Looking for a perfect vehicle for your family? Mid-size SUV might be the best option, providing everything you need for a trip, everyday commuting, or transporting cargo. Five, six, seven, or eight seaters are available in the market, and if you are after this kind of vehicle, then take a look at our top 10 midsize SUVs for 2021.
Do not rush with buying some of the existing models, since the upcoming season is bringing a lot of updates. Here are the SUVs that will introduce the most significant changes after the redesign.
2021 Acura MDX Redesign and Type S Model
The new 2021 Acura MDX is entering the new chapter. The Redesign will make it more aggressive, but the company is not providing too many details about the SUV. We thought the luxury model has everything – styling, equipment, performance, and even the hybrid unit. But, next season is bringing the new look and technology inside the cabin.
The teaser image is out, but we still can’t have the final thoughts about the 2021 Acura MDX. Many sources claim the upcoming vehicle is getting the plug-in hybrid version based on the same engine for the Sport Hybrid. A 3.0-liter unit in combination with electric motors can make 320 hp. The PHEV system will enhance the outputs to 400 hp, making the MDX eligible to take the Type S badge. This model will also include styling updates. But, compared to the redesign, this is just a rumor.
2021 Toyota 4Runner: Nightshade and Trail Edition
The new generation of the 4Runner is due for the 2022/2023 season. However, this is one of the favorite models in the mid-size segment and definitely one of the top 10 picks for the upcoming season. The SUV is pretty versatile. You will be able to find the 2021 Toyota 4Runner with seven seats or packed with features for the extreme off-road situation. The TRD Pro package remains the most impressive offer, even without any updates. But, two new versions are drawing attention and saving some time while the company is developing the next-gen SUV.
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner will be available as the Trail Edition and Nightshade model, joining the existing lineup. Its name says mostly everything about the Nightshade package. It includes darkened elements all around the SUV, including side skirts, grille details, bumper moldings, door handles… On the other hand, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition comes with a unique color package and one of the paintjobs is Army Green. Plus, there are various add-ons that will make the off-road adventure more interesting.
Is it Time for 2021 Honda Pilot Redesign?
After it hit the new generation a few years ago, Honda Pilot became one of the hottest vehicles in the mid-size SUV class. It is still a top 10 vehicle in the segment, but everything about this model is aging. Its look is not attractive anymore and the company needs to update the 2021 Honda Pilot to remain competitive. Plus, the competition is tougher than ever. With the reputation of the SUV, previous stunning appearance, and incoming rumors, we can expect big things from the 2021 Honda Pilot.
One of the first things we can be sure of is the redesign. It will bring a new look and more features inside the cockpit. Plus, the only drivetrain, a 280-hp rated V6, is getting a reinforcement. We can hear that Honda is preparing a debut of the hybrid system and it is about to debut next season. At this point, we don’t have any precise info about performance and how it is affecting the mileage, but the new Pilot is definitely coming more efficiently than ever.
Next-Gen 2021 Infiniti QX60
Like many other Infiniti and Nissan vehicles in 2021, the QX60 will debut as an all-new model. The luxury SUV is still in its first series. Well, we can take the JX35 as the predecessor, but the QX60 is the model that drew attention to the midsize class. Now, the upcoming SUV is getting huge updates and it will probably bring back the hybrid drivetrain.
Nissan, the parent company, presented a few new concepts and the 2021 Infiniti QX60 is definitely finding inspiration in Ariya and Monograph platforms. After a year off in 2020, the company will redesign all the important models and the mid-size class is at the top of priorities. Plus, the QX60 will need a hybrid drivetrain to compete with Acura MDX, Lincoln Aviator, Lexus RX. Well, these are all predictions, and the only certain thing is that the vehicle is going thought the biggest update since its arrival in 2013.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Three-Row Version
It is strange why such a big SUV still doesn’t offer a three-row layout. Well, the FCA leaves it to Dodge Durango, since the Grand Cherokee still has a lot of buyers. We were expecting to get such a model with the news about its sibling/rival moving to the BoF platform. But, FCA surprises us again with the unveiling of the Grand Wagoneer full-size SUV with three rows of seats.
Meanwhile, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee remains one of the most versatile midsize SUVs in the US market and its sales in the previous season confirm the vehicle will remain not only in the top 10 but also top 3. The Trackhawk model is the most powerful unit with 707 hp. Next season, Grand Cherokee will drop the SRT badge, but the SUV keeps a 6.4-liter Hemi engine as another Trackhawk model.
What’s New for 2021 Mazda CX-9?
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 will be one of the largest midsize SUVs on the market. This 200-inches long vehicle is longer than some full-size vehicles. Whatsoever, Mazda is preparing the mid-cycle update for the model launched in 2016. New engines will make it more capable to battle against rivals since the current turbo-four is producing only 250 hp (premium gas).
The facelift will also make the 2021 Mazda CX-9 more aggressive. The Japanese carmaker doesn’t have to worry about the styling of its largest model. It makes a strong impact wherever it appears. But, small changes will make it worth waiting and not buying the model for 2020. Another model by this company could enter the US market, with the rumors about the CX-7 comeback being louder and louder.
2021 Chevy Traverse Changes Based on Tahoe/Suburban Redesign
News about the next-gen Tahoe and Suburban put the 2021 Chevy Traverse in the background. But actually, the midsize model is taking advantage of new arrivals and borrows some styling solutions for itself. That includes a new grille very similar to its larger siblings. The first information says the 2021 Traverse is also bringing fresh headlights and LED turn signals.
Inside, more wireless systems will improve the offer, including Apple CarPlay. The carmaker is making the 2021 Chevy Traverse safer with standard packages offering more features. For example, there is lane keep assist and departure alert, forward collision auto brakes, while adaptive cruise control is available at higher trim levels. The 2021 Traverse remains an eight-seater, with the option to cut one spot by installing captain’s chairs in the middle row.
2021 Lexus RX Unchanged, but Still in the Top 10 Midsize SUVs
RX is the best-selling luxury SUV in the US. It ranks very high, even over some non-premium models. We still don’t have any info about the 2021 Lexus RX redesign or facelift. The SUV debuted in 2016 and the last big change happened in 2019. The RX looks great and offers plenty of options, so we believe it remains competitive, even with improvements rivals are making on their models.
The 2021 Lexus RX is available in the standard edition, with a hybrid drivetrain, extended L 7-seater, and with F Sport package. Each bundle brings something new to the lineup and that is why Lexus has trust in its midsize SUV. Also, the company focuses on the larger LX, which is about to enter a new generation with fresh drivetrains. Meanwhile, the price of the 2021 Lexus RX remains the same and few features are going to refresh the offer for the new season.
Self-Driving 2021 Volvo XC90 Is Level 4 SUV
We expected it from Tesla, BMW, or Nissan. But, the first SUV getting the Level 4 autonomous drive is the 2021 Volvo XC90. Not a surprise, since the Swedish company was the first one in the market with the PHEV system. Popular T8 configuration is managing to squeeze 400 hp from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Another big thing about the 2021 Volvo XC90 are that production is happening in the new US plant. It makes everything a lot easier for the carmaker and its fans. We can even expect a price drop. Nevertheless, a rumor we like the most is speaking about the all-electric version. The XC40 is already official and the midsize SUV could become EV in 2022. Meanwhile, we are waiting for the EPA approval for the Level 4 system.
2021 Dodge Durango is the New Body-On-Frame SUV
It is still not official, but the rumors about the 2021 Dodge Durango moving to the BoF platform appeared in 2019. Now, the SUV is being tested under heavy camo, confirming big changes are on the way. Plus, we got proof of the Hellcat model. A 6.2-liter supercharged unit is the same one powering the Jeep Grand Cherokee. However, we will see how it is going to work with different platforms. But, another beast from FCA plans is on the way.
Prototypes of the 2021 Dodge Durango are promising big changes. Cosmetically, the SUV needs to become more attractive and add modern features to the cabin. Plus, there is an outdated infotainment system. The 2021 Durango won’t lack engine choices, starting with a V6 producing nearly 300 hp. A V8 is spicing things up with 360 hp coming from a 5.7-l displacement and the famous SRT version producing more power than ever. We could see the new SUV reaching 500 hp from a 6.4-liter Hemi unit.
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