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The year 2023 is quickly coming to an end. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the year’s best vehicles in three of the most popular segments: the small SUV, midsize SUV, and full-size SUV classes. Though the term ‘best’ is subjective, some nameplates clearly stood out this year. What are the best SUVs of each respective segment?

The best small SUV of the year is electric

A red 2023 Tesla Model Y small electric SUV is driving on the road.
The Tesla Model Y | Tesla

It has been quite the year for Tesla. Its stock plummeted in the spring only to make a full recovery by the end of June. Tesla stock is still far from its all-time high, but the company as a whole is having a successful year. One of its greatest achievements of 2023 is the astounding sales numbers of its small SUV, the Tesla Model Y.

The Model Y has only been around since 2020, but in 2023, it is establishing itself as the quintessential electric vehicle. Tesla’s pricing rollercoaster is no secret. In 2023, Model Y prices finally became stable with the availability of a base model. Now, it seems the base model is temporarily unavailable in the U.S., but the Long Range and Performance configurations qualify for the federal electric vehicle tax incentive. This tax credit significantly decreases the overall price of the Model Y.

Tesla Model Y specs

Starting MSRP$50,490 (Long Range)
Power Output384 Horsepower, 376 LB-FT of Torque
Driving Range330 Miles
2023 Tesla Model Y specs.

The base model is significantly more affordable, starting at $47,740, but due to its unavailability, its specs aren’t listed. The Tesla Model Y is the best small SUV of the year because it is outselling rivals and it has amazing performance specs. It’s a quick family SUV that’s fun to drive and has enough driving range for the average consumer.

The best midsize SUV of 2023 is predictable

A gray 2024 Kia Telluride midsize three-row SUV is driving off-road.
The 2024 Kia Telluride | Kia

The best midsize SUV for the money is debatable, but one midsize model continued to dominate headlines in 2023. Do you even need to guess?

Hyundai Motor Company and its Kia and Genesis brands won several awards in 2023 and got recognition from reviewers and critics internationally. The South Korean automaker makes a great midsize three-row SUV.

Kia Telluride specs

Starting MSRP$35,890
Power Output291 Horsepower, 262 LB-FT of Torque
MPG20 City, 26 Highway
2023 Kia Telluride specs.

The new 2024 Kia Telluride didn’t hit dealers until June, so the 2023 model year got the most attention in 2023. Its stylish exterior is worthy of praise, but the midsize three-row SUV’s main appeal is its value proposition and roomy interior. Add a long list of standard features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and synthetic leather seating trim, and you’ve got a hit.

This full-size SUV is a no-brainer for some drivers

A white 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Chevy Tahoe | Chevrolet

3 Best Fully Loaded Small SUVs for 2023

Full-size SUVs are perfect for large families or drivers looking to regularly transport a big group of passengers. Of all the great large SUVs to come out in 2023, the 2023 Chevy Tahoe is the standout model for the year.

Chevrolet Tahoe specs

Starting MSRP$54,200
Power Output355 Horsepower, 383 LB-FT of Torque
MPG14 City, 20 Highway
2023 Chevy Tahoe specs.

The Chevrolet Tahoe has great handling for its size. It also has a spacious third row of seats for passengers. The full-size SUV has a massive cabin and cargo area. It comes in six configurations and has a long list of standard driver assistance and safety features.

There are plenty of great SUVs on the market in 2023. Some are more impactful than others. These three SUVs are some of the best models on the market. Will they lose their positions at the top in 2024?