41% Of Car Fans Think This Brand Makes The Most Reliable SUV - Exclusive Survey

Americans are obsessed with SUVs — at least 52% of Americans bought SUVs last year, while 21% bought sedans, according to Kelley Blue Book. Of course, most people prefer SUVs because they're bigger and taller, with more space than a sedan. Another reason could be that some people think SUVs are safer than sedans. However, according to Consumer Reports, even though SUVs have better safety ratings than sedans in front crashes, they're more likely to rollover. Then again, auto manufacturers are legally required to design SUVs with electronic stability control to minimize the chances of a rollover.

Better yet, some of the best SUVs nowadays come with safety-improving technology such as blind spot warning, automatic lane-keeping assistance, and automatic emergency brakes. Even so, reliability remains an important factor that most consumers consider when buying an SUV. The most reliable SUVs can survive the harshest environments and drive over 200,000 miles without an engine breakdown.

But if you want the most reliable SUV, you have to consider a reputable vehicle brand. Which brand makes the most reliable SUVs? We did a survey to find out.

Most said Toyota makes the most reliable SUVs

In a SlashGear survey with 610 U.S. respondents, 41.48% said that Toyota makes the most reliable SUVs. That result is consistent with Toyota's dominance in the SUV segment: According to Kelly Blue Book, the Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling SUV in the U.S. When it comes to its reliability rating, JD Power gives it an 82 out of 100 score based on reviews from verified car owners, and Repair Pal estimates that it will cost you an average of $429 every year to maintain it. Besides that, some of the other notable Toyota SUV models that are known for above-average reliability are Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota 4Runner, and Toyota Sequoia.

Coming in second in our poll is another Japanese automaker, Honda, with 22.46%. Its best-selling SUV is the Honda CR-V, with over 115,000 units sold in the U.S., as reported by Kelly Blue Book. Honda also offers a CR-V hybrid model with up to 38 mpg combined. Another reliable Honda SUV is the HR-V, especially the 2021 model, with only five complaints in its release year.

However, 15.25% of the respondents in our survey thought Chevy made the most reliable SUVs. According to JD Power consumers' ratings, the Chevrolet Equinox received an 85 out of 100 score, and is currently considered the second most reliable SUV in 2022. In addition to that, 13.77% said Lexus — the luxury division of Toyota — makes the most reliable SUVs. One of the most reliable Lexus SUVs is the Lexus GX — Consumer Reports gave it a reliability rating of 91 out of 100.

The least favored brand in our survey was Mazda with 7.05%. Its most popular SUV in the U.S. is the Mazda CX-5, which was rated 11 out of the top 25 from Kelly Blue Book's most popular SUVs.