Hot SUVs for 2009

Fuel prices are weighing heavily on new-car shoppers' minds, but a raft of new crossovers gives consumers in search of better fuel economy new choices — whether they're searching for something large or small. A few popular models have also been redesigned; to see all the new and redesigned SUVs for 2009, check out our Model Year Preview.

Hot SUVs for 2009
All SUVs are listed in alphabetical order and are from the 2009 model year.
$28,255 - $41,025
GM's volume brand gains a three-row crossover SUV in the Traverse that offers a very comfortable driving experience and a new direct-injection V-6 engine.
  • Seats up to eight
  • Standard 281-hp V-6
  • Standard stability system, curtain airbags
  • Available AWD
  • Available backup camera
$20,125 - $28,535
Though it's offered the Durango SUV for years, the Journey, which can seat up to seven in three rows, is Dodge's first crossover.
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Unique storage options
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available integrated booster seats
  • Available Sirius Backseat TV
$28,295 - $36,555
With its boxy looks, the Flex gives Ford a uniquely styled crossover that's sure to stand out in a crowd.
  • Room for up to seven
  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Optional onboard refrigerator
  • White or silver roof available
  • FWD or AWD
$27,595 - $38,395
Honda's redesign of its popular Pilot gives the midsize crossover SUV squared-off styling and a more advanced cylinder-deactivation system to save gas.
  • Seats eight
  • 250-hp V-6
  • Standard stability system
  • New high-end Touring trim
  • Available knob-based navigation system
$40,950 - $56,700
Part SUV, part sports car, Infiniti's redesigned FX delivers a sporty driving experience that few SUVs can match.
  • Distinctive design
  • 303-hp V-6 or 390-hp V-8
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Available collision-warning and braking system
  • Available Around View camera system
$26,245 - $32,995
The lone body-on-frame SUV to debut for 2009, the Borrego is late to the game but gives the Korean automaker a vehicle that offers an available V-8 and room for up to seven people.
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Standard stability system
  • Available adjustable pedals
  • Available backup camera
$26,870 - $36,450
One of the most distinctly styled crossovers available, the redesigned Murano pushes the limits of exterior design even further in its latest form and features a more upscale cabin.
  • 265-hp V-6
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • Power liftgate option
  • Pushbutton start
$19,995 - $28,195
The 2009 Forester loses some of its wagon-like looks with its redesign but brings functionality in a small package.
  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Standard AWD
  • High ground clearance
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available panoramic moonroof

The all-new Venza blends hatchback looks, a sizable 8.1 inches of ground clearance and a premium cabin.
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Seven airbags
  • Available automatic high-beam headlights
  • FWD or AWD
$23,200 - $32,940
VW gets into the popular small crossover market with the Tiguan, which features turbocharged power and a high-quality interior.
  • 200-hp four-cylinder
  • FWD or AWD
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • MP3-player input
Posted on 10/2/08