When Consumer Reports steps in with data and survey responses to compile a list of the best, car buyers take notice. If you’re interested in midsize SUVs, there’s a list you need to see. CR sifted through analyzes of ownership experience and rounded up the five most reliable midsize SUVs in the used vehicle segment. Based on high reliability scores, CR road test ratings and owner satisfaction ratings, these five SUVs are among the most reliable vehicles. Buying one of these not-quite-new three-year-old SUV models will be a smart move, especially if reliability matters most to you.
1. 2019 Acura MDX
Consumer Reports starts this list of the most reliable midsize SUVs with the 2019 Acura MDX. Prices range between $35,775 and $44,450, which is a little steep but worth it. The owner reported that the mpg hovers around 22. The three-row SUV comes with the 3.5-liter V6 engine and offers plenty of luxury touchpoints. It’s a “pleasant road cruiser” with comfortable seats and a dual-screen infotainment system. Handling isn’t the sharpest, and some of the more innovative technologies, like the surround camera view, are only available in the highest Advance package.
2. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Next on the most reliable list is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. The five-seat SUV gets high marks among owners with its price range of $24,450 to $34,850 and engine selections available with the four-cylinder 2.4-liter or the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo. Overall mpg is rated at 24 among vehicle owners and 21 in CR tests. You’ll love the comfortable seats and spacious cabin. Plus, a host of driver aids, including forward collision warning, blind-spot warning and automatic emergency braking, are standard. Power delivery may feel “uneven” during takeoff. Still, overall there’s a lot to like about the Santa Fe’s responsive steering and handling.
3. Mazda CX-9 2019
You can’t have the most reliable list of midsize SUVs without the Mazda CX-9. Consumers love the stylish third-row SUV, in part because of its affordability. You can buy a 2019 for $27,625 to $37,800. Every CX-9 gets a super-responsive 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, earning “an impressive 22 mpg.” Driving the CX-9 is fun, comfortable and quiet. High-end trim is downright luxurious. It’s a tighter cockpit, and the infotainment controls can take a little longer to learn. Still, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is a reputable choice.
4. 2019 Nissan Murano
If you find a 2019 Nissan Murano for sale, it’s worth a look. As CR’s recommended entry on this list of most reliable SUVs, the Murano is all about style and interior luxury. You can expect to pay $26,775 to $34,875 for one of these gems, earning around 23 mpg. Enjoy a punchy but refined 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine, a quiet cabin and all the premium feel. There are plenty of standard features, as well as some nice upgrade options. However, the ride isn’t as smooth with the 20-inch wheels as it is with the standard 18-inch options.
5. 2019 Subaru Outback
Reliable might be the Subaru Outback’s middle name. Subaru is known for producing durable, reliable and high performance rides. So it’s no surprise that the 2019 Outback takes the top spot on this reliability list from Consumer Reports. For a midsize SUV, paying $25,250 to $35,550 and gaining 26 mpg are welcome value propositions. The Outback comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but is also available with a 3.6R variant. Owners appreciate the increased visibility and full list of standard safety equipment, like the rear-view camera, as part of the EyeSight driver aids suite. It’s not as punchy, fun to drive, or premium as some of the other competitors in this segment, but the 2019 Subaru Outback is still worth a test drive.
If you’re keeping your eye out for a used midsize SUV, keep this list from Consumer Reports in mind. These SUVs are among the most reliable on the market.
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