A mid-size car— also known as intermediate— is a vehicle size class which originated in the United States and is used for cars that are larger than compact cars, but smaller than full-size cars.  The best midsize SUVs have space, comfort, technology, and performance to satisfy a wide range of people. Whether you’re carting kids around town, going on a family road trip, or just transporting a lot of your stuff, a midsize SUV can usually get the job done.

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2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot Starting price ₦15.1 million – $32,770 

2021 Honda Pilot
2021 Honda Pilot

The 2020 Honda Pilot boasts a reputation for safety and reliability and is ready for daily family living thanks to a roomy interior.

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2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander Starting price ₦16 million – $34,600

2021 Toyota Highlander Performance
2020 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is all-new for 2020, marking the fourth generation of the brand’s 3-row midsize SUV. The 2020 Highlander is slightly larger than the outgoing model, has more interior room, improved technology, and Toyota’s latest suite of safety systems.

The Toyota Highlander has enjoyed best-seller status in its class, a competitive set that includes stalwarts like the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer, plus impressive newcomers such as the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. The revamped Highlander doesn’t necessarily break new ground, but it does come standard with a strong V6 engine, well-integrated and easy-to-use amenities, and good space for growing families and active individuals.

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Honda Passport Starting price ₦14.8 million – $31,990

2021 Honda Passport
2020 Honda Passport

In the Honda pecking order, the 2020 Passport 5-passenger SUV slots comfortably between the compact CR-V and 3-row Pilot. In a way, the Passport incorporates the best of both, offering a manageable size and roomy interior with a powerful V6 engine and 5,000-pound tow rating.

Offered with front- or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD), the Passport makes a great year-round family vehicle. Its standard Honda Sensing suite of driver assists furthers its family-friendly image, as does a set of excellent crash-test scores. Move to an AWD model, and you’ll find a very capable weekend warrior that loves to tackle off-road trails, mud, sand, and snow. You’ll also get an excellent torque-vectoring system complete with four different traction modes.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Starting price: ₦14.5 million – $31,680

2020 Nissan Pathfinder
2020 Nissan Pathfinder

When it was introduced in 2013 as an all-new model, the Nissan Pathfinder impressed us with its strong and standard V6, good fuel efficiency and easy-access 3rd-row seats. Unfortunately, that was seven years ago, and by 2020 standards Nissan’s 3-row crossover SUV hasn’t kept up with fresher, better competitors.

Unlike the amazing new Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, not to mention longtime benchmarks such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder lacks technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and active safety features like lane-departure warning. Also unlike competitors, the Pathfinder is limited to 7-passenger seating, and is not available with 2nd-row captain’s chairs.

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Ford Edge Starting price: ₦14.3 million – $31,100

2020 Ford Edge
2020 Ford Edge

The 2020 Ford Edge is a 5-seater midsize-crossover SUV. So that puts it in contention with rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Passport and Nissan Murano. Solid choices, sure, yet somewhat lacking in spice.

For those looking to buy this kind of vehicle but have trouble concentrating after a few minutes of research, here’s the answer. The 2020 Edge — while still sensible, well-equipped and spacious — also brings a bit of interest, a degree or three of engagement. Unless it’s the Edge ST, in which case minds could be blown.

The Edge isn’t perfect, however. If decent off-road ability is required, investigate the Jeep Grand Cherokee. And although the Honda Passport is more expensive to buy, it holds its value better. But as a road-going crossover SUV that can be sumptuous or sharp, the Edge deserves attention.

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer Starting price: ₦15 million – $32,765

2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Ford Explorer

The 2020 Ford Explorer comes in hybrid and performance-tuned ST formats in addition to popular XLT and Limited trims. Like the outgoing model, the 2020 Ford Explorer is a unibody design featuring a chassis made of sheet-metal stampings welded together to form the main structure of the vehicle. Whereas the old model was based on the front-drive unibody chassis of the Taurus sedan, the 2020 Ford Explorer’s new chassis has rear-wheel-drive (RWD) architecture with a longitudinal engine and transmission. As such, this new 2020 Explorer represents a return to this model’s rear-drive roots, but without the truck-like body-on-frame construction.

Consider this: The Ford Explorer is the most popular SUV ever sold in the U.S., with all-time sales rapidly approaching the 8 million. And sales of this perennially popular three-row midsize SUV undoubtedly will be helped by the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer, which is arriving at dealerships right now.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Starting price: ₦15 million –  $32,045

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee just keeps getting better. The 5-passenger Grand Cherokee isn’t the newest tool in Jeep’s shed, yet despite its age, it continues to dominate the field in the areas of luxury, performance and off-road capability. Competitively priced to take on the Ford Edge, Toyota 4Runner and Nissan Murano, many owners consider the Grand Cherokee a more luxurious vehicle on par with the Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery.

While few can match the Grand Cherokee’s off-road chops, even fewer have anything to compete with the performance-oriented SRT and 707-horsepower Trackhawk versions. Yet even the most basic trim comes nicely equipped and can be outfitted with numerous upgrades including cutting-edge driver-assist features.

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Kia Sorento Starting price: 14.5 million – $26,990

2020 Kia Sorento
2020 Kia Sorento

This is the newest version of Kia’s mid-size Sorento SUV. Its redesign is attractive inside and out, with a modern-looking, squared-off design and plush materials inside. It will also offer new engines and hybrid variants for the first time. The new Sorento should arrive in the U.S. sometime in late 2020 as a 2021 model after making its official debut for the European market in March.

The redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento has yet to make its public debut in the U.S., but we know what it’s bringing to the table. The three-row crossover has a greater overall length and a longer wheelbase than the previous model, which should translate into a more spacious cabin and additional cargo room.

Clearly, there is no shortage of choice in the midsize SUV segment. When deciding which make and model is best for you, consider whether or not you’ll need a third-row seat, and how often it will be used. If you don’t need one, a 2-row, 5-passenger SUV is often less expensive than a 3-row model that seats up to eight people.

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