Hot SUVs for 2012

New crossovers and SUVs are few and far between for 2012. Many popular models were redesigned or all-new last year — including the Ford Explorer, and Jeep Grand Cherokee — so all that's left for 2012 are a few redesigned models.

Hot SUVs for 2012
All cars are listed in alphabetical order and are from the 2012 model year.
$26,995 - $54,470

Jeep's high-performance SUV returns for 2012 with a more powerful V-8 and new chassis to complement its sport suspension and other performance goods.  With the use of new fuel-saving cylinder deactivation on the 470-horsepower engine, gas mileage improves from 12/16 mpg city/highway to 12/18 mpg.

  • 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8

  • All-wheel drive

  • Zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds

  • Top speed of 155 mph

  • Cylinder deactivation for fuel economy

 

$43,145 - $44,145

The Evoque is an all-new, pint-sized Land Rover that's roughly the same size as an Audi Q5 or Infiniti EX35. It's available in two-door "coupe" form or a five-door model with four doors and a rear hatch.

  • All-new and smallest Land Rover model

  • Coupe- and five-door styles

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder

  • All-wheel drive

  • Seating for five; available four seats on coupe

 

$48,990 - $50,490

The U.S.-made, five-passenger M-Class is significantly redesigned for 2012 with an all-new exterior, interior, chassis and powertrains.  On the outside, there are LED daytime running lamps, LED taillamps and 19-inch wheels. On the inside, a fresh interior is complemented by a standard 7-inch LCD screen in the dashboard and 4.5-inch display in the instrument cluster.

  • 302-hp V-6 or 240-hp, turbocharged diesel V-6

  • All-wheel drive

  • Nine airbags, including new knee airbag

  • Standard drowsiness detection system

  • New all-wheel-drive system

 

$22,840 - $35,930

The Tiguan SUV receives Volkswagen's corporate look for 2012 with new front styling that gives the cute-ute a more aggressive expression. One of the more notable changes is a bump in gas mileage for automatic-transmission Tiguans with front-wheel drive, now rated at 22/27 mpg city/highway, up from 2011's 20/25 mpg.

  • Face-lift for 2012

  • Improved fuel economy

  • 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder

  • Front- or all-wheel drive

  • Six-speed manual or automatic

 

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