Mid Size Crossover Suv

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By Alexander Stoklosa, Austin Irwin of Car and Driver

Feb 18, 2021 In a world rapidly being consumed by car-based crossovers, Toyota's 4Runner is one of the few remaining mid-size SUVs to share DNA with a pickup truck. Although it's offered in two-wheel-drive base. Ever since the Lexus RX (and its affordable Toyota Highlander sibling) popularized the idea of a car-based SUV, the midsize SUV segment has exploded with offerings. There are still some traditional. The Honda Passport is a midsize 2-row crossover that is a little edgier than what we typically see from Honda. It has a sharp appearance and a rugged attitude, with impressive off-road capabilities when equipped with all-wheel drive. Interior space is generous and some clever interior storage means there’s a cubby for everything.

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Think of these crossovers and SUVs as the just-right ones. They fall right in the middle of the size and price spectrum that sees subcompacts on one side and full-size rigs on the other. Once made up almost entirely of truck-based entries with rugged frames, four-wheel-drive systems, and meaty tires, this segment is now practically overflowing with crossovers, vehicles based on car platforms using relatively efficient engines, including two- and three-row offerings. Beefy styling and body cladding intended to evoke 4x4s of yore make up the personality gap, though a few truly hardcore off-roaders are still offered. So, click on for a peek at how the crowded mid-size SUV class shakes out, as ranked from worst to best.

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Taking your SUV off-roading is a fun and exciting experience, but for many people, that’s only an occasional weekend hobby. Our day-to-day experience with our SUVs typically doesn’t require rock climbing or navigating through the mud, and we typically want something as smooth and enjoyable to drive on the road as it is off of the road. The last thing you want on your daily commute is to feel like every day is an off-road adventure — even though it sounds fun in theory. If you’re looking for a new 2020 SUV that offers a smooth, quiet driving experience, these are the top candidates.

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All of the SUVs that made it onto the list were mid-sized SUVs, making them the most common cars on the street. With the rising popularity of SUVs and the shrinking demand for sedans, more and more companies are pushing to enter the SUV market, even Lamborghini and Aston Martin. You don’t have to break the bank on high-end luxury options to get the drive quality you are looking for, and these midsized SUVs have just what you’re looking for.

First up on the list is the already well-loved Kia Telluride. Current owners of the new Kia Telluride can’t stop talking about how much they love their SUVs, and we can’t blame them. They are modernly styled, well-equipped, and are without a double one of the most comfortable SUVs on the market.

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The Hyundai Palisade is another underrated crowd favorite, and many people will tell you that it’s a great bargain for a brand new SUV. Less expensive than other luxury SUVs, the Palisade doesn’t sacrifice your comfort, and the cabin is so well insulated that it’s almost like you’re driving on a newly paved road everywhere you go.

Consumers rave about these SUVs

The Ford Edge is another underrated favorite, and while most people are focused on the more common Explorer and Expedition, the Edge is the more affordable and just as good option from the Ford lineup. The cabin is designed to minimize road noise, but you can still enjoy the gentle hum of the engine as the turbocharger spools.

The Subaru Ascent is another surprising choice, and while it might not be the first choice that comes to mind a quick test drive might change your opinion. It isn’t the most luxurious car to make the list, but it is well priced and the interior is still nice and comfortable.

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You don’t have to take our word for it, either. Take any of these SUV options out for a test drive and they will be sure to leave you smiling ear to ear. Sometimes hearing the roar of a V8 and feeling the bumps and turn on the road can be fun, but on our daily drive, sometimes quiet constituency is all we need, and these SUVs have just that.

Mid Size Crossover Suv Comparisons