Large SUVs Consumer Reports Says to Avoid

It isn’t easy to choose a full-size SUV. With so many large SUVs on the market, how do you know which are the best? Consumer Reports has determined two full-size SUVs to avoid in 2021, plus two to buy instead. These SUVs have less-than-average reliability and safety ratings. Even though you might be tempted to buy one of these sport utility vehicles, it’s probably a good idea to steer clear of them.

The 2021 Nissan Armada parked near a house
2021 Nissan Armada | Nissan

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS is a luxury full-size SUV that you should avoid

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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS is certainly a tempting buy. It’s a full-size luxury SUV with all the bells and whistles you could want. Still, Consumer Reports says that you should avoid the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS. Even with its V6 and top-of-the-line infotainment, it’s worth skipping this Mercedes. It has a poor reliability rating of 1/5. Its owner satisfaction score is only a 3/5. Those aren’t great ratings for a luxury SUV that starts at $76,000.

In addition, although the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS has a plethora of safety features, Consumer Reports calls its controls “distracting.” That certainly takes away from the GLS’ overall safety.

The 2021 BMW X7 is a better full-size SUV to buy

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You can still have luxury, even if you shouldn’t have the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS. If you buy the 2021 BMW X7, you’ll get everything you want – a smooth and comfortable ride, good fuel economy, and solid reliability. The 2021 BMW X7 has a reliability rating of 3/5 and an owner satisfaction score of 5/5.

Still, the 2021 BMW X7 isn’t perfect. Consumer Reports says it has a “significant learning curve,” including controls that can be difficult to use. In addition, the lane-keep assistance is a little too good at its job and sometimes overcorrects. You also have to buy premium fuel for your luxury SUV.

The 2021 Nissan Armada is a large SUV, but you don’t want it

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The 2021 Nissan Armada is another full-size SUV that you only think you want. It’s the not-luxury version of the 2021 Infiniti QX80, but in this case, you get what you pay for. The 2021 Nissan Armada has a poor ride, with Consumer Reports noting that it “jostles frequently.”

In addition, although the 2021 Nissan Armada has a powerful engine – a 5.6-liter V8, that comes at a cost. The fuel economy on the 2021 Armada is poor, at 14 mpg. Still, the 2021 Nissan Armada can tow quite a bit, so if you really need a full-size SUV that can tow up to 8,500 pounds, the Armada may not be a terrible choice.

The 2021 Ford Expedition is the large reliable SUV you should buy

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The 2021 Ford Expedition can still offer you plenty of seating and space, but with better reliability. The 2021 Ford Expedition has a reliability rating of 3/5 and an owner satisfaction score of 4/5. It has a powerful V6 engine, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and a quiet interior.

However, the 2021 Ford Expedition’s ride is a little rough, it can be difficult to handle, and it has poor fuel economy. Its overall mileage is only 16 miles per gallon, so you’ll be filling up frequently if you buy the 2021 Ford Expedition.

If you’re in the market for a new large SUV, sticking to these two recommended three-row SUVs – and avoiding the two with lower reliability ratings – should result in you getting a great new SUV.

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