There are many choices for those looking to buy a midsize SUV in 2023. The market for mid-sized SUVs with two or three rows has so many options from all the major manufacturers that it is difficult to choose the best. Many models offer respectable performance and practicality. They also have creature comforts, safety features, connectivity, etc.
Compare the price of the vehicle with its performance, safety, and features. This will help you determine if the car is worth the money. It is not necessarily a bad SUV if it is not included in this list. Check out our list of the * worst midsized SUVs in 2023.
Some SUVs are superior to their competitors in terms of overall value and competency. Each model will suit your needs and usage depending on the exact model. One model may still be better suited to your needs than another. TopSpeed has cut through the fluff and compiled the 2023 best midsize SUVs on the market today. The models on this list vary in size, seating capacity, and performance. They also differ in price.
2023 BMW X5
The 2023 BMW X-5 is at the top of the list simply because it’s the most expensive. The BMW X-5 is available in four trims with three different engines. If you don’t upgrade, the first option is a turbocharged six-cylinder inline engine with 335 horsepower. Second, the plug-in Hybrid is paired with a six-cylinder inline engine that produces a combined output of 389 horsepower. Then there is the beast. The M50 is a performance model with a twin-turbocharged, 523 horsepower V-8 engine. It can reach 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds from a standing start.
The BMW cockpit is full of the technology and luxury you’d expect. The dash has two 12.3-inch screens, one for digital gauges and the other for the infotainment center. High-quality materials surround you when you sit in the heated seats, which have a programmable memory. The steering wheel and armrests are also heated. There is a massage function for those tough days. If you’re looking for a midsize luxury SUV, this is the one.
2023 Genesis GV80
The Genesis is a luxury midsized SUV that looks and feels much more expensive than the price you pay. This is an unusual situation for a car to be in. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. It starts with its exterior, which is absolutely stunning. Once you enter the cockpit, you can throw out all notions of a typical vehicle. You will find a sleek infotainment screen, wood trim, and metal accents. There is also just enough ambient light to make it feel modern and upscale without being cramped and garish.
There is only one downside to the Genesis GV80, and that is that it does not have a Hybrid or EV version. This means you cannot reduce carbon emissions. The turbocharged four-cylinder is a better option than the six-cylinder. The standard turbocharged 4-cylinder produces 300 horsepower and can achieve up to 22 miles per gallon combined. This is divided into 20 MPG for the city and 24 on the highway.
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV that sticks to tradition. It offers all-terrain capabilities for the entire family and can tow up to 6,200 lbs. Many models come with an electronically-locking limited-slip diff. The rugged Trailhawk model is equipped with an air suspension that can be adjusted and a detachable sway bar to tackle the great outdoors.
Jeep’s starting price is higher than the rest of this list, at $42,830. This is because it has more capability. The upper trims offer a luxurious cabin with upscale appointments for those willing to spend more money. The Grand Cherokee has a maximum seating capacity of five people, as it does not offer a third row. However, the cargo space behind the rear seat is huge at 37.7 cubic feet. The Grand Cherokee is equipped with a standard 3.6-liter engine that produces 293 horsepower. A plug-in hybrid powertrain with 375 horsepower is also available. It is the fastest (and the most fuel-efficient of the bunch) and has a time from 0-60 of just 5.3 seconds.
2023 Honda Passport
As you can tell by the trim levels, the Honda Passport was not built to be a full-on offroad vehicle. The TrailSport is the only model that puts its all into experiencing the outdoors. The Passport is a great all-around family vehicle that provides a smooth ride, decent power, and good performance. It can tow 5,000 pounds, which is enough for most hauling jobs. There is only one engine option under the hood: a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder that sits between a gas-guzzling V-8 and a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder.
The interior is made up of high-quality materials. This may be the reason for the price difference. The leather seats and embroidered TrailSport logos are the first thing you’ll notice. Tri-climate controls allow for all five passengers to be comfortable on any trip. A one-touch power sunroof opens the sky and will enable you to enjoy the view. The ambient lighting creates a relaxing and calm atmosphere in the Passport’s cabin.
Mazda CX-9 2023
The Mazda CX-9 2023 may be the right choice for you if you’re looking for a more sporty SUV that fits into the midsize category. You will have to sacrifice some legroom and headroom. Consider it this way. Most people buy an SUV to get more room. That’s why they come with two or three rows and are designed higher. There is a compromise where you give up some space and height in order to maintain some sportiness. But there is also a middle ground that allows both. The Mazda CX-9 is that middle ground.
It is not a V-6 engine like you might expect. Instead, it’s a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The little four-cylinder can go from 0-60 MPH in just 7 seconds. The car has a multilink suspension front and back to aid in handling and a firm suspension on rough roads. The interior of the car is awash with high-tech gadgets, and it has all the safety technology that you’d expect in today’s technologically driven world.
2023 Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV that has been produced since 1991. It continues to be one of the top players in the midsize segment. The Explorer, starting at $38,355, offers three different powertrains, including a 3.0-liter turbo-V-6 and a V-6 hybrid. These engines provide between 300 and 410 horsepower and up to 415 pounds-feet in torque.
The Explorer can seat up to seven, with the standard second-row Captain’s Chairs. Although rear passenger space is less than some competitors, there are still 18.2 cubic feet behind the second row of seats for storage. The rear-seat entertainment is a great feature for those in the first row. A 10.1-inch tablet display, along with a premium 12-speaker sound system and automatic sliding second-row seating, allows easy access to the back.