Best 2021 Luxury SUVs According to Consumer Reports

While there are plenty of luxury SUVs available for sale, Consumer Reports tested most of the available options and released a list of the best ones. Unexpectedly, BMW and Lexus dominated the top of this list with most of the best-rated SUVs around. Thankfully, the most expensive contenders didn’t steal the show, leaving plenty of room for various budgets.

To neatly package Consumer Reports’ top picks, we’ve divided the list by manufacturer. This allows us to cover all of the top models within each brand and their relative pricing.

BMW tops this Consumer Reports list

An image of a BMW X7, one of the luxury SUVs Consumer Reports recommends, parked outside.


Topping this Consumer Reports list of best luxury SUVs is the 2021 BMW X7. According to the list, this contender should cost you between $74,900 and $141,300, depending on trim levels and options. Despite having an average predicted reliability rating, the X7 managed to impress with its comfortable yet capable driving dynamics. As a result, it received an excellent owner satisfaction rating.

Following the X7’s footsteps, Consumer Reports found that the smaller X5 is also a great luxury SUV. In terms of pricing, the X5 should cost you between $59,400 to $105,100, depending on options. Despite being slightly cheaper, the X5 excelled with its powerful engine options and decent fuel-economy ratings. Thanks to a quiet and refined cabin, the X5 received excellent an excellent owner satisfaction rating.

Lexus doesn’t fall far behind with several options

An image of a Lexus RX parked outside.
Lexus RX | Lexus

No Consumer Reports list of luxury SUVs would be complete without a few Lexus models. For decades, the Japanese carmaker has excelled thanks to its stellar reliability ratings and excellent value for money. As a result, it won’t surprise you to learn that Consumer Reports loved the 2021 Lexus RX. Expect to pay between $45,220 to $57,310 for this SUV. However, you’ll get a contender that has excellent reliability and owner satisfaction ratings.

Moving toward a slightly more attainable price range is the 2021 Lexus NX. This smaller contender should cost you between $37,610 and $46,910. Despite this, you still get excellent reliability ratings. However, it is worth pointing out that this contender has a less than stellar owner satisfaction rating. The poor satisfaction comes as a result of compromised visibility and cargo space.

The cheapest Lexus on this Consumer Reports list is the 2021 Lexus UX. While you’ll pay between $33,000 to $39,900 for this SUV, it is undoubtedly one of the most efficient contenders on this list. Despite its smaller form factor, this small SUV managed to impress with its driving dynamics. As a result, this model has excellent reliability and satisfaction ratings.

This is the best Porsche SUV says Consumer Reports

An image of a Porsche Cayenne parked outside.
Porsche Cayenne | Porsche

Best Compact SUVs if You Like Peace and Quiet According to Consumer Reports

To round up this list of best luxury SUVs by Consumer Reports, we have to return to Germany with the Porsche Cayenne. While this SUV will cost you between $67,500 to $166,200, it offers a wide variety of trim levels. As a result, you can fine-tune this SUV to be ultra-sporty or luxury-oriented.

Regardless, Consumer Reports found that the Cayenne excelled due to its agility on the road and quick powertrain options. Despite this, this SUV managed to deliver excellent fuel-economy figures. However, it received an average predicted reliability score.

Like most other SUVs on this list, the Cayenne received excellent owner satisfaction scores. As a result, you can’t go wrong with this or any other contender on this list.