Best Midsized SUVs Under $35,000 With Standard Safety Systems

These models have forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning

2022 Toyota Venza
Toyota Venza
Photo: Toyota

The good news for consumers is that in 2022, more SUVs come with key active safety systems. But it can be challenging to decipher the marketing and sales materials of every automaker to figure out what the system names mean and which ones are standard equipment.

Consumer Reports is here to help you by cutting through all the jargon to present the best SUVs that come with forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning (BSW) as standard equipment on every trim level.

Sometimes automakers don’t include the safety technology as standard equipment on the base trim. That’s why there aren’t any models from Subaru on this list and just one from Toyota. But there are several options for savvy shoppers who want affordable SUVs with key safety equipment.

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Below is our list of CR-recommended midsized two- and three-row SUVs with starting prices that are less than $35,000. That means they scored well in our road tests, which include more than 50 objective and subjective evaluations. On top of that, they have good reliability and come standard with FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW. They also performed well in government and insurance industry crash tests, if they were tested. We’ve listed them in order of their Overall Score, which is a combination of all these factors. That base-price cutoff eliminated the recommended Ford Edge and the Honda Passport and Pilot.

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