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Top Three-Row Midsize SUV

A true car girl at heart, Brandy Schaffels has spent more than 25 years in the automotive industry and earned her stripes working at car magazines including Motor Trend and Car Craft. As chief editor of the female-friendly website, she creates a variety of informative and entertaining content on all subjects from car care and maintenance to woman-focused vehicle reviews and news. As the senior editor and content manager for, Brandy also built an editorial department to help car shoppers with news about new vehicles and technologies. For this guide, she also interviewed several other experts in the field, including Jason Fogelson, SUV expert for; Karl Brauer, an analyst for; and Tara Weingarten, editor-in-chief of

Blake Z. Rong, who updated this guide for 2017 models, is a freelance writer, features editor, and automotive journalist. His past experience has included roles at Autoweek, Road & Track, and Jalopnik, and his work has appeared both in print and online. With seven years of covering the automotive industry for both mainstream and enthusiast outlets, he has driven nearly every current car across a wide range of scenarios, schlepping across Los Angeles, taking week-long road trips, trying racetrack experiences, and more.

Rik Paul, Wirecutter’s autos editor, updated this guide to include early-2018 models. He was the automotive editor for Consumer Reports for 14 years and, before that, the senior feature editor for Motor Trend. He’s driven virtually every major car model on the road—and many off-road—and has learned that there can be big differences between models that look virtually the same on paper.

Why a three-row midsize SUV?
In recent years, three-row SUVs have become the vehicle of choice for many large families and other people who need to carry more than five passengers. They give off a cooler vibe than traditional family vehicles like minivans and station wagons, and they offer the security of all-wheel drive. Depending on the model and configuration, a three-row SUV can accommodate six to eight people, although the third-row seats vary a lot in terms of roominess and comfort. They also allow a lot of versatility in mixing passengers and cargo, thanks to seats that fold down or flip forward on either side to open up more space for carrying large, long, or bulky items. Many people also like the elevated view they get sitting in a SUV, and these vehicles are well-suited for long family road trips or towing a personal watercraft or other toys to the lake.

A three-row SUV can accommodate six to eight people, although the third-row seats vary a lot in terms of roominess and comfort.

According to Karl Brauer, senior director of insights for, “The flexibility that comes with being able to carry so many people is the primary driver behind the majority of these purchases. I’m confident the maximum passenger capacity is rarely utilized by many owners, but they still want a roomy, three-row vehicle for those few occasions when it saves them from using multiple vehicles to transport a large group.”

The second-row seats can be a three-person bench, as shown here, or two individual captain’s chairs. Typically, each side can fold forward to let a passenger climb into the back. Photos: Rik Paul
All of the vehicles we looked at provide a comfortable interior with roomy front and second-row seats. For the second row, you can often choose between a bench seat that accommodates three people or individual captain’s chairs that seat two in more comfort. Typically, the second-row seats can slide forward and rearward to give third-row passengers more legroom or so that kids in car seats can be moved closer to adults in the front row.

For the second row, you can often choose between a three-person bench or individual captain’s chairs for two people.

Most of the vehicles in this group have easy-to-use mechanisms that make their second-row seats slide and fold forward to make it easier for people to climb into the third row. Still, it can be a contortion for larger adults. While a third-row seat is a blessing when you need it, the third rows in these models typically don’t provide a lot of room or comfort: None of the ones we tried would be comfortable on longer drives for an average-sized adult. Their seat bottoms tend to be low to the floor, legroom is scant, and often the rear side windows are small or difficult to see out of, making sitting in the third row feel claustrophobic. In most models, the third row is better suited to teens and preteens. (For infants and toddlers, it’s often better to keep car seats and booster seats in the second row for easier access.)

Because both the second- and third-row seats can fold flat (as in this Toyota Highlander Hybrid), three-row SUVs give you a lot of versatility for carrying passengers and cargo. Photos: Rik Paul
The high stance of a midsize SUV means that both drivers and passengers have an elevated view over surrounding traffic (as well as a perceived sense of safety). But that can also mean that very young and older people might have difficulty stepping up or down from the seats.

Most midsize SUVs have a surprisingly comfortable, car-like ride. And thanks to powerful V6 engines, all are able to tow at least 3,500 pounds, enough for suburban playthings like small trailers or personal watercraft. Many can even tow up to 5,000 pounds, and a couple can handle 6,000 pounds or more, which is pickup-truck territory.

Other types of vehicles also offer three rows of seats. Some smaller compact SUVs squeeze in a third row, but they’re very tight and uncomfortable, not really meant for regular use. There’s also a full slate of large luxury SUVs that come with a longer list of features but are too expensive for most people. Lastly, several larger truck-based models, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Chevy Suburban provide a ton of interior room, but are more clumsy to drive, harder to park and maneuver, and generally provide a rougher, less comfortable ride than car-based midsize SUVs.

The difference between a modern car-based SUV, now commonly called a crossover, and a traditional truck-based SUV is that the latter has a two-piece design, with a steel body mounted on top of a rigid frame, similar to a pickup truck. (In fact, early SUVs were little more than a pickup with a hard top covering the rear.) This means that the truck-based models have stronger frames and beefier suspensions, and they feel more like a truck to drive. Car-based crossovers have a one-piece reinforced unibody construction, similar to modern car designs, which generally makes them lighter and more fuel-efficient, helping them ride more smoothly and feel more like a car to drive.

This difference really means little to buyers, and the terms “crossover” and “SUV” are often used interchangeably in advertisements and reviews. What’s more important are the qualities of the individual models in terms of roominess, ride comfort, towing ability, and performance.

Two-wheel or all-wheel drive?
All of the models in this guide give you the option of choosing two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (or four-wheel drive; we’ll explain the difference below). In a two-wheel drive vehicle, the engine sends power only to the front or rear wheels, depending on the model. With AWD, power goes to all four wheels; if both of the front (or rear) tires lose traction and start spinning, you still have the other ones to help keep you moving. This provides added traction in slippery conditions, and all-wheel drive is best for people who have to drive a lot on snowy roads or loose or muddy terrain—it can give you extra grip and help keep you from getting stuck.

Many people are attracted to SUVs because they want AWD. Keep in mind, though, that AWD helps mainly when you’re driving straight ahead or in reverse. It doesn’t give you more control when cornering or help you brake in a shorter distance, so you still need to drive cautiously on icy or snowy roads. Your best aids for braking and cornering in those conditions are an antilock braking system and electronic stability control, which are standard on all new passenger vehicles.

Among the midsize SUVs we looked at, AWD versions typically cost about $1,500 to $2,500 more than equivalent 2WD models. Because they are heavier and have more moving parts, AWD SUVs also typically get slightly worse gas mileage. That said, the difference in our group, if any, is usually only one mpg, which is a relatively minor concern; your driving style could have a far greater effect on fuel economy. AWD does add mechanical complexity, though, which can lead to extra repair bills down the road.

AWD versions typically cost about $1,500 to $2,500 more than equivalent 2WD models.

“All-wheel drive is a regional thing—whether or not it’s worth the cost to a consumer is totally subjective,” AutoPacific analyst Ed Kim explained to us. “I know how to drive in the snow just fine, and there have been very few situations where all-wheel drive could have helped me. But others put a dollar value on peace of mind, which is totally worth it to some.” And’s Patrick Olsen, given his home base of Chicago, told us he preferred to err on the side of caution: “If you live in Colorado, Chicago, Vermont, etc., then AWD is worth the money. I’ve driven with and without AWD in Chicago, and I prefer to have it in the snow and ice.”

An important note: Just because a vehicle has AWD doesn’t mean it’s ready for serious off-roading, such as tackling streams and rugged, rocky trails. For that, you need a true four-wheel drive system. Even though the terminology often gets used interchangeably in brochures and marketing info, a true 4WD system includes a transfer case that allows it to operate in either a high (normal) gear range or a low range for extra grunt. The low range provides a gear reduction to multiply the engine’s power about 2.5 times while slowing down the vehicle’s pace to more of a crawl. This is helpful when creeping through difficult off-road terrain, for clambering up and over things like steep hills or rocks, and when powering through loose surfaces like sand or mud. A higher ground clearance is also a real advantage for off-roading, and in this group, only the Toyota 4Runner has both.

AWD doesn’t help you brake in a shorter distance or give you more control when cornering.

If you don’t drive in snowy conditions and never go off-pavement, you’re probably better off with a two-wheel drive vehicle. And even if you do occasionally see heavy snowfalls, you can often get by fine without AWD, especially if your town’s snow plows are on top of their game. A traction-control system, standard on all new vehicles, can work almost as well as AWD on snowy roads (although it doesn’t handle slick inclines nearly as well).1 Swapping your vehicle’s all-season tires for a good set of winter tires can also make a big difference on snow. That said, winter tires wear more quickly, so it’s important to swap them back as soon as the snow season is over. And you’ll have to deal with the inconvenience and expense of changing the tires twice per year and storing them.

Features we recommend
All of the models we compared for this guide offer the core features that we expect in any new car today, namely power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; a tilt steering wheel; a push-button key fob that lets you lock and unlock the car from a distance; and a multifunction infotainment system. Depending on the model, they also offer a variety of other modern convenience features or advanced safety systems that we would typically look for when buying a vehicle. These features can make a big difference in living with a car every day—once you get used to them, you don’t want to go back. Here’s a rundown.

Convenience features

Backup cameras are handy for parking and maneuvering in tight places, and they help prevent back-over accidents of unseen people or animals. They’ll be standard on all passenger vehicles in 2018. Photo: Rik Paul
Backup camera: Displays the area in back of your car when the vehicle is in reverse. This view can be especially handy when you’re backing into or out of a parking space or connecting a trailer to a hitch. It’s also an important safety feature, as it helps reduce tragic back-over accidents, which occur when a driver doesn’t see a child or other person behind the vehicle while backing up. (Because of these safety benefits, a government mandate will make this feature standard on all cars built after May 1, 2018.) Some models also offer more-sophisticated multi-angle or 360-degree camera systems that let you see more of the area around your vehicle.
Parking sensors: Many models offer rear parking sensors, which are located in the rear bumper and alert you when backing up if the car is getting close to objects. These sensors are handy for parking but can be redundant if the car has a backup camera. Some car models also include nifty 360-degree systems that cover the area in front and to the sides of the vehicle.
Automatic climate control: You can set a cabin temperature and then forget about it.
Automatic headlights: These headlights automatically turn on and off based on the amount of ambient light. Some models also now come with automatic high beams, which switch off the brights if an oncoming car’s headlights are detected in front.
Smart keyless entry: The system senses when your key is near the car and lets you unlock or lock the doors without having to take the key out of your pocket or bag—usually by pressing a button on the door handle or simply holding your hand close to it.
Push-button start: A button on the dash lets you start the car with the key still in your pocket or bag.
Remote starter: You can start the car from, say, inside your home or office in order to let the vehicle’s interior warm up or cool down before you climb in.
Adaptive cruise control: Once activated, this system automatically maintains a gap between your vehicle and the one in front, slowing and accelerating the vehicle as necessary. It can be especially handy in stop-and-go traffic.
Communication and entertainment features

SiriusXM satellite radio lets you pick from about 140 different channels of music and other audio content. You’ll often get several months free with a new car, after which you’ll need to pay a subscription fee. Photo: Rik Paul
Bluetooth hands-free phone capability: You can pair your smartphone with the car’s audio system to conduct hands-free phone calls and hear the other person over the car’s speakers.
Bluetooth audio streaming: You can play audio files stored on your phone or portable music player. While this feature is usually included with the Bluetooth hands-free phone feature, it can sometimes be an upgrade option.
USB port and/or auxiliary input: Through one of these, you can connect a phone or music player with a cord to play audio through the car’s speakers, even if your devices don’t have Bluetooth. A USB port is better, because it also lets you charge the device and, depending on the model and phone, control the device through the car’s audio buttons or touchscreen.
Voice control: You can perform certain of the car’s own audio, phone, or navigation functions by speaking commands. The feature doesn’t always work perfectly, but today’s voice-control systems are much better than those of a few years ago, resulting in fewer arguments with your vehicle.
Integrated smartphone apps: Some infotainment systems include selected smartphone apps, such as Pandora, Spotify, or Aha, with large icons in the dash display that are much easier and safer to use while driving than trying to operate your phone. By connecting your phone via Bluetooth or a cord, you can control the phone’s version of these apps through the car’s screen.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: These increasingly popular systems are similar to the above feature, but they’re specifically tailored for iPhones and Android phones, respectively. Each lets you access your phone’s key functions through the car’s in-dash screen, presenting those functions in a simplified, more-driver-friendly way. You can stream music, conduct hands-free calls, dictate and listen to text messages, and use certain phone navigation apps.
Satellite radio: SiriusXM provides a wide spectrum of music and entertainment channels that, because they’re provided by satellite signals rather than by local radio towers, you can access wherever you go in the United States. But you have to pay a subscription fee.
Safety features
All new cars include electronic stability control, antilock brakes, traction control, and at least six airbags—dual front bags, front side-impact bags, and side-curtain bags. The advanced safety features below aren’t available in all three-row midsize SUVs, and those that are available may be offered only on higher trim versions or as part of an option package.

Forward-collision warning: This system monitors the distance between your car and the one immediately in front and warns you if you’re in danger (based on your speed) of hitting that vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, forward-collision warning is effective in helping drivers avoid front-to-rear crashes. More-advanced systems include automatic braking, which will apply the brakes—even if the driver doesn’t—to avoid or minimize an accident.
Lane-departure warning: This system sounds an alert if your car begins to drift out of its lane without a turn signal being activated, as could happen if you’re distracted or sleepy. More-advanced systems also provide a “lane assist” feature that gently nudges the steering wheel back toward your lane. A recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that a lane-departure warning system lowers the rates of single-vehicle, sideswipe, and head-on crashes by 11 percent and lowers the rates of injury crashes of those types by 21 percent. “That means that if all passenger vehicles had been equipped with lane departure warning,” says the Institute, “nearly 85,000 police-reported crashes and more than 55,000 injuries would have been prevented in 2015.” The IIHS estimates that the benefit could be even higher, but many drivers turn off their lane-departure warning systems.
Blind-spot monitoring: When you activate a turn signal, this system alerts you if it detects a vehicle in the “blind” zone behind and to the side of your vehicle. According to the IIHS, these systems lower the rate of all lane-change collisions by 14 percent and related injury crashes by 23 percent. This means that 50,000 crashes a year could be prevented if every passenger vehicle had the system. Honda uses a version of this called a blind-spot display, which shows an image on the dash screen of the area on the right side of your car when you have the right-hand turn signal activated, but it does nothing for the left side. We prefer the standard system, which works on both sides of the car.
Rear cross-traffic alert: When you’re backing up, this system detects cars and people moving near the rear of your vehicle. It’s especially valuable when you’re trying to back out of a tight parking space in a busy parking lot, or a driveway bordered by hedges or other visual obstructions.
How we picked and tested
For our latest update, we first determined which 2017 and early-2018 three-row midsize SUVs are currently available; mainstream models are typically priced under $50,000. (In previous versions of this guide, we looked at 2015 and 2016 models.) We didn’t include higher-priced luxury models because they cost so much more—more to buy, more to refuel, more to insure, and more to maintain and repair. We also didn’t consider the few smaller compact SUVs that offer a third-row seat, because their shorter, narrower bodies usually make the third row very tight and uncomfortable.

For each model, we then did what you would do if you were investing $30,000 or more in a vehicle and wanted to seriously compare your options: We scoured spec sheets on automakers’ websites to compare things like dimensions, features, and performance figures as well as warranty terms. We checked each model’s fuel-economy estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency and researched crash- and other safety-test ratings issued by the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the insurance-industry-sponsored Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. We considered (when available) the estimated five-year ownership costs according to Kelley Blue Book. We also examined what other experts had to say about these models in reviews and multi-vehicle comparisons from Consumer Reports (subscription required), and Consumer Guide, Edmunds, as well as U.S. News & World Report’s Best Cars (which aggregates reviews from other media sources).

We compared each model in the areas that are most important to buyers.

Using all of this data, we created an extensive spreadsheet that let us compare each model in those areas. Our next step was to look at each model’s trim version to determine which provides the best value and offers the features that most people want without making you pay for unnecessary extras. We then took the extra step of configuring each recommended trim with the options we would add if we were buying that vehicle, so we ended up with real-world prices to compare. (The “build and price” tool on each manufacturer website makes this process easy. It’s also a good reality check, because you can easily see how extras quickly jack up a vehicle’s price.) Our selection of add-ons varied across models because of variations in pricing and feature availability. For example, we included a forward-collision warning system if it was a standard feature or a reasonably-priced option, but some automakers don’t offer it on the version we selected or make you ante up for an expensive package that includes a lot of stuff we wouldn’t normally choose.

In configuring models for this guide, we typically added the features we recommend, as long as they were available for a reasonable price. We deemed conveniences such as a sunroof or moonroof, leather seating, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a navigation system to be in the “nice to have but not essential” category. We went through the process as if it was our own hard-earned money at stake.

While all of these SUVs are available with a choice of two- or all-wheel drive, we chose to configure all-wheel-drive versions because many people buy an SUV specifically for that feature. That said, you can typically save about $1,500 to $2,500 by going with two-wheel drive. (See “Two-wheel or all-wheel drive” for more on these systems.)

Once we’d chosen the trim level and configuration for each SUV, we did a final detailed comparison of price, performance, fuel economy, interior space, features, safety ratings, reliability, and more, looking for the vehicles that provide the best overall value and versatility.

We crawled around inside and compared what it’s like to get in and use the second- and third-row seats.

We also performed our own real-world test drives—typically for a week at a time—thanks to press-fleet vehicles that their respective manufacturers loaned to us. We tested the mettle of the most promising models by driving them under a wide range of conditions, judging how quickly each accelerates, how stable it feels at higher speeds, how comfortable and quiet it is on rough pavement, how controlled it feels in corners, and more. We assessed the interior comfort, the quality of the materials, how user-friendly the controls and infotainment system are, and how versatile each car is in handling people and cargo. We even spent hours crawling around in all of these SUVs at auto shows so we could compare, back to back, what it’s like to get in and use their second- and third-row seats.

Our pick: 2017 Honda Pilot EX

Photo: Drew Phillips Photography
Our pick
2017 Honda Pilot EX
The best 3-row midsize SUV
The Pilot EX is the best value of its class, with a long feature list and impressive suite of advanced safety features. It’s also roomy, gets great fuel economy, and has one of the better third-row seats we looked at.

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The 2017 Honda Pilot EX is the best all-around three-row midsize SUV because it provides the best blend of value, roominess, comfort, safety, performance, fuel economy, and features of the 12 models we compared. For a little less than $37,000 with all-wheel drive (about $35,000 with front-wheel drive), the Pilot EX is one of the more-affordable vehicles in this group, yet it comes with a long list of great standard features and you can add cutting-edge safety features for a fraction of what they cost in several similarly priced models—if you can get them at all. The Pilot provides a comfortable ride and quiet interior, and it’s perfectly sized: It provides plenty of space inside, with seating for up to eight people, while not being too big on the outside. It gets great fuel economy, has one of the better third-row seats we looked at, and has earned the highest designation of Top Safety Pick+ in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The EX is the least expensive version that offers the $1,000 Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features.

We chose the EX trim because it’s the least expensive version that offers the $1,000 Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features, including forward-collision warning, automatic braking, lane-departure warning with lane assist, and adaptive cruise control. That’s a package that’s available on only three other similarly priced models, and to get them on others, you have to ante up another $7,000 to $11,000, if they’re available at all. While the Pilot doesn’t offer a blind-spot warning system (or rear-cross-traffic alert), it comes with Honda’s LaneWatch system, which is designed for a similar function. LaneWatch shows, on the in-dash display, a video feed of the lane to the right of the Pilot when you activate your right turn signal; it takes a little getting used to, but comes in handy when changing lanes on the highway.

Among three-row midsize SUVs, the Honda Pilot has an average-size exterior, which makes it easier to park and maneuver than larger models, but it still provides plenty of interior room. Photo: Drew Phillips Photography
The EX also gives you several inviting standard features. It’s the only three-row midsize SUV in this price range that includes a multi-angle rearview camera system. It’s one of the few with a traction management system that lets you choose different modes for driving in snowy, sandy, or muddy conditions (with all-wheel drive; front-wheel-drive versions have only a snow mode). Plus, it has a smart keyless entry system, a 10-way adjustable powered driver’s seat, three-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and the versatile HondaLink infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The AWD traction management system lets you choose different modes for driving in snowy, sandy, or muddy conditions.

You can save about $3,400 by choosing the entry-level LX trim, but you won’t get the Honda Sensing package or any of the above features except the backup camera. We think the EX is a better value. If you move up a trim level to the EX-L version, you get a sunroof, a power rear liftgate, a powered passenger seat, leather upholstery, and heated front seats; you can also opt for a $1,000 navigation system and $1,600 rear Blu-ray entertainment system. But the EX-L pushes the vehicle’s price to a little over $40,000, even without any options. The higher Touring and Elite trims bring other niceties—automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, standard front and rear parking sensors, vented front and heated rear seats, and a premium audio system—but are priced around $45,000 and $48,000, respectively.

The interior of the Pilot is comfortable, roomy, and well equipped for its price. Photos: Drew Phillips Photography
The Pilot is very car-like to drive, with a comfortable ride and very little road noise, which makes it great for commuting, running errands around town, or taking on long road trips. Showing appreciation for its car-based insides, Scott Evans of Motor Trend says, “It doesn’t drive like a massive, eight-passenger SUV. It drives like the moderately sporty family sedan you gave up because you needed more space.”

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Pilot is about average for this class, which makes it easier to park and maneuver than larger models. But it still provides one of the roomier interiors, with plenty of passenger and cargo space—it has one of the larger cargo holds behind the third-row seat. And, as with all of these midsize SUVs, you can fold the Pilot’s second and third rows of seats flat to greatly increase the amount of stuff you can carry. We found the Pilot EX can carry nine bags of groceries behind its third row and 21 bags with the the second row folded down.

Sliding the second-row seat forward makes it easy to get into the Pilot’s third-row seat. Photo: Drew Phillips Photography
At auto shows, we’ve been able to crawl around in most of the three-row midsize SUVs we were considering and compare each of their third-row seats back-to-back, so we can really see which are the most welcoming and easiest to use. The Pilot places slightly above average for how easy it is to get back to its third row, thanks to its second-row seat that slides and folds forward, creating a large opening that makes it easy to get in and out from either side. Legroom and headroom are both very good back there, and the generously sized window is positioned just right for a good view out (that’s not the case in all vehicles, we found). Other experts agree: As Jason Fogelson wrote for, the new Pilot offers “above average third-row access and comfort. The second row easily folds flat, and can slide fore and aft. I did some experimentation, and it was possible for a 6’2” passenger to sit in the third row behind a 6’2” passenger in the second row behind a 6’2” driver – and all three positions were acceptably dimensioned, at least for a short ride.”

In terms of comfort, the Pilot’s third-row seat is about average, but its windows are bigger than most of its competitors, which reduces the closed-in feeling of being in the way back. Photo: Drew Phillips Photography
The Pilot’s third-row seat is one of the better ones we tried, but it’s not a place where an adult will want to spend a lot of time.

While we found the Pilot’s third-row seat to be one of the better ones we tried, that’s a relatively low bar to clear. Most third rows aren’t particularly comfortable for adults. As is typical for this group of vehicles, the padding is a little thin and the seat is lower to the floor than we prefer. It’s not a place that an adult will want to spend a lot of time, but these third rows typically get used by full-grown humans only occasionally; they’re mostly the domain of smaller children or young teens who want to sit as far from their nagging parents as possible.

The Pilot provides among the most cargo space in this class. We were able to fit nine bags of groceries behind the third-row seat, or 21 when it’s folded down. Photos: Drew Phillips Photography
The Pilot’s 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers a strong 280 horsepower, as well as good fuel economy for this type of vehicle: With all-wheel drive, the Pilot is estimated to provide 21 mpg in combined city/highway driving; front-wheel drive versions get 1 mpg more. This is in a group that ranges from 18 to 23 with all-wheel drive or 18 to 24 with two-wheel drive. The pricier Touring and Elite versions get 1 mpg more by using a nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the standard six-speed. While we haven’t driven a Pilot with a nine-speed transmission yet, we’ve heard from more than one of our auto-critic colleagues that it’s not as smooth as the six-speed.

The Pilot has earned some of the best ratings in the segment in independent crash and safety tests.

In addition to having a nice array of safety features, the Pilot has earned some of the best ratings in the segment in independent crash and safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration. It’s one of only four models we compared to earn the IIHS’s highest designation of Top Safety Pick+. The little “+” attached to the designation is endowed upon only those vehicles that meet extra-stringent safety requirements: earning the highest “Good” rating in all five of the institute’s crash tests, providing front crash-prevention technology (such as the forward-collision warning and automatic braking offered in the Pilot’s Honda Sensing package) that’s rated Superior or Advanced (the Pilot’s is Superior), and getting a Good or Acceptable rating in the new Headlight evaluation.

The Pilot’s reliability is expected to be average, based on Consumer Reports and J.D. Power ratings. According to KBB, it’s ownership costs over the first five years are expected to be 62 cents per mile, which is also average for this class.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

The touch-sensitive volume control to the left of the screen is cumbersome to use while driving. Thankfully, you can instead use physical volume buttons on the steering wheel. Photo: Drew Phillips Photography
While some people may appreciate the streamlined interface of the Pilot’s infotainment system, it can require a bit of a learning curve. And without any traditional buttons, some things, like simply adjusting the volume, can be annoying to accomplish while driving. Thankfully, the Pilot has physical controls for basic functions, including volume, on the steering wheel.

Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot display is a mixed blessing. It works well on the highway but can be distracting at other times.

Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot display is a mixed blessing. When you activate the right-turn signal, the in-dash display shows a large image of the area to the right rear of the car, so you can easily see if any cars are in your blind spot before you change lanes. This feature works well on the highway, especially with in-screen guidelines that let you know when it’s safe to move over. But LaneWatch can become distracting at other times, when the screen changes to video mode but shows only a line of trees, a fence alongside the road, parked cars, or whatever. You can turn the LaneWatch display off temporarily by pressing a button on the end of the turn-signal stalk; alternatively, you can configure LaneWatch so you must manually activate it with the stalk button when you need it. We’d prefer a conventional blind-spot warning system because it works on both sides of the vehicle and does its job without being distracting when you don’t need it. Unfortunately, you can get that kind of system only in the Pilot’s top-of-the-line Elite trim.

If you get the EX trim we chose for our top pick, this won’t apply to you, but the Pilot’s nine-speed transmission with paddle shifters—found on the upscale Touring and Elite trim levels—has received mixed reviews. Steven J. Ewing, Managing Editor of Autoblog says, “The nine-speed transmission frequently hunts for gears; it’s not a smooth operator in everyday driving. Even worse, during braking, the car lurches as lower gears are selected, making for a coarse, unconfident stopping procedure.” The Pilot is a bit more fuel efficient with this nine-speed transmission, but the six-speed transmission in the Pilot EX and other lower trims is smoother and still delivers excellent fuel economy.

Runner-up: 2017 Toyota Highlander LE Plus

Photo: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
2017 Toyota Highlander LE Plus
A close contender
Excellent fuel economy, a comfortable ride, a standard suite of advanced safety features, and good predicted reliability. But its third-row seat is a bit cramped and it has less cargo space than in the Honda Pilot.

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The Toyota Highlander is a close contender with the Honda Pilot. It has a slightly stronger engine and a little better fuel economy than the Pilot, and it comes with a standard suite of advanced safety features that aren’t available on many similarly priced competitors. It’s also well equipped with a number of handy convenience features and an easy-to-use infotainment system (although it lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). The Highlander is known for its comfortable ride, quiet cabin, and good reliability. And it has earned excellent ratings in independent safety tests. But while it’s roomy enough, the Highlander’s interior is a little smaller than the Pilot’s, with less cargo space and a tighter, more cramped third-row seat that’s best left for kids. And the LE Plus trim is priced about $500 higher than the Pilot EX with the optional Honda Sensing safety-feature package.

The Highlander’s 295-hp V6 engine is not only one of the strongest of the group, but it’s also one of the most fuel-efficient, delivering 22 mpg in combined city/highway driving with all-wheel drive and 23 with front-wheel drive. It’s the only model in the class that gives you such advanced safety features as forward-collision warning, automatic braking, and lane-departure warning, with assist as standard features on every trim. It’s received top ratings in insurance-industry safety tests and is one of only four models in this group that’s earned the highest Top Safety Pick+ designation. The Highlander is also predicted to have good reliability, based on Consumer Reports and J.D. Power data.
The Toyota Highlander has a slightly stronger engine and a little better fuel economy than our top pick, but a smaller interior.

You can get a Highlander for less money; the entry-level LE is priced at about $35,000, but that model comes with a less-powerful 185-hp four-cylinder engine that gets worst fuel economy than the stronger V6, and it’s available only with front-wheel drive. You can get the V6 on the LE, but that boosts the price by about $3,500. For about $37,500, the LE Plus is the best value. It comes with the V6, as well as a number of nice features that aren’t on the LE, including a power rear liftgate, flip-up liftgate window, powered driver’s seat, leatherette-trimmed front seats, and three-zone automatic climate control. It also gives you a better version of Toyota’s Entune infotainment system, with a larger 8-inch touchscreen (versus 6.1 inches), satellite and HD radio, and the Scout GPS app, which provides turn-by-turn directions through a smartphone. The LE Plus, however, doesn’t offer blind-spot and rear-cross-traffic warning systems. For those and other premium features, you have to move up to the XLE, which is priced at about $41,000.

Smaller in size and price: 2018 Kia Sorento LX V6

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2018 Kia Sorento LX V6
2018 Kia Sorento LX V6
Smaller, but a good value
A bit shorter and more affordable than our top pick, the Sorento LX V6 comes with lots of features and one of the longest warranties, but it has less room for people and their stuff.

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At a relatively low price of $35,700, the Kia Sorento LX V6 is a great choice for families who don’t mind sacrificing cargo space for easier parking and a longer warranty without skimping on features. Despite being the smallest of our group on the outside, the Sorento has relatively impressive interior room, ranking in the middle.

At 187 inches long, the Sorento is a full seven inches shorter than our top pick, the Honda Pilot, and the smallest of the SUVs in this group. (It’s 3 inches shorter than the next shortest, the 4Runner, and a full 18 inches shorter than the Traverse.) This makes it easier to maneuver in tight spaces. Yet it provides more passenger space than some larger SUVs. The pinch comes in cargo space, where the Sorento comes up shorter than most other models in this group. And its smaller size doesn’t translate into stellar fuel economy: It gets 21 mpg in combined city/highway driving with all-wheel drive and 20 with front-wheel drive.

The Kia Sorento is a great choice for families who don’t mind sacrificing cargo space for easier parking and a longer warranty.

We like the LX V6 trim best because it gives you competitive power—290 hp—with the other models in this group. You can get the Sorento with a smaller 185-hp four-cylinder engine, but gas mileage goes up only 1 mpg with all-wheel drive or 4 mpg with front-wheel drive. With the LX V6, you can also get a full suite of advanced safety features; the next-lower trim, the LX, doesn’t offer blind-spot and rear-traffic-alert warning systems. By adding $3,500 in option packages, we got those features, as well as forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-departure warning, rear parking sensors, a powered driver’s seat, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, a larger 7-inch touchscreen (vs. the standard 4.3 inches), Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. And the total price is still the second-lowest in the group.

Like the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Sorento also comes with a long bumper-to-bumper warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles and a powertrain warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles. Only the Volkswagen Atlas comes with better bumper-to-bumper coverage.

If fuel economy is important: 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE

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2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE
The best hybrid
Frugal, car-like fuel economy, strong acceleration, and a standard suite of advanced safety features make this the choice for drivers who want great gas mileage and a lower carbon footprint. But it skimps on some common niceties.

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If great fuel economy and reducing carbon emissions are high priorities for you, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an excellent choice among three-row midsize SUVs. In addition to offering all of the benefits of the regular Highlander—including the same internal passenger and cargo space—the Hybrid version gets a thrifty 29 mpg in combined city/highway driving. That’s similar to what we expect from a midsize sedan rather than a larger SUV, and 6 mpg more than you get with any other AWD model (the Hybrid isn’t available with two-wheel drive). The hybrid powertrain also delivers relatively quick acceleration and 306 horsepower, making it one of the strongest in the class. The LE version, as we configured it, has a competitive price of a little over $37,000, but it skimps slightly on features compared with similarly priced models.

The Highlander Hybrid’s 29 mpg is what we’d expect from a midsize sedan rather than a larger SUV.

Of the four Hybrid trims, we think the entry-level LE is the best value. Like all Highlanders, it comes standard with a number of advanced safety features that are missing from several competitors in this price range. It also has standard adaptive cruise control and a smart entry and ignition system. It doesn’t include a powered driver’s seat and automatic climate control, however, which most similarly priced models in this group have. And it doesn’t offer blind-spot or rear-cross-traffic warning systems; for those you have to move up to the XLE at over $42,000. The XLE is an inviting package, adding a sunroof, powered and heated front seats, leather upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, and Toyota’s upscale Entune Premium Audio system, with a larger 8-inch touchscreen (vs. 6.1), satellite radio, and navigation. But it will take a lot of fill-ups to make up for that that added $5,000 over the LE in fuel savings.

The best hauler: 2017 Dodge Durango SXT Plus

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2017 Dodge Durango SXT Plus
If towing is important
This macho-looking SUV boasts the highest tow ratings, and it has lots of cargo room and one of the easiest-to-use infotainment systems. But it doesn’t offer advanced safety features on lower trims.

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A lot of people want an SUV that lets them bring along their trailer, boat, fifth-wheel camper, or motorcycle; some call these vehicles “toy haulers.” And with a 6,200-pound tow rating, the Durango SXT Plus is the most capable model we looked at for towing. Its 3.6-liter V6 delivers a strong 295 horsepower and a decent 21 mpg in combined driving, in both rear- and all-wheel drive. In addition to its hauling credentials, we like the Durango’s comfortable ride, quiet interior, and easy-to-use infotainment system. This large SUV also provides gobs of cargo space, although it has among the least passenger space of the group. Its ratings in independent safety tests are so-so and its predicted reliability is only average or lower, according to Consumer Reports and J.D. Power ratings. And you have to move up to a pricey trim, for over $40,000, to get a number of advanced safety features.

With a 6,200-pound tow rating, and the option to go higher, the Durango is the most capable model for towing.

While the towing capacity of most midsize SUVs tops out at 3,500 to 5,000 pounds, the Durango’s 6,200-pound spec is easily tops among our group. The Nissan Pathfinder’s tow capacity comes within a couple hundred pounds of the Durango (and the Pathfinder has a roomier cabin), but the Durango is a nicer vehicle to drive. If you need to haul even heavier loads, you can get the Durango’s optional 360-hp, 5.7-liter V8, but fuel economy takes a dive to just 17 mpg, and the least-expensive trim that engine is available on is the $45,000 Citadel, and then only as a $4,000 option.

The Durango’s entry-level SRT trim is among the more basic ones we’ve seen. While it gives you Chrysler’s intuitive UConnect infotainment system, three-zone automatic climate control, and a powered driver’s seat, it’s the only vehicle in the group that lacks a backup camera, which is a dealbreaker for us. That’s why we chose the next trim up, the SXT Plus, which mainly just allows you to check off more options. Even then, you have to order a $1,250 option package to get the backup camera, along with rear parking sensors and heated front seats, which brings the vehicle’s price to a little over $37,000. Any trim over that takes you over the $40,000 mark, and you still have to pay an extra $2,000 to $3,000 to get advanced safety features.

The best for off-roading: 2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5

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2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5
2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5
Best for off-road driving
Higher ground clearance and a true four-wheel-drive system help make this SUV a great choice for exploring off-road. But it costs more than our top pick, gets lower fuel economy, and doesn’t offer any advanced safety features.

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If you’re planning on venturing into some serious off-road terrain, there’s no better three-row SUV than the Toyota 4Runner. Compared with its more-refined competitors, the 4Runner eschews many modern conveniences in favor of a rugged, go-anywhere character that you’ll appreciate when off the beaten path. Unlike typical AWD SUVs, the 4Runner provides a true four-wheel-drive system, with a low-range transfer case and an electronically controlled locking rear differential, both of which help it tackle difficult terrain and steep inclines. It also has the most ground clearance—about 9.5 inches—which lets it clear obstacles that would hang up most midsize SUVs. The 4Runner compromises passenger room in favor of cargo space, though, providing some of the most space for gear and luggage but the least passenger volume, with limited legroom in the second- and third-row seats. Its 4.0-liter V6 also delivers the lowest gas mileage estimates of the group: 18 mpg in combined driving, in both rear- and four-wheel drive modes. And it doesn’t offer any advanced safety features—on any trim.

The Toyota 4Runner provides a true four-wheel-drive system and the most ground clearance.

We chose the entry-level SR5 trim because, at just under $38,000, it’s already among the higher-priced vehicles we compared, and moving up to the SR5 Premium would take the price over $40,000 with a third-row seat. The SR5 is fairly basic, although it does include a powered driver’s seat, power rear-liftgate window, and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and mobile apps. It also has fog lights, skid plates, and a full-size spare tire (compared with the compact spares that come with most other midsize SUVs), all of which help when off-roading. The optional third-row seat adds $650 to the price.

The 4Runner line also includes several TRD models, which are even more-serious off-roaders, but those models aren’t available with a third-row seat. They include a traction management system and multi-terrain antilock braking system that adjust the drivetrain and brakes for different surfaces. They also offer an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which electronically adjusts each wheel’s suspension for better articulation and terrain response. But the least expensive TRD model is priced at almost $39,000.

The competition
2017 Nissan Pathfinder SV: A large, roomy interior, high towing capacity, and good gas mileage are the key draws of the Nissan Pathfinder. Its third-row seat is also one of the best in the class and is particularly easy to get in and out of. And the SV version is reasonably priced at a little under $37,000 as we configured it, which is similar to the price of our top pick, the Honda Pilot EX. However, the Pathfinder SV isn’t as comfortable to drive as the best in the class (reviewers have criticized its relatively rough ride and clumsy handling), it doesn’t offer a full suite of advanced safety features, and it has gotten low reliability ratings from Consumer Reports and J.D. Power.

The Pathfinder excels in all interior measurements, with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. With its third-row seat folded down, it boasts the most cargo space of any of the vehicles we compared. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers a strong 284 horsepower as well as a frugal 22 mpg in city/highway combined driving with all-wheel drive and 23 with front-wheel drive, making the Pathfinder one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the group. And it can tow a hefty 6,000 pounds, which is the highest towing capacity in the group after the Dodge Durango.

While the Pathfinder is generally well equipped, it offers forward-collision warning and auto braking only on the most expensive trims, priced at about $45,000 or more. And it doesn’t offer a lane-departure warning system at all. In our configuration for the SV, we did add a $1,150 option package that includes blind-spot and rear-cross-traffic warning systems.

Of the five trims available, we think the SV version is the sweet spot. The entry-level S trim costs less, at about $33,000, but lacks any advanced safety systems, as well as otherwise nice-to-have features such as automatic headlights, smart keyless entry, and rear parking sensors. Moving up from the SV to the SL trim gets you a handy 360-degree camera system, a powered rear liftgate, and heated leather seats. But we think the SV is a better overall value. In addition to the safety features mentioned above, the option package we added also includes a navigation system.

2017 Ford Explorer XLT: Coming in at about $40,000, the Ford Explorer XLT is the most expensive SUV we compared. It’s also one of the largest. The Explorer has the most-comfortable third-row seat for adults and good cargo capacity, but its fuel economy is surprisingly poor. While the Explorer provides a comfortable ride and strong engine power, it doesn’t handle as well as our picks, its advanced safety features are expensive, and it’s gotten relatively mediocre ratings in IIHS safety tests.

With its third-row seat up, the Explorer provides the most cargo space in the group, and it has plenty of room with the seat folded down. With both the second- and third-rows folded, though, the Ford’s cargo space is only average, with several other models providing more. With 290 horsepower, its 3.5-liter V6 engine provides plenty of oomph, but its gas mileage is among the worst in the group: only 19 mpg in combined city/highway driving with all-wheel drive and 20 with front-wheel drive. You can opt for a more fuel-efficient 2.3-liter turbocharged four that gets 21 with AWD and 22 with FWD (the same as the Honda Pilot) and gives you more torque for extra oomph, but that adds another $500 to the vehicle’s price.

In terms of safety, the Explorer isn’t a convincing sell. To get forward-collision warning on the XLT trim we like best, you have to ante up for a pricey $4,700 option package (we declined in our configuration). And the Ford got only a Marginal rating in the IIHS small-overlap front crash test and a Poor in its headlights evaluation. This makes the Explorer one of only four models in the class that didn’t earn a Top Safety Pick designation.

We chose the XLT trim because the entry-level Base version doesn’t offer any advanced safety features and has a more-basic infotainment system than most of the models we compared. With the XLT, we were able to add blind-spot and rear-cross-traffic warning systems, Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system (with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto), and such niceties as automatic climate control, a powered driver’s seat, and navigation, but it bumped the price by over $5,000. What we’d like is a trim in between the two that allows you to get advanced safety features and a competitive infotainment system for less money than our XLT (like our top pick does).

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE: The Hyundai Santa Fe has a lot going for it. It has earned some of the highest ratings of the group in IIHS and government crash and safety tests. It boasts one of the longest warranties in the class. It’s expected to have good reliability, based on Consumer Reports and J.D. Power ratings. It rides and handles well, and it is more maneuverable than most. And the SE trim we configured is well equipped, while costing about the same as our top pick. But it’s one of the smallest models we compared, with average passenger and cargo space, and to get some of the more desirable advanced safety features, you have to move up to the $41,500 SE Ultimate version and add a $2,100 option package. Overall, we like the Santa Fe’s corporate cousin, the Kia Sorento, better.

As with Kia, Hyundai provides an attractively long bumper-to-bumper warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles and a powertrain warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles. The basic warranty is eclipsed only by the VW Atlas’s 6 year/72,000-mile coverage. The Santa Fe’s small size can be an advantage when parking and maneuvering in tight areas, but it limits the SUV’s interior space and doesn’t pay off with fuel economy that’s any better than many larger models.

Of the Santa Fe’s three trims, we like the entry-level SE best, although we had to add more than $3,600 in options to equip it with blind-spot and rear-cross-traffic warning systems and a smart keyless entry and ignition system. That also meant we had to get a powered driver’s seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power rear liftgate, which we might have otherwise done without.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse LT Cloth: Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Chevrolet Traverse is one of the largest vehicles in the segment, and it ranks highly for both passenger and cargo space. Plus, the Traverse’s 3.6-liter V6 engine is the strongest in the group, while providing acceptable fuel economy. The LT Cloth trim we like best, however, is one of the priciest vehicles we compared—over $39,000 with no options—and still doesn’t offer a number of advanced safety features.

The Traverse’s large size gives it a number of advantages. It provides the second-greatest amount of passenger space in this group and the largest amount of cargo space by a fair amount. Plus, the Traverse’s second row folds and slides forward in such a way as to create one of the largest openings to the third row that we found. Its 310-hp engine provides the most power of the vehicles we compared, although its fuel economy is only average: 20 mpg in combined driving with all-wheel drive and 21 with front-wheel drive.

Of the Traverse’s six trim levels, you have to move up to the third rung—the LT Cloth—to get any advanced safety features. Blind-spot and rear-cross-traffic warning systems are standard on that version, but you have to go up to the Premier, for almost $49,000, to get forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems. While the LT Cloth also gives you such niceties as a smart keyless entry and ignition system, a power rear liftgate, a powered driver’s seat, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, and the option for second-row captain’s chairs, its price is more than $2,000 higher than our top pick, which is better equipped.

2018 GMC Acadia SLE-2: Like its corporate cousin, the Chevy Traverse, the GMC Acadia SLE-2, priced at just below $39,000, is one of the more expensive vehicles we looked at. But it provides only average passenger and cargo space, and you have to move up to the highest trim levels, starting at about $45,000, to get advanced safety features that are readily available on much less expensive vehicles. A positive note is that, unlike the Traverse, it’s available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that gets an excellent 23 mpg in combined city/highway driving, with either front- or all-wheel drive, although that engine’s 193 horsepower is the least in the group.

As with the Traverse, we chose the third-rung SLE-2 trim level of the six, because it’s the least expensive version that offers any advanced safety features at all. In our configuration, we added a $790 option package that got us blind-spot and rear-cross-traffic alert warning systems, as well as rear parking sensors. For 2018, such niceties as three-zone automatic climate control, a smart keyless entry and ignition system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are standard across all trims. Of note, choosing any color except white tacks on another $400 or more onto the vehicle’s price.

2017 Mazda CX-9 Sport: The Mazda CX-9 Sport is the lowest priced SUV we compared, and it’s one of the sharpest-looking and most-fun-to-drive midsize SUVs on the road. “I’ve never had a vehicle this large that I didn’t want to quit driving,” said Stef Schrader of Jalopnik. It also gets the best overall fuel economy of the group. But the CX-9 has one of the smallest interiors of the group, with some of the least passenger and cargo room. And it forces you to get a higher-priced trim level, topping $40,000, to get a number of the advanced safety features we look for.

The Mazda’s 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 250 horsepower (on premium fuel, 227 on regular gas), which, despite being notably less power than its competitors’ V6 engines, still gives the CX-9 lively acceleration. Where it pays off is in gas mileage: Its 24 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel drive (23 with all-wheel drive) leads the group. On the downside, the Mazda has one of the tightest third-row seats and among the least cargo volume.

The entry-level Sport version has the lowest price in our group, mainly because of a lack of good trim choices. It comes reasonably well equipped with three-zone climate control, pushbutton ignition, and a good infotainment system. But to get blind-spot and rear-cross-traffic warning systems and smart keyless entry, you have to move up to the Touring version, at almost $39,000. Yes, that also gets you leather upholstery, a power rear liftgate, and powered, heated front seats, but that would make the CX-9 one of the most expensive vehicles we looked at. We’d like to see a better compromise.

What to look forward to
A new entry to this segment, released this past summer, is the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, which was designed specifically for the American market. At 198.3 inches long, the Atlas is one of the largest midsize SUVs and boasts one of the roomiest cabins, with plenty of passenger and cargo space. Its 3.6-liter V6 produces 276 horsepower, which is average for the class, but its fuel economy is among the worst—19 mpg in combined driving with all-wheel drive and 20 with front-wheel drive. The Atlas is also pricey: To get all-wheel drive and a full suite of advanced safety features, you have to get the SE with Technology and 4Motion trim version, which is priced a little under $40,000. The Atlas is being received well in auto reviews—it’s tied with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid for the top score in the Midsize SUV class on the U.S. News and World Report website, which aggregates reviews from different sources. We’ll update this guide with a fuller impression after we’ve had a chance to drive the Atlas for a bit.

At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru displayed a seven-passenger SUV concept called the Viziv. While the concept was mostly a design study, according to Automotive News, the Viziv will be built at Subaru’s Indiana factory and will go on sale in 2018.

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