The amount of luxury compact SUVs is quickly multiplying. Even though they’re small, luxury crossover SUVs still offer premium power and a long list of amenities. Plus, these models cost about the same as a non-luxury midsize SUV, so they are more affordable than you might think. To help you with your search, here are the top three most reliable luxury crossovers in 2020, according to Consumer Reports.
2020 Porsche Macan
Consumer Reports gave the 2020 Porsche Macan its highest overall rating in the luxury crossover SUV class. The Macan’s overall dependability makes it an excellent choice to buy used too. This Porsche is one of the more expensive models in the class, but its dynamic performance makes the price tag worth it. The Macan actually drives like a sports car and doesn’t compromise on thrills.
The Macan’s base engine is an athletic 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that creates 248-horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This turbo-four can go from 0-to-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 141 mph. The Macan S takes things up a notch; it has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that generates 348-hp and 354 pound-feet of torque. There’s also an available twin-turbo v6.
On the inside, the Macan pleases with Porsche’s standard Comfort seats along with its leather and suede upholstery. Another highlight inside the Macan is its user-friendly tech. It features a 10.9-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a 10-speaker stereo.
2020 Lexus NX
Especially compared to the Macan, the Lexus NX is more of an easy-going, gentle luxury crossover. Even so, the NX’s agile handling makes it more fun to drive. CR gave this Lexus its highest possible predicted reliability score. The NX features a pleasant turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that creates 235-hp. It’s also available as a hybrid, but this variant is significantly more expensive.
For the most part, reviewers are more impressed with the NX’s car cabin. The NX’s interior feels peaceful and upscale, plus it’s cozy. This Lexus also offers many gadgets. A wifi hotspot and app navigation come standard, and so does Apple CarPlay. The NX also comes with Lexus’ advanced safety suite, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.
2020 BMW X3
Based on CR’s data, the X3 is exceptional in almost every category. It offers potent engines, an elegant cabin, and a variety of desirable in-car electronics. Base X3 models have a 248-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s quick and engaging. Next up is the M40i trim that features a 382-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder. The X3 also has two high-performance variants, including the X3 M.
CR gave the X3 an average reliability score but raved about its spacious interior. The X3’s seats are supple, and even the carpet is high-quality. CR also likes the X3, especially for its standard advanced safety equipment. This BMW comes with automatic emergency braking, and other helpful features include traffic sign recognition.