Each year, putting together the "Best in Class" story gets a little tougher. For starters, the quality and capability of the vehicles in every category improves. For the most part, today's trucks, SUVs, and vans aren't penalty boxes. In addition, it gets harder to separate vehicles into the different categories. It's difficult enough to pick winners for each category-- factor in determing the what the categories themselves should be, and it's exponentially harder. We also strive to make sure the comparisons within each category are as fair as possible.

That's why we continue to work on our Best in Class categories. We have stuck to our new treatment of the Midsize SUV category, which is based on towing capacity instead of wheelbase length. That does a better job of keeping competitive vehicles together. Within that segment, we have a slight change. We have split the trucks between those that can tow up to 4500 pounds and those that can tow more, and split them again between vehicles offering luxury amenities and those that don't. We figure that buyers in this segment either want to buy capability or luxury cachet -- or maybe both.

In the Vans category, we give Full-Size and Compact each its own award. The truck categories remain the same, as do Hard-Core 4x4, Full-Size SUV, and Factory Power Runner. All vehicles here are from the 2014 model year, and all specifications are from the manufacturers' media sites, accurate as of press time. Prices reflect the specific models listed in each category, and in some cases include optional equipment. The Power Wagon's specifications are for the 2013 model year, as the 2014s were not on sale as of press time.


Categories:

Work Truck
Topline Power Puller
Hard-Core 4x4
Crew Cab Pickup, 2WD
Compact/Midsize Pickup
Full-Size SUV
Mainstream SUV (Towing 4500 Pounds And Below)
Mainstream SUV (Towing More Than 4500 Pounds)
Luxury SUV (Towing 4500 Pounds And Below)
Luxury SUV (Towing More Than 4500 Pounds)
Cargo Van
Factory Power Runner

Work Truck

Winner: Ram 2500 HD
Runner-Up: Ford F-250 Super Duty

The models we consider for this category are the regular-cab, ¾-ton two-wheel-drives, the ones you would expect to see in a fleet. As you can see from the specs, all three trucks have similar capabilities, with the Ram offering the most towing capacity, but the Ford providing the most payload. After considerable discussion, we gave this to the Ram. It is the only truck in the category to offer buyers the option of three engines, and it is the lone holdout when it comes to the option of the manual transmission. That, plus the lowest price and best towing, confirmed it for us. The Ram bests the Super Duty's towing capacity by more than 1000 pounds.


Work Truck, 3/4-ton 2WD Reg Cab
Vehicle Chevy Silverado / GMC Sierra 2500HD Ford F-250 Super Duty Ram 2500 HD
Base price $32,405/$32,405 $31,230 $30,985
Wheelbase 133.7 in 137.0 in 140.5 in
Base engine 6.0L OHV V-8 6.2L SOHC V-8 5.7L OHV V-8
Opt engines 6.6L TD V-8 $7195 6.7L TD V-8 $8315 6.4L V-8 $1495, 6.7L TD I-6 $7795
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed man
Opt transmissions 6-speed auto $1200 6-speed auto $500
Power, SAE 360 hp (397) 385 hp (400) 383 hp (410, 350-370)
Torque, SAE 380 lb-ft (765) 405 lb-ft (800) 400 lb-ft (429, 660-800)
Airbags Front Front Front, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/75R17 E 245/75R17 E 245/70R17 E
Fuel cap 36.0 gal 35.0 gal 32.0 gal
Seating cap 3 3 3
Curb weight 5788 lb 5760 lb 5966 lb
Max GVWR 10,000 lb 10,000 lb 10,000 lb
Payload 4212 lb 4240 lb 3970 lb
Max towing cap 17,800 lb 16,800 lb 17,970 lb


Topline Power Puller

Winner: Ram 3500 HD Laramie Longhorn
Runner-Up: Ford F-350 Super Duty Platinum

The topline power pullers combine big luxury with loads of capability and toughness. The idea of being able to tow 25,000 pounds with a pickup may seem daunting to non-truck people, but that's a normal task here. These trucks also have enough payload capacity to carry the equivalent of what a ¾-ton work truck weighs, all while allowing the driver to ride in style. It was a close contest, but the new Ram takes this category as well, with a 28,760-pound towing capacity, cowboy-style interior, and 850 lb-ft of torque. The Super Duty Platinum is a close second.


TopLine Power Puller, 4WD crew cab diesel dualie
Vehicle Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD LTZ/GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD Ford F-350 Super Duty Platinum Ram HD 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab
Price incl diesel $59,035/$61,980 $65,210 $62,465
Wheelbase 167.7 in 172.4 in 169.3 in
Engine 6.6L OHV 32-valve TD V-8 6.7L OHV 32-valve TD V-8 6.7L OHV 24-valve intercooled TD I-6
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed auto
Power @ rpm, SAE 397 hp @ 3000 rpm 400 hp @ 2800 rpm 385 hp @ 3000 rpm
Torque @ rpm, SAE 765 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm 800 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm 850 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Airbags Front Front Front, side, cur
Brakes Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/80R17 245/75R17 235/80R17
Fuel cap 36.0 gal 37.5 gal 31.0 gal
Seating cap 6 6 6
Curb weight 7997 lb 7330 lb 8568 lb
Max GVWR 13,025 lb 14,000 lb 14,000 lb
Payload 5028 lb 6670 lb 5430 lb
Max towing cap (fifth wheel) 22,500 lb 24,700 lb 28,760 lb


Compact/Midsize Pickup

Winner: Toyota Tacoma
Runner-Up: Nissan Frontier

This category could be on the verge of a renaissance. Next year, we will see a new Colorado and Canyon -- and likely a new Ridgeline in 2016. For now, though, the Tacoma is still at the head of this class. It gets the biggest market share for many reasons, including its wide variety of trim levels, bed, engine, transmission, and cab options, plus best towing capacity. We will see if someone can shake things up next year.


Compact/MIDSIZE Pickup, 4WD ext cab
Vehicle Honda Ridgeline Nissan Frontier King Cab Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
Base price $30,405 $26,860 $26,315
Wheelbase 122.0 in 125.9 in 127.4 in
Base engine 3.5L SOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6 2.7L DOHC I-4
Opt engines None None 4.0L V-6 $4495
Power, SAE 250 hp 261 hp 159 hp (236)
Torque, SAE 247 lb-ft 281 lb-ft 180 lb-ft (266)
Tires 245/65R17 265/70R16 245/75R16
Fuel cap 22.0 gal 21.1 gal 21.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15/21 mpg 15-16/21 mpg 18/20-21 mpg (15-16/19-21)
Seating cap 5 4 4
Curb weight 4504 lb 4311 lb 4050 lb
GVWR 6050 lb 5690 lb 5350 lb
Payload 1546 lb 1379 lb 1395 lb
Max towing cap 5000 lb 6100 lb 6500 lb

Hard-Core 4x4

Winner: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Runner-Up: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

This might be the most hotly contended category of Best in Class. Three vehicles get the most votes here: the Power Wagon, the Wrangler Rubicon, and the Raptor. All three combine excellent off-roading with decent on-road ability -- it isn't easy to choose. This year, our staff chose the Raptor. It combines excellent high- (and low-) speed off-roading with surprising versatility.


Hard-core 4x4
Vehicle Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCab Jeep Wrangler/ Unlimited Rubicon Land Rover LR4 (w/H-D pkg) Mercedes- Benz G550
Base price $45,610 $31,990/$35,690 $51,945 $115,125
Wheelbase 133.3 in 95.4/116.0 in 113.6 in 112.2 in
Engine 6.2L SOHC V-8 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.0L SC V-6 5.5L SOHC V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed man 8-speed auto 7-speed auto
Power, SAE 411 hp 285 hp 340 hp 382 hp
Torque, SAE 434 lb-ft 260 lb-ft 330 lb-ft 391 lb-ft
Axle ratio 4.10:1 4.10:1 3.54:1 4.38:1
Low range 2.64:1 4.00:1 2.93:1 2.16:1
Tires 315/70R17 255/75R17 255/55R19 265/60R18
Fuel cap 26.0 gal 18.6 gal 22.8 gal 25.4 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 11/16 mpg 17/21 mpg 14/19 mpg 12/15 mpg
Seating cap 6 5-Apr 5 (7) 5
Curb weight 6016 lb 4132/4315 lb 5655 lb 5578 lb
Max GVWR 7050 lb 5700 lb 7143 lb 7078 lb
Cargo cap 67.0 cu ft 56.3/70.6 cu ft 90.3 cu ft 75.1 cu ft
Max towing cap 6000 lb 3500 lb 7716 lb 7716 lb
Vehicle Nissan Xterra PRO-4X Ram Power Wagon Tradesman Toyota 4Runner Trail Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams
Base price $30,900 $43,650 $36,585 $34,500 (est)
Wheelbase 106.3 in 148.9 in 109.8 in 105.9 in
Engine 4.0L DOHC V-6 5.7L OHV V-8 4.0L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6
Transmission 6-speed man 6-speed auto 5-speed auto 6-speed man
Power, SAE 261 hp 383 hp 270 hp 260 hp
Torque, SAE 281 lb-ft 400 lb-ft 278 lb-ft 271 lb-ft
Axle ratio 3.69:1 4.56:1 3.73:1 3.91:1
Low range 2.63:1 2.64:1 2.57:1 2.57:1
Tires 265/75R16 285/70R17 265/70R17 265/70R17
Fuel cap 21.1 gal 31.0 gal 23.0 gal 19.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/20 mpg N/A 17/22 mpg 15/19 mpg
Seating cap 5 6 5 5
Curb weight 4408 lb 6707 lb 4750 lb 4290 lb
Max GVWR 5399 lb 8510 lb 6300 lb 5570 lb
Cargo cap 65.7 cu ft 60.4 cu ft 89.7 cu ft 66.8 cu ft
Max towing cap 5000 lb 11,060 lb 4700 lb 4700 lb


Crew Cab Pickup, 2WD

Winner: Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra Crew Cab
Runner-Up: Ram 1500 Crew Cab

As you can see, the range of capability is shocking here. Trucks in this category have towing capacities that vary from 6300 pounds to 12,000. This category focuses on the heart of the market: the rear-drive crew cab. To narrow the field a bit, we restricted this award to ½-tons and smaller. This is the segment of the market most light-duty truck buyers are going to consider. For us, capability is king in this segment. The Silverado and Sierra have the best towing capacity (beating the once-champ Ford), second-best payload, and best fuel economy for a gas-powered engine. It also uses modern tech such as cylinder shutoff and variable valve timing, plus the smart CornerStep rear bumper. Coming in at a close second place is the Ram 1500, which offers excellent V-6 and V-8 engines, a terrific diesel engine option, and innovations including start/stop technology, air suspension, and active grille shutters. Things are going to get even more interesting in this category when the aluminum F-150 goes on sale in 2015.


Crew Cab Pickup, 2WD
Vehicle Chevy Silverado/ GMC Sierra Ford F-150 SuperCrew Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Nissan Titan Crew Cab
Base price $34,795/$34,545 $34,960 $23,270 $32,915
Wheelbase 143.5 in 144.5 in 125.9 in 139.8 in
Engine 4.3L OHV V-8 3.7L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6 5.6L DOHC V-8
Opt engines 5.3L V-8 $1095, 6.2L V-8 $9415 5.0L V-8 $1000, 3.5L TT V-6 $3585, 6.2L V-8 $6710 None None
Power, SAE 285 hp (355, 420) 302 hp (360, 365, 411) 261 hp 317 hp
Torque, SAE 305 lb-ft (383, 460) 278 lb-ft (380, 420, 434) 281 lb-ft 385 lb-ft
Airbags Front, side, cur Front, side, cur Front, side, cur Front, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 235/70R17 265/70R16 265/70R18
Fuel cap 26.0 gal 26.0 gal 21.1 gal 28.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 18/24 mpg (16/23, 15/21) 17/23 mpg (15/21, 16/22, 13/18) 16/22 mpg 13/18 mpg
Seating cap 6 6 5 6
Curb weight 4942 lb 5128 lb 4219 lb 5049 lb
Max GVWR 7200 lb 7400 lb 5730 lb 7100 lb
Payload 2007 lb 1930 lb 1481 lb 2051 lb
Max towing cap 12,000 lb 11,300 lb 6300 lb 9400 lb
Vehicle Ram 1500 Crew Cab Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota Tundra CrewMax  
Base price $32,755 $24,420 $33,530  
Wheelbase 140.5 in 127.4 in 145.7 in  
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 2.7L DOHC I-4 4.6L DOHC V-8  
Opt engines 5.7L V-8 $1150, 3.0L TD V-6 $4000 4.0L V-6 $4060 5.7L V-8 $1070  
Power, SAE 305 hp (395, 240) 159 hp (236) 310 hp (381)  
Torque, SAE 269 lb-ft (410, 420) 180 lb-ft (266) 327 lb-ft (401)  
Airbags Front, side, cur Front, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee  
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS  
Tires 265/70R17 215/70R15 255/70R18  
Fuel cap 26.0 gal (32.0) 21.1 gal 26.4 gal  
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 18/25 mpg (14-15/20-22, N/A) 19-21/24-25 mpg (16-17/21) 15/19 mpg (13/18)  
Seating cap 6 5 6  
Curb weight 4964 lb 3985 lb 5185 lb  
Max GVWR 6950 lb 5400 lb 7000 lb  
Payload 1870 lb 1415 lb 1595 lb  
Max towing cap 10,350 lb 6500 lb 10,100 lb  

Full-Size SUV

Winner: Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
Runner-Up: Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

We still feel the Tahoe and Yukon are the best body-on-frame, full-size SUVs money can buy. They're the ones that can tow nearly 9000 pounds and have room for three rows of people. With their ability to work hard, carry nine passengers, and tow 8200 pounds, the Tahoe and Yukon continue to impress -- and the 2015s should be even better.


Full-size SUV, 4WD
Vehicle Chevy Suburban/ GMC Yukon XL Chevy Tahoe/ GMC Yukon Ford Expedition/EL Infiniti QX80
Base price $50,295/$51,710 $47,595/$49,460$45,530/$48,240 $66,645
Wheelbase 130.0 in 116.0 in 119.0/131.0 in 121.1 in
Base engine 5.3L OHV V-8 5.3L OHV V-8 5.4L SOHC V-8 5.6L DOHC V-8
Opt engines 6.2L V-8 $14,715 6.2L V-8 $11,855 None None
Power, SAE 320 hp (403) 320 hp (403) 310 hp 400 hp
Torque, SAE 335 lb-ft (417) 335 lb-ft (417) 365 lb-ft 413 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Tires 265/70R17 265/70R17 265/70R17 275/60R20
Fuel cap 31.5/39.0 gal 26.0 gal 28.0/33.5 gal 26.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15/21 mpg (13/18) 15/21 mpg (13/18) 13/18 mpg 14/20 mpg
Seating cap 9 9 8 8
Curb weight 5824 lb 5567 lb 5781/6078 lb 5878 lb
GVWR 7400 lb 7300 lb 7500/7720 lb 7500 lb
Cargo cap 137.4 cu ft 108.9 cu ft 108.3/130.8 cu ft 97.1 cu ft
Max towing cap 8000 lb 8200 lb 9000/8700 lb 8500 lb
Vehicle Mercedes- Benz GL-Class Nissan Armada Toyota Land Cruiser Toyota Sequoia
Base price $63,925 $43,535 $80,995 $48,400
Wheelbase 121.1 in 123.2 in 112.2 in 122.0 in
Base engine 3.0L TD V-6 5.6L DOHC V-8 5.7L DOHC V-8 5.7L DOHC V-8
Opt engines 4.7L V-8 $1550, 4.7L V-8 $25,600 None None None
Power, SAE 240 hp (362, 429) 317 hp 381 hp 381 hp
Torque, SAE 455 lb-ft (406, 516) 385 lb-ft 401 lb-ft 401 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur Fr,side,cur,knee Fr, side, cur, knee
Tires 275/55R19 265/70R18 285/60R18 275/65R18
Fuel cap 26.4 gal 28.0 gal 24.6 gal 26.4 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 19/26 mpg (14/19, 13/18) 12/18 mpg 13/18 mpg 13/17 mpg
Seating cap 7 8 8 8
Curb weight 5401 lb 5675 lb 5730 lb 5985 lb
GVWR 6944 lb 7300 lb 7385 lb 7300 lb
Cargo cap 84.1 cu ft 97.1 cu ft 81.7 cu ft 120.1 cu ft
Max towing cap 7500 lb 9000 lb 8500 lb 7100 lb


Factory Power Runner

Winner: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Runner-Up: Ford Tremor SuperCab

Are these irrational vehicles? You bet -- and proud of it. We love the idea of being able to go fast while carrying cargo, and there are two awesome vehicles in this category that'll achieve both for less than you'd think. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 is powered by a 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8 and can tow 7200 pounds. The Ford Tremor is about as close as you can get to a modern-day Lightning. The regular-cab short-wheelbase pickup has rear drive, 365 hp, and 8000 pounds of towing capacity.


Factory Power Runner
Vehicle BMW X6 M Cadillac Escalade AWD Ford F-150 Tremor GMC Sierra Denali AWD
Price w/hi-po opt $94,825 $66,715 $39,740 $51,405
Wheelbase 115.5 in 116.0 in 126.0 in 143.5 in
Engine 4.4L DOHC TT V-8 6.2L OHV V-8 3.5 DOHC TT V-6 6.2L OHV V-8
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed auto
0-60 mph, sec 4.5 sec 6.4 sec 6.5 sec (est) 6.2 sec
Power, SAE 555 hp 403 hp 365 hp 420 hp
Torque, SAE 500 lb-ft 417 lb-ft 420 lb-ft 460 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 275/40R20 F, 315/35R20 R 275/55R20 255/75R20 275/55R20
Fuel cap 22.4 gal 26.0 gal 26.0 gal 26.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 12/17 mpg 13/18 mpg 16/22 mpg 14-15/20-21 mpg
Seating cap 4 7 3 5
Curb weight 5324 lb 4935 lb 4685 lb 5156 lb
GVWR 6261 lb 7300 lb 6650 lb 7200 lb
Payload 911 lb 1577 lb 1520 lb 1819 lb
Towing 6000 lb 8100 lb 8000 lb 9700 lb
Vehicle Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Mercedes- Benz ML63 AMG 4WD Porsche Cayenne Turbo Range Rover Sport S/C
Price w/hi-po opt $64,665 $98,175 $111,395 $76,495
Wheelbase 114.8 in 114.8 in 114.0 in 108.0 in
Engine 6.4L OHV V-8 5.5L DOHC V-8 4.8L DOHC TT V-8 5.0L DOHC S/C V-8
Transmission 8-speed auto 7-speed auto 8-spd auto 6-speed auto
0-60 mph, sec 4.6 sec 4.7 sec 4.4 sec 5.9 sec
Power, SAE 470 hp 518 hp 500 hp 510 hp
Torque, SAE 465 lb-ft 516 lb-ft 516 lb-ft 461 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 295/45R20 265/45R20 265/50R19 275/40R20
Fuel cap 24.6 gal 27.7 gal 26.4 gal 23.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 13/19 mpg 13/17 mpg 15/22 mpg 12/17 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5 5
Curb weight 5150 lb 5238 lb 4784 lb 5816 lb
GVWR 6500 lb 6349 lb 6500 lb 6889 lb
Payload 1350 lb 1249 lb 1565 lb 1073 lb
Towing 7200 lb 7200 lb 7716 lb 7716 lb

Mainstream SUV

(towing 4500 pounds and below)

Winner: Jeep Cherokee
Runner-Up: Ford Escape

These vehicles fall into the gray area between crossover and sport/utility. However, with a towing capacity of 4500 pounds or less, they certainly lean more toward the crossover side of things. There is a standout in this category, one that combines the efficiency of a crossover with some of the off-road capability of an SUV. That is why we picked the Jeep Cherokee as the best in this category.


MAINSTREAM SUV
(TOWING 4500 POUNDS AND BELOW)
Vehicle Chevy Equinox/ GMC Terrain Dodge Journey Ford Edge Ford Escape
Base price $25,315/$27,390 $20,490 $28,995 $23,595
Wheelbase 112.5 in 113.8 in 111.2 in 105.9 in
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.5L DOHC I-4
Opt engine 3.6L V-6 $3145/$3000 3.6L DOHC V-6 $5,700 2.0L T $995, 3.7L V-6 $4305 1.6LT I-4 $2600, 2.0L T I-4 $3695
Power, SAE 182 hp (301) 173 hp (283) 285 hp (240, 305) 168 hp (178, 240)
Torque, SAE 172 lb-ft (272) 166 lb-ft (260) 253 lb-ft (270, 280) 170 lb-ft (184, 270)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/60R17 225/65R17 235/65R17 235/55R17
Fuel cap 18.8 gal (20.9) 20.5 gal (21.1) 18.0, 19.0 gal 15.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 20-22/29-32 mpg (16-17/23-24) 17-19/25-26 mpg (16/24) 18-19/25-27 mpg (21/30, 17-19/23-26) 20-23/27-28 mpg (19-20/25-27, 30-34/27-31)
Seating cap 5 5 (7) 5 5
Curb weight 3777 lb 3818 lb 4050 lb 3515 lb
GVWR 5300 lb 5600 lb 5300 lb 4200 lb
Cargo cap 63.7 cu ft 67.6 cu ft 68.9 cu ft 68.1 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 2500 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Ford Flex Honda CR-V Honda Pilot Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base price $29,910 $23,775 $30,500 $25,605
Wheelbase 117.9 in 103.1 in 109.2 in 106.3 in
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.4L DOHC I-4 3.5L SOHC V-6 2.4L DOHC I-4
Opt engine 3.5L TT V-6 $13,400 None None 2.0L I-4 $3350
Power, SAE 287 hp (365) 185 hp 250 hp 190 hp (264)
Torque, SAE 254 lb-ft (350) 163 lb-ft 253 lb-ft 181 lb-ft (269)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/60R17 215/70R16 235/65R17 235/65R17
Fuel cap 18.6 gal 15.3 gal 21.0 gal 17.4 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-17/22-24 mpg (16/22) 22-23/30-31 mpg 17-18/24-25 mpg 20-21/26-29 mpg (19-20/24-27)
Seating cap 7 5 8 5
Curb weight 4471 lb 3305 lb 4295 lb 3459 lb
GVWR 5500 lb (est) 4560 lb 5500 lb 5181 lb
Cargo cap 83.2 cu ft 70.9 cu ft 87.0 cu ft 71.5 cu ft
Towing cap 4500 lb 1500 lb 4500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Hyundai Tucson Jeep Cherokee Kia Sorento Kia Sportage
Base price $22,245 $23,990 $24,950 $22,450
Wheelbase 103.9 in 106.3-107.0 in 106.3 in 103.9 in
Engine 2.0L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4
Opt engine 2.4L I-4 $2550 3.2L V-6 $2995 3.3L V-6 $1600 2.0L T I-4 $1900
Power, SAE 164 hp (182) 184 hp (271) 175 hp (290) 182 hp (260)
Torque, SAE 151 lb-ft (177) 171 lb-ft (239) 169 lb-ft (252) 177 lb-ft (269)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/60R17 245/65R17 235/65R17 215/70R16
Fuel cap 15.3 gal 15.9 gal 18.0 gal 15.3 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 21-23/25-29 mpg (20-21/25-28) 21-22/28-31 mpg (19/27-28) 20-22/27-32 mpg (18-20/24-26) 19-21/26-28 mpg (19-20/24-26)
Seating cap 5 5 5 (7) 5
Curb weight 3232 lb 3775 lb 3594 lb 3280 lb
GVWR 4608 lb 5500 lb 5468 lb 4696 lb
Cargo cap 55.8 cu ft 58.9 cu ft 72.5 cu ft 54.6 cu ft
Towing cap 2000 lb 4500 lb 3500 lb 2000 lb
Vehicle Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-9 Mini Countryman Mitsubishi Outlander
Base price $22,190 $30,780 $24,190 $24,620
Wheelbase 106.3 in 113.2 in 102.2 in 105.1 in
Engine 2.0L DOHC I-4 3.7L DOHC V-6 1.6L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4
Opt engine 2.5L I-4 $3120 None 1.6L T I-4 $3600, $12,850 3.0L V-6 $3900
Power, SAE 155 hp (184) 273 hp 121 hp (181, 208) 168 hp (230)
Torque, SAE 150 lb-ft (185) 270 lb-ft 114 lb-ft (177, 207) 167 lb-ft (215)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/65R17 245/60R18 205/55R17 215/70R16
Fuel cap 14.8-15.3 gal 20.1 gal 12.4 gal 15.8, 16.6 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 25-26/31-32 mpg 16-17/22-24 mpg 25-27/30-35 mpg (23-26/30-32) 22-23/27-28 mpg (19/25-26)
Seating cap 5 7 4 5 (7)
Curb weight 3194 lb 4317 lb 2954 lb 3384 lb
GVWR 4537 lb 5997 lb 4200 lb 5181 lb
Cargo cap 65.4 cu ft 100.7 cu ft 42.2 cu ft 72.6 cu ft
Towing cap 2000 lb 3500 lb N/A 3500 lb
Vehicle Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Nissan Juke Nissan Murano Nissan Rogue
Base price $20,295 $21,070 $29,300 $23,350
Wheelbase 105.1 in 99.6 in 111.2 in 106.5 in
Engine 2.0L DOHC I-4 1.6L DOHC T I-4 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.5L DOHC I-4
Opt engine None None None None
Power, SAE 148 hp 188 hp 260 hp 170 hp
Torque, SAE 145 lb-ft 177 lb-ft 240 lb-ft 175 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/55R18 215/55R17 235/65R18 225/65R1
Fuel cap 15.8, 16.6 gal 11.8, 13.2 gal 21.7 gal 14.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 23-25/28-31 mpg 25-27/30-32 mpg 18/23-24 mpg 25/32-33 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5 5 (7)
Curb weight 3087 lb 2912 lb 3958 lb 3393 lb
GVWR 4343 lb 4167 lb 5287 lb N/A
Cargo cap 49.5 cu ft 35.9 cu ft 64.5 cu ft 70.0 cu ft
Towing cap N/A N/A 3500 lb 1000 lb
Vehicle Subaru Forester Subaru Outback Subaru Tribeca Toyota RAV4
Base price $22,820 $24,620 $34,920 $24,160
Wheelbase 103.9 in 107.9 in 108.2 in 104.7 in
Engine 2.5L DOHC flat-4 2.5L SOHC flat-4 3.6L DOHC flat-6 2.5L DOHC I-4
Opt engine 2.0L T flat-4 $4500 3.6L flat-6 $5000 None
Power, SAE 170 hp (250) 173 hp (256) 256 hp 176 hp
Torque, SAE 174 lb-ft (258) 174 lb-ft (247) 247 lb-ft 172 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/60R17 215/70R16 255/55R18 225/65R17
Fuel cap 15.9 gal 18.5 gal 16.9 gal 15.9 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 24/32 mpg (23/28) 19-22/27-29 mpg (18/25) 16/21 mpg 22-24/29-31 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 7 5
Curb weight 3296 lb 3386 lb 4173 lb 3435 lb
GVWR N/A 4800 lb 5600 lb 4600 lb
Cargo cap 74.7 cu ft 74.4 cu ft 74.4 cu ft 73.4 cu ft
Towing cap 1500 lb 3000 lb 3500 lb 1500 lb

Mainstream SUV

(Towing More Than 4500 Pounds)

Winner : Jeep Grand Cherokee
Runner-Up: Dodge Durango

What can we say? We still love the combination of comfort and luxury and off-road capability that the Grand Cherokee offers. Add a variety of engines (including a diesel!), the easy-to-use four-wheel-drive system, and towing capacity of up to 7400 pounds, and you have a combination that is hard to beat. Want to have an R/T model that tows? There's the Durango, which might be the vehicle that represents the best switch from body-on-frame to unibody.


MAINSTREAM SUV
(TOWING MORE THAN 4500 POUNDS)
Vehicle Chevrolet Traverse/ GMC Acadia Dodge Durango Ford Explorer Hyundai Santa Fe
Base price $31,670/$35,260 $30,790 $30,910 $30,665
Wheelbase 118.9 in 119.8 in 112.6 in 110.2 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.3L DOHC V-6
Opt engine None 5.7L V-8 $7015 2.0LT $995, 3.5LT $11,680 None
Power, SAE 281-288 hp 290-295 hp (360) 290 hp (240, 365) 290 hp
Torque, SAE 266-270 lb-ft 260 lb-ft (390) 255 lb-ft (270, 350) 252 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, rear, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 265/60R18 245/65R17 235/60R18
Fuel cap 22.0 gal 24.6 gal 18.6 gal 18.8 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg 17-18/24-25 mpg (14/22-23) 16-18/22-25 mpg (20/28) 18/24-25 mpg
Seating cap 8 7 7 7
Curb weight 4713 lb 4756 lb 4448 lb 3933 lb
Max GVWR 6459 lb 7100 lb 6100 lb 5622 lb
Cargo cap 116.4 cu ft 84.5 cu ft 80.7 cu ft 80.0 cu ft
Towing cap 5200 lb 7400 lb 5000 lb 5000 lb
Vehicle Jeep Grand Cherokee Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Xterra Toyota 4Runner
Base price $29,990 $29,810 $23,970 $33,680
Wheelbase 114.8 in 112.2 in 106.3 in 109.8 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6
Opt engine 5.7L $1695, 3.0L TD $4500, 6.4L $30,900 2.5L hyb $6475 None None
Power, SAE 290 hp (360, 240, 470) 260 hp (250) 261 hp 270 hp
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft (390, 420, 465) 240 lb-ft (243) 281 lb-ft 278 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 235/65R18 265/70R16 265/70R17
Fuel cap 24.6 gal 19.5 gal 21.1 gal 23.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-17/23 mpg (13-14/20, 21-22/28-30, 12/18) 19-20/25-26 mpg (25-27/28) 15-16/20 mpg 17/21 mpg
Seating cap 5 7 5 5 (7)
Curb weight 4545 lb 4167 lb 4148 lb 4400 lb
Max GVWR 6800 lb 5986 lb 5399 lb 6300 lb
Cargo cap 68.7 cu ft 79.8 cu ft 65.7 cu ft 89.7 cu ft
Towing cap 7400 lb 5000 lb 5200 lb 5000 lb
Vehicle Toyota FJ Cruiser Toyota Highlander
Base price $27,990 $30,075    
Wheelbase 105.9 in 109.8 in    
Engine 4.0L DOHC V-6 2.7L DOHC I-4    
Opt engine None 3.5L V-6 $1375, 3.3L H $11,300    
Power, SAE 260 hp 187 hp (270, 280)    
Torque, SAE 271 lb-ft 186 lb-ft (248, 215)    
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee    
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS    
Tires 265/70R17 245/65R17    
Fuel cap 19.0 gal 19.2 gal (17.2)    
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15-17/18-20 mpg 18/24 mpg (17/22, 28/28)    
Seating cap 5 7    
Curb weight 4050 lb 4134 lb    
Max GVWR 5570 lb 6000 lb    
Cargo cap 66.8 cu ft 83.7 cu ft    
Towing cap 4700 lb 5000 lb    

Luxury SUV

(Towing 4500 Pounds And Below)

Winner: Mercedes-Benz GLK
Runner-Up: Land Rover LR2

It should come as no surprise that we love diesels, and when we drove the GLK powered by the 2.1-liter turbodiesel, it thoroughly impressed us. It made so much of an impact that it propelled the Mercedes from last year's runner-up spot to top of the class this ­year. It ties the Infiniti QX­70 for best-in-class torque, in a vehicle that is significantly lighter and it tows 3500 pounds. If you want more luxe off-road capability, there's the Land Rover LR2.


Luxury SUV
(Towing 4500 Pounds and Below)
Vehicle Acura RDX Buick Encore BMW X1 BMW X3
Base price $35,415 $24,950 $31,825 $40,725
Wheelbase 105.7 in 100.6 in 108.7 in 110.6 in
Engine 3.5L SOHC V-6 1.4L turbo I-4 2.0L T I-4 2.0L I-6
Opt engine None None 3.0L T I-6 $7800 3.0L twin-turbo I-6 $5200
Power, SAE 273 hp 138 hp 240 hp (300) 260 hp (300)
Torque, SAE 251 lb-ft 148 lb-ft 260 lb-ft (300) 221 lb-ft (300)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/60R18 215/55R18 255/45R18 245/50R18
Fuel cap 16.0 gal 14.0 gal 16.6 gal 17.7 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 19-20/27-28 mpg 23-25/30-33 mpg 22-24/33-34 mpg (18/27) 21/28 mpg (19-26)
Seating cap 5 5 5 5
Curb weight 3717 lb 3190 lb 3527 lb 4068 lb
Max GVWR N/A 4372 lb 4861 lb 5137 lb
Cargo cap 76.9 cu ft 48.4 cu ft 47.7 cu ft 56.5 cu ft
Towing cap 1500 lb N/A N/A 3000 lb
Vehicle Cadillac SRX Infiniti QX50 Infiniti QX70 Land Rover LR2
Base price $38,430 $35,745 $46,745 $37,295
Wheelbase 110.5 in 110.2 in 113.6 in 104.7 in
Engine 3.6L V-6 3.7L V-6 3.7L DOHC V-6 2.0L turbo I-4
Opt engine None None 5.0L V-8 $16550 None
Power, SAE 308 hp 325 hp 325 hp (390) 240 hp
Torque, SAE 265 lb-ft 267 lb-ft 267 lb-ft (369) 250 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/65R18 225/55R18 265/60R18 235/55R19
Fuel cap 21.0 gal 20.0 gal 23.8 gal 18.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg 17/24-25 mpg 16-17/22-24 mpg (14/20) 17/24 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5 5
Curb weight 4277 lb 3790 lb 4209 lb 4255 lb
Max GVWR 5556 lb 5024 lb 5766 lb 5520 lb
Cargo cap 61.1 cu ft 18.6 cu ft* 62.0 cu ft 58.9 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 1500 lb (est) 3500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Lexus RX Lincoln MKX Mercedes-Benz GLK Range Rover Evoque
Base price $40,670 $40,470 $38,405 $42,040
Wheelbase 107.9 in 111.2 in 108.5 in 104.8 in
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.7L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.0L turbo I-4
Opt engine 3.5L hyb $6650 None 2.1L TD I-4 None
Power, SAE 270 hp (295) 305 hp 302 hp (200) 240 hp
Torque, SAE 248 lb-ft (234) 280 lb-ft 273 lb-ft (369) 250 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/60R18 245/60R18 235/50R19 235/55R19
Fuel cap 19.2 gal (17.2) 18.0-19.0 gal 17.4 gal 18.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 18-24 mpg (30-32/28) 17-19/23-26 mpg 19/24-25 mpg (N/A) 18/28 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5 5
Curb weight 4340 lb 4236 lb 4079 lb 3915 lb
Max GVWR 5974 lb 5590 lb 5467 lb 3902 lb
Cargo cap 80.3 cu ft 68.6 cu ft 54.7 cu ft 51.0 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Volkswagen Tiguan Volvo XC60
Base price $23,860 $35,765    
Wheelbase 102.5 in 109.2 in    
Engine 2.0L turbo I-4 3.2L I-6    
Opt engine None 3.0L turbo I-6 $6300    
Power, SAE 200 hp 240 hp (300-325)    
Torque, SAE 207 lb-ft 236 lb-ft (325-354)    
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur    
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS    
Tires 215/65R16 235/60R18    
Fuel cap 16.8 gal 18.5 gal    
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 18-22/26-27 mpg 18-19/24-25 mpg (17/23)    
Seating cap 5 5    
Curb weight 3393 lb 3958 lb    
Max GVWR 4960 lb 5368 lb    
Cargo cap 56.1 cu ft 67.4 cu ft    
Towing cap 2200 lb 3300 lb    

Luxury SUV


(Towing More Than 4500 Pounds)

Winner: Land Rover LR4
Runner-Up: Mercedes-Benz M-Class

The off-road monster with the posh interior continues on as champion this year. While we were sad to see the 5.0-liter V-8 go, we still love what the LR4 brings to the table: It's fantastic off-road, its cabin is comfortable and quiet, and it's genuinely luxurious. It can also carry seven people and tow more than 7700 pounds. The runner-up -- the M-Class -- isn't as off-road-biased as the Land Rover, but it's also highly capable.


Luxury SUV
(Towing More Than 4500 Pounds)
Vehicle Acura MDX Audi Q5 Audi Q7 BMW X5
Base price $43,275 $38,195 $48,595 $53,725
Wheelbase 111.0 in 110.5 in 118.2 in 115.5 in
Engine 3.5L SOHC V-8 2.0L DOHC T I-4 3.0L DOHC V-6 3.0L DOHC T I-6
Opt engine None 3.0L TD I-4 $9200, 2.0L T H $14,000 3.0L TD $5200, 3.0L SC V-6 $13,750 3.0L TD I-6 $9200, 4.4L TT V-8 $16,700
Power, SAE 290 hp 211 hp (240, 240) 280 hp (240, 333) 300 hp (255,445)
Torque, SAE 267 lb-ft 258 lb-ft (354, 428) 295 lb-ft (406, 325) 300 lb-ft (413,480)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/60R18 235/60R18 255/55R18 255/55R18
Fuel cap 19.5 gal 19.8 gal 26.4 gal 22.4 gal
EPA fuel econ 18-20/27-28 mpg 20/28 mpg (24/30, 24/31) 16/22 mpg (19/28,16/22) 19/27 mpg (14/22, none)
Seating cap 7 5 7 7
Curb weight 4025 lb 4079 lb 5192 lb 4680 lb
GVWR N/A 4800 lb 6746 lb 6550 lb
Cargo cap 90.0 cu ft 57.3 cu ft 72.5 cu ft 66.0 cu ft
Towing cap 5000 lb 4500 lb 6600 lb 5952 lb
Vehicle Buick Enclave Cadillac Escalade/ ESV Infiniti QX60 Land Rover LR4
Base price $39,665 $68,965/$71,565 $42,995 $50,595
Wheelbase 118.9 in 116.0/130.0 in 114.2 in 113.6 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 6.2L OHV V-8 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.0L S/C DOHC V-6
Opt engine None None 2.5L hybrid $6475 None
Power, SAE 288 hp 403 hp 265 hp (250) 340 hp
Torque, SAE 270 lb-ft 417 lb-ft 248 lb-ft (243) 332 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/65R19 265/65R18 235/65R18 255/55R19
Fuel cap 22.0 gal 26.0/31.0 gal 19.5 gal 22.8 gal
EPA fuel econ 16-17/22-24 mpg 13-14/18 mpg 18/23-24 mpg (25-26/28) 12/17 mpg
Seating cap 8 8 7 7
Curb weight 4724 lb 5527 lb 4280 lb 5655 lb
GVWR 6460 lb 7400 lb 5937 lb 7143 lb
Cargo cap 115.2 cu ft 108.9/137.4 cu ft 15.8 cu ft* 90.3 cu ft
Towing cap 4500 lb 8300 lb 5000 lb 7716 lb
Vehicle Lexus LX LR Range Rover/ Sport Lexus GX 460 Lincoln MKT
Base price $82,425 $84,195/$63,495 $49,995 $43,945
Wheelbase 112.2 in 115.1 in 109.8 in 117.9 in
Engine 5.7L DOHC V-8 3.0L DOHC SC V-8 4.6L DOHC V-8 3.7L DOHC V-6
Opt engine None 5.0L SC V-8 $18,695/$15,605 None 3.5L T V-6 $1995
Power, SAE 383 hp 340 hp (510) 301 hp 303 hp (365)
Torque, SAE 403 lb-ft 332 lb-ft (461) 329 lb-ft 278 lb-ft (350)
Airbags Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 285/50R20 255/55R20 265/60R18 235/55R19
Fuel cap 24.6 gal 27.7 gal 23.0 gal 18.6 gal
EPA fuel econ 12/17 mpg 12/17 mpg (14/19) 15/20 mpg 16-17/22-24 mpg (16/21)
Seating cap 8 7-May 7 7
Curb weight 6000 lb 4850/5093 lb 5305 lb 4702 lb
GVWR 7385 lb 7055/N/A lb 6600 lb 5500 lb
Cargo cap 83.1 cu ft 71.7/62.2 cu ft 91.9 cu ft 75.9 cu ft
Towing cap 7000 lb 7716 lb 6500 lb 4500 lb
Vehicle Lincoln Navigator /L Mercedes- Benz M-Class Porsche Cayenne Volkswagen Touareg
Base price $57,160/$59,325 $48,715 $50,595 $44,905
Wheelbase 119.0/131.0 in 114.8 in 114.0 in 113.9 in
Engine 5.4L SOHC V-8 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6
Opt engine None 3.0L TD V-6 $1500, 4.7L $9030, 5.5L $46,330 3.0L TD $9900, 4.8L V-8 3.0L TD V-6 $3500, 3.6L H $18,630
Power, SAE 310 hp 302 hp (240, 402, 518) 300 hp (240,400) 280 hp (240, 380)
Torque, SAE 365 lb-ft 273 lb-ft (455, 443, 516) 295 lb-ft (406,369) 266 lb-ft (406, 428)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/70R18 255/50R19 255/55R18 255/55R18
Fuel cap 28.0/33.5 gal 27.7 gal 22.4 gal (26.4) 26.4 gal
EPA fuel econ 13/18 mpg 18/23 mpg (19/28, 20/24) 15-17/22-23 mpg (20/28,16/22) 17/23 mpg (20/29, 20/24)
Seating cap 8 5 5 5
Curb weight 5780/6031 lb 4652 lb 4398 lb 4711 lb
GVWR 7500/7720 lb 6239 lb (est) 6100 lb (est) 6415 lb
Cargo cap 103.3/128.2 cu ft 80.3 cu ft 62.9 cu ft 64.0 cu ft
Towing cap 9000/8700 lb 7200 lb 7716 lb 7716 lb
Vehicle Volvo XC90      
Base price $40,615      
Wheelbase 112.6 in      
Engine 3.2L DOHC I-6      
Opt engine None      
Power, SAE 240 hp      
Torque, SAE 236 lb-ft      
Airbags Fr, side, cur      
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS      
Tires 235/60R18      
Fuel cap 21.1 gal      
EPA fuel econ 16/23 mpg      
Seating cap 7      
Curb weight 4667 lb      
GVWR 6080 lb      
Cargo cap 85.1 cu ft      
Towing cap 4960 lb      

Cargo Van

Full-size: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
COMPACT: Ford Transit Connect

We'd heard there was a lot of change coming to this category, and we finally got to experience some of it. After driving the new Transit Connect, we were really impressed with what the small van has to offer. It's our best-in-class pick for 2014 for the Compact Van category. It's fun to drive, and has a payload capacity of more than 1700 pounds. We also drove all the full-size vans, and, despite the quality of the new competitors in the market, the Sprinter is still tops. The Sprinter comes with a choice of two diesels, has an improved interior, and offers plenty of amenities for work and comfort. This segment will get even more interesting when the Ford Transit, Chevy City Express, and Ram ProMaster City arrive next year.


Cargo Van
Vehicle Chevrolet Express/ GMC Savana Ford E-Series Ford Transit Connect Mercedes- Benz Sprinter
Base price $28,705/$28,705 $29,595 $22,995 $36,915
Wheelbase 135.0-155.0 in 138.0-176.0 in 104.8-120.6 in 144.3, 170.3 in
Engine 4.3L OHV V-6, 4.8L OHV V-8, 4.6L SOHC V-8 2.5L DOHC I-4 3.0L DOHC TD I-4
Opt engines 5.3L OHV V-8 $995, 6.0L V-8 $2500, 6.6L TD V-8 $13,450 5.4L V-8 $3475, 6.8L V-10 $3895 1.6L T I-4 3.0wL TD V-6 $910
Power, SAE 195 hp (280, 310, 323, 260) 225 hp (255,305) 168 hp (178) 161 hp (188)
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft (296, 334, 373, 525) 286 lb-ft (350,420) 170 lb-ft (184) 265 lb-ft (325)
Airbags Front Front Front, side, cur Front
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 225/75R16 215/65R16 245/75R16
Fuel cap 31.0 gal 33.0-55.0 gal 15.8 gal 26.4 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 13/17 mpg (11/16, N/A) N/A 20/28 mpg (22/29) N/A
Tow cap 10,000 lb 10,000 lb 2000 lb 7500 lb
Curb weight 4919 lb 5750 lb 3467 lb 5125 lb
Payload 4187 lb 3920 lb 1710 lb 2873 lb
Cargo cap 239.7-284.4 cu ft 256.5 cu ft 105.9-130.6 cu ft 318.0-547.0 cu ft
Vehicle Nissan NV200 Nissan NV1500 Nissan NV2500 /3500HD Ram C/V
Base price $20,850 $26,415 $27,415 $22,355
Wheelbase 115.2 in 146.1 in 146.1 in 121.2 in
Engine 2.0L DOHC I-4 4.0L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6
Opt engines None 5.6L V-8 $1900 5.6L V-8 $900 None
Power, SAE 131 hp 261 hp (317) 261 hp (317) 283 hp
Torque, SAE 139 lb-ft 281 lb-ft (385) 281 lb-ft (385) 283 hp
Airbags Fr, side, cur Front Front Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 185/60R15 245/70R17 245/70R17 225/65R16
Fuel cap 14.5 gal 28.0 gal 28.0 gal 20.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 24/25 mpg None None 17/25 mpg
Tow cap None 9500 lb 9500 lb 3600 lb
Curb weight 3252 lb 3049 lb 3063 lb 4150 lb
Payload 1500 lb 2535 lb 3925 lb 1800 lb
Cargo cap 122.7 cu ft 323.1 cu ft 323.1 cu ft 144.4 cu ft
Vehicle Ram ProMaster      
Base price $29,625      
Wheelbase 118.0-159.0 in      
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6      
Opt engines 3.0L TD I-4      
Power, SAE 280 hp (174)      
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft (295)      
Airbags Fr, side, curt      
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS      
Tires 225/75R16      
Fuel cap 24.0 gal      
Fuel econ, city/hwy None      
Tow cap 5100 lb      
Curb weight 4628 lb      
Payload 4310 lb      
Cargo cap 283.0-530.0 cu ft      
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