These 2021 Midsize SUVs Earned the ‘Best Buy’ Badge From Consumer Guide

by Gabrielle DeSantis

For anyone out there shopping for a midsize SUV, the number of choices out there can be overwhelming. It can help to narrow the list of contenders down a little bit, by determining which are the best midsize SUVs. Here’s a list of midsize SUVs that earned the ‘Best Buy’ Label from Consumer Guide. 

2021 Toyota Highlander | Toyota

Learning what various reviewers deem the best of the best is helpful when there is a sea of crossovers to choose from. The Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, and Toyota Highlander aren’t the only great crossover models in the 2021 midsize SUV class. However, they are the only four models that received the ‘Best Buy’ badge from Consumer Guide

 The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is one of the best midsize SUVs out there

The gray interior of the 2021 Hyundai Palisade SUV
2021 Hyundai Palisade interior | Hyundai

According to Consumer Guide, the Hyundai Palisade is a great midsize crossover SUV. It’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick + in addition to a host of other industry awards. It’s a spacious midsize crossover SUV that offers third row seating and inviting trim levels.

Starting at $32,675, it’s also a good value for the cost. Consumer Guide notes that the 2021 Hyundai Palisade has “several clever interior convenience touches.” For example, molded-in grab handles make it more simple to get in and out of the third row. Plus, there’s extra storage space beneath the floor that the retractable cargo cover fits into if it’s not being used.  

The 2021 Kia Telluride unsurprisingly earned a ‘Best Buy’ badge from Consumer Guide

2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition midsize SUV driving on a road at speed
2021 Kia Telluride | Kia

Although this is not the most shocking award, the 2021 Kia Telluride is also a Consumer Guide ‘Best Buy.’ This midsize SUV has earned so many awards since its introduction to the market that it’s almost expected to land on the majority of best lists. This midsize crossover SUV also earns praise for offering good value for the price, starting in the same ballpark as the Palisade. 

Consumer Guide points out that the 2021 Kia Telluride is distinctly different from its Palisade cousin. Some might say that the 2021 Kia Telluride is a bit more rugged in style. It earned the ‘Best Buy’ badge by presenting a great balance of features at a reasonable price. In addition, it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick. 

“The Telluride offers excellent passenger and cargo room, nicely balanced road manners, and an upscale look and feel inside and out—all at highly competitive prices.”

The 2021 Toyota Highlander is a tried and true class favorite 

Around since its release in 2001, the Toyota Highlander has served families well for four generations. As part of the fourth generation released in 2019, the 2021 Toyota Highlander is a segment stable. It’s one of those midsize SUV models that’s helped to define the midsize crossover SUV class. 

According to Consumer Guide, the 2021 Toyota Highlander has a lot to offer. Things like spacious cargo and passenger accommodations, a good handle, and a Top Safety Pick + award. The cabin is quiet and the efficient hybrid powertrain is “wonderfully refined.” It starts a little higher––though not that much––at $35,085.  

The Consumer Guide ‘Best Buy’ award

These three crossovers are all members of the midsize SUV class. They are segment leaders in terms of what they offer. Each is an all-around vehicle that offers plenty of value for the price. 

These are certainly not the only great midsize SUVs. But the 2021 Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, and Toyota Highlander are among the best in their class. For that reason, Consumer Guide gave them each the honor of being a Consumer Guide ‘Best Buy.’ 

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