Not too little, not too big…many drivers prefer the endless choices SUV’s have to offer—small, mid-sized, big, cross-over, hybrid and more. US News & World Report says these five are your best bets.
1. Best Compact/Crossover SUV: Ford Escape 2013
The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape was ranked the best compact crossover on the market because it excels in so many different areas. With a spacious cabin and high-quality feel, the Escape also comes with a competitive list of technology and safety features. The optional Ecoboost engines are both powerful and fuel-efficient with a mpg of 22/31 city/hwy. Prices start at a very reasonable $22,470.
2. Best Midsize SUV: Chevrolet Traverse 2013
This versatile, midsize SUV comfortably seats eight with massive cargo room and good fuel economy. It comes with a V6 engine and an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway in front-wheel drive models. Standard interior features include a backup camera, a 6.5-inch touch-screen display, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Prices start at $30,510.
3. Best Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe 2013
Looking for an alternative to a truck or minivan? The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe offers excellent towing capacity, seating for up to nine, a smooth ride, and a well-equipped interior. The 5.3-liter V8 engine provides a smooth ride with strong brakes. It gets 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The interior is well-designed and controls easy to use, even with the optional touch-screen navigation system. Standard features include Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. Prices start at $39,830.
4. Best Hybrid SUV: Lexus RX 2013
The 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid provides excellent fuel economy (32 28 mpg city/hwy) in a luxurious package with some of the best reliability ratings in the class. The RX hybrid comfortably seats give with upscale materials and high-tech features like Bluetooth and an iPod interface which come standard. Available options include an upgraded stereo and navigation system. Prices start at $46,310.
5. Best Off-Road SUV: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2013
All 2013 Range Rover Evoque models come with a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive and Land Rover’s Terrain Response system which adjusts the engine, transmission, and traction settings to accommodate paved, grassy, gravely, snowy, muddy, rutty and sandy conditions. Its off-road abilities and a high-quality interior make it a winner, but a low reliability score and poor rear visibility may give some buyers pause. Achieving an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway, prices start at $41,145.