Used Cars: Most Reliable 3-Year-Old Midsized SUVs

These solid choices range from comfortable cruisers to rugged off-roaders

2019 Hyundai Santa fe
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Photo: Hyundai

Nearly half of all vehicles sold last year were SUVs. They have roomy interiors and upright seating positions, and they often come with all-wheel drive. Midsized SUVs, specifically, cram all that utility into a spacious yet maneuverable package. But because SUVs can be as expensive as they are popular, buying one used or certified can be a great way to save money, even with the increase in used-car prices.

A 3-year-old used SUV is likely to have many of the same features as a brand-new model but without as high a price. That’s because the fundamentals remain the same: New cars depreciate quickly during the first three to four years of ownership. This makes used cars a great value. And because these SUVs have already been around for a few years, Consumer Reports can tell you whether a model is reliable or not.

This is because we use our exclusive survey data, including responses about more than 300,000 vehicles, to identify the most reliable SUVs—so that you can make a smart choice.


The SUVs are listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer within their vehicle category. We also identify when active safety systems, including forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), and blind spot warning (BSW) are optional or standard. Some of these models have our Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions.

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