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Most Reliable Luxury SUVs

Reliability ratings for luxury SUVs are calculated based on analyzing over 12 million vehicles to assess a model’s long term durability.

The most reliable luxury subcompact SUV is the BMW X1 (7.2 reliability rating), with the Acura RDX being the most reliable luxury small and compact SUV (8.2 reliability rating). The Acura MDX ranks #1 for the most reliable luxury midsize SUVs (9.3 reliability rating).

The most reliable luxury large SUV is the Lincoln Navigator (9.8 reliability rating) and the most reliable luxury crossover SUV is the Acura MDX (9.3 reliability rating). Topping the list for the most reliable luxury three-row SUVs is the Lincoln Navigator (9.8 reliability rating), while the Lexus RX 450h ranks first for the most reliable luxury hybrid SUVs (9.5 reliability rating).

The most reliable luxury plug-in hybrid SUV (PHEV) is the Porsche Cayenne (7.6 reliability rating), with the Tesla Model X being the most reliable luxury electric SUV (8.1 reliability rating).

Luxury SUVs are among the fastest-growing and highest profit vehicle categories in the market. Luxury brands from Audi to Mercedes-Benz to Porsche, long known for their sporty sedans or sports cars, have recognized the power of all-wheel drive, off-road capability and third-row seats.

The result is a wide selection of high-end SUVs and crossovers from both traditional luxury SUV brands, like Land Rover, as well non-traditional SUV companies, like Acura, Infiniti, and Lexus. What separates these premium SUVs from their mainstream rivals is their ability to maintain luxurious traits. Buyers seeking high horsepower, a smooth ride, upscale styling, and advanced infotainment systems will find it in today’s luxury utility vehicles.

They’ll also find a wide range of sizes, powertrain choices, and pricing options. Subcompact and compact SUVs, powered by four-cylinder turbo and V6 engines, deliver a balance of performance and fuel economy, while larger three-row models offer more rear seat room, greater cargo space, and higher towing capacity.

And while every modern luxury SUV includes basic features like heated front seats, high-end audio systems, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, the best luxury SUVs also deliver long-term reliability. We’ve identified the most reliable luxury SUVs in each category with our reliability ratings below.

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How We Rank These Cars

The iSeeCars reliability ratings indicate how dependable and long-lasting each vehicle is within its vehicle segment.

Each vehicle is rated on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest reliability rating. Vehicles within a given category are sorted to show the most reliable ones first. If two cars have the same ratings, then we break the tie by seeing which vehicle has the higher overall iSeeCars Score. Along with the Reliability ratings, we show comprehensive iSeeCars ratings for each model, because we believe multiple factors should be taken into account when buyers are seeking the best overall vehicle. Two of these factors are safety and resale value, both of which are included in our ratings system.

The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of these three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).