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Crossover SUVs offer the raised seating position and big-hatch versatility of a truck-based SUV, but with superior driving dynamics and fuel economy thanks to lighter, more car-like construction. The compact-crossover category is among the fastest-growing segments in the industry, while 3-row crossovers have become a common suburban shuttle, and in between are a variety of roomy, sporty and/or luxurious options.

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2017 Lincoln MKT Buyer's Guide

Big Comfort The Lincoln MKT is among the roomier options in the midsize luxury SUV segment, with one of the most livable third rows. While many in the class are sporty, and a couple are excellent off-roaders, the Lincoln MKT is focused on comfort as the SUV equivalent of a big, roomy, traditional luxury sedan. An available refrigerated console and optional Read more...

2017 Ford Flex Buyer's Guide

A Rare Alternative to Rugged The pitch for the Ford Flex goes something like this: Deep down, you know you're not actually going to be off-roading in whatever SUV you're eyeing, so why pretend? Is it really either that or a minivan? The Flex is essentially a modern SUV that found a way to drop the pretense in favor of car-like manners and a bit of cool. Read more...

The Sportiest, Most Stylish Family Hauler in its Class Mazda's gorgeous, totally redesigned second-generation CX-9 is lighter, more upscale and more tech-savvy than the previous model. It features a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers more accessible oomph than the adequate but dated V6 it replaces, and also offers significantly improved fuel Read more...

A Capable Crossover for the Modern Age The Audi Q5 brings together modern design, one of the best-looking interiors in the segment, endless comfort and no shortage of performance. In anticipation of an all-new Q5 for 2018, Audi streamlined the lineup for the abbreviated 2017 model year. There are three engines available: an efficient, 220-horsepower 4 Read more...

A Confidently Practical Luxury SUV The RDX brings together the sharp styling, high-tech features and high-quality practicality that Acura is known for, in a small, easily maneuverable package. This 5-passenger SUV is something for everyone: smooth road-trip transport with a quiet, well-crafted leather-lined cabin, reliable errand-runner with an excellent Read more...

Previous | Next Winner A repeat winner in our annual Best Family Car competition, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder moves from strength to even greater strength thanks to a comprehensive mid-cycle redesign. This 3-row midsize SUV now boasts a bolder, more contemporary appearance complemented by an engine upgrade that brings extra power and even better Read more...