Best Medium SUVs
Looking for Australia's best medium SUVs?
Whether you're looking for a high-riding 4x4 wagon or a comfort-focused roadgoing family car, there's something here for everyone.
With the latest technology, competitive fuel efficiency figures and advanced new safety features, you're sure to find the perfect medium SUV among these picks.
We've also tested eight of Australia's most popular and compelling medium SUVs, which you can read via the button or big feature box below.
The Nissan X-Trail is one of Australia’s freshest mid-size SUVs having introduced an all-new fourth-generation model here in early 2023.
Now bigger, roomier and more premium than ever, the X-Trail offers the added flexibility of seven seats in some variants and includes a hybrid option to help reduce your fuel bills.
Toyota RAV4 (Hybrid)
The Toyota RAV4 is an icon, sitting comfortably as Australia's top-selling and most in-demand SUV, eclipsing the likes of Mazda's CX-5, the Subaru Forester and the Mitsubishi Outlander.
The current generation Toyota RAV4 reached Australia in early 2019, loaded with hybrid options – which have all proven the most popular in the range.
Consistently one of Australia’s most popular mid-size SUVs, the Mazda CX-5 has been a huge hit since it first appeared in 2012 as a replacement for the CX-7.
Now in its second generation, which was introduced in 2017, Mazda treated the CX-5 to a mild update in early 2022 to ensure it still compares favourably with rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage.
Over the years, the Sportage has graduated from 'cheap and cheerful' to semi-premium in its build quality, materials, technology and driving qualities. It has also rated well as a Wheels Car of the Year contender.
The Hyundai Tucson is a mid-sized SUV now in its fourth generation, with the current model having launched in Australia in 2021. It blends striking exterior design with a more restrained interior that deliver class-leading space, and is offered in three trim levels.
Three engines are available: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, a 1.6-litre turbo four, and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel.
The Mitsubishi Outlander has been the Japanese brand’s midsized SUV offering since 2003.
Mitsubishi’s fourth-generation Outlander arrived in Australia in 2022, presenting as a roomier and classier offering than the third generation, and sharing a platform with the new Nissan X-Trail.
Midsize SUV Reviews
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2023 Kia EV6: Quick Review
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2023 Nissan X-Trail long-term review
2023 Mazda CX-5: Quick Review
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2023 Kia EV6 review: Full range detailed
Midsize SUV Comparisons
Best Medium SUV 2023: Family Car Comparison
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2023 Mitsubishi ASX vs Eclipse Cross: which should you buy?
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2020 Ford Escape v Toyota RAV4 v Honda CR-V virtual comparison
Two newcomers arrive on the mid-size SUV scene to take the fight to the best-selling Toyota RAV4
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs BMW X1 spec comparison
Mercedes-Benz’s facelifted GLA has a second chance to knock the BMW X1 off its perch – how do the two stack up against one another on paper?
2022 Toyota Corolla Cross vs rivals: spec comparison
When the Toyota Corolla Cross arrives in 2022 it’s going to have a fight on its hands – here’s how it’ll stack up against the small SUV rivals
Midsize SUV News
2024 Honda CR-V pricing and features: Full details
The sixth-generation Honda CR-V family SUV has arrived in Australia with an all-new design, more room, and higher prices
2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N pricing confirmed!
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Toyota tells customers "there is no need to pay over the odds"
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2024 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series: How the four-cylinder auto came to be
Strong customer demand a pivotal reason for four-cylinder, six-speed auto
2025 Subaru Forester to bring its ‘A-game’ with new hybrid at launch, turbo XT, and potential EV
Subaru will debut its strongest Forester range ever in 2024, starting with a more powerful hybrid version, followed later by XT Turbo and off-road ‘Wilderness’ variants
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQA and EQB facelifted: More range, more logos
Mercedes’s entry-level electric SUV siblings have been given a freshen-up with minor improvements
2024 Volkswagen Tiguan leaked ahead of reveal
Leaked images have revealed the new Volkswagen Tiguan just hours after the German brand published a new teaser for its third-gen mid-size SUV
Recall roundup: Mercedes-Benz, BMW & Ram
New recalls issued for the Mercedes-Benz X-Class and E-Class, BMW X1 and Ram 1500
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N coming to WTAC with Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya
Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya will pilot the Ioniq 5 N at its first Aussie appearance