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Rating 70/100 Background For quite some time now the station wagon has been out of favor. But that doesn’t mean that Americans aren’t interested in convenience or practicality. That’s pretty much how the crossover SUV revolution came to be, and the 2010 Infiniti EX35 is one of the more recent additions to this growing crowd. …

Rating 62/100 Background It’s hard to put a label on the 2009 Infiniti EX35, a luxury car that exists smack-dab on the border between cars and SUVs. Considering the EX35’s lower drive height, tapered roof line and smallish cargo capacity, some call it a sport wagon. Others call it a compact crossover SUV in light …

Rating 73/100 Background Compact SUVs represent one of the final frontiers in the world of luxury utility vehicles. Only a handful of small luxury SUVs are on sale right now, but their population is on pace to double in the next two years. At first glance, this phenomenon might be hard to understand: These upmarket …

Rating 65/100 Background BMW doesn’t always get it right the first time. Take the X3, for example. When it debuted nearly a decade ago, the company’s first compact SUV was obviously inspired by its established and respected X5 sibling. But although it had BMW’s trademark athleticism, that first X3 suffered from some subpar interior materials, …

Rating 75/100 Background In most cases, compromise means settling on a middle-of-the-road choice that neither side considers attractive. In the automotive world, this usually means performance is traded away to gain economy and practicality, and vice versa. But there are exceptions to the rule, and one of them is the 2012 Audi Q5. Based on …

Rating 62/100 Background Volvo used to be known solely for building vehicles that were ahead of the curve in the area of safety. These days, the manufacturer’s lineup stands out not just for safety features but also for distinctive good looks and appealing performance. A perfect example is the 2011 Volvo XC60. Thanks to distinctive …

Rating 87/100 Background It is no accident that the GLK350, Mercedes’ smallest and least expensive SUV, leaped into the crowded compact crossover market last year as an immediately desirable contender. After all, Mercedes-Benz pioneered the combination of SUV utility and luxury-car trappings with its ML-Class SUV in the late 1990s. About five years ago, Mercedes …

Rating 68/100 Background It sometimes seems like ancient history, but there was a day when long, portly station wagons ruled the dominion of family hauling in America. Then the SUV came along, ending one era and birthing another as American families turned to taller, fatter vehicles for almost three decades. But $4-a-gallon gas broke up …

Rating 62/100 Background When it debuted seven years ago, the BMW X3 seemed like a natural follow-up to its larger linemate, the X5. But burdened with mediocre power, a jarring drive and subpar interior, the X3 almost seemed more like a corporate afterthought than a fully realized small crossover SUV. Thankfully, BMW softened the suspension …

Rating 70/100 Background Luxury cars have seldom been known for their high fuel economy, and SUVs have also never been known for being frugal with gas. Put the two together and you have a recipe for fuel consumption that would make an oil executive put a down payment on a second yacht. Bucking this trend, …

Rating 65/100 Background Most people know of ABBA, the popular Swedish pop band from the 1970s that enjoyed a recent revival after its songs were used in the “Mamma Mia!” musical and movie. Now it seems there’s another Swedish export ready for a re-release — and it’s not Ace of Base. It’s Volvo. Yes, Volvo …

Rating 75/100 Background Mercedes-Benz was one of the first players in the luxury SUV market, but until now, the compact segment of that market had been ignored by the three-pointed star. Correcting that problem is the all-new 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, a compact crossover that combines elements from throughout the brand’s lineup. Based mechanically on the …