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SUVs are having a moment in 2021. Drivers want a car that can do it all, and SUVs seem to fit the bill for that. While Subaru is having an excellent year for ratings, Jeep and Cadillac missed the boat.

This might be an off-year for some of the models listed, but it might be wise to avoid purchasing one for now. Take a look at some of the criteria that goes into rating an SUV and decide if another option might be a better fit for your lifestyle.

Subcompact and midsize SUVs that did not score well

Consumer Reports offers information that makes purchasing a car easier. These criteria include predicted reliability, ride, noise, predicted owner satisfaction, road test, and acceleration. Since these are new models, the predicted criteria are just that, a prediction for the future.

Many 2021 SUVs ranked fairly high. Some models, such as the 2021 Lincoln Navigator and Mercedes GLS, did not rank very high. On the list of Subcompact sport-utility vehicles, the Subaru Crosstrek was highest.

The 2021 Jeep Renegade received a score of 37. Just below that was the Fiat 500x. Both the Fiat and the Jeep had negative ratings from the previous year for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

The road tests scored in the ’50s, and the overall mileage was in the low 20’s. The acceleration from 0-60 was an astonishing 9.9 seconds for the Jeep and 9.8 for the Fiat.

The price for these? The Renegade is priced from $22,850 – $28,900. The 500x is $25,490 – $30,860. In comparison, the Crosstrek is $22,245 – $35,345. Unless you have some serious brand loyalty, it would be hard to go forward on buying the Jeep or Fiat.

Moving on to the midsized sport-utility vehicles, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler came in at a whopping 29 overall score out of 100. It received a 36 on the road test score and only got about 18 miles per gallon combined. The price? A wild $28,575 to $73,500.

Large sport-utility vehicles

The 2021 GMC Yukon and the 2021 Nissan Armada were at the bottom of this list. Although, in comparison, the scores aren’t terrible. The Yukon came in at 58, and the Armada was at 55. The gas mileage was 17 miles per gallon for the Yukon and 14 for the Armada.

The large SUV category is a hard one to score. The SUVs are generally not great on gas or very capable. The prices are also high for what you get. You could go into the luxury SUV category for a better buy or size down for a more reliable vehicle.

What large SUVs were recommended instead? The Ford Expedition and the Toyota Sequoia. Still priced high but more reliable than the Nissan and GMC.

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The 2021 Cadillac XT4 is priced at $35,795 – $42,495 with a score of 52 from Consumer Reports. On the road test, it received a 78 and got 23 miles per gallon combined.

The predicted reliability came in at one out of five. The predicted owner satisfaction was only a two out of five, which doesn’t look great for the future. CR also noted that the engine was loud, and the ride was uncomfortable.

The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace came in around $40,995 – $49,995. It only scored a 52 overall, but the road score was 69. Both the predicted owner satisfaction and reliability were three out of five. CR didn’t think the luxury SUV lived up to the luxury price than some of the other options in the category.

But have no fear, there are many reliable options available. If one of your favorite sport-utility vehicles made this list, it will likely improve next year.