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In this report

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.

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…

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