Best SUVs of 2023

Best SUVS of 2023 at Basil Cars

It’s certainly no secret that SUVs and crossovers have rapidly grown in popularity in recent years. Popular with those living active lifestyles and those with growing families, SUVs appeal to drivers searching for impressive versatility, go-anywhere performance capabilities, and proven passenger-carrying abilities. With so many options to choose from, making the right decision can seem like a daunting task at first. Fortunately, the team at Basil Family Dealerships is here to help simplify the process. We’ve created this in-depth guide that highlights the top choices in the SUV and crossover segment. Once you see our selections, you’ll have no trouble finding the right SUV or crossover that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle and driving habits.


Buick Encore GX

2022 J.D. Power Highest Quality Car

Buick Encore GX

2023 Buick Encore GX

Starting at $25,900 MSRP

Driving an SUV doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice efficiency or a compact footprint. A perfect example of this concept is the Buick Encore GX, named Highest Quality compact SUV by J.D. Power. With seating for up to 5 passengers and a maximum cargo capacity of up to 50.2 cubic feet with its 60/40 split fold rear seats lowered, the Encore GX has the versatility to help you make the most of your weekend.

The Buick Encore GX is powered by a potent yet economical 1.3L Turbo engine and can be equipped with the confidence of intelligent All-Wheel Drive with StabiliTrak. Helping you stay connected while on the road is a standard Buick Infotainment System featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Safety innovations available on the Encore GX include a Rear Vision Camera, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and OnStar® Emergency Services. Drivers searching for the right compact SUV should look no further than the impressive Buick Encore GX.

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Cadillac XT6

2022 IIHS Top Safety Pick +

Cadillac XT6

2023 Cadillac XT6

Starting at $48,595 MSRP

Searching for a luxurious midsize SUV that balances proven capability with eye-catching style? Look no further than the Cadillac XT6 – named a 2022 Top Safety Pick + from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Examples of groundbreaking safety technologies offered on the XT6 include Forward Collision Alert, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Night Vision Assist, and Lane Keep Assist. If keeping your loved ones protected from the unexpected is a priority of yours, the Cadillac XT6 sets the benchmark for safety within its segment.

Standard seating for up to 7 passengers along with an expansive 78.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity means that you’ll have plenty of room to get out and chase your next adventure. From carbon fiber materials to exotic woods, the interior trim combinations of the XT6 are truly world class. The standard Cadillac User Experience system serves as your centralized location for all infotainment and multimedia features. A standard 3.6L V6, 9-speed automatic transmission, optional Smart Tow Trailer System, and an available Sport Control AWD system lets you take on whatever obstacle stands between you and your weekend plans.

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Chevrolet Suburban

2022 Car & Driver Editors’ Choice

Chevrolet Suburban

2023 Chevrolet Suburban

Starting at $56,900 MSRP

A longtime favorite of the Chevrolet lineup, the Suburban was named a Car & Driver Editors’ Choice for full-sized SUVs. This body-on-frame SUV has all the interior space you could possibly want and a towing capacity of up to 8,300 lbs. Three different engines are offered: a 5.3-liter V8, 6.3-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel. All of these are excellent for towing and have earned the Suburban a lot of praise. Available air suspension gives you an incredibly smooth and comfortable ride.

In addition to the 145 cubic feet of interior cargo space you will find the interior a very comfortable place to be while driving. Adding to this are options like heated and ventilated seats, wireless charging, and a 10.2-inch infotainment screen. For those long road trips there is an available rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch screens mounted on the backs of the front seats.

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Ford Expedition

2022 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award – Full Size SUV

Ford Expedition

2023 Ford Expedition

Starting at $53,875 MSRP

Commanding, capable, and connected – the Ford Expedition is an excellent option for those searching for a full-size SUV. If you need further proof, the experts at Kelley Blue Book certainly agree. They have awarded the Ford Expedition with a 2022 Best Buy Award in the Full-Size SUV segment, highlighting the tremendous value found on every trim level. Thanks to an independent rear suspension, all-aluminum body construction, and a powerful 3.5L EcoBoost® twin-turbocharged engine – the Expedition has the ability to help you and the whole family get out and explore.

Inside the spacious interior of the Expedition, drivers will have access to cutting-edge tech features such as FordPass Connect™ with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, wireless charging, Ford+Alexa, and Waze. Three-row seating for up to 8 passengers makes it simple to transport the whole team across town for soccer practice. Buyers can choose from a total of four distinctive trim levels ranging from the value packed XLT and Limited to the luxurious King Ranch and Platinum.

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GMC Yukon

2022 Car & Driver Editors’ Choice

GMC Yukon

2023 GMC Yukon

Starting at $57,400 MSRP

When considering your next SUV, it’s only natural that you’d prefer a vehicle with a stellar reputation, and the GMC Yukon is certainly that vehicle. It was named in the 2022 Car & Driver Editors’ Choice awards for its excellent engine options and refined road manners. Thanks to its body-on-frame construction, the Yukon offers a luxurious ride that’s both comforting and durable enough to conquer the toughest obstacles standing in your way.

GMC Yukon Denali models set the benchmark for all full-size luxury SUVs with heated and ventilated driver and front-passenger seats, heated steering wheel, Bose® Active Noise Cancellation, and a multicolor Head-Up Display. No matter if you choose the standard 5.3L V8 engine with 355 horsepower or the optional 6.2L V8 engine with 420 horsepower, the Yukon has enough muscle to bring even your biggest toys along for the journey. There’s even an optional 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel Engine available for maximum towing capability.

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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2022 Car & Driver Editors’ Choice

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Starting at $30,225 MSRP

With more and more drivers making the switch to hybrid or electric vehicles, the hybrid SUV segment has rapidly expanded as well. If you’re searching for a versatile SUV that’s also engineered with exceptional efficiency, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is certainly worth a look. Car & Driver named the RAV4 Hybrid, as well as the standard RAV4 in another category, as a 2022 Editors’ Choice pick. Unlike most hybrid models, the RAV4 Hybrid offers virtually the same cargo capacity as its non-hybrid counterpart with a total of 69.8 cubic feet.

The RAV4 Hybrid is powered by a standard 2.5-liter Toyota Hybrid System II engine which produces a combined system total of 219 horsepower. Not only is it the most efficient RAV4 model in the lineup with up to a 41 MPG city fuel economy rating, it’s also the fastest. Standard all-wheel drive lets you go where other hybrid SUVs fear to travel. Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS 2.5) adds peace of mind and confidence from knowing that you and your passengers are protected from the unexpected. No other SUV helps you go the distance quite like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

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Volkswagen Atlas

Best Family Cars – Parents Magazine

Volkswagen Atlas

2023 Volkswagen Atlas

Starting at $35,150 MSRP

SUVs remain a smart choice for those with growing families for their spacious seating arrangements and go-anywhere performance capabilities. Thanks to its standard third-row seating, selection of driver-assistive features, and plenty of room for car seats – the Volkswagen Atlas has received some impressive recognition from critics. That’s why Parents Magazine has named it as one of the Best Family Cars for several years running, and 2022 was no exception. Drivers can choose from a total of five trim levels along with two powertrain options, making it simple to find the Atlas that’s a perfect fit for your family.

For the ultimate in performance, choose the available 3.6L V6 FSI® engine to receive 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque paired with the confidence of optional 4MOTION® all-wheel drive with Driving Mode Selection. Innovative tech features offered on the Atlas include Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink® within the VW Car-Net App-Connect system. All occupants can enjoy the optional Climatronic® 3-zone automatic climate control with air vents for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rows to personalize temperature settings.

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