Consumer Reports: Most Reliable 3-Year-Old Large SUVs

If you don’t want a minivan but are in need of a vehicle that can accommodate lots of passengers and cargo, then a large SUV is the natural go-to. As you’re shopping around though you’ll see that obtaining a good large SUV gets pretty pricey. The alternative here to save money would be to buy used. With the help of Consumer Reports, we have gathered a few of the most reliable three-year-old large SUVs.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

In 2017, the Chevy Tahoe earned high marks for being a durable, versatile SUV that also made a bold statement. The 2017 Tahoe features the same revamped design that was introduced in 2015. This truck-based SUV is an ideal blend of toughness and elegance. 

When correctly equipped, the Tahoe can haul up to 8,300 pounds. At the same time, its quiet, accommodating cabin makes for a smooth and enjoyable ride. In general, the Tahoe is spacious and comfortable, but as you can imagine, only kids would enjoy being in the third row. 

The 2017 Tahoe comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that generates a satisfying 355 horsepower. Overall, the ride quality of the 2017 Tahoe is decent but one thing to note is that its acceleration is a tad slow. The standard engine gets a combined 19 mpg which is actually pretty good for a large SUV.

CR recommends splurging for the LTZ trim with Magnetic Ride Control to improve the Tahoe’s handling. You also have the option to add-on advanced safety features such as blind-spot warning and automated emergency braking. Apple CarPlay is also optional on the 2017 Tahoe.

2017 GMC Yukon

The 2017 GMC Yukon is another good SUV and basically twins with the 2017 Tahoe. Although, the 2017 Yukon features a nicer cabin than the Tahoe of the same model year.  The Yukon also offers great fuel economy for its class and offers two V8 engine options. There’s the 5.3-liter V8 that makes a 355 hp and a 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8. The more powerful V8 is fitted on the luxe Denali trim level.

Each Yukon trim level is available with rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. To upgrade from the standard SLE trim and save money on the top Denali trim, you will want to go for the SLT version. The SLT version comes with features such as genuine leather, heated front, and second-row seats, as well as advanced safety features.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

For third-row seating that actually accommodates long-legged adults, you might want to go with the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.  The 2017 model year for this SUV included refreshed styling inside and out, plus a nine-speed automatic. There are also a variety of engine options available on the 2017 GL. These include a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes a 362 hp, and a 449-hp, 4.7-liter V8. For more power, there’s also the AMG GLS63 that offers a whopping 577 hp.

Overall, the GL SUV is a desirable, luxurious option that’s comfortable and powerful. It can haul up to 7,500 when properly equipped and has an excellent reliability rating. The main flaws to be aware of though is its cumbersome infotainment system and its somewhat awkward handling.