These Large SUVs Are Spacious and Dependable
Large SUV shoppers are a specific breed. They have high expectations for hauling passengers and cargo, and they want to do it without worrying that their ride will break down or rack up repair bills.
Though designed for durability, not all large SUVs meet these demands. That’s why U.S. News & World Report turned to J.D. Power to determine how this year’s crop of large SUVs stack up against each other when it comes to predicted reliability ratings.
2017 Lexus LX
$89,380 | Reliability: 4.5/5
The LX features a powerful V8 engine and an upscale cabin with first-rate finishes but is short on cargo space and fuel economy. Toyota and its upscale Lexus brand are known for quality and dependability, so it’s no surprise that the LX places atop our reliability rankings.
2017 Toyota Sequoia
$45,560 | Reliability: 4/5
The Toyota Sequoia was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Large SUV for the Money award due to its large cargo hold and capable engine. The Sequoia’s base model seats eight; replacing the standard second-row bench seat with a pair of captain’s chairs cuts occupancy to seven.
Like the Lexus LX, the Sequoia comes up short on fuel economy, but both models benefit from the Toyota brand’s outstanding reputation for reliability.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS
$68,700 | Reliability: 4/5
Introduced as a new nameplate for 2017, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is our top-ranked luxury large SUVand the brand’s largest hauler. The three-row SUV boasts a smooth ride, spacious cabin, and strong engine lineup.
The GLS bests nearly all other large luxury SUVs in predicted reliability except for the Lexus LX. That means you’ll have little cause for worry whether you’re driving up a mountain pass or racking up highway miles on the way to Grandma’s.
2017 Toyota Land Cruiser
$84,325 | Reliability: 4/5
The Toyota Land Cruiser, the mainstream brand’s upscale SUV, impresses with its off-road chops, upscale interior, and spacious seating for eight. The three-row utility vehicle sports the same engine as its Lexus LX cousin and an equally refined cabin trimmed with leather and real wood.
Like the LX and its Toyota Sequoia sister SUV, the Land Cruiser doesn’t earn high marks for cargo space or fuel economy. But it’s a Toyota, so you can be reasonably certain that the Land Cruiser will meet even your most rigorous demands on or off the pavement.
2017 Infiniti QX80
$63,850 | Reliability: 4/5
Placing near the top of our rankings of luxury large SUVs, the Infiniti QX80 was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury Large SUV for Families award because of its comfortable cabin, easy-to-use infotainment system, and driving performance.
The QX80 also comes with one of the most comprehensive warranties in its class – a four-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty – so you can depend on it to last.
2017 Lincoln Navigator
$63,515 | Reliability: 4/5
The Lincoln Navigator, the seven-seat SUV made by Ford’s upscale sister brand, posts high marks for towing and fuel economy while offering plenty of space for passengers and cargo. It’s also as reliable as foreign rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Infiniti QX80.
Unlike the competition, the Navigator, which is the upscale version of the Ford Expedition, also comes as an extended wheelbase version, the Navigator L.
2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
$122,400 | Reliability: 4/5
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class only seats five passengers, but that doesn’t make it any less luxurious – or reliable – than its three-row counterparts. Mercedes’ top-of-the-line off-roader packs muscle power and an extravagant cabin, but you’ll pay accordingly.
The G-Class is the most expensive model on this list, with a base price of $122,400. Its 621-horsepower G65 version starts at a jaw-dropping $220,400. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the hulking SUV’s fuel economy is below average for the class.
2017 Ford Expedition
$47,125 | Reliability: 3.5/5
The Ford Expedition, the largest SUV in Ford’s lineup, is our top-ranked large SUV for its smooth ride, powerful engine, and spacious seating for eight. It comes in four trims, giving consumers a wide choice of interior features.
Though rated as slightly less reliable than its luxury counterparts, the Expedition comes highly decorated: It won our 2017 Best Large SUV for the Money award and was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Large SUV for Families award.
2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
$47,215 | Reliability: 3.5/5
The three-row Chevrolet Tahoe, which ties with the Ford Expedition for the top spot in our large SUV rankings, boasts a comparable list of distinctions: It won our 2017 Best Large SUV for Families awardand was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Large SUV for the Money award.
Though one of the most affordable models on this list, the Tahoe boasts seating for nine passengers, more than any other nameplate here. It also comes equipped with a long list of standard features, including Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.