The 2024 Genesis GV60 is one of the safest SUVs, thanks to Good ratings across IIHS crash tests and Superior scores for its crash avoidance and mitigation tech. It also comes standard with hill-start assist, automatic on/off LED headlights, high-beam assist, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and more. The Subaru Ascent is another one of the safest SUVs, earning top scores in every IIHS assessment except for LATCH ease of use and headlight performance (it scored Advanced). It also earned five stars in NHTSA assessments.
With a top-rating on all six IIHS crashworthiness tests, the Infiniti QX60 ranks highly among luxury midsize three-row SUVs. It also offers a wealth of advanced safety features, including forward emergency braking and lane departure warning. The 2023 Infiniti QX60 is a spacious and stylish model that offers up to seven passenger seats (six in the top-spec Autograph trim with second-row captain’s chairs). It has intelligent AWD for confidence on any road, plus a comfortable cabin and plenty of room for cargo.
Wide door openings and a low ride height make it easy to enter and exit the vehicle. Its interior looks the part of a luxurious SUV and its controls are logically arranged. In our testing, however, the voice control system didn’t recognize natural language and was slow to react to commands.
Kia’s big 3 row Safest SUVs is a great choice for family hauling. Its 291 hp LAMBDA V6 drives the front wheels and it has drive modes for smart, eco, comfort and sport. The AWD model is capable off-road too and owners report that it can negotiate trenches, dips and hills that few family SUVs can. The Telluride has ample cargo space behind the third row with the seats up. Fold down both rows and the space expands to a competitive 87 cu-ft.
Its suite of driver-assistance features is impressive too. You get automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. It also has smart adaptive cruise control that uses live data from your navigation system to anticipate when the road will curve and adjusts speed accordingly.
In the small luxury SUV class (where it competes with the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Acura RDX and Genesis GV70), the Lexus NX is one of the safest options thanks to standard features like lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. This year it also becomes the first Lexus model to get the company’s next-gen multimedia interface and a new 14-inch head-up display.
The rear seat is spacious for a compact SUV and can fit three adults on short trips. The only drawback is a hump in the floor that limits legroom for anyone sitting in the middle. But that’s a minor quibble. The NX is easy to drive and handles confidently. It’s also a pleasure to ride in and has an appealing design.
The 2024 Lincoln Nautilus re-imagines the luxury SUV with a spacious cabin, hybrid powertrain option and the latest driver-assistance technology. The Lincoln Co-Pilot360 1.0 suite bundles numerous technologies like blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, available lane-centering assist and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking. This Lincoln midsize luxury SUV holds five people comfortably in available Lincoln Soft Touch front and second-row seating. Guests will enjoy the quiet cabin thanks to active noise control and first-row acoustic-laminated glass.
To help you stay focused on long drives, the Nautilus offers adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability. This feature uses cameras and radar to monitor traffic ahead of you, adjusting your SUV’s speed to match the vehicles in front of you. When you’re ready to change lanes, just hit the button and the Nautilus will initiate the turn for you.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
If you’re looking for an SUV with plenty of luxury features, look no further than the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It has excellent ground clearance and can go through just about anything. It also has plenty of safety features, including a blind-spot monitoring system and lane departure warning system. This hearty SUV straddles three different SUV camps, making it as at home on a cottage trail as it is in front of a swanky hotel. The 2022 Grand Cherokee delivers an imposing presence, quick acceleration, and impressive towing capability.
It’s available in many trim levels, such as Laredo E, Altitude, Summit, and Trailhawk. The luxurious Summit adds a nineteen-speaker, 825-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, leather-trimmed seating surfaces, and automatically folding power side-view mirrors. It also offers rear-seat monitoring cameras( Disclosure 4 ) so you can keep an eye on the kids or pets.
SUVs on this list received top results in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and five-star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They also rank highly in IIHS driver-assistance technology, including traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking.