Vehicle Name Sorted Alphabetically Kelley Blue Book Sorted by Pricing
2008 Acura MDX

A Best Bet for as long as we've picked them, the seven-seat MDX has always exhibited exceptional crash-test ratings and above-average reliability.
$21,200 – $21,200

2008 Acura RDX

Acura's first turbocharged model, the youthful yet sophisticated RDX boasts excellent crash tests and above-average reliability.
$17,200 – $17,200

2008 BMW X3

This compact SUV remains a joy to drive. On top of its first-rate crash tests, it's reasonably reliable.
$17,700 – $17,700

2008 BMW X5

The X5 is as compelling as ever among many models that have followed the sport-SUV trend it started in 2000.
$20,600 – $23,500

2008 Ford Escape

Ford's compact workhorse has lost ground to Japanese competitors, but it qualifies for Best Bet status with average crash-test and reliability ratings in the V-6 model.
$9,475 – $15,100

2008 Ford Edge

The midsize Edge five-seater suits the needs of buyers who want a comfortable ride, plenty of room and the efficiency of a car-based SUV.
$12,900 – $16,900

2008 Ford Expedition

While the longtime favorite Chevy Tahoe and Suburban have fallen from grace with poor reliability, the Expedition and its extended version, the EL, have surged and are above average.
$16,050 – $21,400

2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Part SUV, part pickup, the Sport Trac gives more attention to the SUV part than do most crew cab pickup trucks.
$16,600 – $20,600

2008 Ford Expedition EL

While the longtime favorite Chevy Tahoe and Suburban have fallen from grace with poor reliability, the Expedition and its extended version, the EL, have surged and are above average.
$17,650 – $22,600

2008 Ford Taurus X

Following some drivetrain and styling upgrades in 2008, the former Freestyle six-seat crossover is more attractive to buyers who want space efficiency and aren't hung up on the car's wagonlike looks.
$9,475 – $14,500

2008 Honda CR-V

The CR-V has excellent reliability, the top crash-test rating in its class and an interior whose richness belies the sticker price.
$15,250 – $18,450

2008 Honda Element

The one-of-a-kind Element is a rare bird: an efficient hauler that's a favorite of musicians, weekend athletes.
$11,850 – $15,100

2008 Honda Pilot

One of the first larger car-based SUVs, the Pilot fits eight seats into what's technically a midsize model.
$14,100 – $17,500

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe's reliability and crash tests make the grade, and its long list of standard features make it the value for which Hyundai is known.
$12,250 – $14,250

2008 Land Rover Range Rover

Land Rover's flagship SUV, the Range Rover, is one of the most luxurious vehicles of any kind, but that doesn't stop it from being remarkably capable offroad.
$26,400 – $32,500

2008 Lincoln MKX

A healthy seller for Lincoln, the midsize MKX five-seat crossover has a roomy interior and a comfortable ride.
$17,650 – $17,650

2008 Lincoln Navigator

The full-size luxury SUV that started it all, the Navigator is back as a Best Bet with above-average reliability.
2008 Lincoln Navigator L

The full-size luxury SUV that started it all, the Navigator is back as a Best Bet with above-average reliability.
2008 Mazda Tribute

This sister of the Ford Escape shares its so-so crash tests and average reliability, but it squeaks by, offering a less-common and sportier alternative to the high-volume Ford.
2008 Mercury Mariner

Yet another sister of the Escape, the Mariner has just-made-it crash-test qualifications and a premium interior.
$11,650 – $12,650

2008 Mercury Mountaineer

Like its better-known sister, the Explorer, the Mountaineer seems a dying breed, but it gives truck lovers a more upscale, more exclusive alternative to the Explorer.
$12,700 – $13,600

2008 Nissan Pathfinder

The Pathfinder hasn't been spared the hard times that have befallen truck-based SUVs, but it makes the grade with average reliability and (only when equipped with the optional side airbags) good crash-test ratings.
$14,350 – $17,550

2008 Nissan Xterra

When equipped with the optional side airbags, the Xterra has good crash-test ratings, and its reliability has been top-notch. The sole caveat is a rollover rating that's among the lowest on the market,
$13,300 – $14,600

2008 Porsche Cayenne

Like other Porsches and many sporty models, the Cayenne is not crash-tested, so we include it with that disclaimer. The top versions do things no one ever expected an SUV to do on a racetrack.
$21,500 – $35,300

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line

Dramatic mileage boosts get all the attention, but Saturn's mild hybrid system delivers respectable fuel savings for little extra money. The Vue Green Line's premium over the lowest-priced gas-only version is only about 15 percent, yet its city and highway mileage increases are 32 and 23 percent, respectively.
$10,200 – $10,200

2008 Subaru Forester

A Best Bet favorite for years, the compact Forester rides lower than most compacts and offers a tall, versatile cargo area along with its excellent reliability and Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS.
$11,750 – $18,700

2008 Subaru Tribeca

Though it's easily overlooked, this midsize seven-seater has been more reliable than average, and it holds a top rating in IIHS crash tests.
$14,150 – $15,800

2008 Toyota 4Runner

For people who still want their SUV to be a real truck, the 4Runner remains a good choice. In addition to good crash tests, it has been well above average in reliability.
$19,950 – $23,000

2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Equipped with a manual or automatic transmission, the truck-based FJ has the features and comportment for hardcore off-roading. With this comes one of the lowest rollover ratings in the market, but its crash tests and reliability are good.
$21,400 – $21,400

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Available only with all-wheel drive, the Highlander Hybrid costs about 23 percent more than the most efficient gas Highlander, which has front-wheel drive. It delivers 50 percent better city mileage but only a 4 percent highway improvement.
$20,500 – $23,600

2008 Toyota RAV4

High crash-test ratings and excellent reliability help the compact RAV4 battle the Honda CR-V for the sales crown.
$13,950 – $16,450

2008 Volvo XC90

The XC90 has been vying for a Best Bet designation since it hit the market. Now, with its six-cylinder model posting average reliability, it has arrived.
$14,500 – $23,100