BMW X1

Base Price: $31,545-$39,345
Body Type: SUV

What's New: BMW's smallest crossover finally makes its way to the U.S. Our market gets an exclusive 300-hp, 300-lb-ft turbo 3.0L I-6 model available in AWD only. Models with the 240-hp, 260-lb-ft turbo 2.0L I-4 come in rear- or all-wheel drive. The front end is highlighted by LED accent lights and halo rings surrounding the headlights. The rear gets standard LED taillights.

Best Buy: The rear-drive, four-cylinder sDrive28i offers fun and practicality.

Sum Up: Most affordable BMW in the lineup.

Star Rating: (not rated)


BMW X1
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, RWD/AWD, 6A/8A
0-60 MPH 5.3-6.3 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A/904 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-24/27-33 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


BMW X3

Base Price: $39,395-$44,495
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A new turbo 2.0L I-4 replaces the X3's base I-6. All models receive standard Auto Stop/Start tech and an Eco Pro mode that optimizes drivetrain and climate control settings to maximize efficiency. The xDrive28i now gets standard 18-inch wheels, power liftgate, and chrome exhaust tips. The M Sport package adds 19-inch alloys. New Driver Assistance Package includes Lane Departure Warning.

Driver's Choice: The X3 xDrive35i is among the fastest crossovers available.

Sum Up: More frugal with addition of four-cylinder.

Star Rating: ****


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, RWD/AWD, 8A
0-60 MPH 5.6-6.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1000 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-21/26-28 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


BMW X5

Base Price: $48,395-$89,745
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The X5 carries over its muscular styling and array of powertrain options. Base models are still powered by BMW's 300-hp, 300-lb-ft turbo 3.0L I-6. Models equipped with the M Sport package can now add the M Performance package, which boosts power by 15 hp and 30 lb-ft for the xDrive35i or 40 hp and 30 lb-ft for the xDrive50i. The package also includes black chrome exhaust tips and stainless steel pedals.

Look For: A next-gen X5 to break cover soon.

Sum Up: Well-rounded luxury SUV awaiting replacement.

Star Rating: ****


BMW X5
Base Engine 3.0L/300-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-6
Opt Engine 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 6000/950-1300 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-16/17-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O


BMW X6

Base Price: $60,695-$93,975
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The face-lifted X6 now sports wider kidney grilles and a redesigned front fascia. Full LED headlights are added as a stand-alone option for all X6 versions. An M Performance package is now available for xDrive35i and xDrive50i models. It includes a software upgrade that boosts power by 15 hp and 30 lb-ft for the turbo-six and 40 hp and 30 lb-ft for the V-8. The ActiveHybrid model has been dropped.

Avoid: Planning long trips in the X6, as cargo space is limited.

Sum Up: Still difficult to justify against the X5.

Star Rating: ***


BMW X6
Base Engine 3.0L/300-hp/300-lb-ft turbo I-6
Opt Engine 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 4.0-5.9 sec
Tow/Payload 6000/904 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-16/17-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Buick Enclave

Base Price: $37,500-$39,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Refreshed for 2013, the Enclave receives updated exterior and interior styling and additions. A new center stack features a sharper touch-screen and standard IntelliLink infotainment system. A rearview camera and LED daytime running lights are also standard. Power still comes from a 3.6L V-6, though the 6A is updated to improve shift smoothness.

Cool Fact: GM's front center airbag deploys between the front seats in the event of a crash.

Sum Up: The CUV that revived Buick gets a touch-up.

Star Rating: ***


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 4500/1500-1650 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/22-24 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: S; BMS: O
* Estimated


Buick Encore

Base Price: $27,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The new Encore compact luxury crossover offers the Enclave's good looks and host of premium features in a smaller package. Based on a new dedicated CUV platform, the Encore is smaller than GM's other crossovers and is powered by a 140-hp, 148-lb-ft, 1.4L turbo I-4 mated to a 6A. FWD and AWD layouts will be offered with Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system standard.

Cool Fact: GM has mulled offering a "Baby Enclave" since at least 2009.

Sum Up: Can premium be this small?

Star Rating: (not rated)


Buick Encore
Base Engine 1.4L/140-hp/148-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH N/A
Tow/Payload N/A/1065 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not rated
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: O; BMS: O


Cadillac Escalade/ESV/EXT

Base Price: $64,000-$88,000*
Body Type: SUV, pickup

What's New: The Escalade continues into 2013 with few changes. Cadillac made improvements to grade-braking performance and also added new exterior colors for select models. The SUV is still powered by a 6.2L V-8. Also still available is the hybrid model, which produces a combined 332 hp from its drivetrain. The Escalade Platinum offers features like LED headlights and GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension.

Avoid: Fainting when you see the price tag.

Sum Up: Aging luxe-UV still impresses, but needs an update.

Star Rating: ***


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
* Estimated


Cadillac SRX

Base Price: $37,000-$44,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The face-lifted SRX gets revised styling and new equipment. The interior has been quiet-tuned with active noise cancellation, and the center stack receives Cadillac's new CUE infotainment system. New packages offer adaptive cruise control, radar-based automatic braking, and a Safety Alert Seat system that vibrates to warn drivers of danger.

Cool Fact: Cadillac's touch-screen CUE interface is the first automotive application of haptic feedback.

Sum Up: Still hot on the Lexus RX's heels.

Star Rating: ****


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 3500/1100-1250 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: S
* Estimated