If you’re seeking for the most trustworthy American SUVs on the market today, the following models from various segments fit the bill nicely. American SUVs may not have the same reputation for durability as their European or Japanese counterparts, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of options for dependable models bearing the American flag.
Among all SUV categories. From mainstream to luxury, and from subcompacts to three-row behemoths, numerous American models continue to score high for projected reliability, and here are the ten most reliable American SUVs for 2023, according to Consumer Reports.
The Top 10 Most Reliable American SUVs
The models listed below fit the bill, and each received a score of 100. The newest rankings, like much of the rivalry in the American automobile segment, reflect a heavyweight contest between Ford and General Motors, including their luxury divisions.
10. 2023 Chevrolet Traverse
The roomy Traverse is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 and has a competitive starting price of $35,915 including destination, a composed and silent ride, and seating for seven or eight passengers.
The 2023 Chevrolet Traverse receives a reliability score of 47 out of 100 from Consumer Reports, which earns it the “CR Recommended” designation in the midsize, three-row SUV segment. It scored a very impressive 90/100 points on its road test, with predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings of 3/5.
9. 2023 Cadillac XT5
The 2023 Cadillac XT5 also received CR’s Recommendation and is one of the most reliable American luxury SUVs. In terms of reliability, the XT5 scored 48 points, placing it ahead of renowned luxury vehicles such as the Audi Q5, Tesla Model Y, Volvo XC60, and Mercedes-Benz GLB. It is also (spoiler alert) the only Cadillac model to rank among the top ten most reliable American SUVs for 2023.
With a base price of $45,540 plus destination, the XT5 is one of the more affordable luxury compact SUVs due to its cargo capacity, elegant design, and overall comfort. It is available with a 235-horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine or a 310-horsepower V-6 engine, has abundant standard connectivity, and ample cargo capacity.
8. 2023 Buick Enclave
The Buick Enclave was updated for the 2022 model year, but the changes were not substantial enough to remove it from Consumer Reports’ reliability ratings. As such, it is one of the best three-row midsize SUVs available in the United States. The Enclave’s reliability rating is 52 out of a possible 100 marks.
The Enclave is not as luxurious as many of its competitors, but this translates to savings at the dealership. Its base price of $46,195, including destination, is approximately $10,000 less than the base Genesis GV80 or Volvo XC90.
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Even the best trim, the 58,865-dollar Avenir that we tested, is considerably less expensive than European alternatives such as the 66,195-dollar BMW X5.
7. 2023 Buick Envision
Another Buick model has been added to the lineup, and it shares many characteristics with its larger sibling, the Enclave. Its starting price of $34,745 is significantly less than that of the Genesis GV60, Volvo XC60, and BMW X3, and it has contemporary looks. Although it is not an upscale model, it is anticipated to be dependable, as it scored 54 points out of 100 for 2023.
Not just Consumer Reports ranks the Buick brand highly for its dependability. The J.D. Power 2023 Vehicle Dependability Study, which evaluates the performance of 2020 model-year vehicles using data from actual owners, ranks Buick as the highest-scoring American brand. Buick was rated fourth among all automakers on the list.
6. 2023 Buick Encore GX
Do you detect a theme yet? The Encore GX, the smallest crossover in the Buick lineup, ranks among the top 10 most reliable American SUVs, according to Consumer Reports reliability data. The GX’s reliability score of 55 out of a possible 100 places it only behind the Volvo XC40 and Lexus UX in its segment.
It defeated the Cadillac XT4 and European models including the Mini Cooper Countryman, Mercedes GLA, and BMW X1/X2. It’s not the most exciting model to drive with a 1.2- or 1.3-liter engine under the hood, but it’s a reliable little American SUV for commuting.
5. Ford Edge 2023
The two-row SUV received 62 points out of a possible 100, placing it as Ford’s highest-rated SUV this year and in the middle of the pack for two-row midsize SUVs.
The 2023 Edge starts at a little under $40,000 and comes standard with a turbo four-cylinder producing 250 horsepower, however, the more powerful Edge ST is available with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 producing 335 horsepower and zipping from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
4. Chevrolet Blazer 2023
The Blazer received 64 points out of a possible 100 for dependability, following only the Honda Passport in its class of cars reviewed by Consumer Reports. Not only does the Blazer have a great reliability rating, but CR also describes it as “comfortable, quiet, and roomy.”
The Blazer is available in five trim levels, with prices starting under $37,000. The standard engine is a turbo 2.0-liter with 228 horsepower, and an optional V-6 with 308 horses is available. The Blazer has a reasonable 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats, and it is elegant throughout, regardless of model.
3. Lincoln Nautilus 2023
The Nautilus, the luxury version of the Ford Edge, receives 73 points out of a potential 100, making it the highest-scoring non-Lexus in its luxury, two-row SUV market. Its rating places it ahead of popular competitors such as the Acura MDX, BMW X5, and the also-American GMC Acadia.
The Nautilus is rated “recommended” by CR because of its “swanky” interior, grounded ride quality when cruising, serene temperament when driven hard, and zippy optional 335-horsepower V-6. The 2023 Nautilus is described simply in CR’s review: “It doesn’t take more than a quarter mile to realize this isn’t your grandmother’s Lincoln.”
2. Chevrolet Trailblazer 2023
With two three-cylinder engines available, it’s obviously better suited to cruising than corner carving, but it’s also very inexpensive. It is not the cheapest subcompact crossover available, with a starting price of $23,395 with destination, but its strong reliability rating is expected to save purchasers money on repair costs.
The 2023 Trailblazer receives 76 out of 100 points for dependability, topping off competitors such as the Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, and Hyundai Kona.
1. Lincoln Corsair 2023
The Lincoln Corsair is the most dependable American SUV, according to Consumer Reports. The Corsair received a perfect 5/5 rating for projected reliability, and the model received a total score of 82 out of 100 available points.
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It is only beaten out by the Lexus NX Hybrid and the all-electric Kia EV6 (which we argue doesn’t really qualify as a luxury product, but it is a terrific EV).
The 2023 Corsair comes standard with a 250-horsepower turbo-four engine, with a plug-in hybrid option increasing output to 266 horsepower. The Corsair has a starting price of slightly more than $40,000, giving it a more accessible option in the luxury small SUV sector.