The popularity of SUVs has grown significantly over the last few years, and there is no denying that. It has grown so much that there is a huge selection when it comes to this type of vehicle. As far as the selection goes, you can get almost anything you want from different SUV classes. However, with so many options, it can sometimes be hard to differentiate between models.
When it comes to deciding which SUV is the perfect fit for you, there are some things that you should know first, such as how many types are there and what size you’re looking for, etc. To simplify things for you, we have compiled a list of some of the best SUVs in 2020 and categorized them in their respective class.
Class #1: Compact Crossover
Mazda CX-5 is one of the most popular SUVs of 2020 and is already being lauded for its class-above interior appointments. The class has some of the best safety features found in any SUV. Compared to other crossover SUVs, this ride makes a convincing argument that it belongs to the fancier compact luxury crossover segment.
Honda CR-V may not have the sportiest or sexiest look like the Mazda CX-5, but it is an exceptionally well-rounded ride. It has a versatile and well-packaged interior that meets the expectations of most crossover buyers.
Class #2: Mid-Size Crossover
Getting the perfect mid-size crossover is not easy, given the number of options that are available in 2020. When you think of automotive icons, images of the Porsche 911 or the Mercedes-Benz G-class might spring to mind, but the funky Kia Soul just might be worthy of iconic status as well. While it’s all-new, the 2020 Kia Soul doesn’t stray far away from its winning formula: it’s a brashly boxy front-wheel-drive crossover SUV with inspired styling and a great price. Despite a host of new rivals attempting to shoulder into the Soul’s territory, we still happily recommend Kia to friends and family looking for a value-packed box on wheels.
With plenty of techs paired with a fun-to-drive nature, the 2020 XC40‘s fresh and spunky looks are aimed directly at the hip and luxury-minded buyers. The interior offers comfort and spaciousness along with a decidedly Swedish atmosphere found in all of today’s Volvos. There’s also abundant cargo stowage and plenty of bins and auxiliary repositories to keep things. If dynamic driving is a priority, the BMW X1 and the Jaguar F-Pace are top considerations. Still, the XC40’s handsome looks and well-executed packaging make it a strong contender in the flourishing subcompact class.
In the realm of compact crossovers, there is just too much similarity in the options that are available. The Volkswagen Tiguan definitely serves as a breath of fresh air due to its substantially different features. The 2020 Tiguan succeeds in setting itself apart in a very useful way: an available third row. Between the Tiguan’s seven-passenger capability and flexible interior (the second-row seats slide fore and aft, and they fold in three sections rather than the typical two), VW’s smallest SUV makes good use of its larger exterior footprint than the segment norm by delivering outsized practicality.
Class #3: Mid-Size SUVs
Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe finishes in the top 5 best mid-size crossovers in the market. The ride has a comfortable interior, offers good fuel economy, plenty of tech features, and an overall balanced ride. The car was also the winner of our 2020 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award. It has just about everything that people want in an ideal vehicle. Santa Fe has a solid combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features.
The all-new Kia Telluride ranks high in the category of best midsize SUVs of 2020. This is a three-row boasts a serene ride, handsome cabin, and plenty of safety features. This brand-new vehicle has seating for up to eight in a high-end cabin, and you’ll be treated to a gentle ride. The Telluride comes with a generous list of driver aids, a large cargo hold, and a lengthy warranty. This Kia SUV definitely deserves a spot on your shortlist, especially if you’re seeking a family vehicle with some light adventuring prowess.
Class #4: Full-Size SUVs
Sure, it’s a getting up there in age, but the quirky Nissan Armada earned favor among our staff for its looks, capable powertrain, and value pricing. On the inside, we found the infotainment system, in typical Nissan fashion, a bit lacking. Impressive, however, was the truck’s interior build quality, feel, and luxurious aesthetic. Under the hood, the Armada’s only engine option, a 390-hp 5.6-liter V-8, allowed it to achieve a respectable 8500-pound tow rating along with a sub-six-second sprint to 60 mph. The more luxurious Infiniti QX80 has been ranked in a different segment.
The Chevrolet Suburban is one of the few SUV model lines that is still going strong in 2020 as demand for space never dies. The Chevy Suburban has definitely seen many things from WWII all the way to the Vietnam War. Since one of our biggest gripes is the Suburban’s poor fuel economy, it is worth noting that the 6.2-liter V-8 version returned 23 mpg highway, two mpg more than the cheaper 5.3-liter option. Like the Tahoe and Yukon, a redesigned Suburban is expected to arrive next year with independent rear suspension and a diesel engine option.
Buying the perfect ride is a dream for many, and 500 Below Cars can definitely make that dream a reality for you. With a wide selection of some of the best-used SUVs at our disposal, we make sure you always get what you want, at the right price.