Consumer Reports’ recently released their 2017 Auto Reliability Survey. Top picks Toyota and Lexus have come in as leaders in reliability for the fourth straight year, with the Toyota Prius and the Lexus CT 200H named the most reliable cars.
But what we’re the most reliable SUVs? And least reliable? We have broken down the findings for the most and least reliable SUVs. Read on to discover if your next vehicle made the cut—or should have been left on the cutting room floor. Scores are indicated next to the models on a 1-100 scale based off-road based on a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers as well as road tests and safety data.
Most Reliable SUVs
Not surprisingly, many of the SUV models found to be most reliable are luxury crossovers. Here are the top 5 most reliable SUVs.
Audi Q3 (91) – This compact crossover offers a premium vehicle in a small package. Responsive handling fused with interior comfort proved to be a winning combination while the 200 HP four-cylinder engine delivered 22 miles per gallon during testing.
Lexus GX (90) – This SUV is a nimble giant with a high tow rating and serious off-road chops. Featuring a 4.6-liter V8 engine, this comfortable ride gets 17 MPG and is available as a six-speed automatic.
Mercedes-Benz GLC (89) – With a plush interior and improved legroom in the back seat, the GLC comes equipped with a 241-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. High towing capability and ample power provide a comfortable, agile ride.
Audi Q7 (88) – Audi’s luxury SUV received superior ratings that impressed the team at Consumer Reports. They not the ease of acceleration and responsive handling. The 3.0-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic of the Q7 got 20 MPG during testing.
Toyota 4Runner (88) – The 4Runner’s powerful 4.0-liter V6 proved to be relatively fuel efficient, though the handling leaves something to be desired.
Least Reliable SUVs
Cadillac Escalade (3) – Short on handling with poor brakes, the Escalade is a stiff ride with a surprisingly cramped interior. Though the 420-hp V8 has superior towing abilities, this vehicle came away with the lowest reliability score of all SUVs and markedly poor findings.
Jeep Renegade (8) – This new subcompact crossover has been found to be clunky and unresponsive. Generally noted to be an unremarkable ride, the Renegade’s 2.4-liter delivered 24 mpg overall, which is dismal for a small crossover model.
Tesla Model X (11) – This is a new crossover model from Tesla. New models are prone to have a few kinks but one particular feature that received negative attention were the interesting, but potentially problematic, falcon wing doors. Many found them to be too big, slow, and cumbersome to be feasible for everyday use.
Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon (13) – These sister models both had low scores. Though the interiors of both vehicles are sumptuous, the engines feel unresponsive during everyday driving, and the ride is stiff. Not helping things is their 5.3-liter V8 got 16 mpg during testing, and their touch screen controls proved to be relatively intuitive. You can learn more about how the Tahoe measures up to the Ford Expedition here. The Yukon Denali XL is built on the same platform as the Escalade.