Best Luxury Cars and SUVs

Find the top-ranked models in eight categories

2021 Lexus ES Photo: Lexus

By definition, luxury cars and SUVs are a cut above the mainstream. They promise comfort, performance, refinement, and the latest technology. But our road tests show that not all competitors shine in this premium arena.

Shoppers will find significant gaps between Consumer Reports' Overall Scores for the best luxury models and the worst.

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This is what goes into the CR Overall Score:

  • Road-test performance: This score is based on more than 50 tests and evaluations conducted at our 327-acre Auto Test Center by our experienced staff.
  • Reliability survey results: Each year CR members report the problems they’ve had with hundreds of thousands of cars.
  • Owner satisfaction survey results: They're based on the percentage of owners who say they would definitely buy the same car if they had to do it all over again.
  • Safety tests and equipment: All recommended cars must provide effective occupant protection in crash tests conducted by the government or the insurance industry (if they’ve been tested). Models with standard forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), blind spot warning (BSW), or pedestrian detection get bonus points.

With all these factors combined, there are as many as 40 points (out of 100 for any vehicle) separating the top from the bottom in our ratings in some categories.

To steer you in the right direction, we have identified the luxury cars and SUVs that perform best in each category.

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