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


AWD Crossover -- (Chevy - Lincoln)
Vehicle Chevy Traverse/ GMC Acadia Dodge Journey Ford Edge Ford Flex
Base price $31,999/$34,615 $26,695 $32,845 $34,625
Wheelbase 118.9 in 113.8 in 111.2 in 117.9 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt eng     3.7L V-6 $6000 3.5L T V-6 $6020
Power 281-288 hp 173 hp 265 hp 262 hp (355)
Torque 266-270 lb-ft 166 lb-ft 250 lb-ft 248 lb-ft (350)
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 245/70R17 225/65R17 235/65R17 235/60R17
Fuel cap 22.0 gal 21.1 gal 19.0 gal 18.6 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 mpg 16/24 mpg 18/25 (19/23) mpg 16/22 (16/22) mpg
Seat cap 8 7 5 7
Weight 4950 lb 4200 lb 4250 lb 4650 lb
GVWR 6459 lb 5600 lb 5300 lb 5500 lb (est)
Cargo cap 116.4 cu ft 67.6 cu ft 68.9 cu ft 83.2 cu ft
Towing cap 5200 lb 2500 lb 3500 lb 4500 lb
 
Vehicle Infiniti EX35 Infiniti FX Lexus RX Lincoln MKT
Base price $36,825 $44,375 $40,650 $47,030
Wheelbase 110.2 in 113.6 in 107.9 in 117.9 in
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.7L DOHC V-6
Opt eng   5.0L V-8 $13,450 3.5L hyb $5750 3.5L T V-6 $3005
Power 297 hp 303 hp (390) 275 hp (295) 270 hp (355)
Torque 253 lb-ft 262 lb-ft (369) 257 lb-ft (234) 271 lb-ft (350)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt 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 Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/55R18 265/60R18 235/60R18 235/55R19
Fuel cap 20.0 gal 23.8 gal 19.2 gal (17.2) 18.6 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 16/23 mpg 16/21 mpg (14/20) 18/24 mpg (30/28) 16/22 mpg (16/21)
Seat cap 5 5 5 7
Weight 3950 lb 4300 lb 4350 lb 4800 lb
GVWR 5024 lb 5766 lb 5644 lb 5500 lb (est)
Cargo cap 47.4 cu ft 62.0 cu ft 80.3 cu ft 75.9 cu ft
Towing cap 1500 lb (est) 3500 lb 3500 lb 4500 lb


AWD Crossover -- (Lincoln - Volvo)
Vehicle Lincoln MKX Mazda CX-7 Mazda CX-9 Nissan Murano
Base price $42,075 $28,750 $31,320 $30,930
Wheelbase 111.2 in 108.3 in 113.2 in 111.2 in
Engine 3.7L DOHC V-6 2.3L DOHC T I-4 3.7L DOHC V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt eng        
Power 305 hp 244 hp 273 hp 265 hp
Torque 280 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 270 lb-ft 248 lb-ft
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 245/60R18 235/60R18 235/60R18 235/65R18
Fuel cap 19.0 gal 18.2 gal 20.1 gal 21.7 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 17/23 mpg 17/21 mpg 16/22 mpg 18/23 mpg
Seat cap 5 5 7 5
Weight 4450 lb 4000 lb 4550 lb 4050 lb
GVWR 5590 lb 4780 lb 6049 lb 5133 lb
Cargo cap 68.6 cu ft 58.6 cu ft 100.7 cu ft 64.5 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 2000 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb
 
Vehicle Subaru Outback Subaru Tribeca Toyota Highlander Volvo XC60
Base price $23,920 $31,220 $30,955 $35,275
Wheelbase 107.9 in 108.2 in 109.8 in 108.2 in
Engine 2.5L SOHC F-4 3.6L DOHC F-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.2L DOHC I-6
Opt eng 3.6L V-6 $5000   3.3L hyb $7345 3.0L I-6 T $4000
Power 170 hp (256) 256 hp 270 hp (231) 240 hp (300)
Torque 170 lb-ft (247) 247 lb-ft 248 lb-ft (215) 236 lb-ft (325)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt 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 Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 215/70R16 255/55R18 245/65R17 235/65R17
Fuel cap 18.5 gal 16.9 gal 19.2 gal (17.2) 18.5 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 22/29 (18/25) mpg 16/21 mpg 17/22 (28/28) mpg 18/24-25 (17/22) mpg
Seat cap 5 7 7 5
Weight 3400 lb 4200 lb 4045 lb 4000 lb
GVWR 4800 lb 5600 lb 6000 lb 5368 lb
Cargo cap 71.3 cu ft 74.4 cu ft 95.4 cu ft 67.4 cu ft
Towing cap 3000 lb 3500 lb 5000 lb 3300 lb

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