Here is a list of the 5 most reliable and best midsize SUVs for the money. Toyota vehicles used to occupy more than 1 spot in our top 5 list, but other car makers are catching up in providing an affordable, durable, and reliable midsize SUV.
Close But No Cigar: Toyota 4Runner,
Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder,
Subaru B9, Tribeca, Nissan Murano
(2004 and newer)
The Mazda CX-9 earned a lot of praise from automotive reviews. This is partly due to the Zoom-Zoom feeling that one gets from driving this midsize SUV. In true Mazda style, the CX-9 delivers the sportiness of a conventional car while providing adequate seating for 7 people, all at an affordable price. The Mazda CX-9 utilizes the same platform as the Ford Edge, and is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (2008 models receive the larger 3.7-liter V6.)
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The Lexus RX300 is built on the Camry platform and was released in the American market in 1998. When it comes to reliability, it is hard to fault a Lexus. The Lexus RX is a luxury midsized SUV, with Toyota levels of toughness and build-quality. This means that you can buy a used Lexus RX and not worry about the car breaking down. Given a modicum of care, the 2009 Lexus RX350 with the 3.5-liter V6 engine can provide you with hundreds of thousands of comfortable.
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Acura is not to be beaten in terms of reliability. The Acura MDX is based on the platform utilized by the Honda Accord and the Acura TL, making it comfortable, refined, and easy to drive. Released in 2001, the MDX has all-wheel drive as standard feature and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The 2007 model of the MDX benefits from a wide track and a longer wheelbase. It also utilizes independent suspension to deliver a pleasant ride.
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If you want a spacious and practical midsize SUV, the Ford Flex should be on top of your list. Introduced in the American market in 2009, the Ford Flex can accommodate seven passengers in minivan-like comfort. Both the second and third row seats can be folded flat to the floor, providing an expansive area for large and bulky cargo.
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The Infiniti GX was replaced by the FX in 2003. The Infiniti FX is a stylish luxury midsize SUV that is sporty and refined at the same time. The styling combines the looks of a sports car and an SUV, hence the curvaceous profile. The FX is available in RWD and AWD, and utilizes either a 3.5-liter V6 or a 4.5-liter V8. The 2009 model receives the option of the all new 5.0-liter V8 that produces 390hp.
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