Top 10 Crossovers

2008 Acura RDX

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2008 Acura RDX

What we think
The RDX serves up Acura’s philosophy of triumph through design in heaping portions. The standard all-wheel drive is powered by the company’s first ever factory-turbocharged street engine. That means buckets of power when you need it. Front seats with two memory settings and lumbar support round out the crossover’s cleanly designed interior, and dual-zone climate control will keep everyone happy.

At a glance
MSRP: $33,195
Engine and Drivetrain: 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque; 5-speed automatic transmission; full-time all-wheel drive.
MPG: 17 city/22 highway



2008 Infiniti FX35
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2008 Infiniti FX35

What we think
The FX35 represents all that is luxury in the crossover world. Massive 18-inch wheels are standard on this cruiser, as is a system that remembers your presets for mirror position, seat position and steering wheel location. Leather and DVD navigation are just a few more of the features that make the FX even more than an up-scale Nissan.

At a glance
MSRP: $38,050
Engine and Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 275 horsepower, 268 lb-ft of torque; 4.5-liter V-8 engine with 320 horsepower, 335 lb-ft of torque; 5-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive with optional full-time all-wheel drive.
MPG: 15 city/22 highway (3.5L, rear-wheel drive), 15 city/20 highway (3.5L, all-wheel drive), 13 city/17 highway (4.5L)



2008 Ford Edge
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2008 Ford Edge

What we think
Ford’s Edge boasts a powerful 265 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine to keep pace with the competition. Though it lacks some of the comfort options of the more up-scale crossovers out there offer, the Edge is available with options like DVD navigation and Sync that make vehicle a fun alternative to those stuffy rides. Since it’s available with all-wheel drive as well, the Edge can keep hauling through slippery weather.

At a glance
MSRP: $25,735
Engine and Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 265 horsepower, 250 lb-ft of torque; 6-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive.
MPG: 16 city/24 highway (front-wheel drive), 15 city/22 highway (all-wheel drive)



2008 Mazda CX-9
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2008 Mazda CX-9

What we think
Mazda has set its sights on its crossover competition with the CX-9, and with plenty of power and a low price tag, the company has hit its mark. The CX-9 manages to seat seven while retaining the stylish curves of its little brother, the CX-7. Under the hood, a powerful V-6 makes sure you and your friends get where you’re going quickly, and the optional all-wheel drive system is capable enough to pull through inclement conditions.

At a glance
MSRP: $30,050
Engine and Drivetrain: 3.7-liter V-6 engine with 273 horsepower, 270 lb-ft of torque; 6-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive.
MPG: 16 city/22 highway (front-wheel drive), 15 city/21 highway (all-wheel drive)

2008 Mercedes R320 CDI
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2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

What we think
What happens when Mercedes throws its weight behind a crossover? You get the R320. Trumping all of its competition in price, this silver arrow is the epitome of cruising comfort. Leather is standard just about everywhere, and while the turbo V-6 produces a modest 215 horsepower, it cranks out an unheard of 398 lb-ft of torque in the low rpm range. The 7-speed transmission is largely responsible for the R320’s respectable fuel economy as well.

At a glance
MSRP: $46,475
Engine and Drivetrain: Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 215 horsepower, 398 lb-ft of torque; 7-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive.
MPG: 18 city/24 highway

2008 Honda CR-V
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2008 Honda CR-V

What we think
For 2008, Honda has improved on its already iconic CR-V. Drivetrain options like front- or all-wheel drive and great gas mileage for this type of vehicle, all in a well-priced package, have made this little crossover a best seller. With a new interior and exterior design and options like a DVD navigation system, the CR-V is perfect for someone looking for a little more space in their ride without the boat-like dimensions of some crossovers.

At a glance
MSRP: $20,700
Engine and Drivetrain: 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 166 horsepower, 161 lb-ft of torque; 5-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive with optional full-time all-wheel drive.
MPG: 20 city/27 highway (two-wheel drive), 20 city/26 highway (all-wheel drive)

2008 Nissan Murano
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2009 Nissan Murano

What we think
With standard all-wheel drive and a slew of options to choose from, the Murano is a perfect choice for those looking for a little more customization out of their crossover.  Nissan’s legendary VQ V-6 powers this slick-looking ride, and though it only seats five, there’s still plenty of room inside for whatever you need to take from A to B.

At a glance
MSRP:  $26,330
Engine and Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 265 horsepower, 248 lb-ft of torque; continuously variable transmission; all-wheel drive, optional front-wheel drive.
MPG: 18 city/23 highway

2008 Lincoln MKX
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2008 Lincoln MKX

What we think
An upscale version of the Ford Edge, the MKX carries all of the creature comforts we’ve come to expect from Lincoln. That means heated and cooled front seats, keeping you at just the right temp, and a good-looking interior accented with nickel and wood. For a little extra change, you can go for any of many options, including the super swank Vista sunroof.

At a glance
MSRP: $35,840
Engine and Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6 engine, 265 horsepower, 250 lb-ft of torque; 6-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive.
MPG: 16 city/24 highway (front-wheel drive), 15 city/22 highway (all-wheel drive)

2008 Subaru Forester
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2008 Subaru Forester

What we think
A vehicle that has done its best to defy classification, the Subaru Forester has grown into the crossover craze. Since the Forester has been around longer than most crossovers have been on the drawing board, it’s had time to figure out how to properly toe the line between car and SUV, something that it does remarkably well. Its upright feel and go-anywhere demeanor belie the vehicle’s comfortable ride, and available options like iPod connectivity and a stereo that adjusts the volume depending on the Forester’s speed make it a good crossover choice.

At a glance
MSRP: $19,995
Engine and Drivetrain: 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine; 170 horsepower, 170 lb-ft of torque; 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic transmission; full-time all-wheel drive.
MPG: 20 city/26 highway

2008 BMW X3
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2008 BMW X3-Series

What we think
The long-standing benchmark of small SUVs, the BMW X3 is the ultimate driving machine in crossover form. Built to enjoy the ride, the X3 is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters to put you in more control. Heated seats and an 8-speaker sound system make sure the ride is as comfortable as possible, too. Though the $38,000 base price is steeper than the X3’s smaller competition, the unbeatable BMW quality is worth the price.

At a glance
MSRP: $38,000
Engine and Drivetrain: 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 260 horsepower, 225 lb-ft torque; 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic transmission; full-time all-wheel drive.
MPG: 16 city/23 highway (manual), 17 city/24 highway (auto)


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