Winner: Mazda CX-9
Runner-Up: Toyota Highlander

This growing segment should get even bigger in the next few years. For manufacturers, the trick is to make sure these crossovers don't look too much like cars, even though they're typically based off some kind of car platform. For the most part, we're not fans of this segment because these vehicles usually have less of everything (payload, cargo space, towing, seating capacity) when compared with a ladder-frame SUV. The only exception is the Mazda CX-9, which has enough power with its strong 3.7-liter V6, more than 100 cubic feet of cargo volume, more than 1500 pounds of payload, and with a few options, you can get the towing rating up to 5000 pounds. Likewise, the CX-9 has very little of the typical minivan or crossover body roll, and the all-wheel-drive system seems quick and smart enough to keep us out of trouble. Our other like in the category is the always-solid Toyota Highlander, now bigger, more powerful, but still just as boring.


AWD Crossover
Vehicle Audi Q7 Buick Enclave Cadillac SRX
Base price $43,275 $34,990 $37,779
Wheelbase, in 118.2 118.9 116.4
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6
Opt engines 4.2L V-8 $15,000   4.6L V-8 $7000
Horsepower, SAE 280 (350) 275 255 (320)
Torque, SAE 266 (325) 251 254 (315)
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, side Dual, head, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 255/55R18 255/65SR18 235/65HR17
Fuel cap, gal 26.4 22 20
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14/20 (12/17) 16/22 15/20 (13/20)
Max pass 7-May 7 5
Base curb weight, lb 5027 4780 4164
GVWR, lb 6746 6460 5200
Max cargo cap, cu ft 72.5 116.2 69.5
Max towing cap, lb 6600 4500 4250
Vehicle Chrysler Pacifica Dodge Magnum Ford Edge
Base price $27,995 $30,530 $27,785
Wheelbase, in 116.3 120 111.2
Engine 4.0L SOHC V-6 3.5L SOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt engines   5.7L V-8 $3300,  
Opt engines   6.1L V-8 $8000  
Horsepower, SAE 253 250 (340, 425) 265
Torque, SAE 262 250 (390, 420) 250
Airbags Dual, head, knee Dual Dual, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 2WAL Disc/disc Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 235/65R17 225/60R18 235/65R17
Fuel cap, gal 23 18 20
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14/22 15/22 (15/22, 13/18) 15/22
Max pass 6 5 5
Base curb weight, lb 4353 3855 4098
GVWR, lb 6400 4500 5300
Max cargo cap, cu ft 45 71.6 69.6
Max towing cap, lb 2500 2500 3500
Vehicle GMC Acadia Honda Element Infiniti FX35/45
Base price $31,999 $21,015 $40,365
Wheelbase, in 118.9 101.4 112.2
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 2.4L DOHC I-4 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt engines     4.5L V-8 $10,000
Horsepower, SAE 275 166 275 (320)
Torque, SAE 251 161 268 (335)
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, head, side Dual, head, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 2WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 255/65R18 215/70R16 265/60R18
Fuel cap, gal 22 15.9 23.8
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/22 19/24 15/20 (13/17)
Max pass 8-Jul 5 5-Apr
Base curb weight, lb 4722 3567 4151
GVWR, lb 6459 4450 5340
Max cargo cap, cu ft 116.9 77.1 64.5
Max towing cap, lb 4500 1500 2000
Vehicle Lincoln MKX Mazda CX-7 Mazda CX-9
Base price $37,845 $26,045 $31,335
Wheelbase, in 111.2 108.3 113.5
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.3L DOHC T I-4 3.7L DOHC V-6
Horsepower, SAE 265 244 273
Torque, SAE 250 258 270
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, head, side Dual, head, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 2WAL Disc/disc, 2WAL
Tires 245/60R18 235/60HR18 245/60R18
Fuel cap, gal 19 18.2 20.1
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15/22 16/22 15/21
Max pass 5 5 7
Base curb weight, lb 4490 3710 4312
GVWR, lb 5590 4780 6049
Max cargo cap, cu ft 69 58.6 100.7
Max towing cap, lb 3500 2000 3500
Vehicle Mercedes-Benz R-Class Nissan Murano Saturn Outlook
Base price $45,175 $28,655 $30,555
Wheelbase, in 126.6 111.1 118.9
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6
Opt engines 3.0L V-6 TDI $1000    
Horsepower, SAE 268 (215) 240 275
Torque, SAE 258 (398) 244 251
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, head, side Dual, head, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 2WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 255/55HR18 235/65R18 255/65R18
Fuel cap, gal 21.1 21.7 22
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15/19 (18/24) 20/24 16/22
Max pass 6 5 8-Jul
Base curb weight, lb 4938 3851 4722
GVWR, lb 6601 5000 6400
Max cargo cap, cu ft 85 81.6 117
Max towing cap, lb 2000 3500 4500
Vehicle Scion xB FWD Subaru Tribeca Toyota Highlander
Base price $16,270 $30,640 $29,435
Wheelbase, in 102.4 108.2 109.8
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4 3.6L DOHC F-6 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt engines     3.3L hybrid $4800
Horsepower, SAE 158 256 270 (209)
Torque, SAE 162 247 248 (212)
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, head, side Dual, head, side, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/drum, 2WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 205/55R16 255/55R18 245/65R17
Fuel cap, gal 14.8 16.9 19.2 (17.2)
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 22/28 16/21 17/23 (27/25)
Max pass 5 7-May 7-May
Base curb weight, lb 2400 4250 3979 (4641)
GVWR, lb 3225 5600 6000
Max cargo cap, cu ft 52.1 74.4 69.3
Max towing cap, lb 1000 3500 5000