Family SUV Buyer’s Guide

ROAD TRIP!

Apr 6, 2016
Photographers: Courtesy of the manufactures
With summer just around the corner and family vacation season in full swing, allow us to recommend you forego the coach-class confines and lackluster customer service that come with air travel and hit the road instead. Overland travel is infinitely superior for leisurely family vacations, providing families with quality time and giving moms and dads the flexibility to choose where the vacation goes and when.
Keeping that in mind, the Truck Trend staff has been hard at work figuring out exactly which three-row SUVs we’d prefer for our own families, and the product of those intra-office arguments is on these pages here. Familiarize yourself with our three-row crossover/SUV buyer’s guide, make your selection, and get exploring!
Photo 2/37   |   002 2017 Acura MDX
2017 Acura MDX
The Acura MDX was refreshed for ’17, adding a new face to go along with its nine-speed automatic transmission, efficient optional all-wheel drive, and updated interior. The improvements make the MDX more desirable than ever, preserving the SUV’s fun-to-fling handling dynamics and making the luxurious interior a great place to spend time. Starting at $43,015, the MDX also represents a good value compared to its competition.
2016 Acura MDX
Base Price: $43,015
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 193.6x77.2x67.6
Wheelbase (in): 111.0
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 3,960
Engine: 3.5L V-6, 290 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 20/27
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,000
Photo 3/37   |   003 2017 Audi Q7
2017 Audi Q7
Fully redesigned for the ’17 model year, Audi’s new Q7 hides a 700-pound weight loss in its modern new bodywork. The supercharged 3.0L V-6 is carried over from the previous Q7, but performance is improved thanks to powertrain improvements and the aforementioned weight loss. The interior is a bit bigger in some dimensions and a bit smaller in others, and it’s styled beautifully.
2017 Audi Q7
Base Price: $54,800
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 199.6x77.5x68.5
Wheelbase (in): 117.9
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,938
Engine: 3.0L supercharged V-6, 333 hp EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 19/25
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 7,700
Photo 4/37   |   004 2016 BMW X5
2016 BMW X5/X5 eDrive
Available with rear- or all-wheel drive, a variety of gasoline, diesel, and hybrid powertrains, and as a five- or seven-seater, the BMW X5 is an adaptable choice for many families who can afford the Bavarian’s price tag. BMWs are known for their athleticism, and the X5 is no exception, offering strong performance from each of its variations. Conservative styling and a luxurious interior round out the X5’s strong suits.
2016 BMW X5
Base Price: $54,700
Seating: 5-7
LxWxH (in): 192.4x76.3x69.
Wheelbase (in): 115.5
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,680
Engines: 3.0L turbocharged I-6, 300 hp; 3.0L turbodiesel I-6, 255 hp; 2.0L turbocharged I-4/electric motor, 308 hp; 4.4L turbocharged V-8, 445 hp
EPA Fuel Economy Range (city/highway mpg): 15-24/21-31
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,952
Photo 5/37   |   005 2016 Buick Enclave
2016 Buick Enclave
The Buick Enclave is the luxury-per-dollar winner on this list. The fullsize crossover is also the largest vehicle in its price class, competing with the smaller Lincoln MKT, Lexus RX, and Acura MDX for family luxury-crossover dominance. As its name suggests, the Enclave provides its passengers with a smooth, quiet ride and loads of features at a reasonable price. It shares a platform with the cheaper Chevrolet Traverse.
2016 Buick Enclave
Base Price: $39,065
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 201.9x79.0x70.3
Wheelbase (in): 118.9
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,724
Engine: 3.6L V-6, 288 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 17/24
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 4,500
Photo 6/37   |   006 2016 Cadillac Escalade
2016 Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV
The original fullsize luxury SUV is still one of the best. LED headlights and distinctive styling give the Escalade a classy, understated look, while a high-quality interior complete with dozens of driving aids and convenience features keep driver and passengers happy. Surprisingly, the powerful 6.2L V-8 is somewhat efficient too, thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission. An extended-wheelbase ESV offers more third-row and cargo space.
2016 Cadillac Escalade
Base Price: $72,970
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 203.9x80.5x74.4 (Escalade); 224.3x80.5x74.0 (ESV)
Wheelbase (in): 116.0 (Escalade); 130.0 (ESV)
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,594
Engine: 6.2L V-8, 420 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 15/22
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 8,300
Photo 7/37   |   007 2016 Chevy Tahoe Suburban
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
With a maximum towing capacity exceeding 8,000 pounds, the Tahoe and Suburban should be on every large family’s short list if they have a boat, motorcycles, or other toys. Even base models are well equipped, with quiet interiors and a standard 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8. The short-wheelbase Tahoe and long-wheelbase Suburban are even available with a front bench seat, bringing total passenger capacity to nine.
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
Base Price: $47,000
Seating: 7-9
LxWxH (in): 204x80.5x74.4 (Tahoe); 224.4x80.5x74.4 (Suburban)
Wheelbase (in): 116.0 (Tahoe); 130.0 (Suburban)
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,355
Engine: 5.3L V-8, 355 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 16/23
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 8,600
Photo 8/37   |   008 2016 Chevy Traverse
2016 Chevrolet Traverse
Seating for eight is a rarity in the crossover field, but the Traverse makes it so. This large crossover is the budget-oriented choice for large families, offering a huge amount of space at a relatively reasonable starting price. Although older in design than its main competitors (including the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer), it’s still an excellent choice for big families.
2016 Chevrolet Traverse
Base Price: $28,700
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 203.7x78.5x69.9
Wheelbase (in): 118.9
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,713
Engine: 3.6L V-6, 281-288 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 16-17/23-24
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,200
Photo 9/37   |   009 2016 Dodge Durango
2016 Dodge Durango
Although technically a unibody-construction crossover, the Durango’s available 5.7L V-8 and rear-drive–biased platform imbue it with the kind of muscle normally reserved for big SUVs. Able to tow up to 7,400 pounds, the Durango is also very fun to drive on twisty roads thanks to its solid architecture. And with its standard 3.6L V-6’s highway fuel economy of up to 27 mpg, the Durango’s talents are broad and diverse.
2016 Dodge Durango
Base Price: $30,495
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 201.2x75.8x70.9
Wheelbase (in): 119.8
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,756
Engine: 3.6L V-6, 295 hp; 5.7L V-8, 360 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 14-19/22-27
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 7,400
Photo 10/37   |   010 2016 Dodge Journey
2016 Dodge Journey
Dodge’s long-suffering Journey came into play for ’09, although a handful of revisions have kept it relevant. The Journey starts at just $20,995, although optioning a third-row seat requires the $1,800 Flexible Seating Group that also includes rear A/C and heating. It’s the cheapest way into a three-row crossover, if budget is your family’s top concern, but its cramped third seat is only suitable for short trips.
2016 Dodge Journey
Base Price: $20,995
Seating: 5-7
LxWxH (in): 192.4x72.2x66.6
Wheelbase (in): 113.8
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 3,818
Engine: 2.4L I-4, 173 hp; 3.6L V-6, 283 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 16-19/24-26
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 2,500
Photo 11/37   |   011 2016 Ford Expedition
2016 Ford Expedition/Expedition EL
Thanks to its space-efficient independent rear suspension, the Expedition offers the most third-row legroom and cargo space of any SUV on the market today. That alone will be attractive to many families, as will its standard 365hp EcoBoost 3.5L V-6 that can tow up to 9,200 pounds. It must be said, however, that the Expedition and its long-wheelbase EL sibling have a dated design that’s due for replacement for the ’18 model year.
2016 Ford Expedition/Expedition EL
Base Price: $45,435
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 206.5x78.8x77.2 (Expedition); 221.3x78.8x77.7 (EL)
Wheelbase (in): 119.0 (Expedition); 131.0 (EL)
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,517
Engine: 3.5L turbocharged V-6, 365 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 16/22
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 9,200
Photo 12/37   |   012 2016 Ford Explorer
2016 Ford Explorer
One of the first-ever family SUVs, the latest Ford Explorer is still a popular choice for parents everywhere. Its available 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 has great fuel economy, but a pair of 3.5L V-6s (either naturally aspirated or twin-turbocharged) represents two other good choices. Although no longer a traditional SUV, the Explorer is nonetheless a good competitor for other midsize crossovers.
2016 Ford Explorer
Base Price: $31,050
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 198.3x78.9x70.0
Wheelbase (in): 112.8
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,443
Engine: Turbocharged 2.3L I-4, 280 hp; 3.5L V-6, 290 hp; Turbocharged 3.5L V-6, 365 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 16-19/22-28
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,000
Photo 13/37   |   013 2016 Ford Flex
2016 Ford Flex
Straddling the line between crossover and station wagon, the Ford Flex emphasizes length and width over height and ground clearance. With an available 3.5L EcoBoost engine, it’s also remarkably sporty and a nimble handler. Its two-passenger third row is a bit cramped on the legs, but a squared-off roofline provides decent cargo space and headroom for the whole family. Its distinctive styling is another benefit, if you like its looks (we sure do).
2016 Ford Flex
Base Price: $29,600
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 201.8x75.9x68.0
Wheelbase (in): 117.9
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,439
Engine: 3.5L V-6, 287 hp; Turbocharged 3.5L V-6, 365 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 16/22-23
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 4,500
Photo 14/37   |   014 2016 GMC Acadia
2016 GMC Acadia
The fullsize ’16 GMC Acadia is due to be replaced with a much smaller model for ’17. If you like its big dimensions and reasonable pricing, act fast. Otherwise, check out the Chevrolet Traverse or Buick Enclave if you must have a fullsize GM crossover.
2016 GMC Acadia
Base Price: $30,975
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 200.8x78.9x70.4
Wheelbase (in): 118.9
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,656
Engine: 3.6L V-6, 281-288 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 17/24
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,200
Photo 15/37   |   015 2017 GMC Acadia
2017 GMC Acadia
Newly midsize, the ’17 GMC Acadia lost 700 pounds in its transition to the smaller class of crossover. A standard I-4 makes 194 hp, and a 3.6L V-6 is optional. One downside to the downsizing is reduced towing capacity. The new Acadia can only lug 4,000 pounds from the hitch. However, for families who only occasionally need a third row and never tow anything much larger than a moving trailer, the Acadia’s nimble size and improved efficiency are very welcome.
2017 GMC Acadia
Base Price: $29,070
Seating: 6-7
LxWxH (in): 193.6x75.4x66.0
Wheelbase (in): 112.5
Base Curb Weight (lbs): N/A
Engine: 2.5L I-4, 194 hp; 3.6L V-6, 310 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): N/A
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 4,000
Photo 16/37   |   016 2016 GMC Yukon
2016 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL
Much like the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon and its extended XL sibling offer snappy styling, strong trailering performance, loads of standard and optional features, and a quiet, comfortable interior to large families. The available Denali trim level represents a huge chunk of Yukon and Yukon XL sales thanks to its available 6.2L V-8, upscale styling, and long list of standard equipment.
2016 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL
Base Price: $48,315
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 203.9x80.5x74.4 (Yukon); 224.4x80.5x74.4 (XL)
Wheelbase (in): 116.0 (Yukon); 130.0 (XL)
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,379
Engine: 5.3L V-8, 355 hp; 6.2L V-8, 420 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 16/23
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 8,500
Photo 17/37   |   017 2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Honda Pilot
Redesigned for ’16, the Honda Pilot lost its blocky styling in favor of a sleeker design that looks much like an upsized CR-V. With an available nine-speed automatic transmission and relatively svelte proportions, the Pilot is an efficient choice, and clever packaging makes ample space for eight passengers, even those in the third row. Although not the most stylish SUV in the world, it’s a great choice for families.
2016 Honda Pilot
Base Price: $30,145
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 194.5x78.6x69.8
Wheelbase (in): 111.0
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,054
Engine: 3.5L V-6, 280 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 18-20/26-27
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,000
Photo 18/37   |   018 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
An enlarged version of the Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai updated the midsize Santa Fe for the ’17 model year. A larger grille and some gentle fascia massaging highlight the cosmetic changes, while a variety of active-safety and connectivity features now appear on the options list. Although never a standout in its class, the three-row Santa Fe nevertheless represents a reasonable value, and its styling is unique and attractive.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
Base Price: $30,800
Seating: 6-7
LxWxH (in): 193.1x74.2x66.5
Wheelbase (in): 110.2
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,026
Engine: 3.3L V-6, 290 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 18/25
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,000
Photo 19/37   |   019 2016 Infiniti QX60
2016 Infiniti QX60
Infiniti’s midsize crossover gets graceful, creased styling and supple interior appointments to create a reasonable Acura MDX competitor. Although we’re not great fans of the Infiniti’s CVT transmission, it does its job quietly and smoothly, and most families should like it. One thoughtful feature is the tilting second-row seat, which gives access to the third row even if there’s a child seat installed. An efficient hybrid model is also available.
2016 Infiniti QX60
Base Price: $44,400
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 196.4x77.2x68.6
Wheelbase (in): 114.2
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,462
Engine: 3.5L V-6, 265 hp; 2.5L supercharged I-4/electric motor, 250 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 19-26/26-28
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 3,500
Photo 20/37   |   020 2016 Infiniti QX80
2016 Infiniti QX80
Intended to foil the Cadillac Escalade and Toyota Land Cruiser, the body-on-frame Infiniti QX80 has a 400hp V-8, seven-speed automatic transmission, and a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, while the comfortable, leather-lined interior is stuffed with technology. The QX80 is a somewhat dated design, but it also represents a good value, starting thousands less than some of its competition. It also has the off-road chops of its foreign platform-mate, the Nissan Patrol.
2016 Infiniti QX80
Base Price: $30,145
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 208.3x79.9x75.8
Wheelbase (in): 121.1
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,633
Engine: 5.6L V-8, 400 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 14/20
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 8,500
Photo 21/37   |   021 2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento
Starting at $28,700 for the cheapest model available with a third row, the Sorento represents a good value compared to its competition. It’s also spacious, and it offers a choice of a 3.3L V-6 or a 2.0L turbocharged I-4. A 2.4L I-4 is also available on five-seaters. Higher-trim levels also have a remarkable amount of luxury onboard, and the Sorento is one of the more handsome family crossovers out there.
2016 Kia Sorento
Base Price: $25,100
Seating: 5-7
LxWxH (in): 187.4x74.4x66.3
Wheelbase (in): 109.4
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,101
Engine: 2.4L I-4, 185 hp; 2.0L turbocharged I-4, 240 hp; 3.3L V-6, 290 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 17-21/23-29
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,000
Photo 22/37   |   022 2016 Land Rover LR4
2016 Land Rover LR4
Cashing in on the company’s rugged reputation, the Land Rover LR4 is one of the most capable seven-seat SUVs out there. Its upright styling provides excellent visibility all around, and space in the way-back is surprisingly good. While its interior electronics and styling are a bit dated, its ladder-frame/unibody combination provide the quiet ride of a crossover with the capabilities of an SUV. We love it.
2016 Land Rover LR4
Base Price: $50,400
Seating: 5-7
LxWxH (in): 190.1x75.4x74.1
Wheelbase (in): 113.6
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,655
Engine: 3.0L supercharged V-6, 340 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 15/19
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 7,716
Photo 23/37   |   023 2016 Range Rover Sport
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
You’d expect a luxurious interior from a Range Rover, and the Sport doesn’t disappoint. But its amazing powertrains are what really set it apart. The 5.0L V-8’s tidal wave of torque is delightfully addictive, but the standard 3.0L supercharged V-6 is likewise a good choice, and an available 3.0L diesel V-6 offers excellent efficiency. For smaller families with an off-road bent, the RR Sport is just about perfect.
2016 Range Rover Sport
Base Price: $64,950
Seating: 5-7
LxWxH (in): 191.0x78.1x70.1
Wheelbase (in): 115.1
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,727
Engine: 3.0L supercharged V-6, 340-380 hp; 3.0L turbocharged diesel V-6, 254 hp; 5.0L supercharged V-8, 510 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 14-22/19-29 Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 7,716
Photo 24/37   |   024 2016 Lexus GX460
2016 Lexus GX 460
Based on the same architecture as the Toyota 4Runner, the Lexus GX is a surprisingly rugged SUV. Its buttery-soft leather interior belies its off-road capabilities, bolstered by standard CRAWL control, electronically controlled sway bars, and a locking center differential, it’s arguably as capable as anything from Jeep or Land Rover. If you can stomach the Darth Vader grille, it’s a decent luxury SUV.
2016 Lexus GX 460
Base Price: $50,780
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 192.1x74.2x74.2
Wheelbase (in): 109.8
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,130
Engine: 4.6L V-8, 301 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 15/20
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 6,500
Photo 25/37   |   025 2016 Lexus LX570
2016 Lexus LX 570
Based on the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus gave its big LX a little nip-tuck for the ’16 model year. LED headlamps frame a bold grille, and the LX’s interior features a massive center infotainment screen and modern appointments. A locking center differential, CRAWL control, and terrain management systems ensure all eight passengers are able to get anywhere in total comfort. Be prepared to pay, though: the LX is pricey.
2016 Lexus LX 570
Base Price: $88,880
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 199.4x78.0x73.4
Wheelbase (in): 112.2
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 6,000
Engine: 5.7L V-8, 383 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 13/18
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 6,000
Photo 26/37   |   026 2016 Lincoln MKT
2016 Lincoln MKT
Based on the same platform as the Ford Flex, the Lincoln MKT hasn’t achieved the same following its distinctively square sibling has. Popular with livery companies, the MKT’s spacious interior certainly isn’t to blame. With an available 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, its performance isn’t, either. So what’s wrong with it? Styling. The baleen-whale grille and hearse-like rear end don’t make for a very attractive luxury SUV.
2016 Lincoln MKT
Base Price: $43,370
Seating: 6-7
LxWxH (in): 207.6x76.0x67.4
Wheelbase (in): 117.9
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,702
Engine: 3.7L V-6, 303 hp; 3.5L turbocharged V-6, 365 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 15-16/21-24
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 4,500
Photo 27/37   |   027 2016 Lincoln Navigator
2016 Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L
Like the Ford Expedition, the Lincoln Navigator received an extensive facelift for ’15. Its only engine option is a 380 hp 3.5L twin-turbocharged V-6 (shared with many Ford/Lincoln products), and its interior is the largest in its class thanks to the independent rear suspension. Unfortunately, the Navigator’s age precludes the availability of high-tech options like adaptive cruise control.
2016 Lincoln Navigator
Base Price: $63,195
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 207.4x78.8x78.1 (Navigator); 222.3x78.8x78.0 (Navigator L)
Wheelbase (in): 119.0 (Navigator); 131.0 (Navigator L)
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,830
Engine: 3.5L turbocharged V-6, 380 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 15-16/19-22
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 9,000
Photo 28/37   |   028 2016 Mazda CX9
2016 Mazda CX-9
All new for ’16, Mazda is making waves with its largest crossover. The only engine available is a 2.5L turbocharged I-4 producing 250 hp and 310 lb-ft, and a low curb weight of around 4,000 pounds should help the CX-9 move quite nicely. Fuel economy is tops in class, and the CX-9 starts at $31,520. We’ve not driven this one yet, but we expect it to be good competition for the Explorer and Pathfinder.
2016 Mazda CX-9
Base Price: $31,520
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): N/A
Wheelbase (in): N/A
Base Curb Weight (lbs): N/A
Engine: 2.5L turbocharged I-4, 250 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 22/28
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): N/A
Photo 29/37   |   029 2016 Mercedes Benz GL
2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Mercedes-Benz’ GL-Class offers something for nearly every luxury SUV buyer. An efficient turbodiesel V-6 is standard (GL350 BlueTEC), with a 3.0L twin-turbo gas V-6 available for a few grand extra (GL450). Buyers looking for even more performance can option the GL550 and its 4.7L twin-turbo V-8, and the truly insane should buy the Mercedes-AMG GL63, which comes with 550 hp courtesy of its twin-turbo 5.5L V-8. All seat seven and tow 7,500 pounds.
2016 Mercedes-Benz/Mercedes-AMG GL-Class
Base Price: $64,550
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 201.6x84.3x72.8
Wheelbase (in): 121.1
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,467
Engine: 3.0L turbodiesel V-6, 240 hp; 3.0L turbocharged V-6, 362 hp; 4.7L turbocharged V-8, 429 hp; 5.5L turbocharged V-8, 550 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 13-19/17-26
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 7,165
Photo 30/37   |   030 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
Yes, they still make this one. The midsize Mistubishi Outlander offers lots of content for a reasonable price, and it’s one of the cheapest three-row crossovers out there. With more space than the similarly priced Dodge Journey and Nissan Rogue, it’s a good option for budget-oriented families who occasionally drive the carpool. As with its competitors, though, its rear seat isn’t really adequate for long drives.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
Base Price: $22,995
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 184.8x71.3x66.1
Wheelbase (in): 105.1
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 3,318
Engine: 2.4L I-4, 166 hp; 3.0L V-6, 224 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 20-25/27-31
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 3,500
Photo 31/37   |   031 2017 Nissan Armada
2017 Nissan Armada
The Nissan Armada was finally redesigned for ’17, moving to the bones of the overseas-only Patrol SUV. It shares lots of mechanical content with the Infiniti QX80, although predictably, it’s cheaper and has fewer standard features. Nissan claims best-in-class second-row space, and a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds beats out the popular Chevrolet Tahoe.
2017 Nissan Armada
Base Price: N/A
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): N/A
Wheelbase (in): N/A
Base Curb Weight (lbs): N/A
Engine: 5.6L V-8, 390 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): N/A
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 8,500
Photo 32/37   |   032 2016 Nissan Pathfinder
2016 Nissan Pathfinder
The ’16 Nissan Pathfinder is the company’s most family oriented crossover, with standard three-zone air conditioning, a tilt-forward second row for easy access to the rearmost seats, and a spacious third row that features reclining seatbacks. The second row also slides fore and aft to balance space between all passengers. A 5,000-pound towing capacity is adequate for most of family activities.
2016 Nissan Pathfinder
Base Price: $29,830
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 197.2x77.2x69.6
Wheelbase (in): 114.2
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,168
Engine: 3.5L V-6, 260 lb-ft
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 19-20/26-27
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,000
Photo 33/37   |   033 2016 Nissan Rogue
2016 Nissan Rogue
One of the smallest three-row crossovers available, the Nissan Rogue’s optional rear seating area is only big enough for short trips. Families who intend to use their third row regularly would be better served by the Rogue’s big brothers. For small families, though, the Rogue is a good choice, offering efficiency and distinctive styling to its owners. It’s a perennial bestseller, so Nissan must have gotten something right.
2016 Nissan Rogue
Base Price: $23,290
Seating: 5-7
LxWxH (in): 182.3x72.4x66.3
Wheelbase (in): 106.5
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 3,408
Engine: 2.5L I-4, 170 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 25-26/32-33
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 1,000
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2016 Toyota Highlander
Toyota’s entry into the popular midsize crossover segment offers standard seating for eight (most only offer seven) and an available, class-exclusive hybrid powertrain. With 27 mpg in the city, the Highlander Hybrid’s efficiency is unbeatable among non-luxury three-row crossovers. Although less spacious than the Honda Pilot or Chevrolet Traverse, the Highlander is an evergreen choice in the segment.
2016 Toyota Highlander
Base Price: $29,990
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 191.1x75.8x68.1
Wheelbase (in): 109.8
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 41,34
Engine: 2.7L I-4, 185 hp; 3.5L V-6, 270 hp; 3.5L V-6/electric motor, 280 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 18-27/24-28
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,000
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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a legend among off-roading enthusiasts, and for good reason. Recently refreshed with a new interior and subtle restyling, the Land Cruiser’s 5.7L V-8 provides ample power, and standard CRAWL Control, terrain management, and robust four-wheel drive give it the gumption to dispatch almost any sticky situation. It’s a cushy ride as well, although less luxurious than the more expensive Lexus LX.
2016 Toyota Land Cruiser
Base Price: $83,825
Seating: 7
LxWxH (in): 194.9x77.9x74.0
Wheelbase (in): 112.2
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,815
Engine: 5.7L V-8, 381 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 13/18
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 8,100
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2016 Toyota Sequoia
The Toyota Sequoia takes many of its bones from the Tundra fullsize pickup, offering a standard 5.7L V-8 and 7,400 pounds of towing capacity. However, it’s thirsty, with worse fuel economy than either the turbo-six Ford Expedition or V-8–powered Chevrolet Tahoe. Its interior quality is nice, however, and Toyota loyalists will love it.
2016 Toyota Sequoia
Base Price: $45,325
Seating: 7-8
LxWxH (in): 205.1x79.9x77.0
Wheelbase (in): 122.0
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 5,730
Engine: 5.7L V-8, 381 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 13/17
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 7,400
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2016 Volvo XC90
Graceful Swedish styling and a well-crafted interior are hallmarks of the new Volvo XC90, and the midsize SUV has an all–four-cylinder lineup that somehow produces enough power for the biggest Volvo. The XC90 T5 is powered by a turbo I-4 that makes 250 hp, T6s add a supercharger to the setup for 316 horses, and the T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid is good for 400 hp. It’s a very graceful luxury SUV.
2016 Volvo XC90
Base Price: $43,950
Seating: 5-7
LxWxH (in): 194.8x79.1x69.9
Wheelbase (in): 117.5
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 4,394
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged I-4, 250 hp; 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged I-4, 316 hp; 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged I-4/electric motor, 400 hp
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway mpg): 17-21/23-29
Max Towing Capacity (lbs): 5,000

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