Winner: Toyota Highlander
Runner-Up: Chevrolet Traverse

This is the hottest category on the market, with the most segment-straddling models. What is a Honda Accord Crosstour, or a Toyota Venza? Didn't the Subaru Outback used to be a station wagon? The crossover category is a tough one to define, but for us, 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 offers as much SUV-like capability as possible. Thus the Highlander wins. It doesn't do trails, but offers a choice of three engines, can tow up to 5000 pounds, and seats seven. It may not be the most exciting, but will provide up to 27 mpg while catering to your people- and gear-hauling needs.

AWD Crossover -- (Audi - Chevy)
Vehicle Audi Q7 Buick Enclave Cadillac SRX Chevy Equinox/ GMC Terrain
Base price $47,125 $38,390 $41,630 $25,240/$26,745
Wheelbase 118.2 in 119.0 in 110.5 in 112.5 in
Engine 3.0L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.0L DOHC V-6 2.4L DOHC I-4
Opt eng 3.0L TD $5200, 3.0L SC V-6 $13,200   2.8L T V-6 $9160 3.0L V-6 $3300/ $3,310
Power 272 h 225,333) 288 hp 265 hp (300) 182 hp (264)
Torque 295 lb-ft (406,325) 270 lb-ft 223 lb-ft (295) 172 lb-ft (222)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt 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 Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/55R18 255/65R18 235/65R17 225/65R17
Fuel cap 26.4 gal 22.0 gal 21.0 gal 18.8 gal (20.9)
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/22 (17/25, 16/22) mpg 16/22 mpg 17/23 (15/22) mpg 20/29 (17/24) mpg
Seat cap 7 8 5 5
Weight 5200 lb 5000 lb 4300 lb 3750 lb
GVWR 6746 lb 6460 lb 5467 lb 4101 lb
Cargo cap 72.5 cu ft 115.3 cu ft 61.2 cu ft 63.7 cu ft
Towing cap 6600 lb 4500 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb