Rating 70/100 Background Sales of traditional full-size SUVs have fallen in the past couple of years as consumers have downsized to more maneuverable and fuel-efficient cars and crossover SUVs. While an understandable development, those still wanting a traditional SUV will find the 2008 Ford Expedition to be about as modern and easy to live with …

Rating 70/100 Background The king has fallen. For more than a decade, the Ford Explorer was the undisputed ruler of the SUV kingdom and an elemental reason for the sport-utility craze that is still going on. But in recent years the Explorer has been dethroned by several other SUVs, falling precipitously in the sales rankings …

Rating 50/100 Background Ever since its introduction seven years ago, the Ford Escape has been a winner for the company and has often ranked as the best-selling compact SUV in America. For 2008, the Escape has received a “top-half” revamping, meaning the exterior and interior got a complete makeover, while the mechanical components remain mostly …

Rating 73/100 Background Brash exterior styling is a key ingredient in every 21st-century Dodge, but the Nitro is especially showy about it. Whereas most compact and midsize SUVs are defined by soft, rounded forms, the 2008 Dodge Nitro has such a square jawline and such exaggerated wheel flares you can’t take your eyes off it. …

Rating 65/100 Background Midsize crossover SUVs are fast becoming the family auto of choice. Offering carlike drive and handling along with a more reasonable size and fuel economy than traditional truck-based sport-utilities, these crossovers have found appeal with a wide range of shoppers.Ford’s entry for this segment is the Edge. Debuting just last year, the …

Rating 75/100 Background If there’s one car that domestic automakers have always done well, it’s the powerful and roomy workhorse. And while their trucks have traditionally been relatively unsophisticated and a little rough around the edges, there’s never been a question about whether or not they could get the job done. The 2008 Dodge Durango …

Rating 88/100 Background The Chrysler Aspen debuted last year as the brand’s first-ever SUV. Chrysler designed it to appeal to consumers interested in premium features and an upscale appearance. In most respects, the Aspen delivers. It can seat up to eight in three rows of seating, comes standard with V8 power and has a solid …

Rating 73/100 Background The Chevrolet TrailBlazer represents what one could consider to be the old guard of midsize SUVs. In the midst of a consumer shift to carlike crossover SUVs, the TrailBlazer maintains the traditional SUV trait of truck-based architecture. While this provides advantages in terms of off-road performance and towing capacity, it limits the …

Rating 82/100 Background With lots of functional cabin space for a car of its size, the well-equipped Chevrolet Equinox has been a popular choice for a small SUV in recent years. Owners enjoy the Equinox’s roomy cabin — the rear seats slide fore and aft to boost cargo room or legroom when needed — and …

Rating 72/100 Background For families who need a spacious, cozy and rugged full-size SUV, Chevrolet’s full-size entries have long been the go-to vehicles. With their stout, truck-based underpinnings, these vehicles 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 …

Rating 68/100 Background The first Chevrolet Suburban was introduced during Franklin Roosevelt’s first administration. Nineteen presidential terms and 71 years later, the Suburban is still truckin’, providing big families with the type of space and utility that today’s growing onslaught of crossover SUVs just can’t match.Dramatically redesigned and improved last year, the 2008 Chevrolet Suburban …

Rating 52/100 Background Buick wants to be known as a premium automaker, but none of the vehicles the brand has rolled out over the last five years have fully lived up to their luxury billing. The 2008 Buick Enclave could be the one that breaks Buick’s mediocrity streak.At first glance, the Enclave is just another …