The truck, SUV, and van markets continue to be reshaped by the new automotive realities. Fuel efficiency has become an ever greater part of the equation, with trucks like Ford's EcoBoost F-150 proving that buyers are ready for new powertrain options. Crossovers of all shapes and sizes dominate the SUV segment as traditional body-on-frame SUVs become ever more endangered -- with the Nissan Pathfinder the latest to make the switch to a unibody layout. Even the venerable Ford E-Series people hauler is reaching the end of the line, soon to be replaced by a version the European-derived Ford Transit van.

To make it easier for you to navigate the ever-changing landscape, we've put together our 2013-2014 Truck Trend SUV, Truck, and Van Buyer's Guide. In all, we've covered 125 models to help you make the most informed decision possible when it comes to buying a new truck, SUV, or van.

STAR RATING:

Beats Walking *
For Your Neighbors **
Right On The Money ***
Fuel For Your Soul ****
Drive Before You Die *****

KEY:

5M: 5-speed manual
6A: 6-speed automatic
7-sp auto-cl man: 7-speed auto-clutch manual
8-sp twin-cl auto: 8-speed twin-clutch auto
BMS: Blindspot monitoring system
Rear cam: Rear view camera
FWD: Front-wheel drive
AWD: All-wheel drive
RWD: Rear-wheel drive
S: Standard; O: Optional; N/A: Not available

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

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

Chevrolet Avalanche

Base Price: $37,000-$50,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: Chevy's dual-purpose SUT gets rear park assist, a rearview camera, power-adjustable pedals, foglights, and remote start. A commemorative Black Diamond edition marks the Avalanche's final production year with special badges and body-color bed surrounds. Fairway Metallic will be available as a new exterior color, and prices are reduced. Dealer-installed heated seat kits are also an option.

Look For: The end of the half-SUV/half-truck hybrid era.

Sum Up: Great start couldn't keep it from fading into automotive history.

Star Rating: *1/2


Chevrolet Avalanche
Base Engine 5.3L/320-hp/335-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.4-8.8 sec
Tow/Payload 7900-8100/1300-1350 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15/21 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Chevrolet Colorado (2014)

Base Price: $19,000-$25,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: Chevrolet is hard at work readying its Wentzville, Missouri, plant for production of the new Colorado, a version of which is already on sale overseas. Details on U.S.-spec models haven't been released, but engine choices could include GM's 2.5L I-4, 2.0L turbo I-4, with a 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel I-4 as a long shot. Configuration options should include three cab choices and two bed lengths.

Cool Fact: The Colorado's gauge cluster is influenced by the Camaro.

Sum Up: Hopes to take the fight to -- and market share from -- Toyota Tacoma.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Chevrolet Colorado (2014)
Base Engine 2.5L/202-hp/191-lb-ft I-4*
Opt Engine 2.8L/180-hp/346-lb-ft t'diesel I-4*
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5M/6M/6A*
0-60 MPH N/A
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy N/A
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A*
* Estimated


Chevrolet Equinox

Base Price: $24,500-$32,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A more powerful 3.6L V-6 replaces the existing 3.0L as the optional engine. New infotainment options include Chevrolet MyLink with navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system. An eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat is new, as is a safety package with forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and rear park assist.

Cool Fact: New 3.6L matches the old 3.0L's fuel economy while adding more power and torque.

Sum Up: Competent SUV finally gets a real V-6.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Equinox
Base Engine 2.4L/182-hp/172-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/301-hp/272-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.8-9.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/1200 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-22/23-32 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Chevrolet Express

Base Price: $26,315-$35,995*
Body Type: Full-size Van

What's New: Rear-vision camera, rear park assist, and navigation radio are available on LS and LT trim levels in both the passenger and cargo van configurations.

Cool Fact: The first Chevrolet van, known as the G-Series, was introduced in early calendar year 1964. It was based on the Corvair and replaced the smaller Greenbriar, which was inspired by the VW Transporter.

Sum Up: With the Ford E-Series quickly approaching Shady Acres and the Ram Van long discontinued, the Express and Savana are your only real choice for a traditional American full-size van.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Express
Base Engine 4.3L/195-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 4.8L/280-hp/295-lb-ft V-8, 5.3L/310-hp/334-lb-ft V-8, 6.0L/324-hp/373-lb-ft V-8, 6.6L/260-hp/525-lb-ft turbodiesel V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 4A/6A
0-60 MPH 9.0-11.0 sec (est)
Tow/Payload 6500-10000/2287-4187 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-16/17-20 mpg 
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 4; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Silverado

Base Price: $23,500-$49,500*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: After getting minor styling revisions and content updates in 2012, the Silverado 1500 will continue for 2013 with few changes. A new powertrain grade-braking feature for the 6A holds speed by downshifting to a lower gear when traveling downhill to prevent the brakes from overheating. Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic are new exterior colors.

Look For: Huge 2013 Silverado rebates as Chevrolet prepares for the new 2014 model.

Sum Up: Update is right around the corner.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Silverado
Base Engine 4.3L/195-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 4.8L/302-hp/305-lb-ft V-8; 5.3L/315-hp/335-lb-ft V-8; 6.0L V-8 + elec, 332 hp; 6.2L/403-hp/417-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.8-8.5 sec
Tow/Payload 5900-10,700/1500-2000 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-20/18-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Silverado HD

Base Price: $30,000-$47,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: Chevrolet updates its heavy-duty pickup for 2013 with an available bi-fuel natural gas system on 2500HD extended cab models powered by the gasoline engine. The Duramax turbodiesel engine is now offered in 3500HD Chassis Cabs and Silverado models with the pickup box-delete option. New exterior colors include Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic.

Cool Fact: Gasoline engine became E85-capable for 2012.

Sum Up: Capable package hidden beneath a dated exterior and interior.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Chevrolet Silverado HD
Base Engine 6.0L/360-hp/380-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.6L/397-hp/765-lb-ft t-diesel V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.0-8.3 sec
Tow/Payload 9100-21,700/4050-6650 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not Rated
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6: rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Suburban

Base Price: $43,000-$59,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Modest updates include the above mentioned powertrain grade-braking feature for the 6A. Champagne Silver Metallic, Concord Metallic, and Blue Ray Metallic have been added as exterior paint choices. For the 2012 model year, a hard-drive-based touch-screen navigation system became available.

Look For: An all-new Suburban model will be on the market within a couple of years.

Sum Up: Aging SUV still looks good for a nearly 80-year-old nameplate.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Suburban
Base Engine 5.3L/320-hp/355-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.0L/352-hp/382-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.8-8.8 sec
Tow/Payload 8000-9600/1500-2400 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 10-15/15-21 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Tahoe

Base Price: $40,000-$57,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Chevrolet has endowed the 2013 Tahoe with a few minor updates, including three new exterior paint colors: Champagne Silver Metallic, Concord Metallic, and Blue Ray Metallic. The 6A gains the new powertrain grade-braking feature that holds speed by downshifting to a lower gear when traveling downhill to prevent the brakes from overheating.

Avoid: The hybrid. It could take decades to recoup the price difference through fuel savings.

Sum Up: Easier to park than a Suburban, but nearly as expensive.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Tahoe
Base Engine 5.3L/320-hp/335-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.0L V-8 + elec, 332 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.0-9.0 sec
Tow/Payload 5900-8500/1400-1800 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-20/21-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Traverse

Base Price: $31,000-$42,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 Traverse features refreshed exterior styling, highlighted by a front end reminiscent of the all-new 2014 Impala. Inside, the Traverse gains more refinement with softer materials and tighter panel gaps. Chevy's MyLink infotainment system is now available. Chevrolet claims it has improved the Traverse's handling to give it a more car-like ride.

Cool Fact: The Traverse is one of the first GM vehicles fitted with a front center airbag.

Sum Up: Chevy's answer to the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and the Chrysler seen below.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Chevrolet Traverse
Base Engine 3.6L/281-288-hp/266-270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.7-8.2 sec
Tow/Payload 5200/1550-1750 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chrysler Town & Country

Base Price: $31,000-$40,000*
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: All 2013 Chrysler Town & Country models get leather seating and an industry-first Blu-Ray player with a high-resolution screen as an available option. All trims can be had with navigation and the brand's Uconnect Web mobile hotspot system. A moonroof is available on Touring L and Limited models. Trailer sway damping and power-folding mirrors are standard on Limited and optional for Touring L.

Cool Fact: The Town & Country can also be had with a third-row screen.

Sum Up: Chrysler remains a strong player in the segment it created.

Star Rating: ****


Chrysler Town & Country
Base Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec
Seats/Foldaway 7/2nd, 3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/25 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O

Dodge Durango

Base Price: $30,000-$44,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A new Rallye appearance pack for 2013. Available with the V-6, the Rallye pack includes R/T appearance with V-6 fuel economy. R/T models are now available with heated and cooled Nappa leather seats and new safety tech. Second-row captain's chairs are available with two center consoles, including one with walk-through capability.

Cool Fact: The Durango shares its underpinnings with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Sum Up: One of our favorite seven-seat crossovers.

Star Rating: ****


Dodge Durango
Base Engine 3.6L/290-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.7L/360-hp/390-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 5A/6A
0-60 MPH 7.3-9.0 sec
Tow/Payload 6200-7400/1300-1450 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-16/20-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O


Dodge Grand Caravan

Base Price: $20,990-$30,990
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: The base Grand Caravan AVP gets a $1000 price drop. Topline Grand Caravan Crew and R/T models get Blu-Ray players with screens in the back of the driver and front-passenger headrests as a segment first. The Blu-Ray player includes HDMI inputs for video game systems and can play DVDs as well as Blu-Ray discs.

Cool Fact: A Grand Caravan R/T beat a Dodge Avenger in Autocross during our 2012 Car of the Year program.

Sum Up: The man van gets cheaper and manlier.

Star Rating: ****


Dodge Grand Caravan
Base Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec
Seats/Foldaway 7/2nd, 3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/25 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O


Dodge Journey

Base Price: $19,990-$29,990
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Just minor changes for 2013. Dodge drops the price of the Crew by $200 and adds premium leather along with heated front seats and steering wheel. Range-topping R/T models get a $1000 price drop plus standard perforated leather seats, heated steering wheel, red interior stitching, and a performance suspension. All 2013 Journeys now have a max air conditioning climate control setting.

Best Buy: The V-6 to avoid the I-4/4A combo.

Sum Up: Low on price, high on content.

Star Rating: ****


Dodge Journey
Base Engine 2.4L/173-hp/166-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 4A/6A
0-60 MPH 7.5-9.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2500/1200-1600 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-19/24-26 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Ford C-Max/C-Max Energi

Base Price: $25,995-$33,745
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: The C-Max Hybrid and its plug-in hybrid variant, the C-Max Energi, are new to the U.S. Already available in Europe with conventional powertrains, these hybrid mini-minivans are Ford's attempt to steal some of the Prius' thunder. Ford expects the C-Max Hybrid to net 47 mpg in the city and the C-Max Energi to net 95 mpg-e combined with a 550-mile highway range.

Cool Fact: C-Max Energi can travel 20 miles purely on electricity.

Sum Up: Gunning for the Prius V.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Ford C-Max/C-Max Energi
Base Engine 2.0L I-4 + elec, 188 hp*
Opt Engine 188-hp elec + 2.0L I-4*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, CVT
0-60 MPH 9.0-10.0 sec*
Seats/Foldaway 5/2nd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 47/47 mpg, 95 mpg-e combined*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles*
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O*
* Estimated


Ford Edge

Base Price: $28,350-$37,935
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Edge gained the 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 last year, so not much changes for 2013. All-wheel drive is added to base SE models, and the 6A transmission is now available with a sport mode. The Edge SEL gets unique leather and Alcantara seats, a body-color grille, and exclusive 20-inch wheels. The 305-hp Edge Sport is unchanged.

Best Buy: If fuel economy is your priority, the Edge EcoBoost gets 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

Sum Up: Ford's larger-than-life crossover stays the course.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Ford Edge
Base Engine 3.5L/285-hp/253-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.7L/305-hp/280-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.1-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/900 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-21/23-30 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O
* Estimated


Ford Escape

Base Price: $23,295-$31,195
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 Ford Escape is all-new and features attractive styling, two new engines, and many new tech features. Highlights include two new turbocharged EcoBoost I-4s: a 1.6L unit and a 2.0L mill. The Escape also gets MyFord Touch and Sync, as well as industry-first features like an optional tailgate that opens with a kick of the foot.

Best Buy: The 1.6L EcoBoost-equipped Escape is our favorite compact crossover.

Sum Up: The new segment leader.

Star Rating: ****


Ford Escape
Base Engine 2.5L/168-hp/170-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/178-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.8-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-23/28-33 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O
* Estimated


Ford Expedition/EL

Base Price: $38,595-$50,425
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Limited and King Ranch models get 20-inch chrome wheels and offer a dual headrest-mounted rear-seat DVD system. King Ranch models get a chrome roof rack and side mirrors standard. An integrated trailer brake controller is now included in the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. There are three new colors.

Look For: An updated Expedition with EcoBoost power in the coming years.

Sum Up: Dinosaurs aren't extinct...yet.

Star Rating: *1/2


Ford Expedition/EL
Base Engine 5.4L/310-hp/365-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.1-8.7 sec
Tow/Payload 8700-9200/1550-1650 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-14/18-20 mpg (EL: N/A)
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Ford Explorer

Base Price: $29,695-$41,545
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Ford is expanding the lineup for 2013 with the new Explorer Sport, which gets the automaker's 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6. Other Sport upgrades include a stiffer chassis, sport-tuned steering, unique 20-inch wheels, and a unique blackout grille. All 2013 Explorers get the latest version of Ford's Sync with MyFord Touch infotainment system.

Cool Fact: The California Highway Patrol has selected the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility as its next cruiser.

Sum Up: Big on the outside, small on the inside.

Star Rating: **1/2


Ford Explorer
Base Engine 3.5L/290-hp/255-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.5L/350-hp/350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.0-9.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-5000/N/A lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-20/23-28 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O
* Estimated


Ford E-Series

Base Price: $30,000-$44,000*
Body Type: Full-size Van

What's New: No major changes for 2013 model year. All-new 2014 T-Series vans based on European Transit due later in calendar year 2013. Ford's Sync system was added in 2010, and Ford Work Solutions was first offered in 2009.

Cool Fact: Ford plans on briefly selling the E-Series side-by-side with the new Transit, giving its customers a choice in full-size vans.

Sum Up: The curtain is starting to come down on this staple of Ford's lineup for more than 50 years. America, get ready for the new, more efficient, more versatile Transit.

Star Rating: **


Ford E-Series
Base Engine 4.6L/225-hp/286-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engines 5.4L/255-hp/350-lb-ft V-8, 6.8L/305-hp/420-lb-ft V-10
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD, 4A/5A
0-60 MPH 10.0-11.0 sec (est)
Tow/Payload 5600-10,000/2820-3920 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-13/16-17 mpg 
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 2; rear cam: O, BMS: O


Ford F-150

Base Price: $24,500-$50,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: A new grille on most models, Sync with MyFord Touch, and available HID headlights. Ford adds the new upmarket Limited trim level this year: unique 22-inch wheels, box-side lettering, full-grain leather, and high-quality trim pieces. Besides HIDs and Sync, the SVT Raptor gets optional beadlock-capable wheels and a desert camouflage color.

Cool Fact: The take rate on the 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 is more than 40 percent.

Sum Up: 2012 Motor Trend Truck of the Year gets updated.

Star Rating: ****1/2


Ford F-150
Base Engine 3.7L/302-hp/278-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L/365-hp/420-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 5.0L/360-hp/380-lb-ft V-8; 6.2L/411-hp/434-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.2-7.4 sec
Tow/Payload 5500-11,300/920-3120 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 11-17/16-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Ford Flex

Base Price: $31,710-$45,155
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The refreshed Flex gets a distinctive new nose that updates the old boxy design, plus new headlights and dual chrome exhaust tips. Inside, the 2013 Flex gets the newest version of MyFord Touch, and new seats, steering wheel, and instrument panel. Though engines are mostly unchanged, the Flex's 6A now has select-shift capability.

Driver's Choice: Despite its price, the 365-hp twin-turbo Flex Limited EcoBoost is hard to turn down.

Sum Up: Why buy a minivan?

Star Rating: ***1/2


Ford Flex
Base Engine 3.5L/287-hp/254-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L/365-hp/350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 5.9-8.3 sec*
Tow/Payload 4500/N/A lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-18/23-25 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O
* Estimated


Ford Super Duty

Base Price: $30,000-$65,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: Ford's Super Duty pickup lineup gets a minor update for 2013 in the form of the new Platinum trim level. The luxury variant includes a satin chrome grille and chrome trim throughout the exterior. Inside, the Platinum gets premium leather and real wood trim. A new truck-specific version of Sync with MyFord Touch also becomes available.

Cool Fact: A lightly modified diesel F-250 topped out at 182 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Sum Up: Blue-collar truck gets a little luxury.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Ford Super Duty
Base Engine 6.2L/385-hp/405-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.7L/400-hp/800-lb-ft t-diesel V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.3-9.2 sec
Tow/Payload 12,000-24,700/3000-7200 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not Rated
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Ford Transit Connect

Base Price: $23,200-$24,825
Body Type: Van

What's New: The Ford Transit Connect Electric is no longer available. The sole powerplant is the 2.0L I-4, which runs on gasoline but can be converted to use Compressed Natural/Liquefied Petroleum Gas. Otherwise, the Transit Connect, available as a traditional van or as a "wagon" with seating for five passengers and their luggage, remains unchanged.

Look For: A stylish new Transit Connect with a modern transmission and EcoBoost engines in the next few years.

Sum Up: In a class of one until the Nissan NV200 debuts.

Star Rating: ***


Ford Transit Connect
Base Engine 2.0L/136-hp/128-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 4A
0-60 MPH 12.3 sec
Seats/Foldaway 2-5/2nd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-22/27 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 4; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A

GMC Acadia

Base Price: $34,000-$47,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The refreshed GMC Acadia gets a bolder front end with LED daytime running lights. Inside are higher-quality materials. A color touch-screen infotainment system is standard; nav is optional. SLT and Denali models get an 8-way-power passenger seat. Denali also gets a power tilt/telescope steering wheel. Revised transmission and suspension settings.

Best Buy: The Acadia Denali for those who still don't want to be seen driving a Buick.

Sum Up: Much-needed update brings the Acadia up to date.

Star Rating: (not rated)


GMC Acadia
Base Engine 3.6L/288-hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.7-8.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 5200/1550-1750 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


GMC Savana

Base Price: $26,315-$35,995*
Body Type: Full-size Van

What's New: Rear-vision camera, rear park assist, and navigation radio are available on LS and LT trim levels in both the passenger and cargo van configurations.

Cool Fact: The Savana and its sister product Chevrolet Express are currently the only domestic-brand full-size vans on the market to offer a diesel engine option.

Sum Up: Over the next couple of years, Ram and Ford are going to have new full-size vans. For now, the Savana and Express continue to soldier on.

Star Rating: ***


GMC Savana
Base Engine 4.3L/195-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 4.8L/280-hp/295-lb-ft V-8, 5.3L/310-hp/334-lb-ft V-8, 6.0L/324-hp/373-lb-ft V-8, 6.6L/260-hp/525-lb-ft turbodiesel V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 4A/6A
0-60 MPH 9.0-11.0 sec (est)
Tow/Payload 6500-10000/2287-4187 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-16/17-20 mpg 
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 4; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


GMC Sierra

Base Price: $24,000-$50,500*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: An electronic trailer sway control, hill-start assist, power door locks, and cruise control became standard last year. For 2013, the Sierra gets the new powertrain grade-braking feature that holds speed by downshifting to a lower gear when traveling downhill to prevent the brakes from overheating. Sonoma Red and Heritage Blue are new exterior colors.

Cool Fact: Sierra models range from work truck to near Cadillac-level Denali.

Sum Up: Good as Silverado, but is it redundant?

Star Rating: ***


GMC Sierra
Base Engine 4.3L/195-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 4.8L/302-hp/305-lb-ft V-8; 5.3L/315-hp/335-lb-ft V-8; 6.0L V-8 + elec, 332 hp; 6.2L/403-hp/417-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.8-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 5900-10,700/1500-2000 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-20/18-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


GMC Sierra HD

Base Price: $30,500-$50,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: A new bi-fuel natural gas system is available on 2500HD extended cab models with the gasoline engine. Automatic transmissions backing gasoline engines gain the powertrain grade-braking function. The Sierra HD is available with three cab sizes, two bed lengths, and as a chassis-cab model. New exterior colors include Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic.

Cool Fact: The Sierra HD was all-new below the surface for 2011.

Sum Up: Very capable Silverado HD twin.

Star Rating: ***1/2


GMC Sierra HD
Base Engine 6.0L/360-hp/380-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.6L/397-hp/765-lb-ft t-diesel V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.0-8.3 sec
Tow/Payload 9100-21,700/4050-6650 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not Rated
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6: rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


GMC Terrain

Base Price: $27,000-$38,600*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: "Professional Grade" compact CUV's optional 264-hp, 3.0L V-6 is replaced by a more powerful yet equally efficient 301-hp, 3.6L V-6. The IntelliLink infotainment system integrates smartphones for hands-free operation. New Denali model features an 8-way-power seat, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and rear park assist. There are four new colors for 2013.

Cool Fact: The Terrain Denali has dual-flow dampers for a smoother ride.

Sum Up: Boxy SUV aims higher for 2013 with new engine and electronics.

Star Rating: ***


GMC Terrain
Base Engine 2.4L/182-hp/172-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/301-hp/272-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.1-9.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/1200 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-22/23-32 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
* Estimated


GMC Yukon/XL

Base Price: $41,500-$64,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: All Yukon and Yukon XL models except Yukon Hybrid receive the powertrain grade-braking feature that holds speed by downshifting to a lower gear when traveling downhill to prevent the brakes from overheating. Champagne Silver Metallic, Dark Blue Metallic, and Deep Indigo Metallic are new exterior paint options.

Look For: An all-new Yukon is on the horizon.

Sum Up: Cheaper than an Escalade, more upscale than a Tahoe/Suburban.

Star Rating: ***


GMC Yukon/XL
Base Engine 5.3L/320-hp/335-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.0L/352-hp/382-lb-ft V-8; 6.0L V-8 + elec, 332 hp; 6.2L/403-hp/417-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.4-9.0 sec
Tow/Payload 5700-9600/1400-1750 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-20/18-23 mpg (2500 N/A)
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O


Honda Crosstour

Base Price: $29,000-$36,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The uniquely styled Crosstour gets brawnier for 2013, with more masculine SUV-like looks and extra juice for the V-6, which is now mated to a 6A transmission with available paddle shifters. Fuel economy is slightly improved. Rear headrests are reshaped for better outward visibility, and a backup camera is now standard. Honda's new blind-spot system is optional.

Cool Fact: The Crosstour is available with Honda's new infotainment system.

Sum Up: Aging crossover gets a makeover.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Honda Crosstour
Base Engine 2.4L/192-hp/162-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/275-hp/254-lb-ft V-6*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5A/6A
0-60 MPH 7.2-9.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500/N/A lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-19/27-28 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
* Estimated


Honda CR-V

Base Price: $23,500-$27,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Fresh off a considerable redesign, this crossover marches into the 2013 model year unchanged. Part of the CR-V's full redesign included an exterior makeover and an upgraded interior with new tech and packaging. The CR-V also received a slightly more efficient and powerful 185-hp, 2.4L four-cylinder, paired to a 5A transmission. AWD is available. The CR-V's recent upgrades have helped it to remain a top seller for Honda.

Look For: Honda's new blind-spot monitoring on future CR-Vs.

Sum Up: The best compact crossover from the B-pillars back.

Star Rating: ****


Honda CR-V
Base Engine 2.4L/185-hp/163-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5A
0-60 MPH 8.4-9.1 sec
Tow/Payload 1500/N/A lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-23/30-31 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A


Honda Odyssey

Base Price: $29,500-$42,500*
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: A rearview camera is now standard equipment on all trim levels. Last year, the midlevel EX received standard Bluetooth, a USB audio interface, and Honda's 8-inch i-MID (Intelligent Media Information Display) interface. We expect the base LX will get a similar treatment, with standard Bluetooth and heated power side mirrors. Meanwhile, the EX will likely receive the leather-wrapped steering wheel from the EX-L.

Cool Fact: The rear DVD entertainment system has a split-screen feature.

Sum Up: Smooth rider will put the kids to sleep.

Star Rating: ****1/2


Honda Odyssey
Base Engine 3.5L/248-hp/250-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD 5A/6A
0-60 MPH 7.4-7.9 sec
Seats/Foldaway 7-8/3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-19/27-28 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O


Honda Pilot

Base Price: $29,500-$42,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Last year, Honda's 8-passenger SUV's cockpit area was updated and the front fascia received a more sophisticated look. Fuel economy was also improved for 2012, thanks to upgrades to its 250-hp, 3.5L V-6. All 2013 models now have a standard rearview camera, and the base Pilot is likely to receive standard Bluetooth and USB interfaces.

Cool Fact: Pilots with AWD can wade through as much as 19 inches of water.

Sum Up: Versatility and reliability in a box.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Honda Pilot
Base Engine 3.5L/250-hp/253-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5A
0-60 MPH 8.4 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-4500/N/A lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-18/24-25 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Honda Ridgeline

Base Price: $30,000-$36,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: Rearview camera is now standard on all trim levels, including the Sport trim introduced last year. Ridgeline Sports are outfitted with all-black wheels, side mirrors, door handles, and honeycomb grille. All other trims receive a modified grille and slight bump in highway fuel economy for the 2012 model year. The Ridgeline's fluid, one-piece appearance remains the vehicle's most distinctive--and controversial -- trait.

Cool Fact: The Ridgeline's in-bed trunk has 8.5 cubic feet of space.

Sum Up: Honda's truck-like truck keeps on truckin'.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Honda Ridgeline
Base Engine 3.5L/250-hp/247-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 5A
0-60 MPH 8.0 sec
Tow/Payload 5000/1500 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15/21 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A

Hyundai Santa Fe

Base Price: $30,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: With the discontinuation of the Veracruz, the third-generation Santa Fe becomes Hyundai's only 7-passenger vehicle. Powered by the 3.3L V-6, the Santa Fe can be ordered in front- or all-wheel-drive configuration. Few options are available, including a navigation system with an 8-inch screen.

Best Buy: Hate making decisions? The Santa Fe Limited makes almost everything standard.

Sum Up: May finally be ready to challenge the crossover kingpins.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Hyundai Santa Fe
Base Engine 3.3L/290-hp/252-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.0-7.5 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19/26 mpg*
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Base Price: $24,500-$32,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Despite the similar name, the two-row Santa Fe Sport differs considerably from the three-row Santa Fe and utilizes four-cylinder engines exclusively. A 190-hp, direct-injected 2.4L I-4 powers the base trim; a 264-hp 2.0L turbo four powers the higher-level 2.0T. As is the case with the bigger Santa Fe, the most notable interior option is the 8-inch navigation and infotainment screen.

Look For: New panoramic roof and blind-spot monitoring system.

Sum Up: More power, better fuel economy, and new looks should increase value quotient.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base Engine 2.4L/190-hp/181-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/264-hp/269-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.0-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-22/27-33 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Hyundai Tucson

Base Price: $20,700-$27,770
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Heated front seats, foglights, and automatic headlight control are now standard on the GLS trim. Limited models gain proximity key and push-button start. Last year, the Tucson received minor refinements, including Hyundai's active eco system, bigger brakes, and fuel tank.

Driver's Choice: The mechanically related Kia Sportage if you want a turbocharged 2.0L I-4.

Sum Up: In this segment, value only goes so far.

Star Rating: ***


Hyundai Tucson
Base Engine 2.0L/165-hp/146-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/170-176-hp/163-168-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/6A
0-60 MPH 8.2-10.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000/1100-1300 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-22/27-32 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Infiniti EX

Base Price: $37,000-$40,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The slow-selling EX gets a power boost for 2013; its 3.5L V-6 is replaced with a version of Infiiti's 3.7L. Power output for the wagonlike crossover is now 325 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The 7A remains the only transmission choice. Other than the new engine, not much has changed for the EX. The model still seats five and offers 18.6 cu ft of cargo space with rear seats in place.

Look For: A replacement to bow in the next couple years.

Sum Up: More G37 wagon than crossover.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Infiniti EX
Base Engine 3.7L/325-hp/269-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
0-60 MPH 5.5-6.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1010-1074 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18/25 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Infiniti FX

Base Price: $45,000-$61,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The only major change to the FX for 2013 is the replacement of its 3.5 V-6 with a 3.7L. A Limited Edition model is now offered exclusively with a Moonlight White exterior and Graphite interior color scheme. Iridium Blue exterior paint is available on all other models. The Moving Object Detection feature is added to the available Around View Monitor.

Driver's Choice: The FX50's V-8 grunt will please lead-footed crossover fans.

Sum Up: Appeals more to emotion than practicality.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Infiniti FX
Base Engine 3.7L/325-hp/269-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.0L/390-hp/369-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
0-60 MPH 5.2-6.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/1182-1213 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-17/20-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Infiniti JX

Base Price: $41,600-$43,000
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The JX is a new 7-passenger crossover powered by a 265-hp, 3.5L V-6 mated to a CVT. Offered in FWD and AWD, the JX boasts an impressive list of features that includes Infiniti's Moving Object Detection, Back-Up Collision Intervention, and Around View Monitor. The Infiniti Connection infotainment system is also available, as is a 15-speaker Bose audio system.

Cool Fact: The JX is the brand's first luxury vehicle to be built in Tennessee.

Sum Up: Infiniti ventures into the luxury people-mover segment.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Infiniti JX
Base Engine 3.5L/265-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
0-60 MPH 7.9 sec
Tow/Payload 3500/1450-1500 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18/23-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O


Infiniti QX

Base Price: $61,500-$64,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Infiniti's flagship QX56 SUV gets only minor changes for 2013. It receives auto-dimming sideview mirrors, and the brand's new Moving Object Detection feature is added to the standard Around View Monitor. The remote control for the available Theater package is upgraded along with the system's interface. Smoky Quartz replaces the previous Mountain Sage exterior color.

Cool Fact: The QX's Nissan Patrol roots lend to its off-road credentials.

Sum Up: A beast, on-road and off.

Star Rating: ****1/2


Infiniti QX
Base Engine 5.6L/400-hp/413-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
0-60 MPH 5.9-6.1 sec*
Tow/Payload 8500/1650-1700 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14/20 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
* Estimated

Jeep Compass

Base Price: $20,500-$24,500
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Compass gets minor revisions for 2013. Models with the 2.0L I-4 and 5M transmission now get 30 mpg on the highway, up from 29 mpg. All Compasses get two new colors for 2013: Winter Chill Pearl Coat and Black Forest Green Pearl Coat. The Compass and Patriot are expected to be replaced by a new single model soon, possibly as early as the 2014 model year.

Cool Fact: Trail Rated models are capable of fording up to 19 inches of water.

Sum Up: Lost in the Jeep lineup.

Star Rating: **


Jeep Compass
Base Engine 2.0L/158-hp/141-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/172-hp/165-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/CVT
0-60 MPH 9.2-10.1 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2000/900 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-23/23-30 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 4; rear cam: N/A, BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Jeep Grand Cherokee

Base Price: $28,500*-$63,415
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A new rock-crawl-ready trim level, dubbed the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. It comes with the V-6 or V-8 and includes 18-inch Kevlar-reinforced tires, rock rails, underbody protection, Quadra-Lift air suspension, Selec-Terrain, and more. The Trailhawk gets a Mineral Grey grille surround, mirrors, and wheels and a black hood decal with a red accent stripe.

Driver's Choice: New SRT8 Alpine edition for that extra curb appeal.

Sum Up: Jeep's best-seller for a reason.

Star Rating: ****


Jeep Grand Cherokee
Base Engine 3.6L/290-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.7L/360-hp/390-lb-ft V-8; 6.4L/470-hp/465-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD/AWD, 5A/6A
0-60 MPH 4.6-8.7 sec
Tow/Payload 5000-7400/1500-2050 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-17/18-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O


Jeep Liberty (2014)

Base Price: $25,000-$35,000
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Liberty as we know it (pictured) is long gone, but a new Liberty based on the Dodge Dart's platform will arrive in time for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Liberty may be powered by the Dart's 1.4L turbocharged I-4 and could be equipped with a downsized 3.2L Pentastar V-6 as an available option. Rumor has it the Liberty will come with Chrysler's new 9-sp automatic.

Avoid: The leftover 2012 Libertys. The new one will likely be worth it.

Sum Up: Liberty, Italian-style.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Jeep Liberty (2014)
Base Engine 1.4L/160-hp/148-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine 3.2L/240-hp/235-lb-ft V-6*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 9A*
0-60 MPH 7.8-8.8 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-4000/1000-1500 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-23/27-33 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O*
* Estimated


Jeep Patriot

Base Price: $17,000-$26,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: With the Jeep Patriot and its Compass sibling on the way out shortly for an all-new single model, Jeep has left the Patriot alone. Black Forest Green Pearl Coat and Winter Chill Pearl Coat have been added to the Patriot's palette. A 158-hp, 2.0L I-4 comes standard; a 172-hp, 2.4L I-4 is optional.

Look For: The coming Patriot/Compass replacement will likely come in FWD or AWD flavors, with an assortment of I-4 engines.

Sum Up: This Jeep cute-'ute never had a chance.

Star Rating: **


Jeep Patriot
Base Engine 2.0L/158-hp/141-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/172-hp/165-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/CVT
0-60 MPH 9.2-10.1 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2000/900 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-23/23-30 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 4; rear cam: N/A, BMS: N/A


Jeep Wrangler/Unlimited

Base Price: $23,500-$35,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Wrangler gets new seats said to be more comfortable on long drives and more supportive off-road. All Wranglers now have an optional premium soft top that's easier to operate and clean and reportedly reduces interior noise. Unlimited models get a revised soft top that's easier to operate by one person. Rubicon and Sahara models get new wheels.

Driver's Choice: Any of 'em. The Wrangler is fun to drive and remarkably good at making you feel like a kid again.

Sum Up: American icon gets continuous improvements.

Star Rating: *****


Jeep Wrangler/Unlimited
Base Engine 3.6L/285-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
0-60 MPH 6.6-6.7 sec
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/880-1000 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/20-21 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 2; rear cam: N/A, BMS: N/A


Kia Sorento

Base Price: $23,950-$34,200
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Sorento buyers can now opt for UVO, Kia's infotainment system, on the base LX model. LX models equipped with a V-6 now come standard with a third row of seats, which is optional on EX V-6 and SX models. A new convenience package adds features such as an 8-way-power driver's seat and floormats to the LX. Mid-level EX gets standard leather seats.

Look For: A made-over model with sleeker styling for the 2014 model year.

Sum Up: Price is right for this three-row SUV.

Star Rating: ***


Kia Sorento
Base Engine 2.4L/175-hp/169-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/276-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.7-9.6 sec
Tow/Payload 1650-3500/1600-1950 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-22/24-32 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Kia Sportage

Base Price: $19,500-$29,500
Body Type: SUV

What's New: LED lights are now standard on Sportage LX and EX models, and the range-topping SX receives daytime running lights. All trims get sunvisor extenders as a standard feature. A Blue interior package has been added for the EX that features dark blue cloth seats, interior accents, and a blackout headliner. Kia badges on the hood, liftgate, and steering wheel have been slightly tweaked.

Driver's Choice: The Turbo AWD model is the one to get.

Sum Up: High marks for looks, content, and value, but handling and ride are abysmal.

Star Rating: ***


Kia Sportage
Base Engine 2.4L/176-hp/168-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/260-hp/269-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
0-60 MPH 7.3-9.3 sec
Tow/Payload 2000/1250-1350 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-22/26-32 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A

Land Rover LR2

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

What's New: The artist formerly known as the Land Rover Freelander will feature a revised exterior that draws styling cues from the Range Rover Evoque. The cabin will be enhanced and new tech added to the mix. The biggest news is the arrival of a new engine for the LR2, more than likely the economical 240-hp, 2.0L turbocharged I-4 from the Evoque.

Avoid: Not straying off the beaten path. Like all Land Rovers, the LR2 loves the dirt.

Sum Up: New digs and new heart for capable off-roader.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Land Rover LR2
Base Engine 2.0L/240-hp/251-lb-ft turbo I-4*
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1100 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/26 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
* Estimated


Land Rover LR4

Base Price: $49,000-$55,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Significantly updated last year, the LR4 won't be receiving any groundbreaking changes for 2013. As part of its recent update, the luxurious off-roader got a slick set of redesigned wheels and an improved navigation and multimedia system. Minor updates for the 2013 model year should include new interior trim colors and an available blind-spot monitoring system.

Cool Fact: The new LR4 introduced in 2010 had more than 1300 new parts.

Sum Up: When a Range Rover Sport costs too much.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Land Rover LR4
Base Engine 5.0L/375-hp/375-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.9 sec
Tow/Payload 7716/1350 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/17 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O*


Land Rover Range Rover (2014)

Base Price: $81,000-$128,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Range Rover receives a full redesign with a more rakish greenhouse, tapered head- and taillights, and LED daytime running lights, while its extra-wide tailgate continues to define the Rangie's rear end. Its interior will closely mimic that of the new Evoque, including the large touch screen. Fuel economy will also improve, thanks in part to weight savings enabled through the extensive use of aluminum.

Cool Fact: Pope John Paul II used a Range Rover as his Popemobile in 1982.

Sum Up: The definition of prestige.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Land Rover Range Rover (2014)
Base Engine 5.0L/375-hp/375-lb-ft V-8*
Opt Engine 5.0L/510-hp/461-lb-ft s-charged V-8*
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 5.8-7.1 sec*
Tow/Payload 7716/1150-1350 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14/20 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 9; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Base Price: $44,500-$45,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Evoque was all-new for the 2012 model year, so it continues largely unchanged for 2013, although it may receive a smattering of technology updates including a blind-spot monitoring system. The slick compact crossover with its sleek, steeply sloping roofline is also available as a coupe. The Evoque's fantastic panoramic sunroof offers an amazing view, but a rumored drop-top version may offer an even better one.

Cool Fact: The Evoque was Motor Trend's 2012 Sport/Utility of the Year.

Sum Up: A real head-turner, designed with input from Victoria Beckham.

Star Rating: *****


Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Base Engine 2.0L/240-hp/251-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine none
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.7-7.0 sec
Tow/Payload 3500/1100 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18/28 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: O; BMS: O


Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Base Price: $62,000-$88,000
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Range Rover Sport Supercharged models now come standard with red Brembo brake calipers, though they can be painted black at no extra cost. Supercharged models also receive new wheels and new interior color combinations. Supercharged Limited Edition and GT Limited Edition models offer even more attitude with unique black wheels, shift paddles, and a premium audio system.

Look For: A Range Rover Sport tailored after the redesigned Range Rover.

Sum Up: Still a looker despite its age.

Star Rating: ****


Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Base Engine 5.0L/375-hp/375-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 5.0L/510-hp/461-lb-ft s-charged V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 5.9-7.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 7716/1100-1300 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-13/17-18 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Lexus GX

Base Price: $54,320
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Nothing. The GX carries over unchanged for 2013. In fact, the luxury SUV has been largely unchanged since it was last redesigned for the 2010 model year, making it overdue for an update. A face-lift to bring the GX in line with the brand's new corporate face and an 8A transmission are possible updates for 2014. For now, the luxury SUV continues to make do with a 301-hp, 4.6L V-8 and 6A.

Cool Fact: The GX is known overseas as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

Sum Up: Laying low, for now.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Lexus GX
Base Engine 4.6L/301-hp/329-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.9 sec
Tow/Payload 6500/1250 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15/20 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: O; BMS: O


Lexus LX

Base Price: $81,825
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The LX gets an updated front end that includes a spindle-shaped grille, LED daytime running lights, new bumper, and larger foglamps. Rearview mirrors get turn signal indicators. Changes to the interior include the addition of a 120-volt outlet in the middle row, chrome accents on the dash, and an "Easy Access" system that slides the seat back and moves the steering wheel out of the way when the car is turned off.

Avoid: Getting annoyed by the frequent fill-ups.

Sum Up: Luxurious land cruiser.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Lexus LX
Base Engine 5.7L/383-hp/403-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec
Tow/Payload 7000/1300 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/17 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: O; BMS: O


Lexus RX

Base Price: $40,205-$48,205
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The RX gains Lexus' now-familiar spindle grille along with a chiseled front fascia and new headlamps with LED running lights. The license plate surround gets a chrome strip above it, and a power-opening and closing liftgate is now standard across all model lines. A redesigned steering wheel, center console, and standard USB port are new. The more aggressive F Sport model joins the lineup.

Driver's Choice: The racy 8-sp automatic F Sport variant.

Sum Up: Midsize crossover gets a mid-cycle refresh.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Lexus RX
Base Engine 3.5L/270-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L V-6 + elec, 295 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A/8A/CVT
0-60 MPH 6.4-6.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1250-1400 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-32/24-28 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated

Lincoln MKT

Base Price: $46,160-$48,155
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Lincoln MKT gets a new front end and revamped interior with a new gauge cluster and interior colors. Base 3.7L V-6 gains 35 hp and 11 lb-ft of torque; EcoBoost models are up 10 hp. Lincoln Drive Control coordinates adjustable suspension, steering, drivetrain, and stability systems. New safety features include larger brakes, lane keeping system, and seatbelt airbags.

Cool Fact: MKT Town Car offers a front-drive variant with the 2.0-liter I-4.

Sum Up: New face, more power, and safety for Lincoln's flagship crossover.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Lincoln MKT
Base Engine 3.7L/303-hp/278-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L/365-hp/350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.1-7.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 4500/N/A lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/23-25 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
* Estimated


Lincoln MKX

Base Price: $40,420
Body Type: SUV

What's New: New safety features including Collision Warning with Brake Support and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. Sync now includes Operator Assist and a local Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Three new colors, a panoramic roof and 22-inch polished aluminum wheels round out the changes. The 305-hp, 3.7L V-6 remains the only engine offered.

Cool Fact: The 2013 MKX comes standard with Curve Control to keep the shiny side up.

Sum Up: Minor updates keep the MKX competitive against the Lexus RX.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Lincoln MKX
Base Engine 3.7L/305-hp/280-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.2-7.7 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/900 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-19/23-26 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Lincoln Navigator/L

Base Price: $59,000-$64,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Standard navigation features satellite radio with traffic info, fuel prices, weather conditions, sports scores, entertainment, and movie listings. Kodiak Brown, Ruby Red, and Midnight Sapphire are new exterior paint colors. The Navigator comes standard with Curve Control as part of the AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control system to keep the SUV on the road. Front and rear sensors work with rearview camera for easier maneuvering.

Avoid: Overpaying for a glorified Expedition.

Sum Up: Almost as old as the fuel that powers it.

Star Rating: *1/2


Lincoln Navigator/L
Base Engine 5.4L/310-hp/365-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.8-8.4 sec
Tow/Payload 8500-9000/1600-1650 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-14/18-20 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Maserati Kubang (2014)

Base Price: $80,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Maserati Kubang is the trident brand's new SUV. Aimed squarely at premium four-wheelers like the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the Kubang will share the Jeep Grand Cherokee's platform and will even be built in Detroit. We expect Euro-spec models to get a smaller V-6 and a diesel engine. Don't be surprised to see at least one of those in the U.S. alongside the V-8.

Look For: The Kubang to become one of Maserati's best-sellers.

Sum Up: One of two premium Italian SUVs on the horizon.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Maserati Kubang (2014)
Base Engine 4.7L/425-hp/361-lb-ft V-8*
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A*
0-60 MPH N/A
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy N/A
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
* Estimated


Mazda5

Base Price: $21,000-$24,500*
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: Not much changes for the Mazda5 mini-minivan, which was all-new last year. Inside, a USB port and driver-side seatback pocket are new additions. Cloth and leather seat trims and the shift knob have been revised. Outside mirrors with turn-signal lamps are also new. Touring and Grand Touring trims gain backup sensors, and there are three new paint choices. A Skyactiv engine may arrive next year.

Driver's Choice: Only minivan offered with a manual transmission.

Sum Up: Seats six in a compact package.

Star Rating: ****


Mazda5
Base Engine 2.5L/157-hp/163-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6M/5A
0-60 MPH 8.5-9.1 sec*
Seats/Foldaway 6/3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21/28 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Mazda CX-5

Base Price: $21,490-$29,090
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 CX-5 SUV is the first vehicle to feature the full suite of Mazda's Skyactiv technology, which optimizes the powertrain and chassis to boost efficiency. Good handling characteristics make the CX-5 fun to drive, but the 2.0L engine could use more power to accompany its stellar fuel economy. Leather seats, Bose audio, Bluetooth connectivity, and navigation are also optional.

Look For: Skyactiv diesel as a second engine option, if we're lucky.

Sum Up: A little more power could make the CX-5 best in class.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Mazda CX-5
Base Engine 2.0L/155-hp/150-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 9.3-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000/1050 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-26/31-35 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Mazda CX-9

Base Price: $31,000-$36,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Our 2008 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year, the three-row CX-9 rolls into 2013 unchanged following a recent face-lift. The CX-9 can be had with AWD or FWD and should impress buyers with its fun-to-drive nature and upscale interior. Mazda hasn't announced plans for the next-generation model, which is expected sometime after the 2014 Mazda6 arrives.

Driver's Choice: In this segment, the CX-9 is the only one worth driving.

Sum Up: Could be the sportiest 7-passenger vehicle on the road.

Star Rating: ****


Mazda CX-9
Base Engine 3.7L/273-hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.1-7.3 sec
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/1450-1500 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/22-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Base Price: $107,000-$135,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The G63 AMG, which replaces the G55. The new AMG G-Class features Benz's twin-turbo 5.5L V-8 that puts out 544 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. The G550 gets a slight bump in horsepower. A new center stack features a nav screen sitting high atop the dashboard. New tech items include in-car Internet access, blind spot assist, Parktronic park assist, and Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control.

Avoid: Forgetting about its impressive off-road capabilities.

Sum Up: Brawny G-Wagen gets some new kit.

Star Rating: ****


Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Base Engine 5.5L/388-hp/391-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 5.5L/544-hp/560-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 7A
0-60 MPH 5.3-6.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 7750/1500 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12/14-15 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: S
* Estimated


Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Base Price: $63,000-$90,000* Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 GL receives many changes, including a revised exterior with a bold front grille and larger taillights. Interior materials and layout have been improved, and the navigation screen sits higher on the dashboard. All powertrains are more powerful than the outgoing mills, and there's now a 550-hp option in the shape of the GL63 AMG, powered Affalterbach's 5.5L twin-turbo V-8.

Driver's Choice: The GL63 AMG will get the kids there much faster.

Sum Up: Multiple changes for Benz's big 'ute.

Star Rating: ****


Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Base Engine3.0L/240-hp/455-lb-ft t-diesel V-6
Opt Engine4.7L/362-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 4.7L/429-hp/516-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 5.5L/550-hp/560-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
DrivetrainFront engine, 4WD, 7A
0-60 MPH4.8-8.3 sec*
Tow/Payload7500/1600-1800 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy12-17/17-21 mpg*
Basic Warranty4 yrs/50,000 miles
SafetyAirbags: 9; rear cam: S; BMS: O
* Estimated


Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

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

What's New: The 2013 GLK is a significantly updated model with more than 1000 new parts. Perhaps more significant is the introduction of the GLK250 diesel, which gets a turbocharged 2.1L four-cylinder producing 190 hp and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the GLK350 gets a power boost, and both models get Eco start/stop. Finally, the GLK gets a number of visual tweaks inside and out.

Look For: The four-cylinder diesel to make it to other Benz models.

Sum Up: Early adopter: Diesel power in a compact luxury SUV.

Star Rating: ****


Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Base Engine 3.5L/302-hp/273-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.1L/190-hp/369-lb-ft t-diesel I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
0-60 MPH 6.4-7.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1300 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-24/24-32 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 9; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Base Price: $48,175-$97,005
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The ML350 can now be had in RWD as well as AWD, allowing customers to save $2500 by skipping the 4Matic system. A new On/Off-Road Package debuts and includes a two-speed transfer case, Airmatic air suspension, Adaptive Damping System, added skidplates, and six transmission settings. New standard items include mbrace2, Collision Prevention Assist, and a new instrument cluster.

Best Buy: Get the new rear-drive ML350 if you live in sunnier climes.

Sum Up: Like a high-riding E-Class.

Star Rating: ****


Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Base Engine 3.5L/302-hp/273-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/240-hp/455-lb-ft t-diesel V-6; 4.7L/402-hp/443-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8; 5.5L/518-550-hp/516-560-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD/4WD, 7A
0-60 MPH 4.7-7.3 sec*
Tow/Payload 7200/1700 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-20/17-27 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 9; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Base Price: $37,285-$46,720*
Body Type: Full-size Van

What's New: The big change for the 2013 Sprinter is the focus on Mercedes-Benz's Preferred Upfitter Program, since 75 percent of all Sprinters are sold with some sort of upfitter modification. Approved upfitters get special access to specifications, advanced product information, and other data.

Cool Fact: The Sprinter is available in cargo, passenger, and cab-chassis configurations for everything from an airport shuttle, to an ambulance, and a motorhome, and just about every conceivable application in between.

Sum Up: The Sprinter is an extremely versatile, if extremely pricey option for those that want a proven commercial workhorse.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Base Engine 3.0L/188-hp/325-lb-ft turbodiesel V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD, 5A
0-60 MPH 10.0-11.0 sec (est)
Tow/Payload 7500/6318 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy N/A
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 2; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Mini Countryman

Base Price: $23,000-$35,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A John Cooper Works model finally joins the Countryman lineup and can be had with a 6A in addition to the requisite 6M. The new variant gets the requisite JCW treatment with a full aero kit, hood stripes, large wheels, JCW badges, and 30 extra horses under the hood. The rest of the Countryman range is unchanged, save for the addition of Bluetooth as a standard feature.

Driver's Choice: The three-pedal 211-hp Countryman JCW.

Sum Up: The AWD Countryman goes faster.

Star Rating: ***1/2

Mini Countryman
Base Engine 1.6L/121-hp/114-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/181-211-hp/177-207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
0-60 MPH 7.1-11.0 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 23-27/30-35 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Mini Paceman (2014)

Base Price: $24,500-$30,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Countryman loses its two rear doors for a new variant, but don't call it a Countryman coupe. Compared with the Countryman, the Paceman loses 1.6 inches of height, is 0.4 inch lower to the ground, and weighs 44 pounds less. Window switches and door lock buttons move from the center dash to the doors.