Here’s what to look for in 2020 if reliability is your number one priority

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.

2020 Acura RDX

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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.

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2020 Acura RDX Specifications
Engine 2.0-liter, straight-four, turbocharged
Power 272 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
Transmission 10-speed auto
Towing capacity 1,500 lb
Cargo space 29.5 cu ft
Price $37,800

Read our full review on the 2020 Acura RDX

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

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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.

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2020 Chevrolet Traverse Specifications
Engine 3.6-liter, V-6
Power 310 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque 266 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm
Transmission 9-speed auto
Towing capacity 1,500 lb
Cargo space 23 cu ft
Price $29,800

Read our full review on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda CR-V

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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.

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2020 Honda CR-V specifications
Engine 1.5-liter, straight-four, turbocharged
Power 190 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 179 lb-ft @ 2,000-5,000 rpm
Transmission CVT
Towing capacity NA
Cargo space 39.2 cu ft
Price $25,050

Read our full review on the 2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Lexus GX

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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.

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2020 Lexus GX specifications
Engine 4.6-liter, V-8
Power 301 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 329 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed auto
Towing capacity NA
Cargo space 64.7 cu ft
Price $53,000

Read our full review on the 2020 Lexus GX

2020 Kia Sportage

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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.

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2020 Kia Sportage specifications
Engine 2.4-liter, straight-four
Power 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed auto
Towing capacity 1,653 lb
Cargo space 30.7 cu ft
Price $23,990

Read our full review on the 2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Porsche Cayenne

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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.

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2020 Porsche Cayenne specifications
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
Price $66,800

Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche Cayenne

2020 Kia Telluride

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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.

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2020 Kia Telluride specifications
Engine 3.8-liter, V-6
Power 291 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission 8-speed auto
Towing capacity 5,000 lb
Cargo space 21 cu ft
Price $31,890

Read our full review on the 2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Buick Encore

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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.

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2020 Buick Encore specifications
Engine 1.4-liter, straight-four, turbocharged
Power 138 hp @ 4,900-6,000 rpm
Torque 148 lb-ft @ 1,850-4,900 rpm
Transmission 6-speed auto
Towing capacity 1,500 lb
Cargo space 18.8 cu ft
Price $23,200

Read our full review on the 2020 Buick Encore

2020 Lincoln Navigator

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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.

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2020 Lincoln Navigator specifications
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
Price $76,185

Read our full review on the 2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Toyota 4Runner

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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.

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2020 Toyota 4Runner specifications
Engine 4.0-liter, V-6
Power 270 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 278 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission 5-speed auto
Towing capacity 5,000 lb
Cargo space 46 cu ft
Price $36,120

Read our full review on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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