Volvo’s ultimate goal is to be seen as a luxury automaker on par with Germany’s big three: BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz. It’s not quite there yet, but the Swedish automaker is well on its way, as evidenced by the 2018 XC90. After spending a week behind the wheel of the company’s flagship three-row crossover, we can confirm that Germany should be worried. That said, it’s not time to sound the alarm just yet.
Could the 2018 Toyota Highlander be the ultimate mid-size crossover SUV? It can seat up to eight on three rows of seats, it’s versatile, the engine is strong, and despite its practical roots, it still retains a semblance of style.
Buick is known as a big car specialist and the true talent was bringing the big car feel, in terms of equipment, features, and interior space, to a much cheaper and more compact platform. The 2018 Buick Encore starts at just $22,990 and it feels like a grown-up SUV, especially with the optional power glass roof.
The Sorento is a stylish, jacked up SUV that gives you all the practicality of a minivan, without sacrificing your self-respect. A five or seven seat version are available for purchase and the sheer flexibility of the car means there are a serious amount of options. The mid-range SUV market is brutally competitive, though, and Kia is a small car specialist. So how does this larger car stack up against the established masters?
The Dodge Journey is one of the oldest mid-size SUVs on the market. It debuted in 2008 as a 2009 model year, and since then it hasn’t received a significant redesign. There was a mild refresh in 2011, but that was mostly an aesthetics upgrade.
The Jeep Cherokee is a five-passenger mid-size SUV, and it is back new and improved for 2017. It still has the signature grille and sleek modern design that Jeep is known for, but it comes with plenty of innovative features that will appeal to families just as much as outdoor enthusiasts.