Winner: Toyota Highlander
Runner-Up: Chevrolet Traverse

As you would imagine, while the SUV category shrinks, the crossover one grows. We've seen car-based wagons grow in size and truck-based vehicles change to more fuel-efficient platforms, all of which blurs the line between crossover and sport/utility. For us, though, crossovers are car-based, mostly front drive, and simply can't do the work a midsize SUV can. They typically lack the capability of a ladder-frame sport/utility (payload, cargo space, towing, seating capacity).

In this group, we feel the best crossover is the one that comes closest to SUV-like ability. The Highlander offers a choice of three engines, can tow up to 5000 pounds, and seats seven. It's roomy and reliable, and may not be the most exciting of the bunch, but will provide up to 27 mpg while catering to your people- and gear-hauling needs. Another excellent option is the Traverse, which has more style and can tow 200 pounds more than the Highlander.


AWD Crossover -- A to C
Vehicle Audi Q7 Buick Enclave Cadillac SRX
Base price $47,725 $38,290 $40,230
Wheelbase 118.2 in 119.0 in 110.5 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.0L DOHC V-6
Opt engines 3.0L TD $4000, 4.2L V-8 $14,100   2.8L T V-6 $9410
Power, SAE 280 hp (225, 350) 288 hp 265 hp (300)
Torque, SAE 266 lb-ft (406, 325) 270 lb-ft 223 lb-ft (295)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/55R18 255/65R18 235/65R17
Fuel cap 26.4 gal 22.0 gal 21.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14/19 mpg (17/25, 13/18) 16/22 mpg 17/23 mpg (15/21)
Seating cap 7 8 5
Curb weight 5170 lb 4985 lb 4307 lb
GVWR 6746 lb 6460 lb 5467 lb
Payload 72.5 cu ft 115.3 cu ft 61.2 cu ft
Cargo cap 6600 lb 4500 lb 3500 lb
Max towing cap 1500 lb 4400 lb 3500 lb

Don't agree with our winner? Then tell us which vehicle would you have picked as the 2010 Best in Class AWD Crossover in the comment box below.


AWD Crossover -- C to G
Vehicle Chevy Equinox/ GMC Terrain Chevrolet Traverse Dodge Journey
Base price $25,110/$26,745 $31,999 $26,955
Wheelbase 112.5 in 118.9 in 113.8 in
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.5L SOHC V-6
Opt engines 3.0L V-6 $3065/ $3200    
Power, SAE 182 hp (264) 281-288 hp 235 hp
Torque, SAE 172 lb-ft (222) 266-270 lb-ft 232 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/65R17 245/70R17 225/65R17
Fuel cap 18.8 gal (20.9) 22.0 gal 21.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 20/29 mpg (17/24) 16/23 mpg 15/23 mpg
Seating cap 5 8 7
Curb weight 3770 lb 4925 lb 4212 lb
GVWR 4101 lb 6459 lb 5600 lb
Payload 63.7 cu ft 116.4 cu ft 67.6 cu ft
Cargo cap 3500 lb 5200 lb 3500 lb
Max towing cap 1500 lb 4400 lb 3500 lb
 
Vehicle Ford Edge Ford Flex GMC Acadia
Base price $33,045 $34,375 $34,515
Wheelbase 111.2 in 117.9 in 118.9 in
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6
Opt engines   3.5L T V-6 $6020  
Power, SAE 265 hp 262 hp (355) 288 hp
Torque, SAE 250 lb-ft 248 lb-ft (350) 270 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/65R17 235/60R17 255/65R18
Fuel cap 20.0 gal 18.6 gal 22.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17/23 mpg 16/22 mpg (16/22) 16/23 mpg
Seating cap 5 7 8
Curb weight 4288 lb 4643 lb 4925 lb
GVWR 5300 lb 5500 lb (est) 6459 lb
Payload 69.0 cu ft 83.2 cu ft 115.9 cu ft
Cargo cap 3500 lb 4500 lb 5200 lb
Max towing cap 1500 lb 4400 lb 3500 lb


AWD Crossover -- I to M
Vehicle Infiniti EX35 Infiniti FX Lexus RX
Base price $36,065 $44,715 $39,900
Wheelbase 110.2 in 113.6 in 107.9 in
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt engines   5.0L V-8 $14,550 3.5L hyb $5250
Power, SAE 297 hp 303 hp (390) 275 hp (295)
Torque, SAE 253 lb-ft 262 lb-ft (369) 257 lb-ft (234)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr,side,curt,knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/60R17 265/60R18 235/60R18
Fuel cap 20.0 gal 23.8 gal 19.2 gal (17.2)
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 mpg 16/21 mpg (14/20) 18/24 mpg (30/28)
Seating cap 5 5 5
Curb weight 3953 lb 4299 lb 4343 lb
GVWR 5024 lb 5766 lb 5644 lb
Payload 47.4 cu ft 62.0 cu ft 80.3 cu ft
Cargo cap 1500 lb (est) 3500 lb 3500 lb
Max towing cap 1500 lb 4400 lb 3500 lb
 
Vehicle Lincoln MKT Lincoln MKX Mazda CX-7
Base price $46,990 $41,545 $28,250
Wheelbase 117.9 in 111.2 in 108.3 in
Engine 3.7L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.3L DOHC T I-4
Opt engines 3.5L T V-6 $3005    
Power, SAE 270 hp (355) 265 hp 244 hp
Torque, SAE 270 lb-ft (350) 250 lb-ft 258 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/55R19 245/60R18 215/70R17
Fuel cap 18.6 gal 20.0 gal 18.2 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/22 mpg (16/22) 17/23 mpg 17/23 mpg
Seating cap 7 5 5
Curb weight 4857 lb 4400 lb 3787 lb
GVWR 5500 lb (est) 5590 lb 4780 lb
Payload 75.9 cu ft 68.6 cu ft 58.6 cu ft
Cargo cap 4500 lb 3500 lb 2000 lb
Max towing cap 1500 lb 4400 lb 3500 lb

AWD Crossover -- M to Z
Vehicle Mazda CX-9 Nissan Murano Subaru Outback
Base price $30,785 $30,450 $23,690
Wheelbase 113.2 in 111.2 in 107.9 in
Engine 3.7L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.5L SOHC F-4
Opt engines   3.6L V-6 $5000  
Power, SAE 273 hp 265 hp 170 hp (256)
Torque, SAE 270 lb-ft 248 lb-ft 170 lb-ft (247)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/60R18 235/65R18 215/70R16
Fuel cap 20.1 gal 21.7 gal 18.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15/21 mpg 18/23 mpg 22/29 mpg (18/25)
Seating cap 7 5 5
Curb weight 4546 lb 4040 lb 3386 lb
GVWR 6049 lb 5236 lb 4800 lb
Payload 100.7 cu ft 64.0 cu ft 71.3 cu ft
Cargo cap 3500 lb 3500 lb 3000 lb
Max towing cap 1500 lb 4400 lb 3500 lb
 
Vehicle Subaru Tribeca Toyota Highlander Volvo XC60
Base price $31,250 $30,000 $35,245
Wheelbase 108.2 in 109.8 in 109.2 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC F-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.2L DOHC I-6
Opt engines   3.3L hyb $5700 3.0L I-6 T $2805
Power, SAE 256 hp 270 hp (209) 235 hp (281)
Torque, SAE 247 lb-ft 248 lb-ft (212) 236 lb-ft (295)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr,side,curt,knee Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/55R18 245/65R17 235/65R17
Fuel cap 16.9 gal 19.2 gal (17.2) 18.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/21 mpg 17/23 mpg (27/25) 16/22 mpg (16/21)
Seating cap 7 7 5
Curb weight 4173 lb 4178 lb 4012 lb
GVWR 5600 lb 6000 lb 5368 lb
Payload 74.4 cu ft 95.4 cu ft 67.4 cu ft
Cargo cap 3500 lb 5000 lb 3300 lb
Max towing cap 1500 lb 4400 lb 3500 lb
 
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