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Best Crossover/SUV Vehicles for 2011

This post details a collection of award winning crossover or SUV vehicles for 2011, including the top picks from industry publications such as Motor Trend and Car and Driver. If you're in the market for a 2011 crossover vehicle, be sure to visit 7 Passenger Vehicles HQ to check out this post.


An SUV purchase is an important decision, and SUV size and style are significant considerations. If a family SUV is required, a larger vehicle choice is necessary; however, if safety and price are more concerning, SUV affordability is priority and a smaller vehicle may be a better choice. Crossover SUVs are available in many sizes and styles including luxury models. Two popular magazines have listed some of the best crossover vehicles for 2011.

Car and Driver Magazine

The editor’s choice at Car and Driver Magazine lists crossover SUVs in categories of small, midsize, large, and luxury models. Listed below are the top five choices in each category.

Small

• Honda CR-V
• Kia Sportage
• Subaru Forester
• Toyota RAV-4
• VW Tiguan

The Honda CR-V is ranked as the most affordable crossover in 2011.

Midsize

• Honda Pilot
• Jeep Grand Cherokee
• Mazda CX-9
• Nissan Murano
• Dodge Durango ranked as one to watch

Again, Honda is ranked as the number one choice for the crossover midsize category in 2011.

Large

• Chevy Tahoe/Suburban
• Ford Flex
• GMC Acadia
• Nissan Armada
• Toyota Sequoia

The Chevrolet Suburban is one of the biggest SUVs and a great option for hauling and passenger room.

Luxury

• Acura MDX
• Audi Q5
• Audi Q7
• Land Rover Range Rover
• Mercedes GL-Class

For luxury comfort, the Acura MDX is rated as the top choice for parents. It is an alluring SUV and enjoyable to drive.

Motor Trend Magazine

Motor Trend Magazine has a different vehicle lineup for the best crossover vehicles in 2011. Additionally, the Buick Enclave is rated as one of the most affordable SUVs in its class.

• Infiniti QX56
• Nissan Juke SL AWD
• Volvo XC60 R-Design
• Buick Enclave CXL AWD
• Kia Sportage SX

Crossover SUVs are popular because of the safety of driving a truck without giving up the comfort of a car. Many SUVs have available options such as iPod input, Bluetooth technology and DVD players as well as built-in navigation systems. Affordability makes an SUV purchase a great choice as well as the ability to drive a family vehicle without having to settle for a minivan.

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