Some vehicles are placed in this class more for their “premium” status than for being exceptionally large. In fact, there’s quite a size difference between the smallest in the class and the largest, though all are plenty spacious in the grand scheme of things.

In terms of length, the smallest entry is the venerable Toyota Land Cruiser at 195 inches stem to stern. Contrast that to the longest—the Cadillac Escalade ESV—at 224 inches. But the Land Cruiser starts at a thoroughly premium $84,325, so we feel its inclusion in the class is entirely justified.

Speaking of prices, the least-expensive vehicle in this class—the Audi Q7—starts at $54,800, so consider that the ante. The rest start above $60,000 and go up considerably from there.

All but one of the SUVs on this list offer versions with three rows of seats, typically with 8-passenger capacity. They all either come standard with all-wheel drive or offer it in place of rear-wheel drive.


After skipping the 2016 model year, the Audi Q7 is redesigned as an early 2017 model on an all-new lighter-weight platform with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and new technology/safety features. Mercedes-Benz’s entry is now named GLS-Class instead of GL-Class; it’s been refreshed with revised styling, updated infotainment system, and a 9-speed automatic transmission and improved horsepower ratings for most of its powertrain lineup. The Land Rover Range Rover lineup gets new driver-assist technologies and an updated infotainment system, along with a performance-themed SVOAutobiography Dynamic model with a lowered suspension and 550 horsepower. The Infiniti QX80 gets a Trailer Sway Control function, and the Lexus LX 570 gets additional standard safety equipment. The Lincoln Navigator and Toyota Land Cruiser are unchanged.