Automotive Reviews

2017 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

2017 Alfa 4C Spider

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Welcome to the Alfa Romeo 4C's wheelhouse. It has performance and style—and then some more.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is as close to a budget supercar as most of us will ever get. Its mid-engine layout, carbon-fiber body, turbo-4, and dual-clutch automatic work in concert and unencumbered by weight or unnecessary luxuries.

Starting with the exceptional body work, the Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the best-looking cars on the road today—it's inescapable.


The 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C is powered by a 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which is mounted behind the cockpit, in the tradition of the best Italian sports cars. The engine is capable of producing 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. While that may seem rather modest for a sports car of this caliber, Alfa Romeo claims that the 4C is still capable of 0-60 times in about 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 160 mph.

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2018 Alfa Romero Giulia Quadrifoglio


Audi. BMW. Mercedes. These are the popular brands people reflexively shop when looking for a luxury sedan. But what if you find them to be a bit boring or complacent? That's where the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia comes in. This luxury sedan newcomer isn't well-known, but once you see it, it's hard to ignore.

On the outside, the Giulia looks like nothing else on the road thanks to its taut styling and classic Alfa Romeo grille. The beauty is more than skin-deep, too. The underlying hardware is competitive, with the base Giulia and Giulia Ti receiving a lively 280-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels through a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

It's the top-of-the-line Giulia Quadrifoglio trim, however, that truly makes its presence known by aggressively gunning for top performance honors of the class. It comes outfitted with a powerful Ferrari-developed turbocharged V6 engine, weight-saving carbon fiber, articulating aerodynamics, and a whole host of other speed-enhancing features to win over the hearts and wallets of performance fans.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sedan

2017 Alfa Romeo Guilia Sedan


The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia storms into a class of formidable competitors from all over the world. This Italian-born luxury compact is likely to win over buyers who prioritize driving performance over rear seat legroom or trunk space. The interior is sleekly styled, although the knobs and controls lack high-quality heft. A lively turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the rear-wheel-drive base model, which is available with all-wheel drive

Two potent turbocharged engines to choose from; sleek interior cabin styling; infotainment system has an easy user interface; one of the best-driving cars in the segment

2017 FIAT 500

2016 FIAT 500

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Retro styling and a cheerful character make the 500 a fashionable choice among city cars. Fiat provides styling customization's ranging from sporty to upscale to help express your individuality. A 101-hp 1.4-liter four pairs to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. A 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 15-inch aluminum wheels are standard. A large sunroof is optional, but for more fun in the sun, the convertible model’s canvas roof rolls all the way back and down the rear hatch.

If you’re an urban dweller who follows fashion trends more than car culture, the 2016 Fiat 500 just might be your car. Small and tidy, the 500 first came to our shores for 2012, marking the return of the Fiat brand to the U.S. market after a nearly 30-year absence

2017 FIAT 500e

2017 FIAT 500e


The 2017 Fiat 500e hatchback is just as fun and personable as the regular 500. It is also as quick and maneuverable. But you will still want to consider whether an electric vehicle fits your lifestyle before taking the plunge.

The electric 500e was introduced in 2015 and instantly injected life into the stylish Italian coupe. It has enough range to compete with segment leaders and charges quickly, too. Add its small proportions, precise handling and EV pep, and you get a truly enjoyable car. In fact, in some ways, the 500e is more fun to drive than its gas counterpart. But if you are shopping for a lively runabout and an electric vehicle is right for you, the 500e is worth considering.

The 2017 Fiat 500e is a two-door, pure electric hatchback sold in a single, well-equipped trim level. The 500e is powered by an 83-kilowatt electric motor (111 horsepower, 147 pound-feet) channeled to the front wheels through a single-speed automatic transmission. A rechargeable 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers the motor. It shares most of its bodywork with the standard, gasoline car but has unique front and rear body panels, wider side sills, smooth underbody components, rear spoiler and 500e-specific 15-inch alloy wheels.

2017 FIAT 500L

Fiat 500L


Fiat dealers have had a rough row to hoe for the last eight or nine years. They signed up to help resuscitate a brand that shuttered its showrooms 27 years ago due in large part to its reputation for dodgy quality. They were then offered one model name to sell: 500. This alarming dearth of product was in part compensated for by a proliferation of variants—Cabrio, Abarth, electric, then stretched four-door L, and all-wheel-drive X models joined, each with multiple trim levels to choose so that there were 25 different orderable 500s last year. Well, for 2017, as the first totally new model number (124) begins to dribble in, the extended 500 family gets some much-needed trim-level and equipment rationalizing down to three orderable trim levels each. (An E-sport version was added to the electric 500e.) Because it’s been ages since we sampled the four-door 500L, we decided to focus our critical attention on this largest, most practical of the 500s.

The 2017 Fiat 500L’s remaining trim choices are Pop, Trekking, and Lounge. All get slight increases in standard equipment, and the base Pop upgrades much of its rental-grade trim items, such as steel wheels, black door handles, a urethane steering wheel, and minimally tinted glass to essentially the level of the previous Easy grade. The price also rises to $200 above the 2016 Easy, at $21,990. The Trekking model starts $1,115 higher but includes $2,700 worth of Uconnect/6.5-inch touchscreen telematics and a white roof. The matte-black trim that distinguished the Trekking Urbana model now becomes a stand-alone $595 Urbana package. And the Lounge price drops $1,100 to $24,690, but formerly standard items such as the ParkView rear camera, dual-zone climate controls, and power lumbar adjustment move to a Premium option package.

2017 FIAT 500X

Fiat 500X

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Instead of offering five trim levels and limited options, the 2017 Fiat 500X now offers three trim levels and a wider variety of options and packages across the lineup. Last year’s Easy and Trekking Plus models are gone, but the remaining Pop, Trekking, and Lounge models all grant buyers more access to the options list. And that means more choice, not less.

Fiat has a real chance to win over American buyers with the 500X, which is certainly its most mainstream offering here—perhaps ever.

With the 500X, Fiat finally has a mainstream vehicle with widespread appeal. It's a compact crossover SUV that shares running gear with the Jeep Renegade. Rivals include the Honda HR-V, Buick Encore and Chevy Trax, and the Mazda CX-3.

The 500X lineup has been pared down to just three trim levels for 2017 after its rather confusing debut, a move that should make it easier for consumers to find the 500X of their dreams on a dealership lot. Remaining trims include the entry-level Pop, the more rugged-looking Trekking, and the range-topping Lounge.

2017 Ford Edge

Ford Edge

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The just-right-sized Edge, with its daring styling, relaxed ride, and sizable cargo bay, is a crossover worth considering. A 245-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder or a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 mate to a six-speed automatic and front- or all-wheel drive. The top Sport model has standard all-wheel drive and a 2.7-liter 315-hp twin-turbo V-6. The Edge has plenty of tech options, too, including Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment, a self-parking feature, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist.

2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape


Shopping for a small crossover presents a dizzying array of options, but the Ford Escape is a smart, safe choice among a crop of great contenders. The 2017 Escape receives style and power upgrades, improved small item storage, and an updated tech interface that packs plenty of connected punch. The Escape offers optional all-wheel drive, respectable fuel economy, a spacious cargo bay and an available hands-free power liftgate. You can outfit the Escape from comfortable casual (the SE trim with no options) to rugged luxury (a loaded Titanium model that can breach $40,000). On the road, its agility instills a level of driver confidence that's rare in this class.

For 2017, Ford has trickled some desirable features such as automatic climate control down to lower Escape trim levels. The old lever-operated parking brake has been replaced by a button, which frees up space for improved small item storage. The 2017 Escape gets revised exterior styling, some minor interior improvements, a newly available 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a modified 2.0-liter engine with a bit more power. Models with Sync 3 also provide an ownership app (FordPass with Sync Connect) and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Safety features now include lane departure prevention, a drowsy driver warning system, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford F150 Raptor


Shoppers pretty much want everything from their full-size light-duty trucks these days. You want your new truck to be comfortable, have the most modern tech on the inside, get impressive fuel economy and, oh yeah, do all that truck stuff, too, like hauling cords of firewood and towing an Airstream travel trailer. It's easy to take all of this capability for granted, but the 2017 Ford F-150 is a perfect example of that kind of modern truck.

The latest generation F-150 offers all the performance you need along with a refined modern touch. It has neat tricks up its sleeve such as the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, which allows you to control the direction of your trailer with a simple dashboard mounted knob. There's also the F-150's impressively quick Sync 3 infotainment system, a quiet cabin, and all the available luxury amenities you could ask for, such as ventilated seats and power deployable running boards. Aluminum body panels and an aluminum bed (rather than traditional steel) help make the F-150 the lightest truck in its class, too.

This year's 2017 F-150 also gets a few updates worth noting. The big news is the redesigned version of the top-of-the-line turbocharged 3.5-liter engine that's hooked up to a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission. Yes, 10. It sounds like overkill, but it helps improve fuel economy and it provides an ideal gear ratio for just about any towing scenario. To top off the changes, Ford has brought back one of the baddest off-road trucks out there, the F-150 Raptor. It's wider and significantly more powerful than the standard F-150 and comes with an upgraded suspension, heavy-duty skid plates and tons of character. Head out to open desert terrain in a Raptor, and you're going to feel as if you're driving your own personal Baja-race trophy truck.

Clearly, if you're shopping for a full-size truck, there are a number of excellent choices. But even among all that stiff competition, the 2017 Ford F-150 is still one of our favorite trucks on the road. It should be right near the top of your consideration list.

2018 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2018 Ford F-150 SuperCrew


Today's Ford F-150 offers the performance and power that personal and professional truck buyers require. Under the hood, the F-150 offers a choice of four different engine options, fuel economy of up to 22 mpg combined, and towing capacity rated up to 10,800 pounds. The F-150 also boasts a refined, modern touch with a well-crafted interior and helpful tech such as the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, which allows you to control trailer direction via a dial on the dashboard. There's also the F-150's impressively quick Sync 3 infotainment system and amenities that range from utilitarian to luxury. Aluminum body panels and an aluminum bed (rather than traditional steel) help make the 2018 F-150 the lightest truck in its class, too.

With hundreds of available configurations, you'll have an easy time finding a 2018 Ford F-150 that meets your needs. Overall it's a comprehensive package that makes the F-150 one of our favorite trucks on the road.

2017 Ford Focus

2017 Ford Focus


The Focus competes in the tough compact segment against cars from the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and Germany. Power for the base car comes from either a 2.0-liter I-4 making 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque or a 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 making 123 hp and 125 lb-ft. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual (2.0-liter), a six-speed manual (1.0-liter), or a six-speed automatic. The 2.0-liter is EPA-rated 25-26/34-38/28-31 mpg city/highway/combined, while the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is EPA-rated 27-30/38-40/31-34 mpg depending on transmission

The high-performance Focus ST and Focus RS are powered by four-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engines. Power for the Focus ST comes from a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 making 252 hp and 270 lb-ft. A six-speed manual sends power to the front wheels. The Focus RS is powered by 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 pumping out 350 hp and 350 lb-ft. Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed manual and a new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, A new Drift mode is included in the Focus RS hatchback’s driving modes.

2017 Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang


Most of the Mustang's evolution happened under its skin. Its turbocharged inline-4 available is an epic shift in how Ford defines performance, and the Mustang doesn't come out badly for it. The inline-4 delivers strong performance even though it underwhelms in its soundtrack. Of course we'd skip the base V-6 and shift attention right to the GT's intensely strong 435-horsepower V-8; it hustles best when it's amped up with a Performance Pack that includes a Torsen limited-slip rear end, summer tires, Brembo brakes and extra body bracing.

Available in a wide variety of models and backed by 52 years of heritage, it's easy to understand the 2017 Ford Mustang's appeal. But make no mistake in thinking this is a bare-bones muscle car of yore. The Mustang has evolved quite a bit over the years, and this newest generation, which debuted two years ago, can give even European luxury cars a run for their money.

Of course, a key component of the Mustang's appeal is what you get under the hood. We think the Mustang GT's V8 is the way to go given its impressive smoothness and 435 ponies. But even if you stick with the more affordable V6 or the turbocharged four-cylinder, the Mustang delivers respectable power and fuel economy. Inside, the cabin is nicely trimmed, and you can get the Mustang with Ford's latest Sync 3 touchscreen interface (introduced last year), which is a big improvement over the prior MyFord Touch system.

2017 Honda Accord

2017 Honda Accord


Building on last year's significant updates, the 2017 Honda Accord should appeal whether you're prioritizing interior space, fuel economy, value or even an engaging driving experience. The Accord is a must-drive if you're shopping for a midsize sedan or coupe.

Following some notable revisions last year, the 2017 Honda Accord is essentially a carryover model, Honda last gave its Accord a full redesign for the 2013 model year. Even so, most of the midsize sedan segment is still playing catch up. The current Accord is arguably Honda at its finest. It scores highly in just about every category, and unlike many rivals, it's a genuine pleasure to drive. If you're looking for a family sedan that does it all, or perhaps a sporty yet still roomy coupe, the 2017 Accord's across-the-board excellence simply cannot be ignored.

2017 Honda Civic

2017 Honda Civic

Redesigned just a year ago, the Honda Civic has re-established its standing as a no-brainer choice for a small car. Think of it this way: Are you interested in impressive fuel economy and/or class-leading acceleration? Yep, the Civic's got that. What about a comfortable, roomy interior filled with upscale materials? Check. Do you want something livelier than the typical sedan? Well, Honda's got a sporty coupe, a new Civic hatchback, and the performance-focused Civic Si and Type R on the way, too. No matter how you look at it, the 2017 Honda Civic is one of the best cars in its class.
We also think you'll like the way the newest Civic drives. Around turns, you'll feel as if you have great control through the car's steering and grip; it's an entertaining car to drive and have some fun. Out on the highway, the Civic earns high marks, too, with a composed ride quality that doesn't get overly floaty or harsh. Honda has also packed in plenty of the latest technology, from smartphone integration to advanced driver aids that can help you avoid accidents.

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

It's hard to overstate how much we like the 2018 Honda Civic. Equipped with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, it's one of the best cars in its class for delivering both impressive acceleration and high fuel economy. Inside, it has plenty of room for passengers, clever storage solutions and more cargo space than most competitors in any body style. It also offers technology features that put some other compact cars to shame and safety ratings that are among the best.

Available as a sedan, coupe or hatchback, the Civic has a version for every niche, and all of them are good. Want more sauce? There's the sportier Civic Si, as well as the absolutely bananas Civic Type R. Just as impressive, neither one sacrifices the qualities we love about the standard variants.

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V


The fifth-generation Honda CR-V crossover debuts this year riding on a new chassis with more aggressive styling, and an available turbocharged engine – the first offered in the model’s 20-year history. New standard features include LED daytime running lights and dual exhaust tips, and larger standard and available wheels. A longer wheelbase increases interior space. Inside, there are more soft-touch materials, an available 7.0-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with a Garmin-based navigation system as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and the return of the volume knob. Other available features include LED headlights, Auto High Beam headlights, a power liftgate with hands-free access, and an electric parking brake with auto brake hold.

The CR-V is Honda’s long-running compact crossover and slots between the subcompact HR-V and three-row Pilot crossovers. The Honda CR-V has grown in size over the past 20 years, making room for the HR-V below it in the lineup.

2017 Honda Fit

Honda Fit


The 2017 Honda Fit marks the 10th anniversary for Honda's pint-sized pack mule, and its longevity shouldn't surprise anyone. With impressive fuel economy, loads of passenger room and unmatched cargo versatility, the Fit made subcompact cars a mainstream consideration. Today's Fit continues to offer those winning traits while adding cutting-edge technology and creature comforts such as leather upholstery and keyless ignition.

One of the Fit's standout features is its Magic Seat, a unique rear seat that includes a flip-up cushion that opens a large cargo space behind the front seatbacks. Alternatively, you can leave that seat bottom down and fold the rear seatbacks forward, yielding a cargo hold that rivals those of some small crossovers. Add in a fold-flat front seat, and there's not a lot that the Fit can't haul or handle.

The Fit isn't just a big box to carry your things, though. Even the most fuel-thirsty trim level returns more than 30 mpg, and its diminutive footprint makes for easy maneuvering and parking in dense metro areas. Its touchscreen technology interface enables the latest smartphone integration (with a caveat to Android users), and its nimble handling and excellent visibility remain core qualities.

2017 Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

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The 2017 Honda Odyssey is likely riding off into the sunset this year—burger wrappers, pulverized cereal, lost Legos and all. A new van replaced it for 2018, but regardless of generation, the Odyssey stays as one of the most versatile and comfortable family vehicles on the road.

New for 2017, Honda has added sound-insulating windshields to more models and has made available on more models family features such as rear-seat entertainment systems and in-car vacuums

The Odyssey sports some of the convenience features we like to see in a minivan: an in-car vacuum, rear-seat entertainment, and even a rung to hang a trash bag. Odysseys were built for families, and it's clear that designers listened to their customers.

The 2017 Honda Odyssey is built on versatility, comfort, and flexibility for interior space. All three rows—which can seat up to eight adults—can slide fore and aft, and the rear two rows can get out of the way for hauling versatility.

2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Honda Pilot


With lots of space, a versatile interior and even a bit of off-road capability, the 2017 Honda Pilot is appealing for all sorts of reasons. Capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds and comfortably carrying eight passengers, the Pilot is utilitarian by almost all standards. Getting the kids in and out is relatively easy, and options such as a Blu-ray rear entertainment system turn road trips into a breeze. And for daily commutes, the quiet cabin and smooth ride make the Pilot extremely livable.

With ample power and respectable handling, the Pilot is among the athletes in the three-row SUV segment. It's a winner on mountain roads, easily gets up to speed, and can manage light towing and slippery surfaces with the optional all-wheel drive. New to Pilots with the 8-inch touchscreen (EX and above) is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Given its above-average ride quality and seat comfort plus ample space in first and second rows, the Pilot is a very comfortable SUV. Ease of use is very high, too, which makes the Pilot a convenient and easy SUV to live with. The Pilot exhibits typical Honda efficiency and build quality. Use of space is very good with lots of storage. Practical features such as the easy-entry third row and flat load floor with the second and third rows lowered make a difference when hauling cargo and people.

2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Sport 400

2017 Infiniti Coupe 400


Coupes just aren't as popular as they once were. In fact, more luxury shoppers buy supposedly unfashionable wagons these days than coupes. Wagons, for Pete's sake! Yet this smallish segment is getting a proverbial Hollywood reboot with the arrival of the new 2017 Infiniti Q60. This coupe's exterior styling is dramatically different (and much more striking, in our opinion) than the previous generation Q60's, and it also helps the new Q60 stand out from its competitors.

So, from a "Hey, look at my cool car!" perspective, the new Q60 delivers exactly as a luxury coupe should. It also presents strong value for the money, especially on the lower end of its trim level spectrum, and advanced, well-executed safety features are widely available. Infiniti has also introduced a turbocharged V6 engine with eyebrow-raising 400 horsepower. In pictures and on the spec sheet, there's a lot to like.

2017 Infiniti QX30

Infiniti QX30


You don't have to pay a fortune to get a luxury-branded vehicle these days. The new 2017 Infiniti QX30 is reasonably priced and yet offers you more style and performance than the typical small crossover SUV. Read more to learn if the QX30 has everything you're looking for.

Infiniti considers its all-new 2017 QX30 a combination of coupe, hatchback and crossover. The way it straddles these body types can be advantageous. From a driver enjoyment perspective, you will find the QX30 more athletic and better handling than a typical SUV. Compared to a traditional sedan, the QX30's hatchback design gives you greater versatility, both in terms of its taller ride height and increased cargo capacity. Then there's the QX30's coupe-like styling, which helps it look sportier than the typical sedan or crossover.

In the QX30’s cabin the upscale materials are as good as, if not better than, those of competitive luxury crossover SUVs in this segment. Its artistic arrangement is clean enough to have lasting appeal. The InTouch multifunction controller on the center console operates most of the QX30's systems except the radio and climate. Dials adjust temperature and volume, and logically labeled buttons operate all other adjustments.

Comfort from the standard front seats is excellent, and the available sport seats offer even more support.

Standard features on the base QX30 include 18-inch alloy wheels, all-season run-flat tires, automatic headlights, LED running lights, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way manual front seats (with four-way power lumbar), dual-zone climate control, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks and leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery. Standard technology features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, Infiniti's InTouch infotainment system, a 7-inch display, voice controls, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD and satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and two USB ports.

The Sport trim offers unique equipment not found on other QX30s. To start, Sports are only front-wheel-drive and come with a sport-tuned suspension that rides 0.6 inch lower than FWD models. Standard fare includes 19-inch alloy wheels, run-flat summer tires, front and rear parking sensors, black exterior mirror housings, specific front and rear lower fascias, body-color side sill panels, a black-colored grille, front sport seats with simulated-suede seat trim (base leatherette upholstery) and an automated parking system. The Bose sound system is also standard.

2017 Infiniti QX50

2017 infiniti qx50

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The 2017 Infiniti QX50 has a powerful V6 engine, handles more like an agile car than an SUV, and has one of the lowest base prices in the class.

Yes, the Infiniti QX50 is a good vehicle. Like any crossover, it combines elements of both a car and an SUV. It has a powerful V6 engine, and it is one of the more fun-to-drive cars in the class. The 2017 QX50 has a nice cabin – as you'd expect from a luxury vehicle – and it has plenty of standard and available features. To top things off, the QX50 has a starting MSRP under $35,000, which is one of the lowest prices in the class.

The 2017 QX50 has an MSRP of $34,650 for the base model, making it one of the least expensive luxury compact SUVs. Some class rivals, like the Acura RDX, are only about $1,000 more, but others, like the Audi Q5 (MSRP of $40,900), are significantly more expensive. The QX50's base model has rear-wheel drive, but you can get an all-wheel-drive model for $1,800 more. There are several available packages, ranging from the $900 Premium package to the $2,750 Technology package, that add features like an 11-speaker Bose audio system, touch-screen navigation, and power-folding rear seats. There are also plenty of available driver assistance features, such as front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking.

2017 Infiniti QX60

Infiniti QX60
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The 2017 Infiniti QX60 is the blue light special for luxury midsize 3-row SUVs, delivering a pretty good package for less money than most. It has great safety scores, an inviting list of included and optional amenities, and one of the most agreeable third-row seats you can find.

On its own, the Infiniti QX60 is a very good SUV. It performs superbly in crash tests and has outstanding fuel economy. You’ll find very few major complaints with the 2017 QX60 and a lot of favorable qualities (like an impressive third-row seat). It has the best combination of space, available family-friendly features and positive reviews from professional automotive writers in its class, which makes it the 2017 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families award winner.

You should consider buying an Infiniti QX60 if you want to get a lot of luxury and passenger space for a comparatively low cost. Its $43,000 starting price makes it the least expensive model in our rankings of the best luxury SUVs with 3 rows. The ride is supremely quiet and smooth, making the QX60 a good pick for those wanting a composed and relaxing (but not athletic) SUV. As one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the class, the QX60 also helps keep your monthly fuel costs trim.

If your typical rear-seat manifest includes more than small kids, the QX60 is an ideal choice. It offers ample legroom in both the second and third rows, so even adults can ride comfortably. The second-row seats slide forward for easier access, even with a car seat strapped in place. The QX60’s excellent safety score will also hit home with families.

2017 Infiniti QX80

2017 Infinity QX80

For some shoppers, a minivan just doesn't have the right capabilities. Even large, crossover-based SUVs won't do the trick. That's where hulking three-row, luxury vehicles such as the 2017 Infiniti QX80 come into play. With real towing power, high-quality interior appointments and a big-SUV attitude, the QX80 can shuttle your whole crew, and it can do it with style.

Equipped with a powerful V8 engine, the QX80 can pull up to 8,500 pounds. Its robust optional four-wheel-drive system can take you far off the beaten path. Or it can just transport you and seven of your closest friends to and from the local diner. The QX comes with upscale standard equipment such as tri-zone climate control and a 360-degree camera, and it is available with a suspension that gives it serious handling skill for its size — definitely not an attribute you typically associate with a three-row SUV. Thanks to its overall competence and several unique strengths, the 2017 Infiniti QX80 is definitely one of our top picks in the luxury, three-row SUV segment.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers a reason to take another look at this family SUV. While the regular Outlander lacks the comfort and refinement of its many competitors, the new PHEV model is one of the first vehicles to bring plug-in recharging capability to the SUV class.

Mitsubishi has sold the Outlander PHEV in other global markets for two years. Now it makes its debut in the United States. Starting at about $35,000 before applicable tax credits, the Outlander PHEV looks pretty much the same as its gas engine-only counterpart.

It's a different story under the hood, where a four-cylinder gas engine joins electric hybrid components. The engine and electric motor combination drives the front wheels, while a second electric motor drives the rear wheels. Sophisticated computer processing determines the best way to dole out power to all four wheels, although drivers can also manually engage a four-wheel-drive lock mode when desired.

2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan Armada


The redesigned 2017 Nissan Armada is a substantial improvement over the vehicle it replaces. If you're looking for a big three-row SUV that can tow and venture off the beaten path but also comfortably handle the daily urban grind, the new Armada will be a great choice.

This year's Armada now shares its bones with the Infiniti QX80, which is actually called the Nissan Patrol in other global markets. Nissan says the new Armada's body-on-frame architecture is stiffer and more rugged, and it comes with a new 390-horsepower V8 engine. However, it's really inside where the completely redesigned 2017 Armada displays its greatest advantage over the competition. Essentially, here's your chance to get an Infiniti at Nissan prices. Inside, a high-quality cabin is standard, and you don't have to load it up with equipment to make it seem more luxurious than the competition.

2018 Nissan Armada

2018 Nissan Armada


Surprisingly luxurious and easy to drive, the 2018 Nissan Armada offers ample power, room and utility. With three rows of seats, robust towing limits and sophisticated four-wheel-drive capability, the Armada capably handles both the daily grind and the road less traveled.

Some of the Armada's special sauce comes from the Armada sharing its bones with the upmarket Infiniti QX80. It's the same SUV from Nissan's luxury division. There are some differences between the two models, but overall the design and fit-and-finish rises above those of a standard SUV.

There's also plenty of room to highlight all that interior goodness. The Armada's total cabin space is larger than many of its competitors and offers 16 cubic feet of luggage space behind its upright third row. Folding all rows opens-up nearly 95 cubic feet of cargo space, which is better than average. The Armada also brakes, steers and handles with surprising coordination, and the 5.6-liter V8 engine delivers hearty acceleration.

2017 Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier

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The old stone that is the Frontier keeps rolling—its basic design dates to 2005, it’s had few changes since 2009, and a replacement probably won’t arrive for a few more years. To meet the needs of buyers today, the Frontier offers extended-cab or crew-cab versions, with a base 152-hp 2.5-liter four or optional 261-hp 4.0-liter V-6, a five- or six-speed manual, five-speed automatic, rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive versions, and trim levels ranging from base to the Baja-inspired Desert Runner.

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf


Though the Nissan Leaf has received incremental changes over its lifetime, 2018 brings the most comprehensive rework of the car to date. The new car's styling is a complete departure from the previous Leaf, although under the skin the cars are very similar aside from the larger battery capacity and additional power.

The Leaf hasn't become more expensive in the bargain. In fact, the new car is actually less costly than the outgoing model when you factor in the differences in feature content. As such, it offers more range for the same price as other similar EVs, such as the Volkswagen e-Golf. Only the more expensive Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 offer more driving range.

Other advantages to the 2018 Leaf include its new e-pedal mode and a new suite of advanced driver assist features called ProPilot Assist. The e-pedal delivers stronger regenerative braking when you lift off the accelerator, making it easier to slow the car appreciably without requiring you to apply the brake pedal.

2017 Nissan Maxima

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The 2017 Nissan Maxima ranks 3 out of 11 Large Cars. It is one of the sportiest and most luxurious cars in its class, offering up an impressive V6 engine, great handling, and an upscale interior with a straightforward infotainment system.

The Nissan Maxima is an excellent vehicle. In fact, it’s one of the best 2017 cars so far. Among large cars, the Maxima is one of the safest you can buy. It’s also one of the most fun to drive, skirting around the lumbering, ungainly handling that plagues some large sedans by supplying ample power from its standard V6 engine. The Maxima is a little above average for reliability, and way above the norm for standard features.

You should buy the Nissan Maxima if you're looking for lots of included amenities, an upscale cabin, and a powerful engine – but you don’t need an excessive amount of passenger space. A blend of lively handling, a handsome interior, and top safety scores earns the Maxima a spot in our list of the Best Full-Size Cars on the Market.

If you’ll be carrying young children in your Nissan Maxima, you’ll find its LATCH system pretty easy to use. The back seat is wide enough to fit two car seats and deep enough that you can clip in a rear-facing child safety seat (for infants) without having to move the front seats forward. The Maxima comes with upper tethers and lower anchors on the outboard seats, and an upper tether for the middle seat. Only a little elbow grease is needed to attach car seats with this hardware, though the lower anchors are a bit hidden in the seat cushion.

NissanConnect, the Maxima’s infotainment system, is easy to use. It presents two displays: an 8-inch touch screen that sits in the center of the dash and a 7-inch display as part of the driver’s gauge cluster. Navigation comes standard, and the NissanConnect interface features voice recognition, text message assistance, and smartphonelike gestures. If swiping and pinching isn’t your thing, there are plenty of redundant buttons near the display screen, as well as a knob controller located between the front seats.

2017 Nissan Murano

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The 2017 Nissan Murano ranks 5 out of 19 Midsize SUVs. The Murano offers the comfort, performance and refinement typical of luxury SUVs, but without the hefty price tag. Its interior outclasses those of most competing vehicles, and it delivers a cushioned, smooth ride over most surfaces.

The Nissan Murano is a good SUV and should be near the top of your shopping list. It's a well-rounded vehicle that has the latest technology, an upscale interior, and excellent fuel economy. It's also a safe and reliable crossover that boasts excellent safety scores and is recognized as a 2017 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also has an impressive track record of reliability and a long list of safety features. In addition to all that, we named the Nissan Murano the 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money because it has the best combination of quality and value in the class.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Nissan Pathfinder


Versatile, roomy and even somewhat rugged, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder checks several boxes for shoppers looking for a three-row crossover SUV. It's got a classy, upscale interior and a V6 engine with plenty of power for towing. The Pathfinder strikes an excellent balance of quality and utility.

After some substantial upgrades in 2017 — among them, new engine technology for more power, fortified suspension and steering, and increased towing capacity — the Pathfinder carries into 2018 with only a few changes. One of them is noteworthy, however: The automatic emergency braking safety feature, previously available only on upper trims, joins the base model's standard equipment.

There's also a new Rear Door Alert, intended to remind the driver of people, pets or objects that might still be present when the driver exits the car. It works by registering whether the door was opened before a trip but not reopened at the end of that trip or ignition cycle. It's a nifty feature that proves its worth with just one use, and it comes standard on all Pathfinders.

2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Rogue
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Nissan’s been on a sales tear with its Rogue crossover. With the arrival of the refreshed 2017 Rogue as well as a new Rogue hybrid model, the compact crossover is poised to surpass the Altima to become Nissan’s best-selling model.

Changes to the exterior include a new front fascia with Nissan’s V-motion grille, flanked by new quad-element headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The body sides get a new chrome garnish at ankle level, while revised tail lamps and a new rear-bumper design tidy up the back end. Rogue SL models are available with new 19-inch wheels.

Inside, the Rogue gets a new flat-bottom steering wheel, a leather shifter boot, an available heated steering wheel, and a driver's seat/mirror memory function. Other enhancements include remote engine start, new trim bits for the door panels and instrument cluster, a new shift-knob design, a revised center console and console lid, and new seat fabric. Also new is a Platinum Reserve Interior package for Rogue SL models that brings tan leather upholstery and special quilted leather inserts for the seats.

The gasoline-powered 2017 Nissan Rogue comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and SL, each offered in front- or all-wheel-drive form. The only available powertrain remains a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission with Eco and Sport modes. Fuel economy is estimated at 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for front-drivers, with all-wheel-drive models scoring 1 mpg lower in each metric.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

Nissan Rogue Sport
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The Rogue Sport is a foreshortened, restyled version of the hyper-popular Rogue crossover. More than a foot shorter in length than the Rogue, the Sport has a 141-hp 2.0-liter four and a CVT driving the front wheels; all-wheel drive is available. Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and a backup camera are standard, while a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is optional. Stylish, well-appointed, and quite roomy, it’s set to succeed in a segment where it stands out from the crowd.

The Rogue Sport also is a useful size: At 172.4 inches long, it’s a bit bigger than the smallest subcompacts, but it’s more petite than compacts such as the 180.6-inch Honda CR-V and the standard, 184.5-inch Nissan Rogue .

2017 Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan
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Long relegated to the back of the pack, the Titan has new duds that finally give it a fighting chance. A 5.6-liter V-8 makes 394 lb-ft of torque and mates to a seven-speed automatic and rear- or four-wheel drive. Supportive seats and a quiet cabin make the Titan practical and comfortable for cruising the highway or the job site, and it can tow up to 9740 pounds. Three configurations are offered: a crew cab with 5.6-foot bed, extended cab with 6.6-foot bed, and single cab with 8.2-foot bed.

Nissan’s DOHC V-8 is a thing of mechanical beauty with four-valve combustion chambers, variable intake-valve timing and lift, and direct fuel injection. In spite of its efficiency-boosting 11.2:1 compression ratio, it runs contentedly on regular gas. Power and torque peaks are both relatively high, but there was ample low-end muscle to yank our 6000-pound trailer smartly up to highway-merging speed. This engine revs willingly to its 6000-rpm automatic-upshift point without complaint or commotion. The Jatco-built seven-speed automatic is an apt partner, offering manual control via a rocker switch attached to the column shifter and a towing-mode button on the end of the shifter.

2017 Nissan Versa

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The 2017 Nissan Versa sedan provides comfortable, spacious and inexpensive transportation and comes with a generous choice of available amenities.

Virtually every fast food place has some sort of "value menu" filled with good stuff at prices that won't break the bank. Which, when you

to think of it, is a remarkably good analogy for the 2017 Nissan Versa. This compact sedan offers some appealing qualities for not a lot of dough. High points include a smooth ride, good fuel economy, a large trunk and one of the roomiest rear seats in the segment.

2017 Toyota 4Runner

2017 Toyota 4Runner

The last of an increasingly rare breed of truck-based SUVs, the 4Runner will take you off the beaten path like few other production vehicles. Weekend excursions are what this traditional SUV does best thanks to rugged drivetrain hardware and enough ground clearance to deal with tricky off-road situations. Its cargo area is quite versatile, too, especially when equipped with the optional sliding rear cargo deck.

The 2017 4Runner off-road nature dominates the way it performs. Traditional body-on-frame construction gives it ruggedness and clearance but adds weight that results in modest cornering, braking and acceleration limits. The off-road performance that 4Runner buyers seek is excellent. We [also] like the nicely laid-out dash and instrument panel. The large cargo hold is quite functional, and the seating area is sufficiently roomy. Easy to climb in and out if you can deal with the step-up height.

2018 Toyota Camry

2018 camry
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Redesigned for 2018, the Camry looks to remake its reputation with an expressive new look and a tauter, more responsive chassis. The inline-four’s output increases to 203 horsepower (206 in the XSE), while the V-6 offers a lively 301 ponies. Each engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and sees fuel-economy gains. A hybrid is EPA rated at up to 52 mpg combined. Many active safety features now come standard.

The nearly two-inch-longer wheelbase helps preserve interior roominess, including generous rear-seat legroom and knee clearance, even as engineers lowered the roof and the seating position. They also lowered the hood and the beltline to avoid the feeling of sitting in the bottom of a barrel. This Camry is more adventurous with color, too, with the gray and tan interiors using multiple hues, while a red-and-black scheme can be had in the XSE.

It’s not just appearances that have changed; much of the hardware is new, as the Camry moves to Toyota’s TNGA architecture. Both engines are fresh, as well, although their layout and displacements are familiar. The direct-and-port-injected 2.5-liter inline-four has a longer stroke and a higher compression ratio than the previous four-cylinder, and it boasts variable valve timing that is now electrically actuated on the intake side. Output climbs from 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque to 203 and 184—or 206 and 186 in the XSE with its quad exhaust outlets, a Camry first. A 176-hp version of the same engine pairs with an electric motor/generator in the hybrid.

2017 Toyota Corolla

Nissan Versa

If you're looking for a small sedan that covers the basics well, the 2017 Toyota Corolla is a smart choice. Several competitors deliver more thrills from the driver seat, but a sensible blend of space, fuel economy and value give the Corolla broad appeal.

For 2017, the Toyota Corolla gets some front-end work done (including new LED headlights), upgraded interior upholstery, a standard rearview camera on all trims, and a bundle of safety features not usually found on a compact sedan.

For 2017, the Corolla also makes a great leap with new safety features and driver aids on all models, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure intervention and adaptive cruise control — features that aren't commonly standard even on luxury sedans. Add the Corolla's high fuel economy and great reputation for resale value, and you have all the ingredients for a car that pleases more than it disappoints.

Still, the 2017 Corolla does the most important things well. It's not a flashy pick, but it's a smart one, and it should serve you well in the years to come.

2018 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Originating in the latter half of the 1990s, the Toyota RAV4 was one of the first entries in the small crossover SUV market. Today's RAV4 is considerably larger than that pint-sized original, but the core appeal of versatility, good fuel economy and favorable on-road manners are firmly intact.

The RAV4 has been very popular with consumers through the years The newest third- and fourth-generation RAV4s are the most family-friendly and come with the most features, which appeal to young families and urban singles in search of a reliable compact crossover SUV.

In reviews, we've found that this Toyota RAV4 gets just about everything right. Its roomy cabin boasts more cargo room than most rivals and provides ample seating space for adults both front and rear. The overall interior design is modern looking, and the Entune system provides useful smartphone app integration. The RAV4's 2.5-liter four is refined and adequately powerful. Overall, we find the RAV4 to be an impressively well-rounded small crossover SUV with no major drawbacks.

2017 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma


The Toyota Tacoma, redesigned in 2016, has stuck closely to its formula for two decades. Though it doesn't represent a revolution in truck design, this newest Tacoma has plenty of appeal for those shoppers who don't want the bulk or inconvenience of a regular full-size pickup.

You can pick either a four-cylinder or a V6 engine as well as either an extended-cab or crew-cab body style. Interestingly, all rear-wheel-drive Tacomas share the raised ride height of the four-wheel-drive (4WD) variants, but the 4WD Tacoma's ability to do things off-road has never been greater. The TRD Off-Road variant (with the automatic transmission) has Toyota's Crawl Control driver aid system, and for 2017 there is a new TRD Pro model with even more off-road-oriented equipment. Other appealing qualities include Toyota's latest touchscreen interfaces, a standard lockable damped tailgate and an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2018 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab


If excellent utility and off-road ability are priorities for your next vehicle, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma should be high on your list. The wealth of available configurations means there's likely a Tacoma that fits your needs, and some of them provide an impressive degree of trail-busting capability.

Alongside those specialized off-road Tacomas with their knobby tires, upgraded suspension and off-road driving aids, there are street-oriented versions of the Tacoma, too. Notably, even the more luxurious trim levels share their siblings' lifted stance. It creates a high step-in height and a slightly unusual seating position, but it also means every Tacoma is at least a little adventure-ready.

Overall, we think the Tacoma hits the spot for what most midsize pickup shoppers are looking for.

2017 Volkswagen Golf

2017 VW Golf

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While we rarely skip an opportunity to praise the Volkswagen Golf, our infatuation has never fixated on the hatchback’s price. That’s because while its cost is reasonable, its core competencies—a solid structure, an impeccably finished interior, and comfortable and capable suspension—would be welcome at any price. And value is just one of the main criteria we use to name cars to our 10 Best Cars list, the others being satisfying driving dynamics and unparalleled execution of purpose. Because the Golf excels at all three, it has been named a 10Best winner for a decade running.

Its lighter price tag has no effect at the test track, of course. The turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder still makes 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque, and the six-speed automatic transmission’s ratios are unchanged. The Wolfsburg model tested here reached 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and stopped from 70 mph in 168 feet. Those figures are a shade better than those laid down by our 2015 long-term test car when new. This Wolfsburg’s 0.84-g skidpad grip figure trails that car’s, due to its less grippy tires on 16-inch wheels in place of the older model’s 18-inch rubber.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta

2017 VW Jetta

We're still coming to grips with the current evolution of the Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta of the past signified European refinement and a more sophisticated driving experience than the typical economy car, yet now we encounter an automobile that is all about a big interior package and a small price, as if it were meant to be sold at Costco.

OK, maybe we exaggerate, as Volkswagen has slowly added more features to the Jetta and recalibrated its personality since this car’s introduction. The current Volkswagen Jetta has more cabin and trunk space than its predecessors, not to mention more than some of today's smaller midsize sedans. Yet the Jetta no longer represents a uniquely European interpretation of an affordable five-passenger sedan, and this makes it harder for this Volkswagen to compete with the vastly improved breed of modern compact sedans.

Still, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta offers some upside. A rearview camera is now standard on all models. Sophisticated driver aids such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control now show up even on lower-priced trim levels. An updated infotainment system finally includes a USB connection in place of the former setup with its annoying proprietary cable. Finally, the 2017 Jetta's lineup of four-cylinder engines is pretty sweet, and two of the three available engines even offer a manual transmission.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

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What you’ll like about the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is it’s peppy turbocharged engine, smooth automatic transmission, and that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available now. Two new trim levels, the Wolfsburg and the Sport, have been introduced for the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, replacing the R-Line and SE grades. The base S trim adds additional standard features such as a 6.3-inch touchscreen, VW Car-Net App Connect for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, USB connectivity, and Bluetooth. On the Wolfsburg trim, additional standard equipment include a panoramic sunroof and unique floor mats. The Sport grade, on the other hand, comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, dual-zone climate control, black side mirror caps, and body-colored side sills and rear bumper. Look for a redesigned model to arrive for the 2018 model year.

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover that slots below the larger Touareg, and is available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

With the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, it looks like the German automaker is finally ready to offer a small crossover SUV that many Americans will want. Though entertaining to drive, the previous generation Tiguan fell short of the competition.

For 2018, however, the Tiguan is thoroughly overhauled. It rides atop a new platform that underpins Volkswagen models ranging from the compact Golf hatchback to the new three-row Atlas SUV. This Tiguan even shares its new muscular shape and style with the Atlas. It's also 10 inches longer than its predecessor, which VW uses for more cargo space, more legroom, and an optional third-row seat that's small but handy if you need to cart around a couple of extra kids.

Some of the Tiguan's traditional strengths carry over, including a quiet and comfortable ride, top-notch cabin materials, and a user-friendly tech interface that's now even easier and quicker to use. These upscale touches no longer exact a price premium either.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg

VW Touareg
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The name sounds odd, but the Touareg offers a comfortable ride and spirited performance—something we all can understand. Its 3.6-liter V-6 makes 280 hp and is mated to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The Touareg is large, comfortable, and solid—plus it’s equally at home both on and off the pavement. A standard touchscreen infotainment display is functional but dated; the optional adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking, however, are well engineered and effective.

The 2017 Touareg is offered in three trim levels: the $50,405 Sport with Technology, the $53,705 Wolfsburg, and the $61,105 Executive. All share a premium-fuel-recommended direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 280 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shifting mode, and all-wheel drive is standard across the line.

Volkswagen has increased the level of equipment, making adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot warning, and a heated steering wheel standard on the base model. The new Wolfsburg costs $1345 more than the previous Lux, but it now includes heated and ventilated front seats and 20-inch wheels in place of the old Lux model’s 19s. Inside, brushed-aluminum trim replaces the previous wood, stainless-steel doorsills and pedals are borrowed from the Executive, and leather seats are standard in either solid black or two-tone black and gray.

In a 15-year lifetime that spans two generations, the Touareg’s styling has changed very little. Luckily, it has aged well. The Touareg was developed from a platform shared with the first-generation Porsche Cayenne; its suspension is stiff, and the driving dynamics are agreeable. And like that original Cayenne, the VW is a capable off-roader. The driving position is ideal, the hydraulically assisted steering is quick, and the eight-speed automatic’s shifting is barely noticeable. The interior layout is straightforward—but the switchgear and fit are of high quality. And the Touareg’s 7716-pound towing capacity is at the top of the class among mid-size SUVs.