Rating 85/100 Background Despite what its tallish SUV profile and cozy backseat might imply, the 2008 Infiniti FX35 could be considered a sport sedan in SUV clothing. Thanks to a strong 275-horsepower V6 and sport-tuned chassis (derived from the previous-generation Infiniti G35), the FX35 accelerates with vigor, attacks corners eagerly and generally feels alive on …

Rating 68/100 Background The 2008 Veracruz is the largest and most expensive car Hyundai has ever sold in North America — and it might be its best yet. All-new last year, this seven-passenger crossover goes up against extraordinary new models like the Toyota Highlander. Perhaps even more surprising, the luxury-trimmed Limited model has enough niceties …

Rating 70/100 Background Since its introduction three years ago, the Hyundai Tucson has been a solid choice for compact-SUV shoppers. It’s generously equipped with lots of standard features and safety equipment, and its long warranty coverage is one of the best in the segment. Buyers have a choice between two engines and front- or all-wheel …

Rating 70/100 Background From afar, the 2008 Hummer H3 is hard to discern from its bulkier H2 brother. And that’s the idea; the smaller Hummer H3 has all the brand’s signature styling cues — the industrial grille, the massive wheel flares, the armored car-style windows — that make these life-size Tonka trucks so appealing to …

Rating 73/100 Background Compact SUVs represent one of the final frontiers in the world of luxury utility vehicles. Only a handful of small luxury SUVs are on sale right now, but their population is on pace to double in the next two years. At first glance, this phenomenon might be hard to understand: These upmarket …

Rating 80/100 Background Inspired by the massive military-derived Hummer H1 off-road ground pounder, the full-size Hummer H2 sport-utility car debuted five years ago as the go-to choice for the “look at me” crowd. Constructed of various bits and pieces from GM’s full-size truck and SUV parts bin, its rough-around-the-edges attitude was as much a part …

Rating 48/100 Background Upon its debut in 2003, the Honda Element was a novelty among compact crossover SUVs. Its chunky body, tall profile and surprisingly stubby dimensions set it apart on the road, and its suicide rear doors were downright daring. While this quirky cube-on-wheels has had limited appeal for the young, active types Honda …

Rating 58/100 Background Sensible folks who place function over form will agree that a minivan remains the most efficient mode of family transport. Quite simply, a big, front-wheel-drive box offers more passenger and cargo capacity compared to a like-sized SUV. But most image-conscious Americans find minivans seriously lacking in the cool factor — something that …

Rating 72/100 Background The 2008 Honda CR-V is underpowered, sort of weird looking, doesn’t have a third-row seat and no longer has a picnic table built into its cargo bay. These are all criticisms that can be lobbed at the CR-V, but none seem to matter much to American consumers. In 2007, Honda’s fully redesigned …

Rating 68/100 Background For families who need a spacious, cozy and rugged full-size SUV, GMC’s entries have long been the go-to vehicles. With their stout, truck-based underpinnings, these sport-utilities are ideal for towing and off-roading duties. But until recently their interiors were seriously lacking in terms of build and materials quality compared to most rivals. …

Rating 52/100 Background With crossover SUVs becoming increasingly popular, it might be easy to forget that SUVs started out based on pickup trucks. While crossovers hold an attractive edge in terms of drive and handling dynamics, and usually better fuel efficiency and interior space, traditional truck-based utes still offer tougher off-road capability and greater towing …

Rating 57/100 Background In the past few years, sales of traditional SUVs and minivans have been dropping as consumers gravitate toward crossover SUVs. And it makes sense. Why buy a 6,000-pound truck-based SUV that can pull a tank and tackle the Baja 1,000 when all you really need is something to shuttle the kids around …