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Midsize luxury SUVs cater to an audience that prefers the luxurious experience, while enjoying the benefits a midsize vehicle brings along. 

If the compact category does not offer enough room for your needs but the full-size one just seems too much, this is the SUV market for you. 

The best midsize luxury SUVs have become interesting enough to customers of several requirements and preferences, be it in terms of performance, comfort, or quality. 

In this article, we are going to track down the top luxury midsize SUVs available in the 2021-2022 market. We are sure that this list is going to help you find the most appropriate option for you and your family.

  • 2022 Tesla Model Y
  • 2022 Acura MDX
  • 2021 Cadillac XT6
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
  • 2022 Infiniti QX60
  • 2021 Land Rover Discovery
  • 2021 Audi e-tron
  • 2021 Genesis GV80
  • 2022 BMW X6
  • 1.2022 Maserati Levante
Name
1.2022 Maserati Levante
2. 2022 BMW X6
3. 2021 Genesis GV80
4. 2021 Audi e-tron
5. 2021 Land Rover Discovery
6. 2022 Infiniti QX60
7. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
8. 2021 Cadillac XT6
9. 2022 Acura MDX
10. 2022 Tesla Model Y
Price
$80,895
$68,345
$49,945
$66,995
$55,250
$47,875
$55,800
$49,240
$49,195
$64,440
Engine
Twin-turbo 3.0L V6, 3.8L V8
Turbo 3.0L I6, Twin-turo 4.4L V8
Turbo 2.5L I4, Twin-turbo 3.5L V6
Electric motor
Turbo 2.0L I4, 3.0L I6
3.5L V6
Turbo 2.0L I4, 3.0L I6, 4.0L V8
Turbo 2.0L I4, 3.6L V6
3.5L V6, Turbo 3.0L V6
Electric motor
Fuel economy
18 mpg
22 mpg
22 mpg
78 MPGe
22 mpg
N/A
23 mpg
23 mpg
22 mpg
121 MPGe
Safety (NHTSA)
N/A
N/A
5 stars
5 stars
N/A
N/A
5 stars
5 stars
5 stars
5 stars
Quality & Performance Rating
10/10
9.5/10
9.5/10
9/10
8.5/10
8.5/10
8/10
7.5/10
7.5/10
7/10
Top Features
Beautiful Italian design; Unique engine sound; V6 and V8 engines only
Coupé design; Excellent performance; Luxury trim
Refined interior trim; First SUV from Genesis; Strong visual identity
Fully electric; Silent operation; Tasteful EV design
Actual off-road capability; Rugged British design; Refined cabin
All-new visual identity; V6 engine as standard; Smart storage solutions
High-end style; High build quality; Many engine options
Imposing American design; Roomy cabin; Many tech-related items
Athletic style; Classy trim; Excellent handling
Tech-savvy cabin design; Practical storage areas; Strong EV performance

1.2022 Maserati Levante – 10/10

Price: $80,895

Source: www.maserati.com

Why We Picked It: This absolute best premium SUV will make you fall in love with it. The V6 and V8 engines are a delight to be heard, the cabin is refined to the point of offering an upholstery option signed by Ermenegildo Zegna, and the external design has successfully translated Maserati’s style to the Levante’s segment. This is not the SUV to buy if cargo space or low price are priorities for you.
Pros
Fascinating external Italian design
Exquisite engine sound on all versions
Impressive performance with the V8
Cons
Not the best model for cargo space
Shares trim parts with lesser models
Most desirable versions are expensive
Specs:

  • 3rd Row: Not available.
  • Engine: Twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 good for 424 hp and 428 lb-ft; twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8 with 550 hp and 538 lb-ft (Modena S) and 580 hp and 538 lb-ft (Trofeo).
  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city; 22 mpg highway; 18 mpg combined for the most efficient version.
  • Towing Capacity: No official information available.
  • Cargo Space: 57.4 ft³ behind the front seat row; 20.5 ft³ behind the rear seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • Only V6 and V8 engines
  • Open-pore wood trim
  • Two options of premium audio
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Full-leather cabin

2. 2022 BMW X6 – 9.5/10

Price: $68,345

BMW X6

Source: www.bmwusa.com

Why We Picked It: This is a great explanation of why luxury SUV prices are usually high. The pioneer of coupé SUVs returns your money in impeccable trim and build quality, a level of dynamic behavior that used to be restricted to smaller cars, and an external design that will turn heads wherever you go. Unfortunately, such a large return comes from a large sum of money.
Pros
Sporty, but refined dynamic behavior
Excellent performance from all versions
High-quality build and finish inside
Cons
V8 engine comes at a hefty premium
Infotainment can be tricky to operate
X5 is the SUV to choose for practicality
Specs

  • 3rd Row: Not available.
  • Engine: The turbocharged 3.0L I6 with mild hybrid assistance makes 335 hp and 330 lb-ft; a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 reaches 523 hp and 553 lb-ft (M50i) or 567 hp with the same torque (X6 M).
  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city; 26 mpg highway; 22 mpg combined for the most efficient version.
  • Towing Capacity: Official information not available.
  • Cargo Space: 27 ft³ behind the rear seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • Coupé design
  • Standard AWD
  • Gesture recognition
  • Two large touchscreens
  • Available V8 engines

3. 2021 Genesis GV80 – 9.5/10

Price: $49,945

Source: media.genesis.com

Why We Picked It: The best family SUV in this list is Genesis’s grand entrance in the category. The GV80 may not be the reference in anything, but it does an excellent job at everything. From the powerful turbo engines to the sophisticated cabin, it has everything to be a strong contender. The hottest segment of today’s automotive market would not accept anything below that, anyway.
Pros
Cabin design is refined and beautiful
Dynamic behavior is agile for an SUV
Many high-tech items as standard
Cons
No electrified options whatsoever
Third row is only appropriate for kids
Steering wheel may feel heavy to use
Specs

  • 3rd Row: Optional.
  • Engine: Turbocharged 2.5L I4 that makes 300 hp and 311 lb-ft; twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 good for 375 hp and 391 lb-ft.
  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg city; 25 mpg highway; 22 mpg combined for the most efficient version.
  • Towing Capacity: Official information not available.
  • Cargo Space: 84 ft³ behind the front seat row; 34.9 ft³ behind the middle seat row; 11.6 ft³ behind the rear seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • 14.5” touchscreen standard
  • Power liftgate
  • Optional third seat row
  • Ambient lighting
  • Heated front seats

4. 2021 Audi e-tron – 9/10

Price: $66,995

Source: www.audi.in

Why We Picked It: Considering that this one is fully electric, we can easily label it the best budget SUV of this list. The e-tron in the SUV shape delivers a tech-savvy cabin which you can calmly enjoy because there is almost no engine noise. On the downside, any emotional traits were left for its key competitors, such as engaging performance or flashy external design.
Pros
Absolute silence from the powertrain
Impressive luxury even in this category
High towing capacity for the segment
Cons
Key competitors have longer ranges
Not the flashiest of the segment by far
Dynamic behavior could be better
Specs

  • 3rd Row: Not available.
  • Engine: Electric motor that delivers 355 hp and 414 lb-ft.
  • Fuel Economy: 78 MPGe city; 77 MPGe highway; 78 MPGe combined.
  • Towing Capacity: 4000 lb.
  • Cargo Space: 57 ft³ behind the front seat row; 28.5 ft³ behind the rear seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • Available 20 inch wheels
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Regenerative brakes
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • Heated seats

5. 2021 Land Rover Discovery – 8.5/10

Price: $55,250

Land Rover Discovery

Source: www.landroverusa.com

Why We Picked It: While the status of luxury sport utility vehicle is truly deserved by the Range Rover, the Discovery has evolved quite well in that regard. The current generation has gained a lot in comfort, technology, and design without forgetting its off-road roots – only the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a similar balance in its market category. Try not to fit seven people inside, though.
Pros
Handsome and rugged external design
Offers actual off-road capabilities
Lots of technology items come standard
Cons
Third seat row is only suitable for kids
Tiny cargo volume with all seats up
Handling could be more composed
Specs

  • 3rd Row: Standard.
  • Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L I4 good for 296 hp and 295 lb-ft or a turbocharged 3.0L I6 which makes 355 hp and 369 lb-ft.
  • Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city; 24 mpg highway; 22 mpg combined for the most efficient version (3.0L).
  • Towing Capacity: 6613 lb.
  • Cargo Space: 74.3 ft³ behind the front seat row; 45 ft³ behind the middle seat row; 9.1 ft³ behind the rear seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • Mild hybrid assistance
  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • Nine USB ports inside
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Heated leather seats

6. 2022 Infiniti QX60 – 8.5/10

Price: $47,875

Source: www.infinitiusa.com

Why We Picked It: A complete redesign of this midsize luxury crossover SUV for 2022 brought it a position on this list. The QX60 is now fancier than ever, which is extremely important if it wants at least a chance to properly fight the German rivals. On the other hand, having only one powertrain option (and sharing it with the Nissan Pathfinder) certainly limits its potential in the market.
Pros
Elegant design both inside and outside
Practical storage solutions in the cabin
Smooth operation of the transmission
Cons
20” wheels impact on ride comfort
No wireless connectivity for Android
Engine becomes coarse at high speeds
Specs

  • 3rd Row: Standard.
  • Engine: 3.5L V6 that makes 295 hp and 270 lb-ft.
  • Fuel Economy: There are no official EPA estimates available yet.
  • Towing Capacity: 6000 lb.
  • Cargo Space: 15 ft³ behind the rear seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • Massaging front seats
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Premium sound system
  • Three seat rows
  • Air purifier

7. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class – 8/10

Price: $55,800

Source: media.mbusa.com

Why We Picked It: GLC is a reference in the luxury compact SUV category, and the GLE bigger brother doesn’t disappoint either. Comfortable cabin and tech-savvy equipment list are great, sure, but they are not class-leading to stand out. Besides, you will have to pay much more if you absolutely want any type of sportiness (from the AMG versions) or to take seven people comfortably (with the GLS). But if you’re okay with the price and your heart is set on this Mercedes luxury SUV, it’s a good pick overall. 
Pros
Many technology items are present
Cabin is comfortable for up to five
Trim and engine options for all tastes
Cons
Optional third row of seats is too tight
External design is getting outdated
Coveted trims and items drive prices up
Specs

  • 3rd Row: Optional.
  • Engine: The base option is a turbocharged 2.0L I4 good for 255 hp and 273 lb-ft. There are several others available up to the twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 of the AMG 63 S version, which delivers 603 hp and 627 lb-ft.
  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg city; 26 mpg highway; 23 mpg combined for the most efficient version (GLE 450, with a turbocharged 3.0L I6 with mild hybrid assistance).
  • Towing Capacity: 5950 lb.
  • Cargo Space: 33 ft³ behind the second seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • Mild hybrid assistance
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Heated cabin parts
  • Voice recognition
  • Premium audio system

8. 2021 Cadillac XT6 – 7.5/10

Price: $49,240

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Source: media.cadillac.com

Why We Picked It: Even at the bottom, luxury midsize SUV rankings show rather good models. The biggest problem with the XT6 is pursuing competitive prices by borrowing parts from lesser cousins, namely the GMC Acadia. It does much better in its exclusive components, such as the gorgeous external design and the roomy cabin, which is filled with technology-related items.
Pros
Handsome and athletic external design
Spacious cabin in all the seat rows
Equipment list focused on technology
Cons
V6 engine should be more fuel-efficient
Cabin trim is subpar for a luxury SUV
Too many parts shared with other GMs
Specs

  • 3rd Row: Standard with three seats.
  • Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L I4 good for 235 hp and 258 lb-ft or a 3.6L V6 that delivers 310 hp and 271 lb-ft.
  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg city; 27 mpg highway; 23 mpg combined for the most efficient version.
  • Towing Capacity: 4000 lb.
  • Cargo Space: 78.7 ft³ behind the front seat row; 43.1 ft³ behind the middle seat row; 12.6 ft³ behind the rear seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • Seats up to eight
  • Air ionizer
  • 20 inch wheels
  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • Heated seats

9. 2022 Acura MDX – 7.5/10

Price: $49,195

Acura RDX 2021- 6

Source: www.acura.com

Why We Picked It: We bet that Acura’s reputation will make the all-new MDX the most reliable luxury SUV in this list. It is far from bad but, when we compare it to the others, it just feels too little for them. Fortunately, it does quite well among customers who appreciate affordable performance because its Type S version offers a more powerful engine and a series of exclusive items.
Pros
Athletic and fresh internal design
Cabin is filled with high-tech items
Exceptional handling for the category
Cons
Fuel efficiency is rather disappointing
Infotainment touchpad is not intuitive
Third seat row offers too little space
Specs

  • 3rd Row: Standard.
  • Engine: 3.5L V6 that delivers 290 hp and 267 lb-ft or a turbocharged 3.0L V6 good for 355 hp and 354 lb-ft.
  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg city; 26 mpg highway; 22 mpg combined for the most efficient version.
  • Towing Capacity: 3500 lb.
  • Cargo Space: 95 ft³ behind the front seat row; 48.4 ft³ behind the middle seat row; 18.1 ft³ behind the rear seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • Three rows of seats
  • Leather seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Heated seats
  • Premium sound system

10. 2022 Tesla Model Y – 7/10

Price: $64,440

Nissan Armada

Source: www.tesla.com

Why We Picked It: The 2022 Tesla Model Y is overall a great choice for a luxury midsize SUV. However, this model faces an internal struggle: it could be one of the best compact SUVs, but it is priced to fight in the category above. The qualities which used to make Tesla stand out, like strong acceleration, fully electric powertrain, and huge touch screens inside, have become standard in the category. Without anything specifically special to offer, the Model Y is adequate, if not excellent. 
Pros
Tall roof boosts its everyday practicality
Dual-motor versions are quite strong
Cabin is a tech-savvy paradise
Cons
Model 3 has better overall performance
Build quality could be much better
Huge touchscreens are not loved by all
Specs

  • 3rd Row: Optional.
  • Engine: Two versions with two electric motors. The base one delivers 384 hp and 376 lb-ft; there is no official information about the more powerful one.
  • Fuel Economy: 129 MPGe city; 112 MPGe highway; 121 MPGe combined.
  • Towing Capacity: No official information available.
  • Cargo Space: 76.2 ft³ behind the front seat row; 30.2 ft³ behind the middle seat row.

 
Features Specialization:

  • Three seat rows
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Long battery range
  • Huge touchscreens
  • Panoramic sunroof

Which is the best luxury midsize SUV to buy now?

Maserati Levante is the best luxury midsize SUV to buy right now. From delightful engine options to a handsome exterior– everything about this new lineup is impressive.

Which is the best luxury midsize SUV under $50k?

Genesis GV80, Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, and Cadillac XT6 are some of the best luxury midsize SUVs under $50k.

Which is the best midsize luxury SUV with a third row?

Land Rover Discovery, equipped with a standard third row, can be considered the best option here. Even though the third row is not spacious enough for seating adults, families with kids will find great comfort in this vehicle.

Which is the Most Reliable Used Midsize Luxury SUV?

If you’re looking for the most reliable used midsize luxury SUV, Acura MDX is a great option. This three-row model has been in production since 2000, and it’s still one of the top vehicles in its segment.

Are medium SUVs the same as mid-size SUVs?

Yes, both the terms refer to the same segment, i.e., midsize SUVs. Positioned between small SUVs and full-size SUVs, these have a capacity of 5. There may or may not be a third row, but the cargo area is quite roomy.

Are midsize luxury SUVs worth it?

Midsize luxury SUVs cater to a class of buyers who want both the comfort and agility of a medium-sized vehicle, and the premium look, feel, and experience of a luxury lineup. So if you have a high budget, they are definitely worth it. However, if your family is bigger than a 5-member one, you might want to bump to a full-size.

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FAQs

1. What are the best SUVs on the market?

Some of the best SUVs are Hyundai Palisade, Mercedes-Benz GLE Class, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Land Rover Discovery, to mention a few.

2. What’s the best-used midsize luxury car for under 60k?

Acura MDX is the best used midsize luxury car available below $60k. Whether you buy the latest iteration or an older one, you can expect unmatched comfort and excellent performance.

3. Are luxury midsize SUVs for a family?

Luxury midsize SUVs generally have a capacity for 5 people. So they are suitable for couples or small families. These SUVs also offer ample storage and boot space to make long trips seamless.

4. What is the best luxury midsize suv at the best price?

Infiniti QX60 QX60, with a starting price below $50k, is the best midsize luxury SUV, in terms of affordability.

5. Should You Buy A Used Luxury Midsize SUV?

When you have a specific budget and you’re looking to get the most out of your purchase, you can buy a used luxury midsize SUV. As long as your choice of model has high safety and reliability ratings, and you find it comfortable, there shouldn’t be any issue.