Choosing the best midsize SUV isn’t easy. There are nearly a couple of dozen to choose from, some with seating for five-passengers and many with three-rows and seating for seven. Here are the eight best midsize SUVs you can buy, listed in alphabetical order.


2019 Chevy Traverse

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

This is one of the largest SUVs on this list, so it’s one of the best midsize SUVs for large families. The Traverse isn’t much smaller than the Chevy Tahoe, but it’s much more comfortable, carlike, and affordable.

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2020 Ford Explorer

2019 Explorer Sport

Ford says the Explorer is America’s best selling SUV of all time. It’s all-new this year with more dynamic styling, a more luxurious interior and they’ve made it more fun to drive. A third row seat remains available.

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2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot Elite

Honda’s largest SUV offers three rows of seats, impressive fuel economy and a comfortable ride. It’s perfect for families that want the function of a Honda Odyssey minivan, without the dowdy image.

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2020 Hyundai Palisade

2019 Hyundai Palisade

The all-new Palisade is Hyundai’s latest SUV, as well as its largest. A third row is standard and the spacious Palisade seats up to seven very comfortably. It also offers a very luxurious interior. It has replaced the Santa Fe XL in Hyundai’s lineup.

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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Still the best midsize SUV for those with off-road adventures in mind, the Grand Cherokee is also the only SUV on this list available with V8 engines, including one with 707 hp. Like the Ford Explorer, some models get rear-wheel drive, which is unique in this class.

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2019 Kia Sorento

2020 Kia Sorento

With a base price of around $26,000 the Sorento is Kia’s most affordable three-row SUV. It’s also among the most affordable SUVs with seating for seven and its third-row is standard on all trim levels. This is also the only SUV on this list available with a four-cylinder or a V6 engine.

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2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

The Telluride is also an all-new model for 2020. It’s larger than the Sorento and costs about $5,500 more. It offers three-row seating, a powerful V6-engine, a luxurious interior and Range Rover-like styling.

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2019 Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

A favorite with driving enthusiasts, the attractive and fun-to-drive Mazda CX-9 should be on more shopping lists. It’s interior is rich, roomy, and comfortable and it’s turbocharged engine makes plenty of power.

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With so many midsize SUVs out there it’s tough to know which are the best. Hopefully this best midsize SUV list helps to steer you in the right direction.

Best Midsize SUV: 2019-2020 Models Handpicked by a Pro
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Best Midsize SUV: 2019-2020 Models Handpicked by a Pro
Choosing the best midsize SUV is about finding the car that meets your specific needs. Our pro details seating, mpg, and prices to make the search easier.
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Scott Oldham is an award winning automotive journalist with over 25 years of experience. Based in Los Angeles, Scott has written for Car and Driver, Autoweek, Kelley Blue Book,, Popular Mechanics and Autoblog. Scott is also a former President of the Motor Press Guild and is currently on the jury of the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Award. He can be found on Twitter: @RealScottOldham

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