Consumer Reports Recommends a Variety of Luxury Compact SUVs for 2021

When it comes to luxury SUVs, there are so many choices it’s simply mind-blowing. The easiest way to decide which models you should consider buying is to determine your budget, and check out which models are available in that price range. If money is not an issue, however, Consumer Reports put together a comprehensive list of the best compact luxury SUVs on the market. 

Which luxury SUVs did Consumer Reports test?

A white Acura RDX A-Spec car is on display during the 17th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition at China Import and Export Fair Complex
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Say what you want about Consumer Reports, but it does a fantastic job at testing vehicles. The road test takes into consideration everything from how well a vehicle can brake to how much wind noise drivers will hear while driving down the road. This gives buyers a little more confidence when getting ready to make a major purchase.

With that being said, Consumer Reports tested several luxury SUVs to see if they’re truly worth their rather expensive price tags. This includes models like the 2021 Lexus NX, 2021 Audi Q5, 2021 Porsche Macan, 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC, 2021 Cadillac XT5, 2021 BMW X3, 2021 Acura RDX, 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB, 2021 Infiniti QX50, 2021 Jaguar F-Pace, Tesla Model Y, 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

There were several luxury SUVs that have yet to be tested and therefore aren’t included on this list. Out of the 17 compact luxury SUVs that Consumer Reports rated, 12 failed to impress. 

Not all of the SUVs made the cut

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As shocking as it seems, only five SUVs had what it takes to impress the illustrious Consumer Reports. These include the 2021 Lexus NX, the Audi Q5, the Porsche Macan, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, and the Cadillac XT5. 

Automakers like BMW, Jaguar, Tesla, and Land Rover are noticeably missing. This is because they received scores lower than 70. To be fair, the Tesla Model Y earned the Green Choice award, but there was one major problem. It had an overall score of 50, which kept it from the winners’ circle.

Given that these are luxury SUVs, the chances of buyers ignoring them are very slim. Many of these automakers have such a huge following that their fans will buy one of their vehicles for the sake of the badge alone. If you’re looking for something more, however, take a look at those that made the cut.

No double wins here


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In a surprise twist, no automaker managed to earn two recommendations. This means there’s a lot more variety this year than there has been in previous years.

Mercedes-Benz came the closest to having two SUVs recommended. If the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB had earned six more points, it would be on this list, but sadly, it did not.

Lexus came in first with the NX. This isn’t that big of a surprise, as Japanese vehicles are often more reliable than their rivals from other countries. 

Or that’s usually the case, anyway. This year, Germany seemed to outperform the Japanese automakers as it had three manufacturers to land a recommendation. Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz are all based in Germany and are amongst some of the best-known luxury automakers in the business.

Cadillac, the fifth automaker, is American. It’s taken some heat over the past few years for lacking in innovation, but it’s worked hard to prove its worth. It’s been a long road back, but Cadillac has managed to prove it’s worthy of its luxury label.