10 Most Popular Large SUVs and Crossovers

Christian Wardlaw | Sep 24, 2016
2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ photo

High gas prices and unfavorable economic indicators typically depress full-size SUV sales, while low gas prices and favorable economic indicators generally renew consumer interest in traditional full-size SUVs. If you’re feeling good about your personal fortunes and you’re seeking a big rig for hauling and towing more than just a family, this guide details the 10 most popular* full-size SUVs and crossovers, including pricing; quality, reliability, and appeal ratings; fuel economy; safety ratings; and cargo volume.

*Popularity based on calendar-year sales through July 2016

10) Toyota Sequoia (7,322 sales)

2016 Toyota Sequoia photo

Built on the same rugged platform as the Toyota Tundra pickup truck, the 8-passenger Sequoia is equipped with a 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine. Buyers choose between SR5, Limited, and Platinum trim levels, and 4-wheel drive is an option.

Base Price—$46,420
Initial Quality—4 PCRs
Predicted Reliability—Not rated
Overall Vehicle Appeal—2 PCRs
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—13/17
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—Testing incomplete
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not rated
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—18.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—66.6 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—120.1 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—7,400 lbs.

9) Ford Expedition EL (11,128 sales)

2016 Ford Expedition EL photo

An extended-length version of the Ford Expedition, the Expedition EL is designed to compete with the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL. An independent rear suspension design provides greater cargo and passenger room than its primary competitors, while a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine delivers greater towing capacity. Trim levels include XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum.

Base Price—$49,340
Initial Quality—3 PCRs
Predicted Reliability—2 PCRs
Overall Vehicle Appeal—2 PCRs
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—14/21
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not rated
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—42.6 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—85.5 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—130.8 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—9,200 lbs.

8) GMC Yukon XL (17,135 sales)

2016 GMC Yukon SLT photo

An extended-length version of the GMC Yukon, the aptly named Yukon XL is the same as the Chevrolet Suburban underneath its exterior styling. Its primary benefit over the shorter Yukon relates to cargo space, not passenger room. Buyers have a choice between two V-8 engines, rear-wheel and 4-wheel drive, and trim levels including SLE, SLT, and Denali.

Base Price—$52,210
Initial Quality—3 PCRs
Predicted Reliability—4 PCRs
Overall Vehicle Appeal—2 PCRs
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—14/23
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—4 Stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not rated
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—39.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—76.7 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—121.7 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—8,300 lbs.

7) Ford Expedition (22,593 sales)

2016 Ford Expedition King Ranch photo

Ford’s full-size Expedition is offered in XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels, each equipped with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive. An independent rear suspension design supplies better cargo space and passenger comfort than the Expedition’s primary competitors. It tows more weight, too.

Base Price—$46,630
Initial Quality—3 PCRs
Predicted Reliability—2 PCRs
Overall Vehicle Appeal—2 PCRs
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—15/22
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not rated
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—18.6 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—55 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—108.3 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—9,200 lbs.

6) GMC Yukon (24,705 sales)

2016 GMC Yukon SLT photo

While the GMC Yukon is clearly a full-size, body-on-frame SUV, packaging constraints limit comfort when carrying more than 5 people, while simultaneously supplying less cargo room than the GMC Acadia crossover. Offered in SLE, SLT, and luxurious Denali trim levels, the Yukon can be fitted with a choice between two V-8 engines and rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive.

Base Price—$49,510
Initial Quality—2 PCRs
Predicted Reliability—5 PCRs
Overall Vehicle Appeal—3 PCRs
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—15/23
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—4 Stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not rated
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—15.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—51.7 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—94.7 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—8,500 lbs.

5) Chevrolet Suburban (27,970 sales)

2016 Chevrolet Suburban photo

An extended-length version of the Chevrolet Tahoe by any other name, the Suburban nameplate dates back to 1935. Among the largest SUVs available today, it nevertheless cannot match the Ford Expedition EL when it comes to carrying people, hauling cargo, or towing a trailer. It comes in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels, each equipped with a V-8 engine and rear- or 4-wheel drive.

Base Price—$50,895
Initial Quality—2 PCRs
Predicted Reliability—3 PCRs
Overall Vehicle Appeal—2 PCRs
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—15/23
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—4 Stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not rated
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—39.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—76.7 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—121.7 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—8,300 lbs.

4) Buick Enclave (31,503 sales)

2016 Buick Enclave photo

Buick’s big SUV, the Enclave, carries up to 8 people or a significant amount of cargo. Upgrades from standard equipment include the Leather Group and the Premium Group, and every Enclave is equipped with a V-6 engine and front-wheel drive. An all-wheel-drive system is an option.

Base Price—$39,990
Initial Quality—Not rated
Predicted Reliability—Not rated
Overall Vehicle Appeal—Not rated
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—15/22
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Testing incomplete
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—23.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—68.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—115.2 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—4,500 lbs.

3) GMC Acadia (45,644 sales)

2016 GMC Acadia SLT photo

In its final year as a large crossover SUV, the GMC Acadia is offered in SL, SLE, SLT, and luxurious Denali trim. A V-6 engine powers the front wheels, and all-wheel drive is an option. GMC’s popular Acadia shares a platform with the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, but for 2017 the GMC is downsized and will compete in the midsize SUV segment.

Base Price—$31,900
Initial Quality—3 PCRs
Predicted Reliability—4 PCRs
Overall Vehicle Appeal—2 PCRs
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—15/22
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Testing incomplete
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—24.1 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—70.1 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—116.1 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—5,200 lbs.

2) Chevrolet Tahoe (51,652 sales)

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 photo

The most popular, traditional, body-on-frame full-size SUV in America is the Chevrolet Tahoe. It comes in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels and pairs a V-8 engine with rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive. A live rear axle suspension contributes to packaging limitations with regard to occupant comfort and cargo room, and the Tahoe tows less weight than some competitors.

Base Price—$48,195
Initial Quality—5 PCRs
Predicted Reliability—5 PCRs
Overall Vehicle Appeal—5 PCRs
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—16/23
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—4 Stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Not rated
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—15.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—51.7 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—94.7 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—8,500 lbs.

1) Chevrolet Traverse (69,085 sales)

2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ photo

Equipped with seating for up to 8 people and offering more cargo capacity than a Chevy Tahoe, the Traverse is one large crossover SUV. A V-6 engine supplies the power, which is fed to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is an option, and buyers choose between LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels.

Base Price—$32,100
Initial Quality—3 PCRs
Predicted Reliability—4 PCRs
Overall Vehicle Appeal—2 PCRs
Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg)—15/22
NHTSA Crash Test Rating—5 Stars
IIHS Crash Test Rating—Testing incomplete
Cargo Volume Behind Third-Row Seat—24.4 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume Behind Second-Row Seat—70.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume All Seats Folded—116.3 cu. ft.
Maximum Tow Rating—5,200 lbs.









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