Most Reliable 2021 Midsize SUVs According to Consumer Reports

You’ll want to go with a midsize SUV if your main priorities are extra space, comfort, and flexibility. And to keep things more affordable, you’ll want to stick with the mainstream models. Here are the five most reliable 2021 midsize SUVs consider as you do your car shopping. 

Each of the SUVs on this list excelled in Consumer Reports’ road tests and also impressed with predicted reliability. CR’s reliability scores reflect its member survey data and how well they performed across 17 potential vehicle trouble spots. These SUVs are well-rounded and come with many advanced in-car tech features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and various safety gadgets. 

2021 Kia Telluride 

2021 Kia Telluride driving down an empty road
2021 Kia Telluride | Kia

Like many other respected critics, CR considers the 2021 Kia Telluride as the best model in the midsize SUV class. The Telluride’s refined performance, coupled with its luxurious amenities, is why it’s become so popular in a short amount of time. Plus, the Telluride earned CR’s ranking as the most reliable midsize SUV. This Kia can sit up to eight people. 

Deciding on which Telluride trim depends on how much you want to spend. But since the entry-level S model comes with upscale features, including synthetic leather, you might not need much else. All Tellurides come with a 291-hp, 3.8-liter V6 engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

2021 Subaru Outback

A 2020 Subaru Outback parked in front of a school.
The Subaru Outback | Subaru

For something more adventure-ready, there is the Subaru Outback. The Outback is standard with all-wheel drive, which contributes to its off-road capabilities. Best models come with a 182-hp, four-cylinder, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). There’s an optional turbo-four that produces 260-hp, but that costs about $6K extra. 

CR loved almost everything about the 2021 Outback. The Outback provides a smooth ride experience, comfy seats, and an excellent driver’s position. Plus, the Outback comes with automatic emergency braking. Although, you may not like that the Outback can only carry five and that some of its controls aren’t very user-friendly. 

2021 Hyundai Palisade 

An image of a 2021 Hyundai Palisade on the road.
2021 Hyundai Palisade | Hyundai

If you like the Telluride but wish it had a jazzier look, the Hyundai Palisade could be for you. The Palisade is based on the same platform as the Telluride and makes the cut as one of the most reliable midsize SUVs. This Hyundai boasts a quiet cabin, room for up to eight, and many standard safety features. However, CR says the Telluride is the smarter buy over the Palisade because of a few nuances in performance. 

2021 Toyota Highlander 

A silver 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE on display.
2021 Toyota Highlander XSE | Toyota

CR calls the Highlander a ” do-it-all” vehicle. While many reviewers say that the Highlander isn’t a standout, it’s one of the more well-rounded three-row SUVs you can buy. On top of its strong history of reliability, the Highlander delivers responsive dynamics and an upscale cabin. The Highlander also relatively fuel-efficient, but you’ll want to check out the hybridized version that’s more eco-friendly. 

2021 Ford Edge 

A burgundy 2021 Ford Edge outdoors.
2021 Ford Edge | Ford

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The Ford Edge is the only Ford model with an above-average reliability score for the 2021 model year. Like the Outback, the Edge is also a two-row, midsize SUV. The Edge isn’t as adventuresome, but it gets points for its handling, braking, and interior space. The one thing CR didn’t like about the Edge is its limited driver’s visibility.