Part 1: Family Cars (over $25,000), Prestige, Sports and Performance
Part 2: Economy (under $18,000), Sports Coupe/Sedan (under & over $30,000)
Part 3: Family Cars (under $25,000), Luxury Coupe & Sedan, Minivans
Today, we take a look at what’s new in station wagons and two groups of sport utility vehicles (SUV) in the mid-size and luxury classes. As usual our mini-overview is complete with comparison price information and same day performance statistics collected at the Car of the Year evaluation event in Belleville, Ontario, last month.
Best new Station Wagon:
Wagons are obviously still popular in Europe where all the entries in this category originated.
Best new Intermediate Sport Utility Vehicle:
Not so long ago almost all SUV’s came in this size and it’s still an ultra-competitive category. However, even in this SUV stronghold is fragmenting into vehicles that originated from either car or truck based platforms. The new Toyota Sequoia should also have been an entry in this class, but was not entered by Toyota.
Best new Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle:
I’m sure some of the elder executives a BMW and Mercedes still cringe at the thought of having an SUV in their product line. However, consumer demand for a high-end SUV continues to soar.