As of 2015, U.S. News and World Report rates the Chevrolet Tahoe, the GMC Yukon, the Chevrolet Traverse, the Buick Enclave and the Ford Expedition as their top affordable full-size SUVs. For luxury full-size SUVs, their top picks are the Cadillac Escalade, Toyota Land Cruiser and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.
U.S. News and World Report bases its ratings on an analysis of published reviews, test drives and data on reliability and safety.
The criteria for "affordable" was a price point of under $55,000. The top pick was the Chevrolet Tahoe, cited as having robust acceleration, delivering a smooth ride on bumpy roads and having an attractive cabin. Reviewers liked the second-place GMC Yukon's handling, power and interior. Some other highly-rated affordable SUVs include the Chevrolet Suburban, Dodge Durango, Ford Flex and Toyota Sequoia.
Luxury SUVs were those generally priced above $55,000. The Escalade was cited by reviewers as having the best interior, handling and engine power. The Land Cruiser was also cited for its power and high-quality interior as well as its ability to go off-road. Some of the other top picks in the large luxury SUV category were the Lexus LX, Land Rover Range Rover, Infiniti QX80 and Lincoln MTK.
Top picks for SUVs with three rows included the Honda Pilot and BMW X5.