The midsize segment is hugely popular and as a result, there are many models to choose from. However, some SUVs stand out more. The three best new midsize SUVs in 2023, according to US News & World Report, are the 2023 Hyundai, the 2023 Kia Telluride and the 2023 Chevy Traverse.
2023 Hyundai Palisade tied for best new midsize SUV in 2023, says US News
According to analysis by , there is a tie for the title of best new midsize SUV in 2023. The mechanically similar 2023 Hyundai Palisade and 2023 Kia Telluride tie for first place.
In its assessment, US News says the Palisade “shines in almost every category.” Still, the media site particularly likes the midsize SUV’s powerful V-6 engine, generous amount of room for both people and cargo, and “balanced ride and handling.” Also, it has many standard features. All of these positive attributes, along with the affordable price, helped earn the Palisade a spot on US News’ “Best Cars for the Money” list.
2023 Kia Telluride is the other model that takes the top spot
Like the Palisade, the 2023 Kia has a refreshed design and features updates for the 2023 model year. It also has new off-road models in X-Line and X-Pro trim.
In honoring Telluride’s first-place finish, US News says the “mid-cycle refresh has made it even better.” In particular, the media site highlighted the spacious and luxurious interior. He also praised the Telluride highly for its intuitive infotainment system, numerous standard features and refined driving dynamics. Along with the award for Best New Midsize SUV of 2023, the Telluride earned US News’ “Best Family Car” award.
The 2023 Chevy Traverse is the third best choice
The third best new 2023 midsize SUV on the U.S. news list is the 2023 Chevy Traverse. Given that it doesn’t sell as well as other midsize SUVs, such as Toyota, the Traverse’s high score is somewhat surprising.
However, there are various things to like about US News about , including how it has a good combination of value and performance. The media site showcases the rugged V-6 engine, as well as top-notch comfort in the spacious cabin, accommodating up to eight passengers. There’s also plenty of cargo space, good handling, a smooth ride, and an intuitive infotainment system.
What about the Toyota Highlander, the best-selling midsize SUV?
The 2023 Hyundai, 2023 Kia Telluride, and 2023 Chevy Traverse occupy the top three spots on US News’ list of the best midsize SUVs of 2023. However, one notable omission is the 2023 Toyota Highlander, which is the best-selling midsize SUV. In fact, it ranked in the bottom half, placing 14th out of 22 midsize SUVs.
While US News appreciates the Highlander’s ride quality, many standard features, and roomy front row seating, it downgraded it for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that the new engine can be noisy, and the second is the cramped third row. Because of these negative points, US News recommends getting Palisade, or Traverse, instead.