The most reliable SUVs

Find out which SUVs are most reliable. Our second annual car reliability survey covers 10,520 cars owned by our members.

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Our second annual car reliability survey covers 10,520 cars owned by our members. Find out which SUVs they rated as being most reliable and satisfying to own, plus the reasons behind purchasing certain models.

There’s a trend towards sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Of the vehicles in our survey produced since 2015, 45% are SUVs. Referring to them as “four-wheel drives” isn’t always accurate. According to our survey, more than a quarter of the SUVs we own are only two-wheel-drive and the proportion of 2WDs is increasing.

  • Built 1998-2003: 16% SUVs of which 93% are 4WD
  • Built 2004-2009: 17% SUVs of which 86% are 4WD
  • Built 2010-2014: 30% SUVs of which 71% are 4WD
  • Built 2015-2018: 45% SUVs of which 60% are 4WD

Compared to the average car owner, SUV owners were more likely to be “very satisfied” with safety. That’s not likely a result of them escaping a crash unscathed, but rather because they generally feel safer in their SUV. Compared to owners of smaller cars, owners of smaller crossover SUVs were more satisfied with comfort but less satisfied with fuel economy.

For more information about our survey, see “How we assess car reliability and satisfaction”.

Note:

  • Suzuki Vitara data include Escudo and Grand Vitara
  • Nissan Pathfinder data include Terrano and Mistral

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