10 Most Popular Midsize SUVs and Crossovers

Christian Wardlaw | May 16, 2019

Families flock to midsize SUVs for their seating capacity, cargo capability, and available all-wheel-drive systems. This guide provides an overview of the 10 most popular,* non-luxury midsize SUVs and crossovers in America.

*Popularity based on 2018 calendar-year sales

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe photo

10. Hyundai Santa Fe (91,732)

Redesigned for 2019, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a 5-passenger crossover SUV equipped with generous warranty, roadside assistance, and connected services programs. Choose between standard and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, front-wheel and all-wheel drive, and five different trim levels.

9. Dodge Journey (94,096)

For more than a decade, Dodge has been selling the Journey, a midsize crossover SUV with an available third-row seat. Today it comes in SE, Crossroad, and GT trim, equipped with a 4-cylinder or V6 engine and front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Value is the name of this game, along with innovative storage solutions.

8. Kia Sorento (107,846)

Freshened for 2019, the Kia Sorento is available in everything from basic to luxurious trim. A 4-cylinder or V6 engine delivers power to the front or all four wheels, and Kia provides an industry leading warranty for this 3-row SUV, to go along with its good looks.

2019 Ford Edge Titanium photo

7. Ford Edge (134,122)

Updated and upgraded for 2019, the 5-passenger Ford Edge comes in four trim levels, including upscale Titanium and sporty ST. A turbocharged 4-cylinder is standard except in the Edge ST, which has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive.

6. Toyota 4Runner (139,694)

Need a rugged, reliable, go-anywhere and do-anything kind of an SUV? You want a Toyota 4Runner. It seats up to seven people, features a 270-hp V6 engine, and if you get 4-wheel drive this Toyota transforms into a mountain goat. Cargo space is generous, too, and maintenance is free for two years or 25,000 miles.

5. Honda Pilot (159,615)

Equipped with seating for up to eight people in three rows of seats, the Honda Pilot is ideal for many families. Powered by a robust 280-hp V6 and a newly refined 9-speed automatic transmission, the Pilot is available in several trim levels and with an optional torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system.

2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT photo

4. Subaru Outback (178,854)

For nearly 25 years, the Subaru Outback has provided a compelling blend of car-like driving dynamics with standard all-wheel drive and SUV-like styling cues with appropriate ground clearance to match. Able to hold five people and a decent spread of cargo, the Outback is also a safe midsize crossover SUV.

3. Jeep Grand Cherokee (224,908)

Jeep’s popular Grand Cherokee is a 5-passenger SUV with available off-road capabilities to rival the Toyota 4Runner. Depending on the version, it also provides plenty of value, luxury, or track-scorching performance. Several V6 and V8 engines, multiple 4-wheel-drive system, and 12 trim levels ensure that you’ll find something to meet your needs.

2. Toyota Highlander (244,511)

Seating up to eight people, the Toyota Highlander is a safe and secure way to transport your family. Six trim levels are available, equipped with a 295-hp V6 engine and front-wheel or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is also available, delivering more than 300 horsepower and an EPA-rated 28 mpg in combined driving.

2020 Ford Explorer family photo

1. Ford Explorer (261,571)

It’s been almost a decade since the Ford Explorer’s last redesign, which means the all-new 2020 model can’t get here soon enough. In the meantime, this old one delivers big discounts to bargain shoppers. Choose between several engines, multiple trim levels, and front- or all-wheel drive. Just check crash-test ratings before you buy.


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