The Most Reliable SUVs 2020
Here’s what to look for in 2020 if reliability is your number one priorityby Tudor Rus, on
Looking to get an SUV that won’t make you break the bank after you’ve bought it? Or are you simply looking to buy new, keep the vehicle for a while and then sell it for a good price unhampered by depreciation? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of 2020’s 10 most reliable SUVs of all shapes and sizes. Hopefully, it will help with your next buying decision and allow you to own the best new or used SUV in terms of reliability. Let’s check out the entries.
Heavily popular among Generation Y buyers according to J.D. Power data, the RDX stands out when it comes to reliability. It help that its underpinnings are basically all Honda, a brand that most often than not scores pretty high in every reliability study out there. The RDX itself got an overall score of 77 out of 100 points in J.D. Power’s consumer reports, including a 73/100 score for quality and reliability and 77/100 for resale value.
|Engine||2.0-liter, straight-four, turbocharged|
|Power||272 hp @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||280 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm|
|Towing capacity||1,500 lb|
|Cargo space||29.5 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Acura RDX
Impressively enough, the Chevy Traverse scored 88/100 in J.D. Power’s latest study. Owners rated Chevy’s full-size SUV 82/100 when it came to quality and reliability. Resale value is also a strong point for the Traverse, rated at 81/100. What’s more, the SUV ticks all the right boxes when it comes to entertainment, multimedia, connectivity but also safety. So what you’re really buying here is a well-rounded package that’s well suited to a family’s needs first and foremost.
|Power||310 hp @ 6,800 rpm|
|Torque||266 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm|
|Towing capacity||1,500 lb|
|Cargo space||23 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse
The CR-V has been synonymous with practicality for a long time now. And while J.D. Power didn’t rate it yet as far as reliability is concerned, keep this in mind: it’s one of the most fuel-efficient and safest compact crossovers out there. Repairpal rates the CR-V 4.5 out of 5, which makes it the second most reliable compact SUV in a list of 26 other entries thanks to an average repair cost of $407 per year. You’ll also be able to get a good price for your CR-V, as the model tends to retain its value over time. That, of course, also depends a lot on how the owner looked after the car.
|Engine||1.5-liter, straight-four, turbocharged|
|Power||190 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Torque||179 lb-ft @ 2,000-5,000 rpm|
|Cargo space||39.2 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Honda CR-V
The GX was rated by J.D. Power at 80 points out of 100 when it comes to customer satisfaction. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Toyota’s luxury arm is keeping up with the brand’s impressive reliability reputation. The GX scored high in the quality and reliability and resale areas, with ratings of 84/100 and 83/100, respectively.
Repairpal estimates that owners pay roughly $770 every year for repairs and maintenance for their GXs, which is quite a low figure considering the SUV’s luxury-oriented nature. Also worth mentioning is that this expenditure is caused by minor issues, another testament of the GX’s bulletproof reliability.
|Power||301 hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||329 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm|
|Cargo space||64.7 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Lexus GX
The Kia Sportage doesn’t just look good. It’s filled with quality materials, it offers a comprehensive tech package, it’s safe, and above all, reliable. J.D. Power rates it at 83/100 and that’s due to the Sportage’s impressive quality and reliability rating of 87/100. Resale value (79/100) could have been better, but for a new car, the 2020 Kia Sportage is as good as they come in terms of reliability.
Kia’s iron-clad reliability is also backed up by Repairpal, who rates the 2020 Sportage 4 out of 5, with an average annual repair cost of just $462. Yup, driving a 2020 Sportage is a hassle-free ownership experience.
|Power||181 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Towing capacity||1,653 lb|
|Cargo space||30.7 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Kia Sportage
Porsche has become in recent times one of the most reliable luxury brands out there. The Cayenne makes no exception. It’s worth mentioning, however, that while J.D. Power rates Porsche’s larger SUV at 84/100, the high score comes from the Cayenne’s driving and dealership experience. Quality and reliability are rated 79/100 (which is still not bad), while resale gets 77 points out of a total of 100.
Repairpal, on the other hand, is not so kind with the Cayenne, giving it a rating of just 1.5 out of 5. The reason for that is the high annual repair cost ($1,231) and that 21 percent of reported issues are fixed through major repairs. Still, in the Cayenne’s defense, it’s worth mentioning that Porsche’s brand status is bound to generate high maintenance fees, with servicing works costing more than those billed by BMW or Mercedes-Benz, for example.
|Engine||3.0-liter, V-6, turbocharged|
|Power||335 hp @ 5,300-6,400 rpm|
|Torque||332 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm|
|Transmission||8-speed Tiptronic S|
|Towing capacity||7,700 lb|
|Cargo space||27.1 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche Cayenne
Another Kia that finds its way into our list, the newer 2020 Telluride is another all-rounder from the South Korean carmaker. You won’t find the Telluride in J.D. Power or Repairpal reports (at least at the time of writing it hadn’t been tested), but Kelley Blue Book, Car and Driver, and Consumer Reports have only words of praise for Kia’s mid-size crossover SUV.
KBB, for example, spent more than five months with the 2020 Telluride and racked 9,400 miles on the odometer. During this time, the SUV didn’t spend a single day out of service, while maintenance costs were around $383.
What’s more Car and Driver reports that their long-term 2020 Telluride made just one visit to the dealership for the 7,500-mile service entailed a total cost of $161.
|Power||291 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm|
|Towing capacity||5,000 lb|
|Cargo space||21 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Kia Telluride
Buick’s small SUV, the 2020 Encore, is another tempting proposition for those looking for nothing else than good old reliability from their car. According to J.D. Power’s reports, the 2020 Encore scored 87/100 points for quality and reliability and 81/100 for holding its resale value.
What’s more, Repairpal rates the 2020 Encore at 4 out of 5 stars, thanks to an annual cost for repairs and maintenance that won’t go higher than $450. Oh, and most of the issues encountered by owners weren’t of the severe ilk, which is a plus in itself.
|Engine||1.4-liter, straight-four, turbocharged|
|Power||138 hp @ 4,900-6,000 rpm|
|Torque||148 lb-ft @ 1,850-4,900 rpm|
|Towing capacity||1,500 lb|
|Cargo space||18.8 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Buick Encore
When it comes to luxury SUVs, few can get close to the Lincoln Navigator. But what about its reliability credentials? J.D. Power rates the 2020 Lincoln Navigator 84 points out of 100 possible overall. Such a positive evaluation is down to the large SUV’s high score for quality and reliability (82/100) as well as resale (81/100). Luxury carmakers aren’t traditionally known for offering super-reliable cars - Lexus in an exception here, as is Porsche over the past couple of years, so knowing you pay a lot of money on a luxury vehicle that’s also reliable and easily sold on the second-hand market does a lot to convince the buyer that he or she is doing the right choice.
|Engine||3.5-liter, V-6, twin-turbo|
|Power||450 hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||510 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm|
|Transmission||10-speed SelectShift auto|
|Towing capacity||8,300 lb|
|Cargo space||20.9 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Lincoln Navigator
It might be last on our list, but the 2020 4Runner is very serious about its reliability advantages. In fact, J.D. Power says it has the best resale score compared to any car we’ve mentioned above (90/100). On top of that, the 4Runner’s quality and reliability index is pretty high too, at 85 points out of a maximum possible of 100.
There are very few things the 2020 Toyota 4Runner does wrong and to further testify to that, Repairpal awarded it with 4 stars out of 5, with an average annual repair cost of $514.
|Power||270 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Torque||278 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm|
|Towing capacity||5,000 lb|
|Cargo space||46 cu ft|
Read our full review on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner