Reliability is arguably the most important factor to consider when buying a new car. An unreliable car or SUV can cause you to hemorrhage cash on what is already the second most important investment you make, short of buying a home. For now, 2018 seems to be the sweet spot for finding a deal. Most SUVs in this range are just out of their first lease, meaning they’ll be priced down-market but not beat up.
An unreliable also creates a lot of undue stress; how can you trust that you’ll be able to get to work on time if you never know what’s going to happen when you turn the key? Thankfully, Consumer Reports has put together a list of the most reliable new-enough SUVs, making it easy to never worry about the reliability of your ride again.
The 2018 Ford Explorer is a solid pick
The Ford Explorer was one of the most reliable SUVs on sale back in 2018. Generally speaking, if it’s reliable enough for the cops, it’s going to be pretty reliable. Offering anywhere from 280-365 horsepower, the Explorer is also no slouch. While the third row is only sufficient for children, it still offers ample seating capacity and cargo space.
It’s hard to argue with the benefits of snatching up an Explorer SUV. There’s a reason the Explorer is so common in suburbia after all. All in all, Consumer Reports rates the Explorer as a great option, scoring well across several categories. Don’t get your hopes up for fuel economy, however, as the Explorer does rank poorly in that category.
Consumer Reports pick: 2018 Kia Sorento
While your Kia Sorento may not be sporting snow tracks like the one above, there are still some similarities between the ones found on dealership lots and the one pictured. Neither of these cars are going to leave you on the side of the road. With a starting price lower than that of the Explorer and better reliability, it’s hard to argue with the Sorento.
However, it has to be said that the Sorento is a much smaller SUV, helping with fuel economy but hurting it in the all-important cargo space category. Despite its lacking interior space, the interior itself is a fantastic place to be. The controls feel rock solid and it just edges ahead of the Ford for comfort.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
This one is arguably the most fun of the bunch. Everyone loves a good fun ride, and this SUV is no exception. It can even be optioned with a 707 horsepower supercharged V8 if you’re so inclined. How’s that for fun? The Cherokee also features fantastic, easy-to-use infotainment and excellent interior features.
The interior can be as spartan or luxe as you like, depending on your budget, and cargo space and seating (for 5) are both ample. Jeep’s Grand Cherokee also features a world-beating 4-wheel-drive system. Despite its reliability lacking when compared to the Kia, the Jeep is still a strong candidate for a reliable 2018 model year SUV. No matter which pick is yours, all are solid candidates, and the real best pick is the one you like the most.