Top Rated: SUV

A sport-utility vehicle (SUV) is a hybrid of body styles and hardware engineered to provide a highly capable off-road driving mode. It usually mates a wagon or convertible with a higher amount of ground clearance and a four-wheel-drive system. In the past, the SUV label was applied strictly to truck-derived vehicles with four-wheel drive. That definition has been extended to include vehicles with all-wheel drive and vehicles designed from the ground up, with neither car nor truck roots. Another characteristic of SUVs can be a transmission with a low range, used for off-road operation--but today, some SUVs offer a choice of traction systems under the same body style, some with a low range and most without. The Car Connection dubs those vehicles all SUVs, so long as the on-road driving experience is altered or modified so that the vehicle can safely be driven off-road.
The Car Connection's ratings help you compare vehicles of the same model year, vehicle type and market position.
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover
2017 Land Rover Range Rover
8.8
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MSRP From: $85,650
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" Few vehicles match the 2017 Range Rover's luxury and performance on pavement; fewer still can keep up with it when the pavement ends. "
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2017 Bentley Bentayga
2017 Bentley Bentayga
8.6
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MSRP From: $229,100
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" The 2017 Bentley Bentayga is the first SUV from the automaker and is befitting the name. The Bentayga may fall closer to the Continental than it does the Mulsanne, but we're guessing most only care that it's a Bentley. "
3
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
8.2
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MSRP From: $65,650
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" Blending sport and utility like almost no other SUV, the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is impressive in any configuration. "
3
2017 Tesla Model X
2017 Tesla Model X
8.2
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MSRP From: $85,500
" The 2017 Tesla Model X is in a class of its own as an all-electric luxury SUV with breathtaking performance, and an equally intimidating price. "
4
2017 Audi Allroad
2017 Audi Allroad
8.0
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MSRP From: $44,000
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" The 2017 Audi Allroad is all the crossover that most consumers need, and it drives better than most to boot. "
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2017 Audi Q7
2017 Audi Q7
8.0
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MSRP From: $54,800
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" The 2017 Audi Q7 gets a rakish new sport-wagon look, a finely detailed, tech-savvy interior, and serious chassis advancements underneath—including a dramatic weight loss, available rear-wheel steering, and a plug-in hybrid version. "
4
2017 Jaguar F-Pace
2017 Jaguar F-Pace
8.0
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MSRP From: $40,990
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" The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace does an excellent job of putting just as much emphasis on sport as on utility. "
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2017 Subaru Outback
2017 Subaru Outback
8.0
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MSRP From: $25,645
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" The 2017 Subaru Outback is a worthy competitor to many SUVs on capability alone—factor in price and it should be a no-brainer. "
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class
7.8
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" The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS gets the first-class upgrade along with its name change—and a Maybach edition is waiting in the wings. "
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2017 Porsche Macan
2017 Porsche Macan Turbo equipped with Performance Package
7.8
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MSRP From: $47,500
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" The 2017 Porsche Macan may be smaller than the Cayenne, but it has almost all of the space and most of the rippling, muscular performance in a slightly less expensive package. "
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