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Buying a car has always been fairly high stakes for most people. It’s a big purchase. However, given the insanity of the market, the stakes for buying a new or used car are even higher now. This is why finding the right car for you on the first shot is so important. Since the SUV segment is crazy crowded and competitive these days, it can be hard to pick from the litter. From some of the best small SUVs to the big dawgs, there are plenty to choose from. So here are five SUVs you will probably love owning.

This blue 2023 Kia Telluride earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick award
A 2023 Kia Telluride | Kia

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is one of the best small SUVs

As the young people say, Subaru is on one. The Japanese firm has continually dropped great SUV after great SUV for the past few years, and the Crosstrek is no exception. As one of the highest-ranked cars on Consumer Reports, the Crosstrek blends a sedan-like driving experience with all the capabilities of an SUV. While the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is small, it still exudes SUV confidence. 

Subaru continues to make the safest cars on the road, which is a big part of why the brand dominates most critics’ lists of great SUVs. The Crosstrek uses the brand’s signature AWD, a solid drivetrain, and adventurous styling to make it an SUV you’ll love owning.

The 2023 Honda CR-V is a tough crossover to beat

The 2023 Honda CR-V LX trim is a more affordable option
2023 Honda CR-V | Honda

The Honda CR-V is a segment staple. You can’t hardly even think about crossover SUVs without the Honda CR-V popping into your head. The 2023 Honda CR-V perfectly embodies the crossover SUV segment; it’s not flashy, overly exciting, or huge but reliable, practical, and efficient. 

Given the CR-V’s middling size, you can still store plenty of people and their things while still getting monster gas mileage. This point is made particularly well if you go for the CR-V Hybrid, yielding nearly 40 mpg combined. The CR-V also has AWD as an option. 

The Subaru Outback is one of the Best SUVs on the road, period 

A 2023 Subaru Outback sits in a field. Some owners have complaints about this SUV.
2023 Subaru Crosstrek | Subaru

Ok, the Subaru Outback might challenge our views of what an SUV is. Even though the Outback is closer to a station wagon than it is a Bronco, it still completely embodies the ethos of the SUV. 

The Subaru Outback offers everything you want from an SUV in a more efficient and practical package than most bigger SUVs. Subaru’s strange wagon creation offers plenty of space, a killer AWD system, a 260-hp powerplant at its top trims, and, thanks to the Wilderness package, a taller ride height and decent ground clearance for off-roading. 

For all that, the Subaru Outback is also one of the safest SUVs on the road. The Outback is the full package. There is no question that Subaru’s wagon is an SUV most people will love owning. 

The 2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is a hidden gem 

Front angle view of silver 2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid crossover SUV
2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid | Hyundai

Hyundai has long lived in obscurity. Given the relative newness of the brand, there isn’t any legacy the brand can rest on. It’s all new. That said, Hyundai has been on a killing spree with new SUVs. 

The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is one of the best SUVs on Consumer Reports. It offers a luxurious cabin, killer fuel economy (35 mpg overall), aggressive styling, and a middling starting price of $31,150. 

Never forget the 2023 Kia Telluride in a list of best SUVs

The Kia Telluride broke the scene in 2019 as a 2020 model. Since that moment, the Kia Telluride has been a near guarantee as an SUV you’ll love owning. It’s simply one of the best SUVs on the market. In fact, one could argue that it’s the top all-around SUV, period. 

The Kia Telluride has it all, a very upscale look, decent fuel economy, three rows of seating, some off-road chops, and multiple special editions to add some flavor to the white rice of SUVs. The Telluride has remained one of the highest-ranking vehicles on Consumer Reports since it came out. Unless you are looking for a rock crawler, there is nothing the Telluride won’t do for you. It might not be the most exciting option, but it’s hard to beat on paper.