Rating 63/100 Background Up until now, Mazda has had just one SUV in its lineup, the compact Tribute, which is essentially a corporate twin of the Ford Escape. Now, with the introduction of the 2007 CX-7, Mazda has a car to compete in the midsize crossover SUV segment. This has proven to be a very …

Rating 58/100 Background No doubt encouraged by the sales success of such vehicles as the Nissan Murano, Lincoln is bringing its first crossover, the MKX, to market for the 2007 model year. Those familiar with Lincolns past will most likely “get” that the MKX designation actually stands for Mark X. But this time around the …

Rating 73/100 Background With two compact SUVs already in its lineup, one may wonder why Jeep bothered to create the 2007 Patriot. Well, it seems that the company’s managers wanted to make the most of the new platform also being used for the Jeep Compass and the Dodge Caliber. To aid in differentiation, the Patriot …

Rating 75/100 Background Few vehicles in America have as much history or as dedicated a following as the Jeep Wrangler. This compact SUV and its earlier CJ predecessors have been providing Americans with rugged off-road ability and iconic style for more than 60 years. Whether it’s South Dakota’s badlands, San Diego’s Pacific Beach or mud …

Rating 68/100 Background First introduced to the U.S. in the early ’90s, the Kia Sportage is one of the company’s best-known models. Originally a truck-based body-on-frame SUV with smallish dimensions, the Sportage received a redesign two years ago that brought it fully up to date with a car-based structure and Kia’s typical emphasis on value. …

Rating 80/100 Background Let’s just get to the point here: The 2007 Kia Sorento is a great choice if you’re shopping for a midsize SUV with available four-wheel drive and towing capabilities. For fewer than $25,000, you can get a nicely equipped, attractively styled sport-utility car with a powerful V6 engine, real off-road prowess and …

Rating 62/100 Background Jeeps and mountain trails go together like the president and the White House; it’s hard to imagine one without the other. Nimble as a billy goat off-road, the 2007 Jeep Liberty more than lives up to this storied tradition. With steep approach and departure angles and plenty of suspension travel with a …

Rating 62/100 Background For many people, small, car-based SUVs represent an ideal choice for a primary vehicle. Smaller in size and more cozy than traditional SUVs, yet more stylish than hatchbacks and wagons, they are very popular with younger buyers living in urban environments. For 2007, Jeep, a brand not traditionally known for catering to …

Rating 68/100 Background The GMC Envoy nameplate dates back to the late 1990s when it debuted as a luxury trim level of the now defunct GMC Jimmy. A few years later, GMC ditched the Jimmy name completely and introduced the all-new Envoy. A corporate twin of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the two midsize SUVs share much …

Rating 73/100 Background In its late-20th-century heyday, the Ford Explorer outsold both the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. As far as consumers were concerned, its taller drive height, spacious cargo hold and all-weather versatility made it the perfect family vehicle. Unfortunately, the rollover accident scare during the summer of 2000 cast a pall over …

Rating 47/100 Background With high fuel prices here to stay, large SUVs aren’t an easy sell anymore, even to consumers who like the idea of a car that can accommodate six to seven of their closest family and friends. So for 2007, Ford has redoubled its efforts and come up with an Expedition that’s quieter, …

Rating 77/100 Background The midsize crossover SUV segment is fast becoming as important as the midsize sedan segment, as more and more families are discovering the useful compromise of utility and efficiency these vehicles provide. Ford’s first midsize crossover, the Freestyle, didn’t go over too well with this audience, however, as its weak V6 engine …