Finding the best SUV can be an experience fraught with obstacles. There are many more options available today than there were just a few years ago. To help narrow down the selection, here are some of the most best rated SUVs based on consumer reviews.
1. Toyota RAV4
The RAV4 continues to rank highest of all affordable compact SUVs on the market, according to US News Best Cars. With seating for up to seven and a V6 engine, this compact SUV has utility to burn, and is one of the most family friendly SUVs on the market. The RAV4 ranks highest on safety as well, which makes this compact SUV a nice alternative to minivans and station wagons. Gas mileage is decent at 28 MPG highway.
2. Buick Enclave
For mid-sized SUVs, you can’t beat the Buick Enclave. With an updated interior and smooth ride, it is more comparable to luxury SUVs, but at a superior price. The Enclave has a V6 engine, quiet cab and optional all-wheel-drive. It also features seating for seven, which makes it family friendly.
3. Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the best large-sized SUV on the market. If you need an SUV with some truck power, the ability to tow and optional seating for nine, the Tahoe delivers. The Tahoe has a 5.3 liter engine, 320 horsepower and 335 pounds per foot of torque.
4. Audi Q5
The Audi Q5 is a sporty, luxury SUV with comfort and style. The new 2.0T has been designed to provide better fuel efficiancy with a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. If you need more power, upgrade to the turbocharged 3.2 liter engine. Both have all-wheel-drive.
5. Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer has long been the best-selling SUV in America, selling more than 5.5 million vehicles. For 2011, the Explorer has been completely redesigned with space, comfort and handling in mind. The Explorer seats seven, while having more capability off road than most other mid-sized SUVs. A V6 engine gives this SUV plenty of power.
6. Mazda CX-9
The Mazda CX-9 is a crossover SUV that seats seven, while still retaining easy manuverability and handling. Included are a standard Bluetooth and keyless entry, making the CX-9 user friendly as well. This Mazda still has the company’s “zoom-zoom” mindset with a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine.
7. Acura MDX
The Acura MDX offers a luxury SUV with a high tech interior and family friendly options. The rear seating offers room for up to three car seats, all equipped with the LATCH system. With easy handling and a V6 engine, this mid-sized SUV is easy for city or highway driving and offers plenty of power. With standard leather seats and a third row, the MDX has all members of the family in mind.