2012 BMW X3

Base Price Range: $38,000-$42,500 (est)

Body Type: Compact SUV

What's New: Now standard are the instrument panel's black gloss finish, and, for 35i models, a panoramic moonroof. The Sport Activity Package is the only way to get 19-inch wheels, and summer tires are no longer available. A new Premium Sound Package adds satellite radio and Premium hi-fi. We expect a turbo I-4 to replace the base I-6 by next year.

Look For: A highly rumored X3 M could use the next M3 engine with more than 400 hp.

SUM UP: The fastest compact crossover on the market.

Star Rating: ****


2012 BMW X3
Base Engine: 2.0L/240-hp/260-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine: 3.0L/300-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-6
Drivetrain: Front engine, AWD, 8A
0-60 MPH: 5.3-6.6 sec*
Tow/Payload: 3000/1000 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy: 19-20/26-27 mpg*
Basic Warranty: 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety: Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
*Estimated


2012 BMW X5

Base Price Range: $48,075-$87,275

Body Type: Midsize SUV

What's New: Non-M models get roof rails, a cargo cover, BMW Assist, iPod integration, hi-fi audio, and Corona Rings. Every model north of 35i Premium gains lumbar support, auto dimming mirrors, park distance control, ambient lighting, and heated seats. V-8 models get privacy glass, as do 35d models, which also get a new standard power tilt/tele wheel.

Driver's Choice: One lap in the 555-horsepower X5 M will change anyone's mind.

SUM UP: BMW's best-selling SUV remains as competitive as ever.

Star Rating: ****


2012 BMW X5
Base Engine: 3.0L/300-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-6
Opt Engines: 3.0L/265-hp/425-lb-ft twin- t-diesel I-6; 4.4L/400-hp/450-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 4.4L/555-hp/500-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain: Front engine, AWD, 6A/8A
0-60 MPH: 4.1-6.9 sec
Tow/Payload: 6000/1100-1400 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy: 12-19/17-26 mpg
Basic Warranty: 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety: Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O


2012 BMW X6

Base Price Range: $59,775-$90,375

Body Type: Midsize Crossover SUV

What's New: Among option shuffling, like standard iPod integration and a five-seater option, BMW is adding the Individual Composition package, using Merino leather on the upholstery and dashboard. The package offers four unique paint finishes. The automaker's Individual package is not available on the hybrid or M models, the latter of which remains ludicrously fast.

Driver's Choice: See X5 M, above.

SUM UP: More expensive and less functional than an X5.

Star Rating: ***


2012 BMW X6
Base Engine: 3.0L/300-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-6
Opt Engines: 4.4L/400-hp/450-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 4.4L twin-turbo V-8 + elec, 480 hp; 4.4L/555-hp/500-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain: Front engine, AWD, 6A/7A/8A
0-60 MPH: 4.0-5.9 sec
Tow/Payload: 6000/900-950 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy: 12-17/17-23 mpg
Basic Warranty: 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety: Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O


2012 Buick Enclave

Base Price Range: $37,410-$39,410

Body Type: Midsize Crossover SUV

What's New: The CX and CXL trim levels are gone. New model packages offered for 2012 include Base, Convenience, Leather, and Premium. Hill-hold assist, a center console 12v outlet, and an AWD badge (when applicable) have been added as standard equipment. The exterior colors Crystal Red and Stone Grey replace Red Jewel and Cyber Grey.

Cool Fact: The Enclave had the lowest average customer age, at 59, of any Buick for the 2011 model year.

SUM UP: Began Buick's resurgence back to respectability.

Star Rating: ***


2012 Buick Enclave
Base Engine: 3.6L/288-hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine: None
Drivetrain: Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH: 8.1-8.4 sec*
Tow/Payload: 4500/1450-1600 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy: 14-17/22-24 mpg
Basic Warranty: 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety: Airbags: 6, rear cam: O, BMS: N/A
*Estimated


2012 Cadillac Escalade/ESV/EXT

Base Price Range: $64,010-$86,795

Body Type: Full-size SUV, pickup

What's New: The Escalade makes do with minor revisions for another year. The rearview camera gets guiding lines; the nav gets a low-fuel warning; range-topping Platinum and Hybrid Platinum can now be had with a black interior; the center console lid is redesigned; and there are two new colors -- Radiant Silver Metallic and Crystal Red Tintcoat.

Best Buy: Hybrid Platinum. When money is no object, why not brag about 20 mpg city?

SUM UP: Still eye-catching but starting to tarnish.

Star Rating: ***1/2


2012 Cadillac Escalade/ESV/EXT
Base Engine: 6.2L/403-hp/417-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine: 6.0L V-8 + elec, 332 hp
Drivetrain: Front engine, RWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH: 6.4-8.3 sec
Tow/Payload: 5600-8300/1250-1600 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy: 13-20/18-23 mpg
Basic Warranty: 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety: Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


2012 Cadillac SRX

Base Price Range: $36,060-$43,085

Body Type: Midsize Crossover SUV

What's New: A 308-hp direct-injected 3.6L V-6 is now the only engine offered in the SRX. Though it makes more power than both outgoing engines, fuel economy doesn't take a serious hit. Bluetooth is now standard on all models, and a heated steering wheel is available on all but the base model. Black leather upholstery is added to the list of interior color choices.

Cool Fact: In 2010, the SRX was Cadillac's best-seller.

SUM UP: The Lexus RX needs to watch its back.

Star Rating: ***1/2


2012 Cadillac SRX
Base Engine: 3.6L/308-hp/265-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine: None
Drivetrain: Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH: 7.5 sec*
Tow/Payload: 3500/1250 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy: 16-17/23-24 mpg
Basic Warranty: 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety: Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
*Estimated