Car culture is, regardless of what country it is, a universal language. Right behind the love for football comes the people’s passion for cars which has not only been a hobby or a pastime but has also given people a sense of unity. With wide varieties and body styles ranging from the sedans to the coupes, are the other types like the cabriolets, and most importantly the Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) which fuses the features of on-road passenger cars with the features of off-road vehicles, such as raised ground clearance and four-wheel drive; Crossovers, smaller SUVs, used for passengers carriage; etc.
SUVs, as a result of their unique ability to conquer rough terrains like the deserts, or the rocky mountains, while retaining their splendor, are evidently the choice of many inhabitants of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from Riyadh to Jeddah, Mecca, Dammam, and down to the lesser populated cities in the kingdom. Keeping in tune with the undying passion for cars in the kingdom, getting a reliable SUV that give its money’s worth is always a top priority in the Arabian Peninsula.
With that said, we’ve put together the list of top 10 most reliable SUV models in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
10. Honda Pilot Touring
Although the latest Honda Pilot Touring has no significant upgrades from its predecessors, it still is one of best choices when it comes to SUV Crossovers in KSA. The 8-seater All Wheel Drive is powered by a 3.5L V6 petrol engine that outputs about 280 horsepower and up to 355 Nm of Torque. It is geared up by 9-speed automatic transmission systems. It is no surprise the Japanese car is a performer, and rougher terrains of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is no threat to the Pilot because of specific road aids such as hill descent control that makes it capable for off-road activities. The 2020 Honda Pilot will set you back SAR 189,900.
9. Chevrolet Traverse
The Chevrolet Traverse – Mid Size SUV The American-based car company has added minor updates to 2020 Chevrolet Traverse such as Automatic heated steering wheel included in the Driver Confidence II package. Also, making its debut is the infotainment 3 Smartphone-style touch screen systems. More important is the replacement of the 4 cylinder engine to a 3.6L V6 engine that outputs about 310 Horsepower, 361Nm of torque grounded to a 6-speed automatic transmission system and racks up to 208km/h, all for prices starting from SAR 125,300.
8. Subaru Forester
The base trim model of 2020 Subaru Forester is designed to assist the Driver with featured Driver Assist Technology, making it suitable for night outings and the SUV gears give it capability to go off-road and give deserving satisfaction. Equipped with 2.5L V4 petrol-powered engine, 196km/h top speed, up to 170 horsepower and 230Nm of torque hooked to a 6-speed automatic transmission system. The unique features installed which are the Eyesight Driver Assist and Pre-collision braking are said to have reduced rear-end crashes by up to 85%. The 5-door compact SUV – with all these features – is an ideal car for off-road experience with the abilities to battle the terrains of Saudi. The prices start from SAR 82,000.
7. Toyota Fortuner GX2
With Diesel-powered 2.7L engine and 4 cylinders, the 2020 model of the Toyota Fortuner GX2 can rack up to 147 horsepower, with top speed of 180km/h and 245Nm of torque hooked up to 6-speed automatic transmission. The 7-seater mid-size SUV serves as a family car good for out-of-town purposes and just recently, there is a boost in the base and mid-spec models with the addition of 4.2-inch color screen on the dashboard. For off-the-road activities, featured are fog lights, hill-descent control and satellite navigation while there are also safety features like Power Locking, Power Windows, and a Cruise Control for the driver to ensure he’s in complete control of the vehicle in when push comes to shove. The price starts from SAR 106,050.
6. Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevrolet Equinox is designed to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a record time of 9.2 seconds with its powerful 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that hammers down 170 horsepower and up to 190km/h top speed. Also, it gives a smooth ride over most road surfaces and has a stable and exact handling. It is worthy to note that the SUV provides enough leg room and cargo area for passengers and are fitted with rugged tires which makes it suitable for both off-roads and long distance journey. There’s also a 2.0TC l4 4WD engine that produces a whooping 252hp and 353Nm of torque and is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle is generally known for being a new generation SUV with high-tech safety features like the central locking, halogen headlamps, fog lamps, rear park assist and many more. Official prices for the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox starts from SAR 83,200.
5. Toyota RAV4
The Toyota brand still remains the most sought-after car brand in KSA and the Toyota RAV4 is, unsurprisingly, at the top of this list. The 5-seater SUV fitted with an Engine Capacity of 2.0-liter racks up to 170 horsepower and a top speed of 200km/h. The Torque of 207Nm makes it easy to maneuver on and off the road, making it one of the most reliable cars in the country. Also available is a 2.5-liter engine that’s mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
The car’s handling is a great one and more standard features include the power windows, power locking which is a very top safety feature for a family car, keyless entry, halogen headlamps, rear view camera and a 17-inch alloy wheels which are just enough to take on any rugged terrain, especially when one is off-roading in the deserts of Saudi. So as to ensure safety, the makers installed features like Anti theft alarm, Airbags 2, Vehicle Stability Control, etc. Its base price starts from SAR 93,975.
4. Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer is highly coveted in the KSA, thanks to its luxurious and rugged build. The SUV is equipped with a 6 speed automatic transmission engine which delivers 290 horsepower and 346 Nm of torque, which makes it possible to attain 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds. The mid-sized SUV boast a dimension of 5.01 meters in length, 2.29 meters in width and 1.76 meters in height, making it suitable for traipsing in the sand. The Ford Explorer manages to retain a good value after years of use, and this makes it a very good buy. Pricing for a 2020 base AWD Explorer starts from SAR 165000.
3. Mitsubishi Pajero
The Mitsubishi Pajero is a full-size SUV which has earned its respect, not only in KSA, but in the GCC region in general. The vehicle features a rugged exterior, and an impeccable interior fitted with dual layered cushioning and relaxing spaciousness, and more. The Pajero is powered by a turbodiesel 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 178 hp and 317 lb-ft torque, and an 8-speed automatic transmission that delivers great environmental and smooth performance. This vehicle is one of the best money can buy; highly regarded as one of the most dependable SUVs in the country with the best off-road abilities coupled with very good ratings. The prices for the Mitsubishi Pajero starts from SAR 96,900.
2. Nissan Patrol
When any discussion about the most reliable SUVs in the entire Gulf region comes up, the Nissan Patrol comes up. This full-size SUV and off-road vehicle has earned its reputation with its ability to provide the same outstanding level of comfort cruising on the Saudi Arabian highway, desert, or the rocky mountain terrain. The vehicle features an extensive suite of advanced safety and security technologies, which includes, but not limited to the Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system. The base Nissan Patrol boast a 4.0-liter V6 engine which cranks out 275 horsepower and 394 Nm of torque. The 5.6-liter V8 variant delivers 400 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque. An All-Mode 4X4 system lets the driver switch modes to handle different on- and off-road conditions. Hydraulic Body Motion Control, available on V8 models, also ensures a more comfortable ride thanks to improved suspension and vibration reduction. Prices for the 2020 Nissan Patrol starts at SAR 169,990.
1. Toyota Land Cruiser
It’s no surprise that a Toyota vehicle holds the number one spot on this list. The Toyota Land Cruiser is highly sought-after in the Kingdom, thanks to its exceptional performance and stunning designs. The vehicle boasts a 5.7-liter V8 engine which produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, with a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds. It features impressive off-road capabilities powerful enough to tackle some of the toughest terrain; thanks to its Crawl Control (CRAWL) with Off-road Turn Assist (OTA), Multi-terrain Select and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). The full-size family SUV is a great car that is adequately suitable for the conquering the terrains of Saudi Arabia. That’s not all, after using the Toyota Land Cruiser for a couple of years, you can still get an attractive resale price for it. Prices starts from SAR 189,315.