Acura MDX

Base Price: $44,175
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The popular seven-seat MDX carries over unchanged for another model year. The last update was a 2010 refresh that added Acura's controversial family grille and a powertrain upgrade to a 3.7L V-6 with 300 hp and six-speed automatic. The next-generation MDX has been spotted testing and is expected to bow for the 2014 model year. An improved powertrain and a more usable third-row seat likely are on the agenda.

Look For: A possible hybrid-drive AWD model to join the lineup eventually.

Sum Up: New Infiniti JX could encroach on MDX territory.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Acura MDX
Base Engine 3.7L/300-hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.8 sec
Tow/Payload 5000/1300-1400 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16/21 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: 0


Acura RDX

Base Price: $35,215-$36,615
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A full redesign for the 2013 model year is highlighted by cleaner and smoother exterior styling, a powertrain transplant, and an enhanced cabin. The RDX now features a more fuel-efficient 3.5L V-6 and a 6A with paddle shifters, up 33 hp on the outgoing model's turbo-four and 5A combo. "Super Handling" RWD replaced by the AWD system found on the new Honda CR-V. Pandora and push-button start are standard.

Cool Fact: The new RDX received the highest safety rating from the IIHS.

Sum Up: Less cutting-edge crossover for a more mature buyer.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Acura RDX
Base Engine 3.5L/273-hp/251-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.2-6.4 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500/950 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-20/27-28 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Acura ZDX

Base Price: $47,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Introduced in 2010, the boldly styled but slow-selling ZDX receives a mid-cycle refresh for the 2013 model year. Although Acura's controversial power plenum grille isn't going anywhere, it will likely be toned down. The ZDX will also be offered in a single loaded trim, with new technology including Pandora Internet radio and SMS text messaging.

Cool Fact: The ZDX was the first Acura fully designed at the brand's SoCal design studio.

Sum Up: Refresh may not be enough.

Star Rating: ***


Acura ZDX
Base Engine 3.7L/300-hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec
Tow/Payload 1500/1050-1100 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16/23 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: S*
* Estimated


Audi Allroad

Base Price: $40,495
Body Type: SUV

What's New: After a long hiatus, an Allroad model returns to our shores. The 2013 Allroad starts life as an A4 Avant wagon and is treated to higher ground clearance, larger tires, contrasting plastic body cladding that can be painted to match, and an 8A trans. Underbody skidplates provide extra protection for off-road excursions.

Cool Fact: The Allroad is almost as off-road-capable as a Q5, but more fun on the pavement.

Sum up: Audi helps customers decide between a wagon and an SUV.

Star Rating: ****


Audi Allroad
Base Engine 2.0L/211-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec
Tow/Payload 1100/1000 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20/27 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Audi Q3 (2014)

Base Price: $31,000-$34,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Q3 reached Europe last year, but Audi was hesitant to bring its new compact crossover to the U.S. With the arrival of the BMW X1, Audi seems to have had a change of heart. The Q3 slots below the Q5 and should be powered by Audi's ubiquitous 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder. It sports many of Audi's familiar styling cues, including the gaping front grille and available LED daytime running lights.

Look For: An RS version, should BMW make an X1 M.

Sum up: Looks like a Q5 washed in too-hot water.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Audi Q3 (2014)
Base Engine 2.0L/211-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine None*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 7-sp twin-cl auto*
0-60 MPH 6.5-7.0 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy N/A
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
* Estimated


Audi Q5

Base Price: $36,500-$51,000
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 Audi Q5 enters the showroom with mild visual tweaks and new powertrains. The 211-hp, 2.0L turbo-four is untouched, but the 3.2L V-6 is replaced with a supercharged 3.0L good for 272 hp. The new Q5 hybrid combines a 211-hp turbo-four engine with a 54-hp electric motor. Also new is the Q5 TDI, powered by a 3.0L turbodiesel V-6.

Driver's Choice: The supercharged V-6 pulls the Q5 to 60 mph in fewer than 6 seconds.

Sum Up: Three new powertrains and a nip/tuck.

Star Rating: ****1/2


Audi Q5
Base Engine 2.0L/211-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L turbo I-4 + elec, 255 hp; 3.0L/272-hp/295-lb-ft s'chg'd V-6; 3.0L/ 245-hp/428-lb-ft t-diesel V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 8A/7-sp twin-cl auto
0-60 MPH 5.9-7.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 4400/1050 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-24/23-32 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Audi Q7

Base Price: $47,695-$52,895
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The big news for the 2013 Q7 is the updated TDI model. The turbocharged 3.0L V-6 diesel now produces 240 hp, though torque remains at 406 lb-ft. Audi says the TDI has accounted for 40 percent of Q7 sales. That number should improve with the tweaked engine. Inside, the optional MMI Navigation Plus can now handle up to eight devices and the rear entertainment system gets an upgraded screen.

Cool Fact: The new diesel engine is also 55 lb lighter.

Sum Up: A lighter and stronger oil-burner.

Star Rating: ****


Audi Q7
Base Engine 3.0L/280-hp/295-lb-ft s'chg'd V-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/240-hp/406-lb-ft t-diesel V-6; 3.0L/333-hp/325-lb-ft s'charged V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
0-60 MPH 7.3-8.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 5500-6600/1300 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-19/22-28 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated