Hot SUVs for 2011
As the focus for most SUVs and crossovers strays from capabilities and ruggedness, this year we've seen automakers put effort into improving interior quality. The 2011 Ford Edge, 2011 Kia Sorento and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee all make leaps in this regard compared with their predecessors with finer materials plus better fit and finish.
|Hot SUVs for 2011|
|All cars are listed in alphabetical order and are from the 2011 model year.|
$27,220 - $38,070
Ford's revamped five-seater Edge gets much-needed attention on the inside, where nicer dashboard materials and high-tech gadgetry (MyFord Touch) make the interior the most notable improvement.
$28,190 - $39,190
The all-new Explorer ditches its truck-based origins for a car-based chassis shared with the likes of the Ford Taurus. It loses maximum towing capacity, but benefits from a bump in gas mileage, standard room for seven occupants and tech options like the dual-LCD-screen MyFord Touch.
$56,700 - $59,800
The QX56's all-new exterior is questionably ugly in pictures, but the beluga-nosed SUV takes on a different look in person. Infiniti's largest SUV has a luxurious interior with plush dashboard materials, plus great usability with easy-to-use second row folding seats.
$19,995 - $33,895
$18,295 - $24,795
Another new Kia is the smaller Sportage, redesigned to the point that you probably wouldn't be able to guess it's a successor to the previous Sportage.
$39,145 - $40,995
The new MKX ditches its previous cheese-grater grille for styling more akin to the three-row MKT and full-size MKS sedan. The interior is also notable because many of the formerly bulky buttons have been replaced with sleek touch-sensitive buttons.
$50,240 - $51,740
The Countryman is Mini's long-awaited SUV, featuring the first use of all-wheel drive on a Mini, plus traditional four doors. (Its sibling, the Clubman, uses three doors, one of which is reversed hinged.)
The Countryman is Mini's long-awaited SUV, featuring the first use of all-wheel drive on a Mini. Countryman S models feature a turbocharged engine that's more powerful than the turbo engines in the Cooper S and Clubman S.
$18,495 - $22,995
The Outlander Sport shouldn't be confused as a sport trim level of the Outlander crossover. The Outlander Sport is its own model, measuring 14 inches shorter than the Outlander and competing with a growing segment of ultrasmall SUVs.
$18,960 - $24,550
The Juke is Nissan's smallest SUV, aimed directly at the sporting crowd. Its turbocharged engine makes 180 horsepower, and a six-speed manual transmission is available in front-wheel-drive models. On the inside, its center console looks like a motorcycle's gas tank.
$46,700 - $104,800
This is the Cayenne's first redesign since its original debut in 2003, and it's a significant one. A new hybrid Cayenne S can run on only electric power at speeds up to 40 mph.
The Touareg gains styling similar to the rest of the Volkswagen lineup, like what you'll see on the new Jetta and Golf. The Touareg doesn't intend to lose its off-road chops with the redesign and will offer two four-wheel-drive systems, one with more off-road capabilities such as locking differentials.