Jumpstart your search with these family-friendly SUVs.

Best SUVs Ranked | CarMax

Back in the day, if you drove your family from place to place, you drove a station wagon. Today, though, when you’re moving people, more often than not you’re driving an SUV.

SUVs have lots of room inside and they’re plenty capable. Packed with features? Check. Third-row seats and front seats that are heated and even ventilated to keep you cool? In plenty of cases, check!

This ranked list of the best SUVs is derived from CarMax sales information collected between January 1, 2017 and November 19, 2017.

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

Looking for more? No sweat — there are lots of great SUVs out there!

For example, if you have a really big family, there are really big SUVs for you like the 2014 Armada, which can be configured to carry up to eight passengers, plus all their gear, in incredible comfort. If you have a smaller family but you still want a third row seat, you could take a look at crossovers and midsize SUVs like the Ford Flex and the Hyundai Santa Fe. And, if there’s only four or five of you and you want something that checks all the boxes for high-up visibility, rugged AWD, and a go-anywhere attitude, there are smaller SUVs like the Jeep Patriot.

If you want to learn more, we can help you here too! Check out these buying guides, built especially to help you narrow your choices.

Ready to shop? If not, you can research all of the SUVs CarMax offers — we have thousands for sale — and read through the SUV reviews and SUV rankings.


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