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Curtis Jones
Curtis Jones

Yes, my wife and I went out over 5 weekends with the kids and drove all of them and other offerings. This gave us time behind the wheel of a total of 20 SUVs. We are replaced our SUV this month. We have owned a 1996 Grand Cherokee, a 2000 Dodge Durango and a 2006 Suzuki XL7. We wanted to give everything a shot. We decided to go back to Jeep.

1. Jeep Grand Cherokee - :sport utility vehicle, sports utility vehicle

n (Engineering / Automotive Engineering) Chiefly US a high-powered car with four-wheel drive, originally designed for off-road use Sometimes shortened to sport utility sports utility Abbreviation SUV, See JEEP

My wife said, "I want this one."

2. Dodge Durango - See above description with additional notation of ability to carry 7 people and pull stumps. I really believe the R/T is what Superman would have as a daily driver. My wife said, "No, I can't have this. I would get too many tickets."

3. Hyundai Santa Fe - A little beefier stance than the Sorento. Plenty of power in any trim and room to stretch out. Enough sport and utility to make me believe I could use it to tow my pontoon to the lake and find a remote camping spot. My wife said, "I didn't think I would like this. It is so much better than the old one."

4. Kia Sorento - Deceptively small outer appearance hides large interior. Plenty of power in any trim level. Just enough sport and utility to put it right behind its cousin. My wife, who has a brother that drives one, said, "If I didn't want the Jeep so bad, this is what I would get."

The rest, in no particular order:

Land Rover Range Rover Sport - Luxury, refinement, obscene pricing. What can be said about the off-road abilities of Range Rovers that hasn't been said before? Well, how about: "This thing feels like we are carrying a bunch of weight. I don't like it on the gravel road." My wife gets straight to the point, doesn't she?

Acura MDX - Great technology, handling and reliability. Too much of a car to be a true SUV. My wife said, "It is ugly and reminds me of a station wagon."

Audi SQ5 - Great technology, handling, powertrain and luxury. Too much of a luxury wagon to be a true SUV. My wife said, "No, this is the station wagon. It feels like a pregnant Land Rover." I almost spit my coffee on the dash.

BMW X1 - Great powertrain, handling and refinement. Not as good as the X5 or several in this group. My wife said, "Too small and jumpy, especially for the price."

Buick Encore - A loaded Chevy Spark? I like the refinement and the design. Not enough Utility to be a true SUV. My wife declined her turn behind the wheel. She did say, "Grandpa would like this."

Mini Cooper Paceman - A jacked up Cooper? I like the design. Not enough Utility to be a true SUV. My wife said, "It is tiny inside. I would never take this off-road. The seats remind me of the ones in my old 280zx." (That was not a good thing) 

Mitsubishi Outlander - Very nice entry from a company that I believe most people thought would be gone from the U.S. market by 2010. A lot of features for the money. Off pavement, it gets shaken and stirred. My wife said, "This thing is ugly, but it drives nice on the road." 

Subaru Forester - Great, reliable, basic. But, 1990 called and it wants it interior and sound system back. I actually thought it might have a tape player. After the test drive, my wife actually said to the salesman, "This is the NEW model?"

Toyota RAV4 - What is with Toyota and this new design? This little thing makes me think of a friend who got disfigured in an accident. The RAV4 started out as a nice little 5 passenger offering. I think they have lost direction and do not know where they want this to fit in the line up. Again, not enough Utility to be a true SUV. My wife said, "Yuck. It is ugly and feels like it all recycled plastic and tin."

Others we also liked:

Toyota Highlander (Nice ON the road.)

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Definitely an SUV. A long trip on the highway, not so much.)

Kia Sportage (Nice little brother to the Sorento. Needs more cargo space.)

BMW X5 (If I were a rich man.)

Chevy Tahoe (Nice. Just too big.)

Volkswagen Touareg (Was 3rd on our final list.) 


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Bill Twombly
Bill Twombly

Even though I voted for the SVT, it isn't an SUV, its a truck.

Kevin Scott
Kevin Scott

Jeep, Range Rover, Tahoe and Suburban.

Zach Kubiszewski
Zach Kubiszewski

That blows. These new "suv's" are basically mid sized sedans with lift kits installed. Id rather drive a subaru forester than any of these. They arent tru suv's in my opinion. But hey what do I know you guys are the professionals. I appreciate the reply

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Only new or significantly redesigned vehicles are eligible.

Jacob Rippey
Jacob Rippey

If another super high priced SUV wins again...I will cringe.

Robert Bratcher
Robert Bratcher

These are the new standard in SUV's seems like they sit lower like cars. Shouldn't these be called station wagons?

Bergonze Pj
Bergonze Pj

I wish I see some KIA SOUL there, hehe. xD

JezDan Vel
JezDan Vel

Those arent SUV's. Bunch crossovers.

Allen Aventador
Allen Aventador

i m torn between the SRT, Range Rover sport and durango

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