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Luxury SUVs are known for plush interiors and attractive exterior designs. Many drivers want luxury SUVs that are safe as well. These five luxury SUVs check all the boxes for their respective segments. Furthermore, these luxury SUVs also happen to be IIHS (International Institute of Highway Safety) top safety picks.

Genesis GV70: Affordable all-around luxury

A red Genesis GV70 small luxury SUV is parked.
The Genesis GV70 | Genesis

Do you know that friend or family member who seems to be good at everything? The GV70 is that friend. Genesis’ small SUV has climbed to the top of the small luxury SUV segment in a matter of a few years. This is no small feat, considering stiff competition from legacy automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Starting MSRP$44,900
Base Engine2.5-Liter Turbocharged Four Cylinder
Power Output 300 Horsepower, 311 LB-FT of Torque
MPG22 City, 28 Highway
2024 Genesis GV70 specs.

Genesis’ small luxury SUV is receiving great feedback. It got stellar IIHS safety test scores, making it one of the safest options in its segment for 2023. The 2024 Genesis GV70 competes with the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

2023 BMW X1: What you expect of a BMW

BMW has been in the luxury game for decades. The German automaker knows how to produce quality automobiles. The X1 small luxury SUV is no exception. It’s great for drivers with small families who value driving verve and luxurious interiors.

Starting MSRP$40,500
Base Engine2.0-Liter Twin-Turbocharged Four-Cylinder
Power Output 241 Horsepower, 295 LB-FT of Torque
MPG25 City, 34 Highway
2024 BMW X1 specs.

BMW’s small luxury SUV is affordable, practical, zippy enough to intrigue drivers, and comfortable. Furthermore, it got the nod from the IIHS and is acknowledged as one of the safest choices on the market.

Lexus NX: Surprisingly affordable luxury SUV

A blue Lexus NX small luxury SUV is parked on the road.
The Lexus NX | Lexus

Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus, is known for its affordability compared with similar offerings. The brand combines the reliability of its parent company with the comfort and available gutsy powertrain options of a luxury brand. The 2024 Lexus NX is more than a spruced-up RAV4. It is earning its own dedicated following, and deservedly so.

Starting MSRP$40,605
Base Engine2.5-Liter Four-Cylinder
Power Output 203 Horsepower, 184 LB-FT of Torque
MPG26 City, 33 Highway
2024 Lexus NX specs.

The NX isn’t the most powerful or opulent in its segment. It isn’t even the most affordable by a large margin. Instead, the NX’s huge advantage has to do with Lexus’ legacy. Lexus models are some of the longest-lasting vehicles available. So, when drivers get a Lexus SUV, they’re expecting a dependable model that will go the distance. Additionally, its IIHS crash test and crash avoidance scores make it an even more attractive option.

Genesis GV80: New luxury SUV can battle with the best

A gray Genesis GV80 midsize luxury SUV is driving off-road.
The Genesis GV80 | Genesis

Genesis’ parent company, Hyundai, knows how to produce a popular midsize SUV. Midsize models from the company and its portfolio of brands like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are earning the admiration of drivers. The Genesis GV80 midsize luxury SUV provides similar value to its distant cousins, just in a different lane.

Starting MSRP$57,450
Base Engine2.5-Liter Turbocharged Four-Cylinder
Power Output 300 Horsepower, 311 LB-FT of Torque
MPG20 City, 24 Highway
2024 Genesis GV80 specs.

Like the GV70, the GV80’s great advantage is its novelty. It’s relatively new to its segment, and the SUV is making plenty of noise with its sleek exterior and refined interior. Its affordable starting price (for its segment) supports a strong value proposition as well. Once again, Genesis is shaking up a segment that’s in desperate need of some new players. In addition, it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick +.

2023 Lexus RX: A snazzy spin on a midsize classic

Starting MSRP$49,950
Base Engine2.5-Liter Turbocharged Four Cylinder
Power Output 275 Horsepower, 317 LB-FT of Torque
MPG22 City, 29 Highway
2024 Lexus RX 350 specs.

The Toyota Highlander is a great choice for drivers because of its reliability and longevity. Lexus’ RX midsize SUV is, in many ways, a classier Highlander. Fortunately, that is exactly what many drivers are looking for. This luxury midsize SUV is getting plenty of love from the IIHS. Its plush interior and stylish new exterior are gaining attention as well.

If you’re looking for a great new luxury SUV in 2023, safety doesn’t have to be an afterthought. There are plenty of safe luxury SUVs to choose from that provide great value for the money.


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