2012 Dodge Durango
2012 Dodge Durango

Best midsize SUV

Reviewers say the 2012 Dodge Durango balances practicality, performance, versatility and style; it's the favorite in a field of excellent, family-friendly midsize SUVs. Reviewers particularly enjoy the Durango's buttoned-down ride and handling. In addition to its standard V6, the Dodge also offers an optional V8 that allows for 7,400 pounds of tow capacity and strong acceleration. Crash-test results are very good, as are initial reliability impressions.
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Base MSRP: $28,995 to $42,995 Estimated Price
2013 Kia Sorento
2013 Kia Sorento

Midsize SUV value

The 2013 Kia Sorento is a sharply styled midsize SUV that's packed with standard equipment, offers an optional third-row seat, and whose ride quality impresses reviewers for its involvement and composure. The Kia's attractive pricing makes it worth a long look for users seeking to maximize value. Furthermore, the Sorento does well in crash tests and offers commendable fuel economy with its base 4-cylinder engine. A V6 is available for those who want more power.
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Base MSRP: $23,250 to $33,400 Estimated Price
2012 Acura MDX
2012 Acura MDX

Best luxury midsize SUV

Reviewers applaud the Acura MDX's interior quality, exterior style, comfortable and controlled ride and handling, and reputation for reliability. Its all-wheel-drive system makes it more fun to drive than most midsize luxury SUVs as well, say critics. Experts often prefer the MDX to competitors that cost far more.
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Base MSRP: $43,030 to $52,655 Estimated Price
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Midsize off-roader

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee retains Jeep's signature off-road capability, but doesn't force drivers to compromise regarding on-road comfort and stability. Off-road features like available two-speed four-wheel drive and dual electronic differentials make the Jeep more capable than most. Elegant interior and exterior styling rounds out the package. In addition, when equipped with the optional V8, the Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,400 pounds. Reviews indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is also a capable off-roader, but the Jeep stands out as a more comfortable daily driver.
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Base MSRP: $26,995 to $54,470 Estimated Price
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Midsize SUVs Runners Up:

2012 Honda Pilot Base MSRP: $28,620 to $40,970

7 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2012 Volvo XC60 Base MSRP: $32,900 to $47,600

6 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2012 Mazda CX-9 Base MSRP: $29,725 to $35,125

5 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2013 Lexus RX350 Base MSRP: $39,310 to $40,710

5 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2011 Toyota Highlander Base MSRP: $28,090 to $37,045

4 picks including: ConsumerGuide.com, FuelEconomy.gov…

2012 Land Rover LR4 Base MSRP: $48,900

4 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2012 Porsche Cayenne Base MSRP: $48,200 to $107,100

4 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2012 Toyota Highlander Base MSRP: $28,240 to $37,195

4 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Base MSRP: $23,225 to $30,925

3 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2012 Jeep Wrangler Base MSRP: $22,045 to $29,995

2 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Car and Driver…

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Base MSRP: $22,345 to $27,895

2 picks including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

2012 Toyota 4Runner Base MSRP: $31,090 to $40,630

1 pick including: FuelEconomy.gov, Edmunds.com…

Comparing midsize SUVs and crossovers

Reviews present one overarching theme when it comes to midsize SUVs: There's no such thing as an objectively inferior model. While at first blush this seems silly, it's really the culmination of automakers' increased focus on this market segment. Simply, midsize SUVs sell in droves, and automakers have focused on delivering the most competitive models possible.

As a group, today's midsize SUVs excel at on-road comfort and performance, since nearly all of them ride on car-like unibody platforms (as opposed to yesteryear's body-on-frame truck platforms). Attractive, practical, amenity-laden interiors are the norm, and automakers continue to focus on fuel economy and safety to further enhance these vehicles' family-friendliness. Size, space and capabilities vary -- the best for overall people-moving duties may not be ideal for off-roading -- and as always, luxury models differentiate themselves with higher levels of performance, increased comfort, more technology or any combination thereof.

Our individual pages on the best-reviewed and runner-up midsize SUV models tackle each in greater detail. Note that our companion reports on small SUVs, large SUVs and minivans may all be of interest, since there's plenty of overlap when it comes to capabilities.

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