list of options based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.
If you regularly need to carry eight passengers, one of these SUVs will make a great choice. Based on CarMax sales data from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020, these SUVs will give you the passenger space you need.
- Honda Pilot EX-L
- Chevrolet Tahoe LT
- Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT
- Chevrolet Traverse LT
- Toyota Highlander SE
These models all offer great mpg to help you go longer between trips to the gas station. Take a look to find out which of these high-mpg SUVs suit your needs. This was compiled using CarMax sales data, from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020, as well as fuel economy data from fueleconomy.gov.2
- Tie: 2016 Buick Encore (2WD 1.4L) & 2017 Buick Encore (2WD 1.4)
- Tie: 2017 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L) & 2018 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L)
- Tie: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox (2WD 1.5L) & 2016 Nissan Rogue (2WD 2.5L)
- 2017 Nissan Rogue (4WD 2.5L)
- Tie: 2016 Nissan Rogue (4WD 2.5L) & 2016 Honda CR-V (4WD 2.4L)
Need a third row for those extra passengers? These three-row SUVs (based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020) are perfect if you have a large family and lots of friends.
If you're on a budget and need the space for lots of passengers, take a look at this list of the best-selling SUVs, based on CarMax sales and average pricing data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.3 Please be aware that certain model years and trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $25,000.
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1RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy figures may vary depending on factors like model year, specific trim level, transmission type, engine size, and drive-train. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
3Based on average prices on carmax.com from based on CarMax vehicle sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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