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Best Midsize Premium SUVs of 2023

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We aim to have every rating on Autos Community backed by our stringent, verified owner survey data. In cases with new vehicles, ratings are applied from previous model years, and these ratings are updated as soon as the new model year survey data is available. You can learn more about Autos Community’s rating methodology below.

Readers must use this rating with caution. The previous model year’s rating was applied to this redesigned vehicle. These vehicles have the latest styling, technology, and other components but are unproven in their first year and, commonly, less reliable than their predecessor.

#1- Lexus GX (83)
MSRP: $56,425-$67,080
Combined MPG: 15-19
Owners Like
  • Customers give high ratings for feeling that the vehicle would protect them in an accident
  • The experience of playing audio in the vehicle is rated as high
  • The vehicle cabin is well-insulated from outside noises
Owners Don’t Like
  • Economy/range is ranked lower than the average for the segment
  • The vehicle’s ability to conveniently store personal items is ranked lower than average
  • Getting in/out of the third-row seats is rated as less accessible than most vehicles in this segment

#1- Lexus RX (83)
MSRP: $47,400-$61,600
Combined MPG: 21-37
Owners Like
Owners Don’t Like

2- Lincoln Nautilus (82)
MSRP: $44,825-$67,245
Combined MPG: 19-26
Owners Like
  • Economy/range is rated higher than the average for the segment
  • The experience of using the navigation in the vehicle is rated as high
  • The vehicle’s ability to carry everything is rated high
Owners Don’t Like
  • Customers give lower ratings than some competitors for feeling that the vehicle would protect them in an accident
  • Lower than-average ratings for the smoothness of the vehicle’s engine
  • Customers give relatively low ratings for getting the car set up just the way they want

#2- Cadillac XT5 (82)
MSRP: $44,195-$57,095
Combined MPG: 18-29
Owners Like
Owners Don’t Like

#3- Infiniti QX60 (78)
MSRP: $49,200-$65,500
Combined MPG: 20-26
Owners Like
  • Getting in/out of the third-row seats is rated as more accessible than most vehicles in this segment.
  • Economy/range is rated higher than the average for the segment
  • The vehicle’s ability to conveniently store personal items is rated high
Owners Don’t Like
  • Customers give lower ratings than some competitors for feeling that the vehicle would protect them in an accident
  • Lower than-average ratings for the power of the vehicle’s engine
  • The experience of playing audio in the car is rated lower than average

#3- Land Rover Defender (78)
MSRP: $53,500-$118,400
Combined MPG: 14-23
Owners Like
  • The vehicle’s ability to conveniently store personal items is rated high
  • The car makes owners feel good when they start it up
  • The experience of using the navigation in the car is rated as high
Owners Don’t Like
  • Economy/range is ranked lower than the average for the segment
  • Getting in/out of the second-row seats is rated as less accessible than most vehicles in this segment
  • The vehicle cabin is not as well insulated from outside noises as it could be
Rating Methodology

At Autos Community, we base our independent and unbiased ratings, reviews, and awards on detailed survey feedback from verified car owners each year to uncover and understand their experiences over the first three months of ownership and, subsequently, their experiences over the first three years of ownership.

For actual insider knowledge, our surveys cover vehicle attributes such as quality and reliability, driving experience, and car dealership experience (buying and servicing the car). We even factor in resale value using our industry-leading valuation data. Every detail matters!

Once we’ve collected the feedback and categorized it into specific price ranges (luxury vs non-luxury) and car sizes (compact, small, midsize, and large), we start crunching the numbers.

The distance between the specific model attribute to the average Score of the same category or peer group calculates ratings.

From the collection, categorization, and formation of these scores comes the Autos Community Consumer Verified Ratings.

These ratings are given to each model per year, including an overall rating as well as sub-ratings for quality and reliability (40%), driving experience (20%), resale value (20%), and dealership experience (20%).

Quality and Reliability
  • Measures the level of defects, malfunctions and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners
  • Covers the entire vehicle, from the engine to the infotainment system
  • A higher rating means fewer problems
Driving Experience
  • Owners’ evaluation of the vehicle’s design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology comprise this rating.
  • Newer and recently redesigned vehicles tend to score better
Dealership Experience
  • Owners’ experience with this brand’s dealerships during the purchase and service process makes up this rating.
  • Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities and the quality of work.
Resale Value
  • Autos Community’s forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years
  • Lower depreciation equals a higher rating
Autos Community Score Classifications
Best (91-100)
Great (81-90)
Average (70-80)
  • Models within the “average” classification earned a par score within their category.
  • As a benchmark, the average 100-Point Score is settled at 80 for the most recent model year, and older models usually experience a lower average rating than 80
Fair (0-69)

All ratings on the site (past and current) are updated when the new models are introduced to the market, as their data provides new baselines.

Older model ratings are subject to change as new models emerge. In the case of redesigned models with multiple all-new components and significant appearance changes versus its prior model year, the previous year’s rating is applied.

Model redesign ratings should be used with caution. These vehicles have the latest styling, technology and other components but are unproven in their first year and, commonly, less reliable than their predecessor.

For all-new models with an architecture new to the market and not sold under another name in the past, ratings are not available in their first year.

Autos Community ratings are based on real owners’ opinions, and enough people need to purchase this model to meet the rigorous survey standards behind the ratings.

Regardless, all-new models are exciting and worth considering if you want the most innovative styling and technology.

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