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 …

Rating 72/100 Background The best seller of GM’s full-size SUVs, the Chevrolet Tahoe has long been an easy go-to choice for families seeking a roomy, cozy car suitable for towing and off-roading. It’s almost 2 feet shorter than Chevrolet’s otherwise similar Suburban, which makes it more manageable in urban driving. The Tahoe is a corporate …

Rating 67/100 Background A member of that genre of SUVs known as “crossovers” (car-based as opposed to truck-based utes), the 2007 Cadillac SRX offers most of the features people want in an SUV, such as a roomy cabin, an elevated driving position and a sure-footed demeanor on slippery roads, but without the clumsy driving dynamics …

Rating 75/100 Background The early advertisements for the Buick Rendezvous showed an SUV, a luxury auto and a minivan driving into a gloomy castle. After a bolt of lightning strikes the castle, the Rendezvous emerges, the gist of it being that Buick had combined the best aspects of those three vehicles in its crossover offering.Although …

Rating 72/100 Background Like other crossover SUVs, the 2007 BMW X3 is based on a unibody auto platform. However, unlike other crossover SUVs, the auto platform the X3 is based upon is BMW’s perpetually praised 3 Series sport sedan. And that’s the strongest element of this rather small, but very athletic machine.While the X3 features …

Rating 63/100 Background When BMW introduced the X5 seven years ago, many viewed it as a betrayal of the company’s spirit. “BMW,” those many asked, “the company that invented the sport sedan, is building a truck? That can’t be good.” Today the only question is whether or not the second-generation X5 is at least as …

Rating 73/100 Background The 2007 Buick Rainier represents the company’s sole foray into the luxury SUV market. Based on the same body-on-frame midsize SUV platform shared by the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, the Rainier incorporates distinctive styling elements such as an ellipsoid grille and unique lighting clusters. To emphasize the intended luxury persona, Buick’s …

Rating 72/100 Background The luxury SUV segment has existed for about 10 years now. It’s been a party for automakers and consumers alike. And just when there are signs that the good times are starting to slow down a bit, Audi shows up with its first SUV, the Q7. Considering the stakes, one would hope …

Rating 62/100 Background For about two decades now, Acura has been slowly growing and expanding its stable of upscale vehicles. Of course, some of these vehicles have been better than others. But on the whole, we’ve been pretty impressed with the combination of sophistication, performance and value that these cars and SUVs have offered. Now …