Trucks & SUVs

The Best 2020 Large SUVs According to Consumer Reports

Large SUVs are the classic choice for buyers in need of power and ample interior space. There are quite a few large SUVs to choose from, but not many get Consumers Reports’ seal of approval. Here are the best-rated large SUVs of 2020, according to CR.

The 2020 Ford Expedition is CR’s top pick 

2020 Ford Expedition driving on street
2020 Ford Expedition | Ford

Based on CR vehicle evaluations, The 2020 Ford Expedition is the best large SUV of the year. CR appreciates the current Expedition for its strides toward comfort and more amenities. The Expedition also shredded some weight this year.

Unlike some of its class rivals, the Expedition feels lighter than it is, making it easier to drive. The Expedition comes standard with a 375-horsepower 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The same engine is in the upper-level Platinum trim, but it’s tuned to generate 400-hp.  

Overall, the Expedition offers substantial power, and its strong acceleration is a high point too. CR especially likes the Expedition’s “seamless” start/stop system that turns off the engine to save fuel as it’s idle. But like other large SUVs, the Expedition is a big brute, so it does feel clumsy at times. 

How the 2020 Expedition shines on the inside 

The inside of the Expedition feels stylish and upscale.
2020 Ford Expedition Interior | Ford

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The Expedition features a high-quality cabin complete with stylish trimmings. Although, this Ford should feel upscale, given its $52,810 price tag. Cloth upholstery comes standard, and you also have a variety of different leather options. The Expedition also stands out for its impressive list of in-car electronics that should satisfy most buyers. 

CR appreciates the Expedition’s standard active safety suite, which includes forward emergency braking and pedestrian detection. This Ford also comes equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, a wifi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. 

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia is the runner up

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro side
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro | Toyota

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CR also recommends the 2020 Toyota Sequoia; it starts at $49,980. The Sequoia is one of the most capable models in class, and it boasts the highest predicted reliability rating. While the Sequoia is a jostled ride, but it still provides comfort. Furthermore, the Sequoia’s off-road capabilities contribute to its mass appeal. For the most rugged adventurers, you’ll want to consider the new TRD trim. 

The Sequoia features a robust 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine linked to a six-speed automatic. CR appreciates that the Sequoia is surprisingly quick, even as it pulls heavier cargo. And even though it’s a truck-based SUV, its secure handling makes it feel smoother.

One the inside of the Sequoia

2020 Toyota Sequoia interior overhead cutaway
2020 Toyota Sequoia interior overhead cutaway | Toyota

the Sequoia prioritizes comfort and functionality over style. Like the Expedition, the Sequoia carries up to eight people in its standard configuration. The Sequoia is generous on head- and legroom, and its seats are supportive. You can also upgrade the Sequoia with leather and ventilated front seats.

The Sequoia is another excellent pick because of its advanced safety equipment. The Sequoia’s front and rear parking sensors make maneuvering this SUV easier. Other features include adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Regarding infotainment, the Sequoia also comes with smartphone connectivity apps and a wifi hotspot.