Best Luxury SUVs For 2021

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - February 11, 2021

The success of luxury SUVs has proven that sometimes, more is more. From compact crossovers to titanic cruisers, these sumptuous rides combine everyday practicality with premium comfort. Here are our picks for the best luxury SUVs to buy in 2021.

Best Small Luxury SUV: Volvo XC40
2021 Volvo XC40

Why it's a top pick: Volvo has quietly staged a revolution in the luxury ranks, stealing attention with stylish models like the XC40. This Scandinavian take on a compact crossover ticks our biggest boxes: practical, comfortable, safe, and zippy. Against the German competition, it’s a strong value.

Worth knowing: This year, Volvo debuts their first all-electric vehicle in the XC40 Recharge. With 402 horsepower, it’s among the brand’s most powerful models.

Honorable Mentions: BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Best Midsize Luxury SUV: Genesis GV80
2021 Genesis GV80

Why it's a top pick: Genesis’s first foray into the crossover world is a winner. The GV80 looks and feels far more expensive than it is, with a plush interior and impeccable attention to detail. Add a stellar set of standard features, and the GV80 is hard to beat.

Worth knowing: The GV80’s optional third row is too small to be worth adding, but the rest of the cabin is spacious and serene. The lineup is fairly simple, but adding the all-wheel-drive system brings extra standard features.

Honorable Mentions: Volvo XC60, Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Best Three-Row Luxury SUV: BMW X7
2021 BMW X7

Why it's a top pick: Nothing does “big” quite like the BMW X7. The grille is big, the infotainment screen is big, and the engines come in big and bigger. It backs up its size with plenty of tech and a truly luxurious cabin, making it a pleasant place to while away the miles.

Worth knowing: The X7’s third row is comfortable for adults, unlike those in many competitors. It's a statement car, but it's also a highly capable family hauler.

Honorable Mentions: Lincoln Navigator, Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Best Sporty Luxury SUV: Porsche Cayenne
2021 Porsche Cayenne

Why it's a top pick: SUVs and track-worthy performance don’t usually go together, but Porsche bends the laws of physics to make it happen in the Cayenne. It’s as exciting as it is luxurious, and it’s even reasonably capable off-road. Few cars can claim so many virtues.

Worth knowing: For 2021, the Cayenne lineup welcomes a new GTS trim. It provides excellent performance for the money, with a 4.0-liter V-8 and a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds.

Honorable Mentions: Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Porsche Macan

, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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