"There's an 800-pound gorilla in our long-term garage and its name is QX56," begins a recent blog from associate editor Rory Jurnecka. "Its sheer mass remains a little intimidating for some of our staffers. That said, most have a change of heart after climbing behind the wheel. For all its bulk and heft, the QX56 is remarkably easy to drive, maneuvering on congested roads and freeways with a lightness that is totally unexpected." This is a huge beast of an SUV, the old-school body-on-frame variety, and it's much faster and a better handler than something of its girth has any right to be. Says associate online editor Benson Kong, "I recently found myself in a parking structure that should be restricted to small cars only. Thanks to the easy steering and considerable visibility, the QX was able to glide down several stories while dodging traffic."

Our Cars
Months/mi in service 7/16,411
Avg econ/CO2 15.2 mpg/1.28 lb/mi
Energy consumption 222 kW-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $445.96 (2-oil change, inspection, rotate tires, 1-replace cabin air filter)
Normal-wear cost $0