No vehicle segment has cornered the market on reliability. If you look at the most reliable models in Consumer Reports surveys over the past decade, every class from pickup trucks to compact sedans was represented.
In fact, the greatest predictor is the automaker behind the vehicle. You won’t see Fiat or Jeep racking up reliability awards year after year. Likewise, you’re unlikely to find a Toyota or Lexus that disappoints owners when it comes to starting every morning.
When we scanned the Consumer Reports ratings for the past several years, we found more of the same in the three-row SUV category. Here are the most reliable utility vehicles with three rows on the market for 2019.
8. Kia Sorento
- Sorento has been excellent since the ’16 redesign.
Since its 2016 redesign, Kia Sorento owners have not reported any major flaws in reliability surveys. Mechanically, this model has been close to flawless. Still, Consumer Reports won’t give a car the highest rating until it posts these results for at least three years.
For now, buyers can rest assured Sorento’s predicted reliability is better than Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, and Dodge Journey (among other three-row competitors).
7. Hyundai Santa Fe
- Santa Fe has been near-perfect in recent years.
Knowing the Hyundai Santa Fe shares a platform with the Kia Sorento, it’s no surprise this model has also turned in excellent reliability scores in recent years. Outside of a few in-car electronics issues in 2016, owners have reported mostly flawless operation in this model.
For three rows, you have to go for the Santa Fe XL, which has a new name for the 2019 model year. Meanwhile, the two-row Santa Fe Sport is now called simply Santa Fe.
6. BMW X5
- Steady improvements left the X5 above average in 2018.
If you look at the list of least reliable SUVs on the market in 2018, you’ll find a number of luxury models in the group. However, that wasn’t the case for the BMW X5, a model that offers a third-row package.
Since the 2015 redesign, you can note steady improvements in reliability ratings, all the way to the above-average ranking this model got in the most recent survey. Compared to competitors from Mercedes-Benz and Acura, X5 came out way ahead.
5. Lexus RX
- The three-row Lexus RX hasn’t shown any major flaw since its redesign in 2016.
With Lexus SUVs, buyers almost always get high predicted reliability to go with top owner-satisfaction ratings. In the case of the three-row RXL, there haven’t been any major problem areas reported across the past decade.
Since this model got redesigned for 2016, that run has continued. The 2018 RXL is expected to be among the best SUVs for reliability.
4. Audi Q7
- No luxury three-row SUV can top the Audi Q7 for reliability.
Since the 2017 redesign, owners have reported nothing but good things about the Audi Q7’s reliability. On the mechanical front, this model has proved mostly flawless.
Otherwise, owners had no complaints with fit and finish or other interior elements, other than a few gripes about infotainment. Overall, it’s the highest ranking three-row luxury SUV.
3. Toyota Sequoia
- Among the largest SUVs, Sequoia dominated on the reliability front.
Toyota truck platforms have proven to be as reliable as anything on the road. With the Tundra-based Sequoia, that’s meant unparalleled reliability for the full-size SUV.
Sequoia’s platform has not changed since 2010, and over that span of time owners haven’t reported any significant trouble with this vehicle. Its predicted reliability remains excellent ahead of 2019.
2. Toyota Highlander
- A decade of top reliability ratings should reassure Highlander buyers.
If you prize reliability, fuel economy, and safety, you probably can’t go wrong buying a Toyota Highlander. Three rows come standard, and this model’s reliability ratings haven’t dropped below great at any point this decade.
That run has continued since its 2014 redesign, and Highlander scored its best in reliability surveys of 2017.
1. Toyota 4Runner
- 4Runner’s optional third row makes it the most reliable vehicle in the class.
When you look at every major vehicle tested by Consumer Reports since 2010, no model scored better for reliability than the Toyota 4Runner. Mechanically speaking, this platform proved its durability long ago.
Meanwhile, the 4Runner’s interior and cabin functions show almost the same bulletproof character. You’ll have to add on to the standard model to get the third row of seating, but there’s nothing more reliable out there.