Used Cars: Most Reliable 5-Year-Old Midsized SUVs

Consumer Reports' survey data shows that these six models hit the sweet spot

2017 Lexus RX
Lexus RX
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SUVs are wildly popular because they offer virtues that many people crave, including a high seating position that gives a commanding view of the road, the availability of all-wheel drive for winter traction, and plentiful cabin and cargo space. But a new midsized SUV can be an expensive proposition, which is why buying a dependable used one can be a great way to save money.

There’s always some element of risk when buying a used vehicle, so smart shoppers will want to begin their research by focusing on those models that hold up well over time. Based on our exclusive Annual Auto Surveys of CR members, we’ve identified the most reliable 5-year-old midsized SUVs from the 2017 model year to help you make a smart choice, ranked from first to sixth in terms of reliability.


The one caveat is that advanced safety and driver assist features, such as forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), blind spot warning (BSW), rear cross traffic warning (RCTW), and lane departure warning (LDW), weren’t as commonly standard five years ago as they are today. This means it may require extra research to find a vehicle with those options.

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