Consumer Reports’ 5 Top And 3 Worst Used Mid-Size SUVs

As consumers have, for some time now, been flocking towards crossovers and SUVs, it’s inevitable that more of these vehicles end up on the used car market.

So, let’s say you’re looking for a 3- to 5-year old mid-sized SUV, which still has a lot of life left in it, do you know what to shortlist and what to avoid?

If not, then Consumer Reports’ owner satisfaction survey, put together using feedback from owners, should help you decide better, and Japanese automakers scored big here, bagging three spots in CR’s Top 5.

Toyota tops the list with the Highlander, which is followed by the 4Runner. Honda’s Pilot also made it into the Top 5, although it’s not all Japanese, as Jeep fans love the Wrangler in spite of its faults, as it’s a hoot to drive off-road, and most VW Touareg owners said they’d buy it again.

On the other hand, CR also lists three SUVs that owners were mostly dissatisfied with, and one of them comes from the FCA group – but you’ll have to watch the following video to find out more.


  • salamOOn

    i just dont understand why there is no led headlights option after facelift….. only halogen headlights in almost 2019 is huge fail.

  • OdysseyTag

    Yeesh, was that how the previous-gen Pilot looked? That’s pretty left field even coming from Honda.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Toyota Highlander = high satisfaction, perfect vehicle

    Jeep Wrangler = high satisfaction, horrible vehicle

    HUH? I get that the boring, soulless crowd will love the Toyota, and the enthusiast, adventurous and outdoor crowd will love the Wrangler (despite whatever “faults” it may have. And yet a Mercedes GLA or Fiat 500L get “low satisfaction” ratings because buyers suddenly realized these cars are small and lack comfortable back seats….

    I’ve given up trying to understand how Consumer Reports rates cars. It makes no sense to me. There seems to be zero consistency to their ratings.

    • emjayay

      Did you watch the video? In this case obviously they are tabulating the opinions of their subscribers about their cars. The inconsistency is because of the inconsistency of the people responding, not Consumer Reports. They also rate cars objectively based on their own testing, and report on their subscriber’s reports of repairs required over the years. Those are two different topics from this one.

    • brn

      The Wrangler is a “horrible vehicle”, depending on your criteria. For its intended purpose, it’s an infinitely better vehicle than the Highlander. They serve different audiences.

    • Deckard_Cain

      The 500L is an MPV though.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Another year, another high score by Toyota. They are truly amazing company. No matter what people say, to be consistently regarded as the most satisfying producer is no small feat, it’s truly wonderful achievement. Those who knows the complexity of managing a global business must know what I mean.

  • Finkployd

    Top me

  • brn

    Expensive vehicles did well. Budget vehicles didn’t do well. Not all that surprising.

  • Craig

    I say…. after all these years of making cars – not to mention making SEATS – how it is even possible to make an ‘uncomfortable vehicle’. There is no excuse as far as I am concerned. And yet – most seem to be ‘uncomfortable’.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    Bring that toyota Highlander to Europe pleace, the Pilot to.
    the jeeps are for sale in europe, but not so sucsessfull.

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