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15 Most Reliable SUVs: Reviews, Photos, and More


PUBLISHED THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2021
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Most Dependable and versatile vehicles.

Sport utility vehicles are designed for comfort and adventure, whether you're heading to the home improvement store or loading up the family for a road trip. And if you want to bring along pets, golf clubs, scuba gear, bikes, and more, an SUV is up for the job. Many used SUVs are packed with tech features and amenities, so the choice comes down to personal preference and style.

To help you on your search, we've compiled this updated list of the 15 most reliable SUVs for 2022 shoppers, based on RepairPal reliability ratings. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.1

  1. Lexus RX 350

  2. Chevrolet Trax

  3. Toyota Venza

  4. Toyota RAV4

  5. Mazda CX-5

  6. Kia Soul

  7. Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

  8. Infiniti QX50

  9. Fiat 500X

  10. Subaru Crosstrek

  11. Cadillac XT5

  12. Lincoln MKC

  13. Lexus NX 200t

  14. Mazda CX-3

  15. Honda HR-V

15.

Lexus RX 350

Lexus RX 350

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Upscale and attractive, the 2017-2020 Lexus RX 350 will wow you with its generous feature selection. Redesigned from the ground up in 2016, the fourth-generation Lexus RX 350 maintains its classic style and turns heads without being ostentatious. Powered by a 3.5L V6 engine making 295 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque, the 2017-2020 Lexus RX 350 has a smooth eight-speed transmission and front-wheel drive that makes every drive feel like a treat. You'll want to volunteer for a grocery or pizza run whenever you can just to get behind the wheel.

You'll find these standard features and more on 2017-2020 models of the Lexus RX 350:

  • Rearview camera

  • Power liftgate

  • 40/20/40 split rear seat

  • Adaptive cruise control

14.

Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet Trax

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Refreshed in 2017, the Chevrolet Trax gained Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity at the same time and remains a great choice if you're looking for a small SUV. Powered by a turbocharged 138-hp 1.4L four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2017-2020 Trax gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined.2 You can also shop for a Trax with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, depending on the roads you like to traverse and where you want to roam.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Chevrolet Trax include:

  • Six-speaker sound system

  • Two USB ports

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat

  • Full power accessories

13.

Toyota Venza

Toyota Venza

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Toyota Venza was revived in 2021 after a pause in 2015, and you can't go wrong with either model year. Used 2015 Venzas have a sleek wagon-like shape and the choice between a 181-hp 2.7L four-cylinder engine or an optional 268-hp 3.5L V6. For the 2021 refresh, the Venza became a hybrid with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and two electric motors with 219 hp combined. This crossover is just the ticket if you're looking for a roomy, comfortable vehicle you can count on.

All Toyota Venzas from 2015 and 2021 include:

  • Rearview camera

  • 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear seatbacks

  • Six-speaker sound system with voice controls

  • Cruise control

12.

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Toyota redesigned its popular RAV4 in 2019, but underneath is the same stellar SUV you've come to expect. For model years 2017-2018, the RAV4 is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine making 176 hp. For 2019 and newer models, the same 2.5L engine gets a power boost to 203 hp; all are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Adventure trim was introduced for 2018, which adds more ground clearance and bold features to enhance your off-road treks. No matter which trim or year you pick, you'll find the RAV4 is up to the task.

Standard features on the 2017–2020 Toyota RAV4 include:

  • Acoustic noise-reducing front windshield

  • Power side mirrors

  • Remote keyless entry

  • Cruise control

11.

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

A sleek and upscale SUV with room for five passengers, a used Mazda CX-5 is a great choice when you want to bring family and friends along for the ride. Redesigned for 2017 with a fresh look and new features, the 2017-2020 Mazda CX-5 is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive and includes a quiet, comfortable interior. For 2017 and 2018, the Mazda CX-5 has a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 187 hp paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The lineup changes for 2019, with the addition of the Grand Touring Reserve with a 227-hp 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Mazda CX-5 include:

  • LED headlights and daytime running lights

  • Power side mirrors

  • Push-button start

  • Cruise control

10.

Kia Soul

Kia Soul

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Kia Soul has unique squared-off styling that helps you stand out in a crowd, and it seats five with plenty of shoulder and hip room. The driver and front-seat passenger get a generous 40.9 inches of legroom, and the second row offers 39.1 inches. Headroom is similarly aligned, with 39.6 inches in the front and 39.5 inches in the rear. When it comes to loading cargo, you'll appreciate the wide rear opening that easily handles bulky items or makes a terrific tailgating base. Power for the 2017-2020 Soul comes from a 1.6L four-cylinder engine or 2.0L four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, or a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A six-speed manual transmission is optional on the base trim only.

You'll find these standard features and more on the 2017-2020 Kia Soul:

  • Tilt- and telescopic-steering column

  • Six-speaker audio system

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat

  • Rear air-conditioning vents

9.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 rides like a silky-smooth sedan, which makes sense when you discover that it's based on the same underpinnings as the brand's CLA car. The 2017-2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 gets its power from a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission experience is enhanced with fun steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. If you're ready to sail through life in a classy SUV, check out a used GLA 250.

These features and more are standard on the 2017-2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250:

  • Privacy glass

  • Cruise control

  • Selectable driving modes

  • 14-way power driver's seat

8.

Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Infiniti QX50 sings with smooth lines and luxurious interiors. Behind the wheel of 2017-2020 models is a powerful 3.7L V6 engine that pumps out a thrilling 325 hp. This luxury SUV drives like a sports sedan, so you get to have your proverbial cake and eat it too—it's fun to drive and pleasingly practical. Plus, your ride-loving pets will like the fold-down seats in the back.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Infiniti QX50 include:

  • Sunroof

  • Leather upholstery

  • Heated power front seats

  • Six-speaker sound system

7.

Fiat 500X

Fiat 500X

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Oozing with Italian flair, the Fiat 500X cuts quite the profile. Even the trim names are sassy for 2017: Pop, Trekking, and Lounge (which was replaced by Trekking Plus in 2019). The Sport trim was added in 2020. You'll get the choice of two powertrains in the 2017-2018 Fiat 500X: a 1.4L four-cylinder quick-shifting manual in the base Pop model, or a 2.4L automatic in all other models. For 2019, Fiat swapped these out for a standard turbocharged 1.3L four-cylinder engine making 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Fiat 500X include:

  • Heated mirrors

  • Cruise control

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat

  • Four-speaker sound system

6.

Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

If getting off the main roads fires you up, check out the 2017-2019 Subaru Crosstrek. The Crosstrek is a rugged crossover that seats five and includes standard all-wheel drive, along with 8.7 inches of ground clearance for cruising along off-road terrain. For more cargo versatility, the 60/40 split-folding rear seats and 22.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats (a whopping 51.9 cubic feet with the second row folded) are just what you need. The 2017-2019 Crosstrek lineup includes 2.0i, 2.0 Premium, and 2.0 Limited trims, with an extra 2.0 Premium Limited trim for the 2017 model year only. The redesign for 2018-2019 includes a tweaked version of the 2.0L engine, increasing power from 148 hp to 152 hp. And if you love manual transmission, you can use the gears to your liking on the 2017-2020 Crosstrek.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Subaru Crosstrek include:

  • Cruise control

  • Rearview camera

  • Power side mirrors

  • Roof rails

5.

Cadillac XT5

Cadillac XT5

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

If you're looking for an SUV that's dressed to impress, the Cadillac XT5 will not disappoint. With a robust 3.6L V6 (310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque) under the hood, the 2017-2020 Cadillac XT5 can tow an estimated 3,500 lbs, when properly equipped.3 That's enough to haul a couple of personal watercraft machines, snowmobiles, or motorcycles on your next adventure—and you'll be doing it in a supremely upscale package. No matter which of the four well-appointed trims you choose, you'll be riding in refined comfort.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Cadillac XT5 include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

  • Eight-speaker sound system

  • Leatherette upholstery

  • Power rear liftgate with memory height

4.

Lincoln MKC

Lincoln MKC

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5

If you're searching for a quiet and refined five-passenger SUV that will impress your passengers up front as much as it impresses your kids in the back, don't miss the Lincoln MKC. With 53.1 cubic feet behind the front seats and 25.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats, the 2017-2020 Lincoln MKC is a great choice. And with a base trim that includes amenities like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and active noise control, you can find everything you need in the 2017-2020 MKC.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Lincoln MKC include:

  • Hill start assist

  • Anodized roof-rack side rails

  • Heated front seats

  • Power liftgate

3.

Lexus NX 200t

Lexus NX

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 5 out of 5

While the last year of production for the Lexus NX 200t was for model year 2017, this impeccably built SUV takes one of the top spots on our list for a variety of reasons. First of all, its zippy powertrain is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder making 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That can get you to the tennis courts or your Aunt Sophia's house in the next state without breaking a sweat. Second, you're going to love the sumptuous interior of the 2017 NX 200t, including Lexus' proprietary upholstery, soft padding, and detailed stitching. On top of all that, the 2017 Lexus NX 200t with its 2.0L engine and FWD gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined (24 mpg for AWD models).2

You'll find these features and plenty more in the 2017 Lexus NX 200t:

  • Rearview camera

  • Bluetooth® connectivity

  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats

  • LED headlights, fog lights, and running lights

2.

Mazda CX-3

 Mazda CX-3

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 5 out of 5

The 2017-2019 Mazda CX-3 is a five-seat SUV that can carry 44.5 cu-ft of cargo with the front seats folded. This compact SUV is as comfortable in the city's crowded streets and narrow parking spaces as it is on country roads, agilely navigating twists and turns. The three-trim range for the 2017-2019 CX-3 includes Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims. For 2020, Sport is the one consolidated trim.

Under the hood of the 2017-2019 CX-3 is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 146 hp (getting an extra 2 hp for 2019-2020). It's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and either FWD or AWD for 2017-2020. Shop for a used model with the gorgeous red Soul Crystal Metallic exterior for a truly head-turning ride.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Mazda CX-3 include:

  • Daytime running lights

  • Cruise control

  • Remote rear-hatch release

  • Seven-inch infotainment touchscreen

1.

Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 5 out of 5

The Honda HR-V is a compact SUV with seating for five passengers and plenty of cargo space. On 2017-2020 models, there's up to 24.3 cu-ft for cargo behind the rear seats, or 58.8 cu-ft with the rear seats folded. The HR-V's Magic Seats fold down like traditional second-row seats and also flip up to transport taller items like a houseplant or large instrument.

The 2017-2020 HR-V gets its power from a 141-hp 1.8L four-cylinder engine paired with either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. You'll love the HR-V's coupe-like shape in the back, with practical features throughout to make this an SUV you'll want to keep for years.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Honda HR-V include:

  • Rearview camera with guidelines

  • Illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls

  • Adjustable front seat belt anchors

  • Five-inch infotainment display screen

From standout features that make every drive a breeze to off-road ability that's perfect for weekends away, these reliable used SUVs have something for everyone.

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1RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 9/1/2021. Learn more.
2Fuel 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.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.

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