Consumer Reports Tells Us to Choose These SUVs Instead of Popular Models

Should you follow the crowd and buy the popular SUV or find something that gives you more of what you want? We might think this is pretty simple, you should drive the vehicle that offers more of what you’re after, but that’s not always easy to do. Whether your choice involves the brand’s popularity, a large dealer network, or a vehicle priced to move, popular isn’t always better. Sometimes, the right SUV to drive is one you weren’t even considering.

What SUVs do Consumer Reports recommend?

2023 BMW X7 in a home driveway

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Should you buy the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS?

Black 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Consumer Reports least reliable luxury SUV for large families, parked near a lake
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS | Mercedes-Benz

The GLS is an attractive three-row SUV from a brand we admire. Many consider this luxury vehicle as one of the top models in its class. The GLS brings:

  • Attractive interior
  • Smooth six-cylinder turbocharged engine
  • Composed ride
  • Comfortable and supportive seats
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot warning

While this sounds like a good package, the GLS rates are below average for predicted reliability. The controls are distracting, with some functions buried beneath several menus.

Alternative popular model – 2022 BMW X7

Maroon 2022 BMW X7 SUV on the beach
2022 BMW X7 | BMW

The 2022 BMW X7 scores are high with CR. This SUV brings you:

  • Strong powertrain
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet cabin
  • Spacious interior
  • High-quality materials
  • Good fuel mileage
  • Same safety systems as the GLS

The X7 does require premium fuel and brings a learning curve to the equation when trying to understand the controls. The second-row captain’s chairs don’t fold flat, which could be a problem for some.

Under the radar model – 2022 GMC Acadia

Black 2022 GMC Acadia Denali posed
2022 GMC Acadia Denali | GMC

When you want an SUV that has what you need and aren’t concerned about a luxury badge, the GMC Acadia could be ideal for you. This SUV is one of the top-rated SUVs with CR, and it offers:

  • Quiet cabin
  • Comfortable ride
  • The comprehensive, user-friendly infotainment system
  • Roomy rear seats

You will find the fuel mileage trails others in its class, but that class doesn’t usually include the GLS or X7.

Should you buy the 2022 Nissan Armada?

2022 Nissan Armada
2022 Nissan Armada | Nissan

The Armada is an SUV we admire for many qualities. This vehicle is typically reviewed as being close to the luxury levels of driving because it offers:

  • Strong V8 engine
  • Soft suspension
  • Security
  • Spacious cabin
  • 8,500-pound tow rating
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic warning

Unfortunately, this big SUV has a terrible fuel mileage rating at 14 mpg average, the body shudders, the handling is clumsy, and you’ll feel the body roll. Controls are dated and unorganized, with some buttons too far from the driver.

The Nissan Armada called into the below-average range when reviewed by Consumer Reports.

Alternative popular model – 2022 Ford Expedition

2022 Ford Expedition Timberline
2022 Ford Expedition Timberline | Ford

The Expedition is one of the top-rated full-size SUVs in the market. It gives you:

  • Powerful turbocharged V6 engine
  • Quiet interior
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Spacious interior area
  • Standard safety systems matching the Armada

When you drive the Expedition, you might find the ride to be a little stiff and cabin access higher than most other vehicles. The fuel mileage isn’t going to blow you away, but it’s better than the Armada.

Under the radar model – 2022 Toyota Sequoia SUV

White 2022 Toyota Sequoia on a trail
2022 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

With the Land Cruiser gone, the Sequoia is the full-size SUV in the Toyota lineup. This SUV scored well with CR and could be the right driving choice. This SUV offers:

  • Strong powertrains
  • Spacious cabin
  • Impressive tow rating
  • Power retractable rear window
  • Tons of cabin storage
  • Excellent standard safety system

When you drive the Sequoia, you might find the handling a bit clumsy, and you need to leave extra room when stopping. The fuel economy is low for this class, and this SUV has high step-in for passengers.

Which SUV will you drive?

There you have it. Two popular SUVs that many drivers select, with a couple of alternatives for each that could give you more of what you desire in your vehicle. Which SUV will you choose to drive with this information at your disposal?

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This article was updated on 7/22/2022.

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