A midsize SUV can be just the right size for a lot of drivers who want more space than a compact SUV, but don’t need the extra girth of a full-size SUV. Whether you want three rows of seats or two roomy rows with a generous cargo hold, there’s a wide variety of midsize crossovers on the market that can make a great fit for you or your family.
Here are seven great new midsize SUVs you can find on Autotrader for less than $40,000 in 2020.
Chevrolet Blazer 3LT
The Chevrolet Blazer is back after a lengthy hiatus and it represents a sporty offering in midsize 2-row crossovers. With its Camaro-inspired styling inside and out, the muscular Blazer stands out from the crowd. We also like its sliding and reclining second-row seats that allow you to customize your interior space however you’d like. With a budget of $40,000, you should definitely upgrade to the Chevy’s available V6 and we recommend the 3LT trim which gives you perforated leather seats which are heated in front, a suite of driver assistance tech, a power lift gate and more. Find a Chevrolet Blazer for sale
Ford Explorer XLT
The Ford Explorer is all-new for 2020 and it returns to its roots of a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform, but remains a perfectly road-friendly family crossover with a roomy, 3-row interior and plenty of cargo space to boot. The XLT trim is the base Explorer, but it comes generously equipped with features including an 8-in touchscreen, a power lift gate and the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety tech suite which includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and automatic high beams. Find a Ford Explorer for sale
Honda Passport EX-L
The Honda Passport is another old SUV name that has recently resurfaced on an all-new model. This 2-row midsize SUV has a rugged personality and impressive off-road chops when equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD). Upgrading to the midrange EX-L trim is a big leap over the base model and it adds leather seating, an upgraded 8-in infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a power moonroof and more. In the Passport EX-L, you can add AWD and still be under $40k. A few cool features that come standard on every Passport is a strong V6 engine, under-floor storage in the cargo area and the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance tech. Find a Honda Passport for sale
Jeep Grand Cherokee Upland
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been on the more rugged side of practical midsize SUVs. It strikes a great balance between on-road manners and off-road performance, giving it a new level of versatility. We think a Grand Cherokee without 4-wheel drive (4WD) almost defeats the purpose of driving a Jeep, so we’ve made sure to include a trim where you can add 4WD and still be under the $40k mark. The Upland trim includes cool black wheels, a black interior with blue accent stitching and Jeep’s Safety and Convenience Group which includes remote start, a power lift gate, a heated steering wheel and more. Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale
Kia Telluride EX
The Kia Telluride is an all-new 3-row midsize SUV for 2020 and it’s one of the most impressive players in its competitive class. It has a very useful interior with plenty of room for both passengers and cargo and it has a level of refinement that might surprise you in a Kia. This is especially true of the EX trim which adds leather seating, a 10.25-in UVO infotainment system, a smart power lift gate, wireless charging and much more all for less than $40,000. This crossover has a feature list that would cost you a lot more from a luxury brand. Find a Kia Telluride for sale
Mazda CX-9 Touring
The Mazda CX-9 could be considered a luxury SUV disguised as a Mazda. Not only does it have a beautiful design inside and out and top-notch interior materials, but it drives like a more expensive crossover with a strong, yet efficient powertrain and handling that is surprisingly agile for a vehicle this size. Its premium appointments and fun-to-drive factor make it a winner in 3-row family SUVs. Upgrading to the midrange Touring trim gives you an 8-in touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, leather seats, modern driver-assist features including adaptive cruise control and much more. Find a Mazda CX-9 for sale
Nissan Murano SV
The Nissan Murano is a popular choice in midsize 2-row crossovers because like the Mazda CX-9, it’s surprisingly luxurious for an SUV coming from a non-luxury brand. It has a premium interior and a head-turning exterior plus a generous list of features on the midrange SV trim that can be had for less than $40,000. A few of these features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, a rear sonar system, high beam assist and more. The Murano got a nice face-lift for 2019 keeping it fresh and modern. Find a Nissan Murano for sale