These Are the Top Midsize SUVs in U.S. News Rankings:
Midsize SUVs are the happy medium of car shopping. For typical new car buyers, they hit all the key characteristics: They’re comfortable, spacious, and reliable, with decent performance, gas mileage, and amenities for an affordable price.
That’s why manufacturers from Ford to Volkswagen have launched at least one competitor in the segment. But how do you know which midsize SUV is best for you? U.S. News & World Report evaluates dozens of data points to rank vehicles across a range of categories, and then generates an overall ranking.
Interested in a new midsize SUV? Keep reading to discover which rate as the best models currently on the market.
Keep in mind that U.S. News scores are constantly updated as new expert reviews and data become available. As such, the scores in this slideshow may not match the scores on our site.
2017 Honda Pilot
$30,595 | U.S. News Score: 8.4/10
The Honda Pilot is a longtime favorite among midsize SUV buyers for its spacious cabin, cavernous cargo bay, and advanced safety systems. The three-row SUV was named our 2017 Best 3-Row SUV for Families and a finalist for our 2017 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money award.
The Pilot is equipped with a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 that earns decent fuel economy and a choice of five trims offering a range of increasingly advanced technology and safety features. The SUV’s $30,595 starting price is average for the class.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
$30,745 | U.S. News Score: 8.4/10
Refreshed for 2017, the Hyundai Santa Fe offers a third row and a V6 base engine that delivers an admirable 290 horsepower. Shoppers also like its long list of standard features, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Starting at $30,745, the Santa Fe is priced in the middle of the pack. Hyundai also makes a smaller, less expensive version of the SUV called the Santa Fe Sport.
2017 Dodge Durango
$29,995 | U.S. News Score: 8.4/10
The Dodge Durango is one of the few models in the segment with an optional V8. The SUV, whose available third row brings occupancy from five to seven, is poor on fuel efficiency but packs enough power to satisfy the adventurous, practical-minded buyer.
Rated at 293 horsepower, the Durango’s V6 base engine already generates plenty of oomph. The available V8 brings output to 360 horses. Starting at $29,995, the Durango’s base model is affordable for the class, but upgrading to one of its four higher trims pushes the price into luxury territory.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
$30,395 | U.S. News Score: 8.4/10
The Jeep Grand Cherokee, our top-rated off-road SUV, has remained a perennial favorite in the midsize SUV segment for its peerless off-road capabilities and high-end interior. Its performance, combined with its comfortable cabin and range of powerful engines, earned it finalist distinction for our Best 2-Row SUV for the Money and Best 2-Row SUV for Families awards.
Starting at $30,395, the Grand Cherokee is the Jeep brand’s top-of-the-line model due to its more luxurious cabin and infotainment technology, but it’s also a formidable performer with its four-wheel drive, adjustable air suspension, and terrain selection system.
2017 Ford Edge
$28,950 | U.S. News Score: 8.5/10
Winner of 2017 Best Midsize SUV for Families award, the Ford Edge combines car-like handling with a spacious cabin. Its strong fuel economy and reasonable $28,950 base price helped the SUV become a finalist for our 2017 Best Midsize SUV for the Money award, too.
The five-passenger Edge’s first three trims get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The top-of-the-line Sport trim is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6. Buyers like that the Edge comes with options for luxury amenities, such as heated front seats and advanced safety features that are usually reserved for much more expensive vehicles.
2017 Nissan Murano
$29,740 | U.S. News Score: 8.5/10
The Nissan Murano won our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award because of its comfortable cabin, long list of standard technology features, and fuel-efficient engine. Those attributes also helped it become a finalist for our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for Families award.
The Murano seats five in a refined cabin with soft-touch materials, leather upholstery, and wood grain accents. Its 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 delivers an above-average 21 mpg around town and 28 mpg in the city. Combine that with the Murano’s below-average starting price of $29,740, and Nissan’s largest SUV offers a strong value proposition.
2017 Toyota Highlander
$30,630 | U.S. News Score: 8.6/10
Fresh with updated styling for the 2017 model year, the Toyota Highlander has found the sweet spot on the midsize SUV shopper’s wish list. That’s why it was named a finalist for both our 2017 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money and 2017 Best 3-Row SUV for Families awards.
The Highlander seats eight passengers, but swapping captain’s chairs for the standard second-row bench seat brings capacity to seven. What its 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine lacks in power it delivers in above-average fuel efficiency. An optional 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 is new for 2017. Starting at $30,630, the Highlander offers strong value within the segment.
2018 Kia Sorento
$25,600 | U.S. News Score: 8.6/10
The Kia Sorento is a solid performer across our rankings for midsize SUVs, crossover SUVs, and SUVs with 3 rows. An optional third row boosts seating capacity from five to seven, adding the versatility to take a road trip cross country or participate in the soccer carpool.
The Sorento comes with a choice of three engines. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is the best on fuel economy. The V6 offers more power, and the turbocharged 2.0-liter is a blend of both. Kia’s largest SUV comes in five trims, starting at $25,800, one of the most affordable prices on this list.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
$30,500 | U.S. News Score: 8.7/10
Launched for the 2018 model year, the Volkswagen Atlas midsize SUV hits the trifecta, combining comfort, handling, and ample room for passengers and cargo into one vehicle that’s still good-looking and easy to park. Volkswagen’s debut has topped nearly each one of our relevant rankings. It’s also our No. 1 SUV with 3 rows and No. 2 crossover SUV.
The seven-passenger Atlas runs on a 3.6-liter V6 that generates a more-than-sufficient 276 horsepower. Car-like handling and an attractive cabin loaded with standard technology are likely to ensure that this new model, which starts at $33,500, stays atop the competition for a while.