2019 has been especially fruitful for the SUV market, and despite a wide array of cars being released, not all of them boast the same level of longevity. And, considering the costs of insurance, running, and maintenance tend to be higher for SUVs than other cars, reliability is a huge concern for this segment.
That's where we come in. To provide a realistic overview, we're using J.D. Power reliability ratings, numbers of recalls, and consumer reviews to find the most reliable SUVs in every sub-segment of the industry. The following are the top 10 most reliable SUVs on the market in 2019!
10 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
The new midsize SUV from Hyundai gives many of the segment's pricier competitors a run for their money. In fact the company listened and improved upon the last model, making the 2019 Santa Fe even longer, more comfortable, and packed with advanced tech features. As of this model year, the car satisfies every important criterion for an ideal midsize SUV. The most pronounced, however, is its excellent predicted reliability rating that puts it near the top of the segment.
For the price range, the Santa Fe offers some impressive standard security features, such as the automatic emergency breaking, lane-keep assist, and blind sport alert. Depending on your choice of features, the car will cost you anywhere from a measly $25,000 to about $42,000. And with a NHTSA safety rating of all 5 stars, the Santa Fe will keep you secure both financially and otherwise.
9 2019 Kia Sorento
Kia's undeniably been rising up the automotive ladder as of late. Given their vehicles are increasingly featured among the more comfortable and wallet-friendly cars on the market, the company has to be doing something right. And the new Sorento proves this. Despite competing among the best in its segment, offering a smooth ride, plenty of power, and a lot of space and comfort (seriously, the interior surprisingly pleasant), it won't cost you an arm and a leg. However, the selling point of this car is its high build quality, which translates to one of the best reliability ratings in the segment. No it's nothing out of this world, but considering it's competitive in every aspect of a great SUV, the base sticker of $26,000 sounds like a bargain.
8 2019 Toyota Highlander
The Toyota brand has become synonymous with reliability and durability, and all this without having to break the bank. The new Highlander embodies this vision, boasting excellent consumer satisfaction ratings and reliability scores. We already know that owning a Toyota means fewer and less expensive trips to the mechanic, but this car goes above and beyond most of its competitors when it comes to reliability. And whether you choose the hybrid version or not, not only will your car be safe from repairs, but thanks to loads of safety features, the cabin will keep your passengers safe from harm. Apart from that, the interior is surprisingly stylish with plenty of room on all three rows. Though, some sacrifices have been made, as the Highlander's trunk could be bigger.
7 2019 Toyota RAV4
A Toyota on this list should surprise no one, and RAV4 has been successful in its segment for decades now. However, the 2019 model deserves a special mention, as it improved in almost every aspect from its predecessors. Toyota managed to give it more space, better mileage, and a nice cabin while retaining its consistently high reliability and affordability. In a nutshell, buying a RAV4 has never been a mistake, least of all in 2019. The base price of approximately $26,000 will get you a 203-horsepower engine, connected to either a front or all-wheel-drive, also insuring a cheap and rare maintenance.
6 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet has really been doing their homework with the Tahoe. As of today, it's firmly settled among the best large SUVs you can buy. It's size is well supported by the hefty V8, producing up to 420 horsepower, yet still providing a surprisingly quiet and comfortable ride that will make your little ones fall asleep. The interior itself is nice and relatively upscale, but it's the seating room and capacity that you'll really love about the Tahoe, to the point where it does have to sacrifice a bit of cargo space in relation to its competitors. Though, it can tow up to an impressive 8600 lbs.
Given we've featured the Tahoe among the cars most likely to exceed 200,000 miles, it comes as no surprise that the 2019 version has one of the best predicted reliability ratings on the market. If you're looking for a spacious, (very) long term solution for a large family, look no further; the Tahoe will never let you down.
5 2019 Lexus GX
While performance and comfort aren't the strong suit of this 7-seat luxury SUV, the Lexus GX definitely stands out in terms of its reliability. But it doesn't manage to compete in the luxury SUV segment whatsoever. Sure, the cabin is spacious and packed with leather with wooden accents, but there's no delight features and the cabin appears too outdated to command its base price of almost $53,000.
What the GX does offer is ruggedness and reliability. Using its 301-horsepower engine connected to a four-wheel-drive, it's impressively efficient in hurdling daunting terrains. Hauling seven people, you can go all out in this car without having to become best friends with your mechanic, as the GX boasts one of the highest J.D. Power reliability scores on the market.
4 2019 BMW X1
The X1 sits king among small luxury SUVs. If size isn't a big factor, this car has it all. From one of the highest predicted reliability ratings to an upscale interior, to great performance. It will even get around 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on highways. And although its a small SUV, the X1 has no trouble comfortably seating all five passengers as well as providing a far above average cargo space. It seems that, unlike some cars on this list, the X1 doesn't sacrifice luxury or low price to achieve its impressive reliability rating.
3 2019 Lexus RX 350
The RX 350 is Lexus's designated luxury midsize SUV, and it's one of the best on the market. What you're mostly paying for here is luxury, comfort, and reliability. What you're paying for in an RX 350 is the best combination of luxury, comfort, and performance, with some serious longevity to it. In fact, J.D. Power places it at the very top of its segment, with a quality and reliability score of 92, unmatched by any of its rivals. All of that for a base price of just about $43,000.
2 2019 Lexus NX 300
As the luxury branch of Toyota, famous for its reliability and durability, Lexus goes the extra mile to make sure they provide their customers with the best experience and coverage. With all this said, the NX is one of the best cars in the compact luxury SUV segment. And while it lags behind some more serious luxury SUVs in terms of performance, comfort, and cargo capacity, the NX does offer an upscale interior experience, coupled with a decent engine and many modern tech features.
But, what really helps tip the scale is its great gas mileage and one of the best reliability scores in the world. And Lexus was well aware that the car doesn't "seem" like your ideal luxury SUV, so they even went ahead and stuck a welcoming base price tag of around $36,500 on the NX. For a luxury car that can last you a life time, that sounds like a bargain.
1 2019 Porsche Macan
Considering how much effort was put into making this car as secure, reliable, and exciting as possible, while simultaneously providing enough amenities and space to satisfy its segment, it's obvious that the Macan's yet another one of Porsche's attempts at perfection. It sits right at the top of the Luxury SUV segment, highly competitive in everything from luxury to performance, yet virtually unrivaled in reliability. It's reliability rating is a perfect 5/5 according to J.D. Power.
The interior is partially leather-upholstered, providing a comfortable trip for all 5 maximum passengers. Venture under the hood and you will find a more-than-capable engine summoning between 248 (V4) and 348 (V6) horses, based on the trim. Though, the power is always sent to all four wheels. And despite being an SUV, its agility and incredible road competence are still the main highlights of the Macan.