The Most Reliable 2020 Mid-Size SUVs According to Consumer Reports

Recently, the realm of mid-size SUVs has become noticeably more crowded. If you’re currently shopping for an exceptional mid-size SUV with impressive reliability scores, you might be overwhelmed by how many options you have. The best mid-size SUVs provide a unique blend of power, comfort, and versatility. Here are the five most reliable mid-size SUVs in 2020, according to Consumer Reports.

2020 Kia Telluride 

2020 Kia Telluride driving at dusk
2020 Kia Telluride | Kia

In its first model year, the Kia Telluride came out swinging. Like, this SUV is almost too popular. That said, the hype for the Telluride is understandable.

The Telluride is affordable, easy to drive, and it’s packed with many desirable features. Plus, the Telluride boasts a luxury-focused cabin that’s also practical. The Telluride’s well-rounded natured earned it the #1 spot on Consumer Reports’ list of most reliable mid-size SUVs.

The Telluride is a three-row SUV that can seat up to eight people in its standard configuration. What makes the Telluride’s quiet cabin even better is its standard infotainment system and advanced safety equipment. All Tellurides feature a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine that provides ample power. The only real case against the Telluride is that it’s not as sporty as some of its competitors. 

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade on the road.
2020 Hyundai Palisade | Hyundai

The Palisade is the Telluride’s corporate cousin. Like the Telluride, the Palisade is all-new for 2020. It also has the same V6 engine as the Telluride. Plus, its safety and reliability are also above-average. 

Styling preferences are what separates the Palisade from the Telluride: the Palisade is flashier, and the Telluride is more traditional. So if you’re looking for a bold, upscale SUV at a bargain price, you would probably want to go with the Palisade. 

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback Off Roading
2020 Subaru Outback | Subaru

Subaru’s Outback is so versatile; it checks the right boxes in numerous categories. You can think of it as a wagon and as a crossover SUV. Adventurers will appreciate the Outback for its off-roading capabilities, and those who appreciate frills will enjoy the Outback’s high-class interior. 

The Outback comes with a 182-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that provides just enough power. There’s also an available 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 260-hp. No matter which engine you choose, you will find that Outback is a pleasure to drive.

2020 Mazda CX-9

a gray 2020 Mazda CX-9 SUV driving on a gravel road in the countryside
2020 Mazda CX-9 | Mazda

The Mazda CX-9 is often overlooked, but it has a lot to offer. This Mazda is surprisingly sporty for an SUV its size. It’s also both powerful and fuel-efficient. The CX-9 gets its power from a 227-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Plus, the CX-9’s serene cabin can rival some luxury models.

For a grander CX-9 experience, CR recommends the Grand Touring and Signature trims. Another bright spot on the CX-9 is its suite of advanced safety features. The only thing you might not like about the CX- 9 is that it’s below-average when it comes to cargo space. 

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander in a park
2020 Toyota Highlander | Toyota

The Kia Telluride Is Missing One Family-Friendly Feature

Toyota’s Highlander is an oldie but a goodie. If reliability and comfort are your top priorities, you’ll probably be happy with the Highlander. Toyota redesigned the Highlander for 2020. The 2020 Highlander boasts an upscale cabin with many convenient cargo spaces. The main drawback to the Highlander though, is that it’s not as fun to drive as its class rivals. Also, its third-row seat is tight.