Most Reliable and Fuel-Efficient New Midsized SUVs

These dependable models are perfect for around-town drives, commutes, and longer trips

Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander
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The midsized SUV is the workhorse of many families. Two-row models are roomy enough to carry three kids in the back seat along with their school, sports, or camp gear. Opt for a three-row version and you can carry enough stuff for a weeklong vacation for a family of five or take six passengers to all the activities you can schedule.

As with any vehicle, reliability is always a top consideration; a vehicle does you no good if it’s in the shop. Or if you’re constantly stopping to fill it with gas.

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That’s why our car experts compiled the list below. It features the two- and three-row midsized SUVs that scored well in Consumer Reports’ road tests, have average or better predicted reliability ratings, and get 21 mpg overall or better.

These SUVs are all CR–recommended models. That means they scored well in our road tests, which comprise more than 50 objective and subjective evaluations. On top of that, they have good reliability and come standard with key active safety equipment, including forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), and blind spot warning (BSW). They also performed well in government and insurance-industry crash tests if they were tested.

We’ve listed them by their Overall Score, which is a combination of all those factors. Though we tested more expensive all-wheel-drive versions of some of these, we also recommend the more affordable front-wheel-drive versions.

Some of these models have our Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions.

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