Hottest suv 2020

Hottest suv 2020 DEFAULT

Ranked: 20 best-selling new SUVs in the U.S. in 2020

The market continues to welcome new and significantly refreshed SUVs as we head toward the 2021 model year. With consistent new product on the market, it's no wonder that most of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. are these models.

Below is a list of the best-selling SUVs through December 31, 2020. Many automakers report their sales results quarterly. These rankings have been determined using sales numbers provided by the individual automobile manufacturers.

The vehicles on this list are bound to change order as new information becomes available. Stay tuned!

To see the 20 best-selling new SUVs in the U.S. in 2019 click here.

No. 20 - Chevrolet Trax (106,299 sold)

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Trax is a city scooter that easily gets a driver around town. It is easy to maneuver on the road and park, and has an easy-to-use infotainment system. The Chevy isn't big on cargo space, seating, or power.

No. 19 - Jeep Compass (107,969 sold)

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Jeep Compass is a capable off-roader, but the small SUV is more likely to be found on city streets where it delivers near-Cherokee comfort in style. Buyers can option up their Compass so that it gets Trailhawk status.

No. 18 - Ford Edge (108,886 sold)

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Ford Edge gives buyers a lot of what they are looking for. There's spacious and comfortable seating, a robust engine lineup, and plenty of cargo space. The Edge also doesn't break the bank like some other SUVs. New for 2020, the model got standard automatic dual-zone climate control.

No. 17 - Subaru Crosstrek (119,716 sold)

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

The Crosstrek isn't the most powerful model in Subaru's lineup, nor is it the most modern. It is a formidable subcompact that hits the nail on the head for many practical shoppers. With standard all-wheel drive, engaging handling, and gobs of cargo space, the Crosstrek is worth a test drive.

No. 16 - Hyundai Tucson (123,657 sold)

The Hyundai Tucson delivers on a lot what empty nesters and young professionals are looking for in a compact SUV. It' plush and premium in its top trim levels, has high safety scores, and comes with a long warranty. The Tucson is comfortable enough to serve as a daily driver or road trip warrior.

No. 15 - Mazda CX-5 (123,727 sold)

Mazda may be best known for the Miata but their top-selling vehicle is the CX-5, a compact SUV. The CX-5 delivers an engaging drive that excels whether accelerating or cruising. Its handling is engaging and seats are comfortable. Reviewers typically say that the usability of its infotainment system is not up to par with other vehicles in its class.

No. 14 - Honda Pilot (123,813 sold)

The Honda Pilot is a three-row SUV with a lot to offer. It has gotten more robust over the years and now offers torque-vectoring technology and drive modes. The Pilot is a more capable off-roader than many give it credit for. It's also got plenty of space for adults in its third row, which is not something many three-row SUVs can brag about.

No. 13 - Chevrolet Traverse (125,546 sold)

The Chevrolet Traverse is a competent three-row SUV that is favored by many Americans. Chevy has made the vehicle capable, but it's not an off-roader by any stretch of the imagination. The Traverse is available in a number of flashy trim levels though it doesn't have as many available packages as the Colorado or Silverado.

No. 12 - Toyota 4Runner (129,052 sold)

Toyota hasn't changed the body styling significantly on the 4Runner in years but there have been big changes tech-wise for the new model year. New for 2020, the 4Runner comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P, a suite of driver assistance technologies, as well as an 8-inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. Despite all these refinements, it's still an off-roading beast.

No. 11 - Jeep Cherokee (135,855 sold)

The Jeep Cherokee is compact, but it packs a heck of a punch. Four adults can fit comfortably into the modern four-wheel drive SUV. It has one of the easiest-to-use infotainment systems available. Jeep has made the Cherokee's steering properly weighted to allow for easy maneuvering through rocks or parking lots.

No. 10 - Subaru Forester (176,996 sold)

Practical adventurers love the Subaru Forester for its on- and off-road prowess, engaging drive dynamics, and massive cargo space. The fact that it's one of the safest vehicles sold today doesn't hurt either. New for 2020, buyers get standard rear seat reminder and lane centering technology, which first appeared in the 2020 Outback, is available.

No. 9 - Ford Escape (178,496 sold)

The Ford Escape has been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year. It features a cavernous cargo area, spacious seating, and easy low-speed handling. This Escape rides better than the last and its interior has been upgraded. New powertrain options include a PHEV and there's a long list of standard and available safety features.

No. 8 - Jeep Wrangler (201,311 sold)

Buyers waited a long time for a Jeep Wrangler with modern electronics and convenience features in it. The redesigned JL delivers with that and more. The Wrangler is still a competent off-roader but it's so much more family-friendly than before. There's even a new Eco-Diesel powertrain.

No. 7 - Jeep Grand Cherokee (209,786 sold)

The Jeep Grand Cherokee trim level lineup has been reduced from 12 to seven for the 2020 model year. Other than that, there are no significant changes to the Grand Cherokee. The Jeep remains a competent off-roader that can be optioned up to gain impressive track prowess, or kept at a moderate price for comfortable cruising.

No. 6 - Toyota Highlander (212,276 sold)

The Toyota Highlander has been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year. The three-row SUV is loaded with standard and available features, is available as a front- or all-wheel drive hybrid, and is available for a competitive price. If you're already a fan of the Highlander, this will make you like it even more.

No. 5 - Ford Explorer (226,217 sold)

Ford redesigned the Explorer for the 2020 model year making it stronger, more capable, and more fuel efficient than before. It comes with a number of engine options, including the Explorer Hybrid model. The Explorer is roomy and easy to maneuver, but its infotainment system isn't as easy to use as other vehicles in its class.

No. 4 - Nissan Rogue (227,935 sold)

The Nissan Rogue is a few years past its prime, but that hasn't stopped it from being a formidable choice for buyers. Nissan has given the compact SUV comfortable seats, a modern-enough infotainment system, and fuel efficiency. It's equally at home in the city on on the highway.

No. 3 - Chevrolet Equinox (270,994 sold)

The Chevrolet Equinox is quite a good compact SUV. It competes against some heavy hitters in the industry, but stands as the top-selling non-truck model in Chevy's lineup. It comes with a long list of standard and available safety technology, a good amount of cargo space, and comfortable seats. The Equinox is easy to maneuver.


Crossovers and SUVs are among the most popular new cars on the market today, and automakers are supplying that demand with models of all shapes and sizes. To make the shopping process less daunting and easier to navigate, we've compiled a list of the best crossovers and SUVs of 2020. The collection includes at least one model from every segment, our 10Best winners, Editor's Choice picks, and other highly ranked models.

Those who are interested in the best crossovers and SUVs from 2019 can refer to last year's list.

Every Crossover and SUV Ranked from Worst to Best:

Compact | Sub-Compact | Mid-Size | Full-Size | 3-Row

Subcompact: Mazda CX-30

Slotting into the Mazda SUV lineup in the narrow space between the subcompact CX-3 and the compact CX-5 is the new—and curiously named—CX-30. Mazda's designers gave it a more severely forward-canted rear window and chunkier black-plastic body cladding to help differentiate the 2020 CX-30 from its other crossover siblings. The CX-30 comes standard with impressive technology, both in terms of connectivity and driver-assistance features. Equipped with the same perky and responsive engine as the Mazda 3, the CX-30 oozes that enthusiast appeal for which Mazda is famous.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Subcompact: Hyundai Kona

The subcompact 2020 Kona is the whole package: Striking looks, engaging driving dynamics, and a comfortable cabin. A pair of four-cylinder engines are available, the best of which is the turbocharged 1.6-liter that provides brisk acceleration and good fuel economy. Its exterior turns heads, even two years after its introduction, but its cabin is more muted and feels grownup in both its design and execution. Cargo space will be adequate for most buyers but those seeking space for bulky items may be better served by one of the Kona's slightly larger rivals.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Subcompact: Kia Soul

When you think of automotive icons, images of the Porsche 911 or the Mercedes-Benz G-class might spring to mind, but the funky Kia Soul just might be worthy of iconic status as well. While it's all-new, the 2020 Kia Soul doesn't stray far away from its winning formula: it's a brashly boxy front-wheel-drive crossover SUV with inspired styling and a great price. Despite a host of new rivals attempting to shoulder into the Soul's territory, we still happily recommend the Kia to friends and family looking for a value-packed box on wheels.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Subcompact Luxury: Volvo XC40

With plenty of tech paired with a fun-to-drive nature, the 2020 XC40's fresh and spunky looks are aimed directly at hip and luxury-minded buyers. The interior offers comfort and spaciousness along with a decidedly Swedish atmosphere found in all of today's Volvos. There's also abundant cargo stowage and plenty of bins and auxiliary repositories to keep things. If dynamic driving is a priority, the BMW X1 and the Jaguar F-Pace are top considerations, but the XC40's handsome looks and well-executed packaging make it a strong contender in the flourishing subcompact class.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Subcompact Luxury: BMW X1

The 2020 X1 is BMW's Mighty Mouse crossover, small but both effortlessly playful and uncompromisingly practical. It's powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that revs eagerly and smoothly with good fuel-economy ratings and plenty of power. The cabin is spacious for such a small crossover; four adults will ride in comfort, with room to spare for their luggage in the capacious cargo hold. The X1 might be the driver's choice, but it doesn't require compromising practicality.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Compact: Mazda CX-5

The 2020 CX-5's class-above cabin could easily be confused for an Audi Q5's and its trio of four-cylinder engines means there's an option for every buyer. A quick test drive will undoubtedly have you singing the CX-5's praises as loudly as we have over the years. Its crisp steering, eager driving dynamics, and confidence-inspiring controls are dreamy and best when matched with the gutsy turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature models. If you can't afford one of those high-end trims, don't worry—the CX-5 made our 2020 10Best list and is set to satisfy no matter which version you choose.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Compact: Volkswagen Tiguan

There's so much sameness amidst the multitude of compact crossovers that it's refreshing to find something—anything—substantially different among them. But the 2020 Tiguan succeeds in setting itself apart in a very useful way: an available third row. Between the Tiguan's seven-passenger capability and flexible interior (the second-row seats slide fore and aft, and they fold in three sections rather than the typical two), VW's smallest SUV makes good use of its larger exterior footprint than the segment norm by delivering outsized practicality.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Compact: Honda CR-V

It's not hard to see why the 2020 CR-V is one of the brand's top-selling products: It's refined, practical, and well-designed. Aside from offering one of the largest cargo bays in its segment, the CR-V also offers two fuel-efficient powertrains—including a hybrid—to help it go head-to-head with its main rival, the Toyota RAV4. All CR-Vs come well-equipped with creature comforts and technology features that SUV buyers want, plus it has earned excellent crash-test ratings, which will appeal to families. Our complaints are few—and mostly centered around the CR-V's mediocre acceleration performance—but it's unlikely that average buyers will find the same faults.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Compact: Toyota RAV4

Perennially a best-selling SUV, the 2020 RAV4 offers a trim for every budget. The price-leading LE trim is pretty basic, but the high-end Limited can challenge the Lexus NX with its many luxury features. The new TRD Off-Road model promises improved capability when hitting the trails, and its rugged styling makes it look right at home alongside the Toyota 4Runner SUV and the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The ute's driving dynamics tend toward the mundane side of the spectrum, but most consumers will find the 2020 RAV4's ride comfortable and its handling agreeable. If it's fuel economy you're after, consider the RAV4 Hybrid, which we review separately.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Compact Luxury: Porsche Macan

The 2020 Macan sits on the small side of the compact-luxury SUV segment, but it is a definitive counterpoint to the thinking that all utility vehicles are boring to drive. Excellent performance and unflappable poise, without compromising its day-to-day livability, have helped earn the Porsche several comparison-test victories in our testing over the years, as well as a spot on our 2020 10Best list. While some of its competitors are more affordable and practical, the 2020 Macan stands out as a proper driver's machine the way in which Porsche excels.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Compact Luxury: Porsche Macan Turbo

Porsche has successfully filtered engaging driving characteristics into a compact crossover, and the 2020 Macan Turbo represents the model's performance pinnacle. Boasting an attractive design, it manages to look sporty and sophisticated. Its interior has a delightful seating position and numerous personalization options, but its cramped rear quarters aren't great on long trips. Likewise, the Turbo is pricier than lesser Macans that deliver fewer thrills behind the wheel. Still, the quicker twin-turbocharged model is an experience that affluent enthusiasts will appreciate. The Porsche Macan Turbo is easily one of the most visceral crossovers on the market and it earned a spot on our 2020 10Best list.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Compact Luxury: Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and GLC63

The 2020 GLC43 and GLC63 are high-performance variants of the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, and they spice up that model's Germanic luxury with an extra dash of driving excitement. Both crossovers seat five, and their cabins are roomy enough to provide spacious accommodations in both rows. The GLC43 and GLC63 impress with an exterior design that's sculpted and modern, and they deliver handling that's both refined and athletic. Zero to 60 mph is quick, and the experience is sweetened with a mellifluous engine note. A bevy of drive modes allows you to customize the action. If you're in the market for a compact luxury crossover with memorable style and performance, the GLC43 and GLC63 earn our recommendation.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Compact Luxury: BMW X3

The 2020 X3 delivers strong acceleration, agile handling, and premium interior finishes that make it one of ourfavorites in a dense field of compact luxury crossovers. X3 models with the standard turbocharged four-cylinder strike a smart balance between power and fuel economy. Stepping up to the 335-hp M40i version turns the X3 into a seriously quick crossover. (For those who want their small crossover with an even bigger engine, there's also the 473-hp 2020 BMW X3 M.) The X3's upscale materials and build quality are easier felt than seen; the Volvo XC60, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, and the Audi Q5 offer more stylish cabins.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Mid-Size: Kia Telluride

Affordability is often offset by frugality, but the 2020 Telluride transcends that association with its utterly lavish qualities and absolute bargain price. With enormous proportions and three rows of seats, the bold-looking Kia is the company's biggest crossover SUV. It has all the tenets of a great family hauler, including abundant passenger space and contemporary features. Its standard V-6 powertrain isn't especially efficient, but it's quietly competent and able to tow up to 5000 pounds. The 2020 Telluride also has proved its comprehensive excellence by earning a spot on our 10Best list.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Mid-size: Hyundai Palisade

The 2020 Palisade is not Hyundai's first three-row SUV, but it certainly is its best and biggest. The Palisade replaces the Hyundai Santa Fe XL, which suffered from a cramped third row fit for only occasional use. The Hyundai's silky ride quality and premium interior appointments teeter at the edge of luxury. Offering three spacious rows of seating, loads of safety and driver-assist technology, all-wheel drive, and distinctive styling, it's a bold statement for this Korean manufacturer.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Mid-Size: Mazda CX-9

As much as we'd all love to have a Mazda Miata for our daily driver, grown-up lives come with grown-up responsibilities—and the 2020 CX-9 is a great compromise. Its sharp handling and gutsy turbocharged four-cylinder engine helps it channel Mazda's lightweight sports car while hauling the kids or taking home groceries from the supermarket. Swooping exterior styling wraps around an interior that would look at home in a luxury car, and Mazda offers plenty of tech features that SUV buyers want most. All this comes with a few compromises, though, as the CX-9 has one of the least roomy third rows of seats and a smaller-than-average cargo capacity.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Mid-Size: Honda Passport

Those who want big a two-row SUV that drives well and wears a Honda badge will be more than satisfied with the 2020 Passport. While it's the antithesis of stylish inside or out, it's stockpiled with standard driver assists such as adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking. The Passport also boasts an exceptionally comfy and commodious interior, with plenty of room to store cargo. Along with optional all-wheel drive, every model is powered by a quick and refined V-6 powertrain. Unfortunately, it's not particularly fuel-efficient and the ride is jarring on rough roads.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Mid-Size: Volkswagen Atlas

With three rows of seating and plenty of room for its occupants, the 2020 Atlas offers practicality and a comfortable ride without even a hint of minivan-ness. While its base four-cylinder engine is underpowered when there's a full load of people and cargo, the optional V-6 provides acceptable motivation but it's lacking in fuel efficiency: the V-6–powered Atlas in our long-term test fleet averaged 19 mpg. Driver-assistance technology is on hand, with automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert all standard.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Mid-Size: Jeep Wrangler

The 2020 Wrangler is what the Jeep brand is all about—with roots that date back to the original World War II–era military vehicle—and its off-road capability borders on amazing. While it looks much like the first-generation Jeep that was created to support our troops, it has evolved into a one-of-kind four-wheel-drive vehicle, with tech and luxury to match its off-road chops. It offers everything from air conditioning to leather. Two mild-hybrid engines are available; a stretched, four-door version called the Wrangler Unlimited is also available. No matter what version you get, you can still remove the doors and roof, fold down the windshield, and enjoy motoring through the great outdoors.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Mid-Size Luxury: Porsche Cayenne

As with every vehicle bearing the Porsche badge on its hood, the 2020 Cayenne is designed to be exciting to drive as well as fast, well-built, and expensive. It can be had with several potent powertrains, ranging up to 455 horsepower in the E-Hybrid plug-in model. And like the rest of Porsche's lineup of sports cars, sedans, and crossovers, it offers a vast array of optional, hard-to-resist goodies that will tempt your good sense and quickly drain your bank account. In other words, the Cayenne is a true Porsche.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Mid-Size Luxury: BMW X5

The 2020 X5 lineup now includes three models of escalating price and performance. The BMW X5 competes against class stalwarts such as the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes GLE-class. It evokes the brand's well-known sporting heritage with its muscular and refined turbocharged inline-six and V-8 engines, eye-opening acceleration, and impressive cornering grip. But X5s also can be outfitted luxuriously, with richly appointed interiors, comprehensive infotainment systems, and all of the latest driver-assist technologies. Conservatively styled and beautifully crafted, the X5 line is a front-runner in the premium SUV class.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Large Luxury: BMW X7

Families who want a big three-row SUV with a luxurious interior and Bavarian roots will appreciate the 2020 X7. Its prominent grilles and large proportions conceal an extremely quiet and comfortable cabin. Filled with upscale materials and countless features, the BMW is an enjoyable place to spend time—unless you're an adult who has to sit in the third row. Still, the X7 is positively palatial and motivated by a set of powerful and refined powertrains. Every model comes with all-wheel drive and myriad driver assists. While the 2020 BMW X7 isn't perfect, it's among the fanciest ways to shuttle the whole family.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Full-Size: Chevrolet Suburban

The 2020 Suburban offers great tow capacity and a muscular optional V-8 to make it a comfortable beast of burden with room for a Little League team. It can be fitted with a package that gives it some decent off-road chops or dressed up almost like a luxury SUV—at which point it is priced like one. It's definitely not made for tight parking lots, however, nor for passing by gas stations. It might not fit in your garage, either. That's just the price you pay for a handsome, huge, do-everything SUV that can coddle you and a hoard of passengers while it works hard.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Full-Size: Nissan Armada

The 2020 Armada isn't the most popular large SUV, but its bold design and serene interior are underrated compared with more mainstream rivals. The three-row Nissan can haul up to eight people and tow as much as 8500 pounds, which puts it right in the mix with competitors such as the Chevy Tahoe and the GMC Yukon. While the Armada lacks those SUVs' excellent infotainment systems and designated luxury models, it does deliver a smoother ride and more consistent build quality across the lineup. The 2020 Armada may not sell as well as more familiar SUVs, but it has the capabilities and content to deserve similar attention.

Review, Pricing, and Specs

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at

  1. Cricket
  2. Xr11 cox remote
  3. Georgia tech requirements

New cars are expensive. New SUVs are even more expensive. Those are facts, but today, let's forget about the average new car price over $40,000 and focus on SUVs under $35,000. 

That simple fact is this is the best part of this list: These SUV picks don't cost an arm and a leg. Peek around for some crossovers under the new-car average transaction price of about $35,000, and you'll be met with surprising quantities of quality. And if you're the techy sort, you're in luck, because many of these vehicles pack some of the latest and greatest tech offered across the entire automotive industry. Here are some of our favorites in that price rage.

Get the Roadshow newsletter

See the latest cars and automotive trends from supercars to SUVs. Delivered Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Do note, though, that while many of these vehicles may start under $35,000, they don't stay that way once you pile on options such as flashy paint colors and big expanses of glass overhead. But, just like most other parts of life, there's still a little wiggle room to get what you want.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a good-looking crossover with plenty of in-cabin tech, including the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assistance systems and Apple CarPlay integration.

The available turbocharged 1.5-liter engine offers more than adequate power, though the continuously variable transmission occasionally makes power delivery sluggish. If that's not enough thrift, there's a new hybrid variant on offer, too.

The interior is a huge upgrade from the CR-Vs of yore, with comfy leather seating and satin-finish wood-like accents. The digital instrument panel packs plenty of information into a small space while remaining legible.

-- Chris Paukert

Kia Niro Hybrid

The Kia Niro may not be the sexiest thing on four wheels, or even the sexiest thing in Kia's lineup, but the Niro Hybrid is an exceedingly competent little car that returns amazing mileage. It's super easy to see real-world fuel economy of 50 mpg in the base Niro Hybrid.

The Niro offers frugal transportation without feeling like a penalty box. You can load it up with a full smattering of luxury and tech features (for an added cost, of course). And, for the 2020 model year, the Niro received some nips and tucks to both its aesthetics and tech.

-- Antuan Goodwin

Mazda CX-5

Like all Mazdas, the CX-5 is arguably the best-handling crossover in its class. Great design and a plush interior make it wonderful to live with. The CX-5 will definitely out-handle rivals including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Ford Escape.

The CX-5 has a nicely appointed interior, but its in-car tech falls short. The Mazda Connect system is sometimes hard to use, but 2020 models now have standard safety tech across the whole lineup, which is a nice touch.

-- Emme Hall

Subaru Forester

Boxy and inherently rugged, the Forester has always been the kind of car to ride its own wave. The brand-new 2019 model packed promising tech into a familiar package, but for the 2020 model year, Subaru bumped up the standard features to pile on the value even further.

The latest Forester loses its turbocharged engine option, and a CVT is the only transmission available, but standard all-wheel drive is absolutely a strong selling point in this class.

The Forester is be just like any other Subaru: comfy, capable and, most importantly, good value for the money.

-- Tim Stevens

Volkswagen Atlas

Why live in 2020 when you could live in 2021? The 2021 VW Atlas, which lands at dealers in the spring, picks up a whole host of updates, most of which are borrowed from its slinkier sibling, the two-row Atlas Cross Sport. It's definitely better in the looks department and the Atlas continues to provide a good value by offering above-average tech and solid build quality.

Of course, there are still downsides. While VW has democratized its tech across the lineup to some degree, all the cool stuff like Digital Cockpit is still locked behind higher, more expensive trims. Don't forget to spring for all-wheel drive if you think it's necessary, too.

-- Andrew Krok

Volvo XC40

With a handsome exterior and interior trimmings that feel nicer than its price would suggest, this little guy from Gothenburg is one of our favorite SUVs no matter how much it costs. And yes, its base price just squeezes in below our $35,000 cap, but even the least-expensive XC40 is very nicely equipped.

The cabin is truly comfortable and pretty spacious considering its size. The Sensus infotainment system sure looks pretty, but we find its myriad menus and laggy response times frustrating.

Volvo's new car subscription service launched with the XC40, meaning you can get nicely equipped Momentum or R-Design models for $700 a month or $800 a month, respectively. That cost includes car insurance and maintenance. It's an all-in-one service.

-- Steven Ewing

Chevy Blazer

The Chevy Blazer seemed to come out of nowhere, largely because its design doesn't really speak to the heritage of its fabled nameplate. That may upset some self-appointed purists who think anything with the name "Blazer" on the side needs to be a body-on-frame truck, but they'll be missing out on a pretty cool crossover SUV.

The Blazer wears its Camaro-derived looks particularly well. Plus, this two-row crossover should appeal to a lot of shoppers with its variety of engines on offer, including a 2.5-liter I4, a 2.0-liter turbo I4 and an available 3.6-liter V6 that features 308 horsepower. The Blazer offers solid infotainment, connectivity and advanced safety gear, all in a wieldy package that starts at $28,800 before destination charges and options.

-- Chris Paukert

Kia Telluride

Here's the thing about the Kia Telluride: It's low-key great. The Telluride doesn't go out of its way to blow your mind with wild character lines and body creases. It doesn't have huge horsepower or crazy off-road prowess. It's just handsome without being shouty. it's well-built, well-equipped, comfortable as all hell and affordable.

The Telluride looks a lot smaller than you'd expect, given that it has three rows of seats. It's a proud midsize SUV, but it's easy to park, agile enough to get around even a notoriously congested city like Los Angeles and has vast amounts of cargo space for you to fill with whatever weird ephemera your lifestyle generates.

-- Kyle Hyatt

Hyundai Kona

Sure, it's a weird-lookin' little thing, but Hyundai's new Kona SUV is one of our favorites in the subcompact class. With its vibrant color palette and love-it-or-hate-it styling, it's sure to make a bolder statement than other, more conventionally styled crossovers.

But the Kona isn't just a book to be judged by its cover. Inside, there's a wealth of convenience and tech features. And with its optional turbocharged engine, it's pretty darn good to drive, too. Hyundai even makes a fully electric version of the plucky little Kona, if EV life is more your speed.

-- Steven Ewing

Mazda CX-30

The CX-30 is Mazda's latest small crossover SUV entry that has a lot going for it. It's stylish, with clean, flowing body lines for a sporty look on the outside, while the interior is truly impressive for the class with luxury-level materials, an intuitive layout and serviceable space for passengers and cargo. On the technology front, the Mazda Connect infotainment interface is clunkier to use but is feature rich, and safety equipment like adaptive cruise, forward collision warning with auto braking, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring are all standard.

Being a Mazda, the CX-30's biggest selling point is how it drives. Make sure the car is in Sport mode for peppier performance from the 2.5-liter I4 making 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with a wonderfully tuned chassis that offers quick turn-in, composed cornering and strong brakes and you have a crossover that's a fair bit of fun to toss around. And it still manages to provide a comfortable and quiet ride for normal driving. 

-- Jon Wong

Best 4x4s 2020 – What's the best off-roader you can buy? Jeep, Jimny, G-Wagen, \u0026 more - What Car?

The Best SUVs to Buy in 2021

The top-rated and best new SUVs in every segment on sale today.

SUVs currently form the backbone of American vehicular life, hauling commuters to the office, crews to worksites, kids to school, and enthusiasts to off-road adventures. Eminently practical, SUVs (or crossover SUVs, if you prefer) are variously available with two or three rows of seating, electric or hybrid powertrains, high-performance engines, the latest in-car entertainment and safety technology, big towing ratings, and more. The best SUV models come in all manner of sizes and levels of luxury, and here at MotorTrend, we've tested and driven them all. If you're looking for the top-rated 2021 SUVs, read on for our favorites and picks in every segment.

Best Subcompact SUV: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Looking for a small, affordable SUV that can actually venture far beyond the mall parking lot? Subaru's Crosstrek sits high enough off the ground (with a substantial 8.7 inches of ground clearance) and comes standard with a capable all-wheel-drive setup that can deliver off-road adventures. Now, it's no Jeep Wrangler, but compared to everything else in its subcompact-SUV segment, the Crosstrek is quite adventurous. Though affordable, the entry-level Crosstrek models come with a relatively weak 152-hp 2.0-liter engine; a manual transmission is available on lower trims. A new 182-hp 2.5-liter engine option is new for 2021 and brings a welcome bump in scoot. Subaru also has made its EyeSight active safety features standard—though only on models with the automatic transmission—and a hybrid is available. [Read more on the Subaru Crosstrek]

Best Subcompact SUV: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Pros: Off-road capability, funky looks, fun paint colors, standard AWD.
Cons: Weak base engine, funky looks, small touchscreen.

Base Price Range: $23,295-$29,045
Available Engines: 2.0L flat-4, 152 hp, 145 lb-ft; 2.5L flat-4, 182 hp, 176 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 22-28/29-34/25-30 mpg
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd): 55/21 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 1,500 lb (nonhybrid), 1,000 lb (hybrid)

Best Compact SUV: 2021 Honda CR-V

Long a top-selling stalwart in its segment, chances are someone you know—or even you—owns a Honda CR-V. The reason is simple: Now in its fifth generation, Honda's compact SUV has seemingly always delivered dependability, stacks of convenience and safety features, and an easy-to-drive demeanor at the right price. The current CR-V topped seven challengers in our most recent compact-SUV comparison test, and that makes it one of the best SUVs for the money as well as one of the best SUVs for 2021—period. The winning Honda (updated last year) includes the available hybrid powertrain that's now the CR-V's most powerful option. [Read more on the Honda CR-V]

Best Compact SUV: 2021 Honda CR-V

Pros: Maybe the most well-rounded vehicle on the market, good value, an efficient vehicle is only more so with the addition of the hybrid.
Cons: The Mazda CX-5 is a little better to drive, we guess?

Base Price Range: $26,525-$37,525
Available Engines: 1.5L turbo I-4, 190 hp, 179 lb-ft; 2.0L I-4 hybrid, 212 hp
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 27-40/32-35/29-38 mpg
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd): 76/39 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 1,500 lb (nonhybrid only)

Best Midsize SUV: 2021 Subaru Outback

One of America's most popular and best new SUVs, the Subaru Outback can also be considered to be a lifted wagon, as it shares much of its basic sheetmetal, interior, and mechanicals with the Legacy sedan. However you classify the Outback, though, the all-new version that launched for 2020 has taken Subaru's bread-and-butter model to new heights. The interior is plusher and filled with the latest technology (although we wish some of the safety features would pipe down occasionally), and with an available 260-hp turbocharged engine, the quintessential New England hauler now finally hauls, hitting 60 mph in 6.1 seconds in our testing. [Read more on the Subaru Outback]

Best Midsize SUV: 2021 Subaru Outback

Pros: Finally has an interior worthy of its price, comfortable ride, roomy for the money.
Cons: The turbo scoots but could be more refined, obtuse infotainment UX.

Base Price Range: $27,845-$40,995
Available Engines: 2.5L H-4, 182 hp, 176 lb-ft; 2.4L turbo H-4, 260 hp, 277 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 23-26/30-33/26-29 mpg
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd): 76/33 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 3,500 lb

Best Three-Row SUV: 2021 Kia Telluride

A home run in nearly every way, the American-built Kia Telluride is a stylishly designed and expertly packaged near-luxury SUV at a value-rich price—and the 2020 MotorTrend SUV of the Year. Translation: If you're making a list of, say, the top 10 SUVs, this Kia is a leader. Every detail and function has been thoroughly conceived and thoughtfully executed, and the driving experience is at least a class above (if not two or three), with a confident, composed ride; a hushed interior; and huge levels of refinement. Pricing ranges from 33 grand to something near 50 large when loaded up, which means there's a Telluride for nearly every budget, but even those buying lesser trims will find the Telluride delivers much more than the competition. [Read more on the Kia Telluride]

Best Three-Row SUV: 2021 Kia Telluride

Pros: It looks fantastic, top trims are luxury SUVs at two-thirds the price, swallows tons of people and cargo.
Cons: A turbo-four option could lower the price of entry.

Base Price Range: $33,415-$43,715
Available Engine: 3.8L V-6, 291 hp, 262 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 19-20/24-26/21-23 mpg
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd/3rd): 87/46/21 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 5,000 lb

Best Full-Size Three-Row SUV: 2021 Ford Expedition

Ford's big boy Expedition, which was new for 2018, won our last comparison test in this class, beating out four other large SUVs. Credit the victory to the full-size Ford's powerful twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6, as well its ability to feel perfectly at home on the trails, on the highway, maneuvering in the city, or tugging literal tons of trailer down a country road. An easy-to-use infotainment interface is another high point, and the availability of both regular- and extended-length models give buyers extra options. For 2021, Ford has introduced a new base model, the five-seat Expedition XL STX; otherwise the only news in Expeditionland involves its new competition. GM's new 2021 Chevy Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL are both here, but there are good SUVs, and there are great SUVs—and now you know where the Ford falls. [Read more on the Ford Expedition]

Best Full-Size Three-Row SUV: 2021 Ford Expedition

Pros: Handles reasonably well for a behemoth, plenty of power, plenty of USB outlets.
Cons: The steering feels too heavy, transmission could stand refinement.

Base Price Range: $51,690-$77,470
Available Engine: 3.5L twin-turbo V-6, 375 hp, 470 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 16-17/21-23/18-19 mpg
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd/3rd): 105-122/58-80/19-36 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 9,300 lb

Best Luxury Subcompact SUV: 2021 Volvo XC40

This stylish Swede is no mere vehicle—it's an expertly executed lifestyle accessory, and we mean that in the best way possible. The Volvo XC40 has a crisp and modern aesthetic, it has considerate touches like a built-in wastebasket and glovebox bag hook, and it drives quite well, too. Add it all up, and it's a top luxury SUV. As you'd expect of a Volvo, the XC40 offers state-of-the-art safety tech including semi-autonomous functionality, and the front seats are comfortable enough we'd install them in our own living rooms. There are two available engines for now, and a fully electric model—the XC40 Recharge, Volvo's first-ever EV—just arrived. [Read more on the Volvo XC40]

Best Luxury Subcompact SUV: 2021 Volvo XC40

Pros: Beautifully styled, fun available interior colors, clever features to ease daily life.
Cons: It's tuned to be more comfortable than sporty, yet the ride can still be harsh.

Base Price Range: $34,795-$55,085
Available Engines: 2.0L turbo I-4, 187 or 248 hp, 221 or 258 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 22-23/30-32/25-26 mpg; EV: 79 MPGe combined
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd): 47/21 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 3,500 lb

Best Luxury Compact SUV: 2021 Volvo XC60

Another best luxury SUV slot, another Volvo. The XC60 looks and feels rich inside and out, with a driving experience to match. There's some jitteriness to the ride over broken pavement, but with lots of standard luxury features and a broad lineup that includes plug-in-hybrid T8 and Polestar Engineered models—the former is the luxury one, the latter the sporty one—plus two gas-only engines, it's easy to find the XC60 that suits you. We wish the Volvo was more connected feeling over the road, but as a luxury vehicle it well earns its place among its Best SUV brethren. [Read more on the Volvo XC60]

Best Luxury Compact SUV: 2021 Volvo XC60

Pros: Typical Volvo design excellence inside and out, lots of available luxury.
Cons: The Polestar Engineered model is pricey, discombobulated ride over high-frequency bumps.

Base Price Range: $42,795-$71,290
Available Engines: 2.0L turbo I-4, 250 hp, 259 lb-ft; 2.0L turbo/supercharged I-4, 315 hp, 295 lb-ft; 2.0L turbo/supercharged hybrid, 313 or 329 hp, 295 or 317 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 20-22/27-29/23-27 mpg
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd): 49-50/21-22 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 3,500 lb

Best Midsize Luxury SUV: 2021 Land Rover Defender

After a long hiatus from the U.S. market, Land Rover's iconic Defender is back and better than ever. The Defender has swerved from ancient, incredibly rugged 4x4 to a modern, luxurious, and, well, still incredibly rugged 4x4, with fresh boxy styling and tons of off-road capability. The new Defender so impressed us, we named it our 2021 SUV of the Year. There are plenty of personalization opportunities, given the availability of two-door Defender 90 and four-door Defender 110 body styles, four- and six-cylinder engine options, and myriad style packages and useful accessories. You can even opt for a front bench seat, for six-passenger capacity! [Read more on the Land Rover Defender]

Best Midsize Luxury SUV: 2021 Land Rover Defender

Pros: Off-road capability, standout styling, modern comfort.
Cons: Tiny third-row seat option, poor efficiency from base engine.

Base Price Range: $47,450-$84,350
Available Engines: 2.0L turbo I-4, 296 hp, 295 lb-ft; 3.0L I-6, 395 hp, 406 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 17-18/20-22/18-19 mpg
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd): 58/16 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 8,200 lb

Best Three-Row Luxury SUV: 2021 Lincoln Aviator

Yes, a Lincoln has landed on our list of top-rated SUVs. (Two have, actually.) The three-row Aviator was introduced last year and immediately became proof Lincoln has good deal of its mojo back. And the Lincoln knows how to stand out in a crowded luxury field—just look at it. A handsome profile and clean, sculpted sheetmetal are laid over an attractive interior that combines mid-century modern style with modern technology. The ride is comfortable and cosseting, the handling confident and composed, and the audio and infotainment setups are a snap to use and perform great, too. An available plug-in hybrid is a veritable hot rod with 494 hp (!) in tap, but the basic twin-turbo V-6 is no slouch with 400 horsepower of its own to call upon. All of this is to say the Aviator's great, and anyone shopping for a new 2021 SUV should take one for a spin. [Read more on the Lincoln Aviator]

Best Three-Row Luxury SUV: 2021 Lincoln Aviator

Pros: Proof Lincoln has hit its styling stride; gorgeous inside, too; magnificent ride quality.
Cons: Hybrid powertrain is mighty but stumbles occasionally.

Base Price Range: $52,195-$89,600
Available Engine: 3.0L twin-turbo V-6, 400 hp, 415 lb-ft; 3.0L twin-turbo hybrid V-6, 494 hp, 630 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 17-18/24-26/20-23 mpg
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd/3rd): 78/42/18 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 6,700 lb

Best Full-Size Three-Row Luxury SUV: 2021 Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln is clearly on a hot streak, and the run began with the redesigned Navigator that arrived in 2018 to rescue the luxury marque's reputation. Lincoln certainly got its gargantuan flagship right, and it remains one of the top SUVs in 2021. With big, brash American style and an interior that can be equipped with 30-way adjustable, massaging front seat and a 20-speaker Revel audio system, among other sybaritic delights, the 'Gator positively drips with confidence. (That it mopped the floor with Cadillac's XT6 in a head-to-head comparison test doesn't hurt.) This past year, the Navigator added the ability for owners to use their phones as keys, more standard safety tech, and an available Monochromatic package for an extra splash of style. [Read more on the Lincoln Navigator]

Best Full-Size Three-Row Luxury SUV: 2021 Lincoln Navigator

Pros: Super-luxurious cabin, spacious third row, smooth and powerful engine.
Cons: Largest wheels make for jittery ride, rolls in corners like the big boy it is.

Base Price Range: $77,480-$102,620
Available Engine: 3.5L twin-turbo V-6, 450 hp, 510 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 16/20-22/17-18 mpg
Cargo Space (behind 1st/2nd/3rd): 103-120/58-73/19-34 cu ft
Max Towing Capacity: 8,700 lb

The Best New SUVs to Buy in 2021

  • Best Subcompact SUV: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
  • Best Compact SUV: 2021 Honda CR-V
  • Best Midsize SUV: 2021 Subaru Outback
  • Best Three-Row SUV: 2021 Kia Telluride
  • Best Full-Size Three-Row SUV: 2021 Ford Expedition
  • Best Luxury Subcompact SUV: 2021 Volvo XC40
  • Best Luxury Compact SUV: 2021 Volvo XC60
  • Best Midsize Luxury SUV: 2021 Land Rover Defender
  • Best Three-Row Luxury SUV: 2021 Lincoln Aviator
  • Best Full-Size Three-Row Luxury SUV: 2021 Lincoln Navigator

2020 hottest suv

The SUV and crossover craze isn’t showing any signs of stopping. To the contrary, it would seem that elevated-wheelbase vehicles are only warming up so to speak.

Of 10 best-selling vehicles in the U.S. during the first three quarters of 2018, four are crossovers. It might not look like much, but don’t forget that first three spots are traditionally off-limits to anything but a trio of full-size pickup trucks. Not counting the F-150, Silverado, and Ram, it’s the Nissan Murano, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V who find themselves atop the list of average American buyer’s most popular choices. The Chevrolet Equinox compact rounds off the selection.

Things are similar all across the globe as crossovers and SUVs amounted to almost 28 percent of the global market share in 2017 – an increase from 16.5 percent in 2014. Needless to say, this trend will carry along for a while, possibly allowing the SUVs and crossovers to reach as much as 50 percent market share in coming years.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what might be the very best 2020 SUV or at least pinpoint a few of the likeliest of candidates for that accolade.

10. 2020 Ford Bronco

Back by popular demand as well-put by the Blue Oval – the Bronco is arguably the most anticipated vehicle of the decade. At least when it comes to the U.S. market. The iconic nameplate returns after years of speculation and an even longer hiatus which lasted since 1996. It’s scheduled to be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan alongside the mid-size pickup truck Ranger which is also making a comeback to these shores.

Expectations are high for the sixth-generation Bronco, but new models will be neither the old-school 2-door compact off-roaders nor the bulky full-size SUVs of the eighties and nineties. Instead, they’ll be a modern interpretation of a crossover/SUV that slots somewhere in between.

The 4-door mid-size SUV will sport a removable top, though. Even more importantly, its axles will be supplied by Dana, and both front and rear ones might end up being solid. Prices should start somewhere in the higher $20k range for base models and work their way up from there.

The forthcoming Bronco’s powertrain lineup is still shrouded by a veil of mystery. It’s likely to share both the engines and transmission with the U.S.-spec Ranger since they share the same platform as well. That would mean the Bronco could also profit from the Focus RS’ 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder mill of still undisclosed specs at this moment. Another possibility is a 2.7L EcoBoost V6, but that is still to be confirmed. A hybrid is also in the works, but will most likely arrive at a later date.

As for transmissions, only a 10-speed automatic has been confirmed so far, but there are some quiet murmurs about a possible manual gearbox too (a new 7-speed unit more precisely). Apparently, Ford is working with Getrag on a new 7-speed unit but it’s unclear whether this trans will make it in time for MY 2020 and whether it’ll make it to the Bronco at all, for that matter.

With 2019 already slowly giving way, we expect more substantial info from Dearborn in the coming months alongside the long-awaited production model’s debut. Can the Bronco become the best 2020 SUV overnight? We will most certainly find out.

2020 Ford Bronco rendering

09. 2020 Porsche Cayenne

With all due respect to the iconic 911, it’s the luxury SUV that has triggered the German automaker’s considerable growth in the past decade or so. The third-generation Cayenne debuted for MY 2018 and its lineup is currently in expansion. Although it’s still too early for the current models to receive any substantial changes, the luxury SUV’s lineup will be considerably expanded in 2020.

The Germans are already preparing the coupe version of their former best-selling model (prior to the Macan’s introduction). If you can call a 4-door crossover SUV a coupe, that is. The Cayenne coupe will essentially be nothing more than a slightly more expensive version of the regular vehicle with even lower utility scores due to its faster-sloping roofline. However, a lower center of gravity and improved aerodynamics should help it become even sportier than its more upright sibling.

The regular Cayenne models cost between $66,000 and $125,000 at the moment, while their fastback counterparts should should be obtainable for anything between $76,000 and $131,000 depending on trim and powertrain configurations.

The Stuttgart company is knee-deep in works on electrification but Cayenne shouldn’t profit from that project by 2020. Instead, it’ll retain its current lineup of engines which are more than sufficiently diverse anyway. The same goes for the upcoming coupe versions which will likely receive most, if not all of the engines currently available in the conventional Cayennes.

In other words, the base models will continue to be offered with their 3.0L turbocharged V6 with 340 horsepower, while the almost $20,000 more expensive Cayenne S ($13,000 more in the coupe version’s case) benefits from a twin-turbo 2.9L V6 capable of making 440 ponies. The Cayenne Turbo raises the bar even higher thanks to a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 worthy of seriously plentiful 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque. It also costs the most.

Finally, the crown jewel of the Cayenne lineup delivers as much as 455 ponies and 516 pound-feet of twist alongside up to 27 miles of all-electric range and an overall bolstered fuel economy. The Cayenne E-Hybrid starts from around $80,000, incorporates the base model’s engine coupled with an electric motor, and is able to tow up to 7716 pounds.

Porsche Cayenne front 3/4 view

08. 2020 Jaguar I-Pace

The I-Pace electric SUV arrived during the second half of 2018 and it didn’t waste any time. It immediately snatched the German Car of the Year award which – knowing how seriously they take cars – has to count for something. The all-electric luxury crossover has already showcased what it’s capable of doing and things can only get better from this point onward.

Apart from offering the obvious meticulous design, refined interior, and great range, the I-Pace also delivers in the performance department. Some of its precious few shortcomings are a slow-responsive infotainment system and possibly a high starting sticker of more than $70,000.

While it’s the Jaguar’s very first crossover, The I-Pace sets an early example as one of the best electric crossovers on the market. Although it won’t send the Tesla Model X into retirement, it’ll surely give the California-based company something to think about.

The I-Pace combines two permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motors – good for 197 horsepower each – with a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack for a combined output of 394 horses and 512 pound-feet of rotational force.

Thanks to a healthy amount of power and instantly available torque, the 4,800-pounder (1,329 of which goes on the battery pack alone) is capable of accelerating to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds. It’s also capable of providing a healthy 238-mile range or 89 MPGe according to the EPA.

Standard 50 kW charging network should fill 80 percent of the I-Pace’s large battery in about an hour and a half, while home chargers take up to 13 hours for a full recharge. The I-Pace is compatible with 100 kW fast chargers but the fast-charging infrastructure is still to be expanded to a level where you don’t have to rely on planning your trips up front.

Yet again, the I-Pace is only expected to get better with time, but that goes for its competition as well.

Jaguar I-Pace is one of the best 2020 SUVs around

07. 2020 Audi RS Q8

The latest addition to the Audi crossover SUV family won’t remain with a single powertrain offering for long. The more powerful SQ8 is already in the works and so is the ultimate performance-oriented RS Q8 which should arrive sometime during 2020.

The RS Q8 is one of few upcoming Audi Sport models that are intended to bolster the German automaker’s performance credentials. Considering it’s a flagship SUV within their current lineup, it’ll have to pack quite a punch. Needless to say, it will, but we’ll get to that.

The forthcoming RS Q8 – like most RS models across the Audi range – gets a slightly wider frame in order to accommodate larger wheels and to visually lower the car. Different side skirts and more aggressive air inlets are also in the works, and so are larger brakes and the RS signature oval exhaust tips. When it arrives, the Audi RS Q8 will likely cost north of $100,000.

There’s still no official confirmation on the upcoming 2020 Audi RS Q8’s powertrain but we bet it’ll share an engine with the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne Turbo. This means the RS Q8 will make between 550 and 600 horsepower thanks to their twin-turbo 4.0L V8 mill.

Another possibility is a hybrid engine of similar output which can also be found in one of Porsche’s models – the Panamera Turbo S E. Thanks to the addition of an electric motor, this setup generates a whopping 680 ponies which should – as mentioned above – make the RS Q8 one of the most powerful Audi models around.

This would also make it one of the best 2020 SUVs about to be available on the market, but let’s await the official info before we jump to conclusions. The forthcoming Audi RS Q8 should be unveiled at one of the upcoming 2019 auto shows.

Can the Audi RS Q8 become the best 2020 SUV?

06. 2020 Land Rover Defender

The 2020 Land Rover Defender marks the return of yet another off-road SUV legend, though the legendary Landy hasn’t been absent that long to begin with. Like any legendary 4×4 vehicle with aspirations to remain competitive in today’s market, the next-gen Defender too, had to balance between the contemporary and archaic. Did it succeed? Only time will tell.

The new Land Rover Defender retains the overly boxy shape of its predecessors while donning the modern lineup’s design language. Slab-sided and sharp-looking, the Landy, sadly, sports independent front and rear suspension with air suspension being available as an option.

Moreover, it switches to an aluminum unibody frame shared with other in-house models. Despite these not overly off-road credential feats, the new Land Rover Defender shouldn’t have any trouble on rough terrain. Both the 2-door and 4-door models will be available and prices are starting from just under $51,000, while the fully loaded models require north of $100,000.

At the moment, the new Defender comes fitted with a 2.0L turbo four engine which produces 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful versions will use a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six mill which features both and electrically powered supercharger and a 48-volt electrical system. It’s good enough for 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Needless to say, an all-wheel drive system and locking differentials are mandatory all across the range.

Furthermore, the future Land Rover Defender lineup is expected to offer some sort of a hybrid model but this unit won’t make it in time for 2020.

The new Land Rover Defender made its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show and its deliveries will commence just in time for MY 2020.

Land Rover Defender

05. 2020 Honda CR-V

The compact CR-V is both the Honda’s best-selling model and sixth best-selling vehicle in the U.S. at the moment, if we count the omnipresent trio of full-size pickup trucks. Needless to say, the compact is there for a reason. It’s affordable, reliable, fuel-efficient, has a well-appointed interior and ample of cargo space for its size. Without a doubt, the CR-V is one of the most versatile small family crossovers and buyers obviously know how to appreciate that.

Considering the current-generation debuted in late 2016 as a 2017-year model, the 2020 Honda CR-V will likely undergo a mid-cycle makeover. That means a revised front fascia, different tail-lights, and a slightly updated interior at the very least. We can also expect some equipment shifts across the available trims and even a new feature or two. The current models cost between $25,000 and $33,000, and future prices aren’t expected to budge by much.

Mid-cycle facelift or no, the CR-V will continue without any major powertrain revisions. The same 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower and 189 pound-feet of torque will continue to breathe life into most CR-V models. Only the entry-level models get a different 2.4L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder worthy of 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of rotational force. We can only speculate whether this base engine will carry over or let the smaller turbo do all the work.

Whichever happens to be the case, the Japanese won’t abandon the CVT gearbox strategy although a different option would be welcome. The Honda has also revealed a third-row and hybrid option for the overseas market during the 2018 Geneva show, but there’s still no info if any of them will make it stateside. Considering the hybrid CR-V uses the Accord’s hybrid powertrain, the chances of it being offered on the U.S. market are extremely high. More info should follow in the coming months.

Honda CR-V front 3/4 view

04. 2020 Genesis GV80

Ever since it spun-off from the main Hyundai line a few years back, the Genesis division has been offering nothing but quality at more than affordable prices. In order to position themselves on the market, the South Koreans have also offered some of the best warranty deals out there.

Now, they’re finally expanding their lineup and entering the busy crossover SUV segment. Their very first crossover, the mid-size GV80 is expected to arrive in 2020 with either an extended Hyundai Santa Fe or modified Genesis G80 sedan’s platform underneath (likely the latter).

Design-wise, the production model shouldn’t distance itself too much from the concept vehicle presented at the 2017 New York car show. Considering the Korean automaker’s design chief Luc Donckerwolke was acquired from Bentley, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the GV80 also “borrowed” some of the British automaker’s cues. When the Genesis GV80 finally arrives, expect it to cost a few thousands more than the G80 sedan which starts from just under $45,000.

The majority of details about the forthcoming 2020 Genesis GV80 are sketchy at best, and so are details about its prospective powertrain. The most likely of options are the Genesis lineup’s current engines.

Considering the GV80 will be the larger of the duo of upcoming Genesis crossovers, it should also receive larger powertrains. Base models will likely be served by a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 that’s making 365 horsepower, while the range-topping models could get a sturdy 5.0L V8 mill which develops 420 ponies. Then again, there are talks about an all-new 3.5L V6 as well.

Both rear and all-wheel drive should be offered across the range, while every single model is due to receive a mandatory eight-speed automatic transmission as well. More should be known at some point during 2019 so let’s wait for something more tangible from the South Korean automaker before we jump to any more conclusions.

Genesis GV80 concept car from the 2017 New York auto show

03. 2020 Volvo XC40

Immediately after its arrival, the Volxo XC40 earned itself the European Car of the Year award, while its larger sibling the XC60 got itself the World Car of the Year award – both for 2018. This speaks a lot about the Swedish automaker’s intentions and even more about the quality of their products. In that light, it’s no wonder why the subcompact XC40 is rightly considered the best 2020 SUV, or at least one of the best available choices.

The XC40 boasts a smooth ride and very well-appointed interior with an abundance of tech features – especially safety-related ones. It might not be the best choice if you’re looking for a cargo hauler, but then again that was never Volvo’s intention to begin with. The funky XC40 basically retains the Volvo’s core personality but adds a little bit of its own youthful flare.

The base T4 models are powered by a 197-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which carries over to the more advanced T5 units as well. There, however, it generates 248 ponies and comes with a mandatory all-wheel-drive setup. The entry-level models can be obtained with a front-wheel drive as well. Regardless of the model of your choice, every XC40 comes with a mandatory 8-speed auto.

Although offered in no fewer than six different trim choices, every single one of them can be obtained for between $33,500 and $40,000. Of course, the Swedes offer plenty of opportunities to make your subcompact a much more expensive affair via optional packages, but it’s worth mentioning that one of the best 2020 SUVs does come with a standard 9-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, cruise control, collision avoidance technology, lane-keeping assist, road sign recognition, and many more features.

Volvo XC40 front 3/4 view

02. Cadillac XT6

The all-new three-row SUV from GM’s top division aims to offer Escalade-sque level of space and refinement, albeit within a smaller, more maneuverable frame. It shares the C1XX platform of its numerous stablemates (including the smaller XT5), but is instead a dedicated luxury family hauler.

Design-wise, the Cadillac XT6 closely resembles the smaller XT5 which, in turn, draws inspiration from the Escala concept. It’s the largest Cadillac vehicle featuring this new design language, and we have to say it suits it quite nicely.

Having made its debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the XT6 is already available as of mid-2019. The 2020 Cadillac XT6 starts from around $54,000, but optional extras can push the price tag way higher than that. So high in fact, that the fully loaded XT6 will cost you around $80,000 at the moment. You do get a wood-rich cabin with all the latest technology for that amount, however.

Under the XT6’s hood, Cadillac offers only a single engine option. A 3.6 L LGX V6 is more than capable of providing everything you might expect from it, though. Delivering 310 horsepower, it shouldn’t have any problems on open roads, while not lagging behind the competition in terms of fuel efficiency neither.

Every single model is paired with a standard 9-speed automatic transmission but buyers get to choose between front and all-wheel drive configurations.

Not everything is rosy when it comes to the all-new Cadillac XT6, however. There’s still no hybrid option which most of its competitors offer, and despite all the effort, the SUV still fails to distance itself from the remainder of the platform-sharing GM pack. That failure to establish a unique, easily recognizable personality, might hinder the XT6 going forward.

Cadillac XT6 profile view

01. Kia Telluride

The Telluride might not be the Korean automaker’s first foray into the large SUV market (remember the short-lived Borego), but it’ll definitely be a successful one. Unlike the mentioned Borego, the Telluride arrives at the opportune moment (could have actually arrived even earlier for that matter).

Bold styling is one way to distinguish itself but the Telluride offers plenty more from where that comes from. Being loaded with features, spacious enough for eight, and having an affordable starting price, the Telluride is obviously one of the best family vehicles currently available on the market.

Starting from under $33,000 (including destination charge), the base Telluride LX is already a worthy SUV considering it comes with forward-collision avoidance assist, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, etc. The range-topping SX models will add up pretty much everything else, and all that in a package starting from under $43,000.

Much like it’s the case with other vehicles in its segment, the Telluride too comes with a single engine available. Its 3.8L naturally aspirated V6 is sturdy enough for most challenges you can throw at it. It makes 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Backed up by an 8-speed automatic, the Telluride returns up to 23 mpg combined if ordered in front-wheel drive form. Of course, all-wheel drive is available as an option across the entire range.

Despite posing as a 2020-year model, the Kia Telluride has already been available throughout much of 2019. The early-arriving model is slowly but steadily selling around 6,000 units a month if Spring months are any indicator which means the buyers have already recognized its practicality and potential. Also, don’t forget that it comes with a 10-year/100,000 miles warranty.

Kia Telluride might just be the best 2020 SUV for families

Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much!

The Best SUVs for 2020 \u0026 2021 — The Top-Rated Small, Midsize, Large, Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

What Are the Best-Looking SUVs? MotorTrend Editors Pick Their Favorites

Which SUVs and crossovers have the most sex appeal?

There used to be a time when all SUVs were great looking. That's because there were only four of them. Now that SUVs have eclipsed cars as the dominant species in the automotive landscape, there are some real hideous sport utes rolling through mall parking lots these days. However, we're here to talk about the best-looking SUVs. So, we polled the MotorTrend staff about their favorites. Feel free to disagree.

Land Rover Defender

I've long been of the opinion that SUVs must look like either something George Patton would have used to invade Sicily, or a Mars rover. The Infiniti QX60 fails that litmus test fairly hard, whereas the new Land Rover Defender somehow fits both. Beauty, however, is in the eye, and the keyboard strokes, of the beholder. —Jonny Lieberman

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

They say familiarity breeds contempt. I beg to differ. After a year of driving our long-term Velar, my familiarity turned into love. Its sleek wedge, its rearward stance, the proportion of sheetmetal to greenhouse, the concave and convex transitions in the door panels .… It's just perfect. The rectangular grille and squinting headlights make a bold entrance, and when its air suspension lowers to egress height, the Velar just glides into the valet spot. It gets even better-looking when you get inside the cabin. Classically elegant, yet with a hint of modernism. —Mark Rechtin

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The best-looking SUV? There's no question it's Alfa Romeo's sporty, sensual, and sensational Stelvio, a stunning-to-behold Italianate masterpiece that takes the boring two-box form and turns it into something both animalistic and sophisticated. The traditional Alfa Romeo trefoil grille is perfectly proportioned, and the tautly sculpted body sides impart an athletic and elegant mien to even base models. And at the top of the lineup, the fat-flared 505-hp Quadrifoglio wields the same basic look in service of anger and menace. If you're looking for a beautifully styled SUV, this is it. Every other sport-utility is a wheeled burlap bag in comparison. —Erik Johnson

Kia Telluride

I know the Kia Telluride is a front-wheel-drive-based unibody crossover, but whenever I see one, my brain tingles with rugged off-roady vibes. That's what its design communicates, and it does so exceptionally well. Despite its midsize dimensions, its boxy lines, well-proportioned hips and dash-to-axle, and relatively short overhangs give it the presence of a larger vehicle. It also helps that the Telluride is handsome on the inside, with a subdued yet sophisticated dash design and upscale materials used throughout. The Telluride's design wasn't the only reason we named it our 2020 SUV of the Year, but it was certainly a contributing factor. —Alex Nishimoto

Jaguar F-Pace

I'm not really a fan of the way SUVs look in general. Something about their massive, flat sides and enormous facias put me off. That said, there is at least one SUV I have no problem looking at—the Jaguar F-Pace, specifically in SVR trim. It's beautifully proportioned. The way the roofline gently slopes into that huge rear spoiler is elegant. The angry maw at the front is purposeful and reminds me of the old XF-RS, another Jag design I love. The rear with its massive quad exhausts and extra-wide hips in that Ultra Blue paintwork make it something to see and be seen in. Power, performance, and damn good looks. What more could you want?—Nick Yekikian

Jaguar I-Pace

Looks are subjective. With its long wheelbase, short overhangs, and cab-forward design, the Jaguar I-Pace likely foreshadows the basic proportions of future battery-electric crossover vehicles. Many of these upcoming models will likely pair the design details of this Jaguar with boring and bland sheetmetal. That's not the case with the I-Pace, though, which manages to pair a space-efficient design with athletic styling cues. Admittedly, the I-Pace's looks may age less gracefully than others on this list. Still, kudos to Jag for taking a chance and making a crossover that takes advantage of its EV architecture without sacrificing the evocative style of its gas- and diesel-powered kin. —Greg Fink

Genesis GV80

Just look at it. If your eyes see some Bentley cues, that's because it was penned by Luc Donckerwolke, who was the head of design at the British marque. The 2021 Genesis GV80 is beautiful inside and out—it's easily identifiable as a luxury SUV and carries the presence and prestige that premium SUV buyers want. Its grille is big enough without shoving it in your face, and the headlights and taillights will make it easy to distinguish in a crowded segment. If style is at the top of your list, you must consider the GV80 when it arrives this summer. —Miguel Cortina

Jeep Wrangler

Cynics say Jeep and Porsche have the laziest designers in the world, or if they're feeling less spicy, they'll say the designers have the easiest jobs in the world. Every Jeep (by which they mean Wrangler) looks like the old one, just like every 911 looks like the old one. In fact, these designers have the hardest job in the world. These vehicles are icons. They have to look like the old one. Any major deviation from the trademark design elements is career suicide. And yet, somehow, it must be made new and distinct. It's the skinniest tightrope you can walk in car design. In this, the latest Jeep Wrangler is a triumph. Every trademark Jeep cue is there, but with modern elements and technology carefully blended in just the right proportion to make the vehicle obviously brand new but the design distinctly classic. It looks like a Jeep, just like it should. —Scott Evans

Volvo XC90

The OG jumbo Volvo looked good in 2003, but when it got the SPA treatment (Scalable Product Architecture) twelve years later, the pleasing original lines were streamlined and hunkered down. Cues that made the first gen look tall and off-road-rugged were traded for a lower, more purposeful, faster aesthetic accented by "Thor's hammer" headlamp details that only a Scandinavian brand could pull off. Freshened with a concave grille and new bumpers for 2020, it's still a striking Viking. —Frank Markus

Mazda CX-5

You'd be forgiven if you thought the Mazda CX-5 was a luxury SUV. Just look at the vehicle's eye-catching looks, especially in Mazda's Soul Red Crystal color. The Mazda CX-5 is an evolutionary design executed superbly. You see a clear lineage with the previous generation without looking  derivative. Cool design cues like the deconstructed three-dimensional grille add presence, while clean surfaces keep the SUV looking slick halfway into its life cycle. —Stefan Ogbac

Chevrolet Blazer

There is something new, yet old school about Chevy's latest take on the Blazer. Yeah, it is not body-on-frame or two-door, but Chevy took a popular formula—car-based, four-door midsize crossover—and gave it a cool name from the past. To try to live up to the name, it has a high beltline and overall badass design that stands out from today's cookie-cutter crossover designs. It does not have a removable roof, but it does have a well-done floating roof that looks best in red. The Blazer, with its Camaro design cues, dual exhaust outlets, and an integrated tailgate spoiler, pulls together a distinctive and sporty look and carries an attitude that says, "Made in Detroit. "—Alisa Priddle

Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin's first SUV is an absolute stunner, but of course it is. The British marque has been making beautiful cars since its creation, and there was hardly a doubt that the DBX would follow in the brand's footsteps. Adding to the DBX's curb appeal is the noise its dual exhaust tips make. Aston Martin's take on AMG's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 somehow makes an even better noise than when the eight-cylinder is installed in cars with the three-pointed star. So, it looks great, it sounds great, and, as we found out earlier this year, it's excellent to drive. What's not to love?—Nick Yekikian

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

While it isn't exactly drop-dead gorgeous, there's no doubt the G-Class has an allure that most SUVs can't match. Its ammo-can-on-wheels looks give it a commanding presence. There's no way to mistake it for anything else as it marches down the road. Inside, the G-Class has been touched-up with plenty of luxury niceties like Designo leather on the seats and doors, and metal accents and air vents. It's as appealing to be in as it is to look at, and that earns it a spot on this list. —Nick Yekikian

The Best Looking SUVs On Sale Right Now

•Land Rover Defender
•Range Rover Velar
•Kia Telluride
• Alfa Romeo Stelvio
•Jaguar F-Pace
•Jaguar I-Pace
•Genesis GV80
•Jeep Wrangler
•Volvo XC90
•Mazda CX-5
•Chevrolet Blazer
•Aston Martin DBX
•Mercedes-Benz G-Class


Similar news:


2060 2061 2062 2063 2064