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 …

Rating 55/100 Background The Chevrolet TrailBlazer is the company’s midsize SUV entry. Last redesigned in 2002, when it received more power, sharper styling and a roomier cabin, the current version is dated in some areas, yet modern in others. Now that the long-wheelbase EXT version has been dropped, there is no TrailBlazer with a third-row …

Rating 57/100 Background Domestic manufacturers have always excelled at crafting vehicles that aren’t slouches when it comes to brawn and utility, and the 2007 Dodge Durango is no exception. The full-size SUV offers seating for up to eight passengers as well as a generous haul rating. The Durango offers a maximum towing capacity of 8,950 …

Rating 75/100 Background One of GM’s most popular full-size SUVs, the Chevrolet Suburban debuted back in 1936 and has long been an easy go-to choice for big families seeking a roomy, cozy car suitable for everyday use and recreation. The Suburban is essentially a longer version of the Tahoe, with a 14-inch longer wheelbase and …

Rating 57/100 Background Much like Goldilocks discovering the right chair to rest in at the three bears’ house, many folks will find the 2007 Chevrolet Equinox “just right.” Bigger than the mini SUVs, yet slightly smaller than the traditional midsizers such as the TrailBlazer and Explorer, the Equinox offers plenty of passenger and cargo space …