The Most Reliable 2021 Large SUVs According to Consumer Reports

Midsize SUVs are great. But if you need more power and space, you’ll want to get a large one. You have a few options to choose from, but only a couple are recognized as the most reliable 2021 large SUVs.

The large SUVs on this list received favorable ratings from Consumer Reports. CR determines a vehicle’s reliability through its scientific Auto Surveys, which capture owners’ experiences. Additionally, CR uses a Reliability History chart that covers 17 potential trouble spots, including a car’s engine, transmission, and brakes. 

2021 Toyota Sequoia 

Toyota’s Sequoia has become the worst-selling model in the class, according to GoodCarBadCar. This is mostly because Toyota hasn’t redesigned the SUV in over a decade. However, the Sequoia’s minimal changes over the years have helped it achieve the top spot as CR’s most reliable large SUV. CR gave it a four out of five for predicted reliability. The biggest news for 2021 is that the Sequoia is the new Nightshade model with distinct black finishings. 

The Sequoia’s truck-like driving dynamics has plenty of pros and cons. All Sequoias have the same 381-hp, 5.7-liter V8 engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. You have the choice between rear- or four-wheel drive. CR appreciates the Sequoia’s powertrain and impressive towing capacity. When properly equipped, this Toyota can haul up to 7,400 pounds.

lunar rock color trd pro sequoia in the desert
2021 TRD Pro Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

If you’re into off-roading, the Sequoia is also an excellent choice, especially if you go for the TRD Pro trim. The downside to the Sequoia’s toughness is that it feels jittery even on smooth roads. CR also took points away for the SUV’s lack of agility and long stopping distances. And with an EPA rating of 15 mpg, the Sequoia isn’t fuel-efficient.

There are a few things to like about the Sequoia on the inside. It can seat up to eight people, and its cargo space is decent too. Toyota has made the Sequoia more modern with standard infotainment features that include a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking.

2021 Ford Expedition 

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The 2021 Expedition comes in second for predicted reliability based on CR’s rankings. CR gave the Expedition a three out of five for dependability, an average score. The Expedition has some of the same flaws that the Sequoia does: it’s not fuel-efficient, and its handling is clumsy. However, the Expedition’s modern amenities make it more appealing.

Ford Expedition towing a camper trailer
2020 Ford Expedition | Ford

Like the outgoing model, the Expedition comes with a turbocharged 3.5-liter that makes 375-hp. The same engine is available on the top-level Platinum trim, but it produces 400-hp. Both options come with a 10-speed automatic. This Ford is exceptionally competitive when it comes to towing: it can haul up to 9,3000 pounds.

CR especially likes the Expedition’s interior. It has luxury-like finishings and offers tons of space for people up to eight people; the cargo room is generous. Additionally, the Expedition presents plenty of amenities and tech. The Expedition’s infotainment system gets credit for being more user-friendly than the Sequoia’s. Plus, it offers a suite of active safety features.

Should you get a new Toyota Sequoia or Ford Expedition?

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A 2021 Sequoia begins at $50,200 while a 2021 Expedition starts at $49,025. These SUVs were also CR’s top large SUVs for 2020. That said, you might want to shop for the 2020 versions for a better deal since there aren’t many notable changes.