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Rating 57/100 Background With so many stylish and luxurious crossover SUVs now populating showrooms, it’s hard to believe that the original SUVs were rather bland vehicles based on pickup trucks. The reason for the crossovers’ success is that they are generally superior to old-school utes in the areas that matter most to consumers: cabin space, …

Rating 52/100 Background With crossover SUVs becoming increasingly popular, it might be easy to forget that SUVs started out based on pickup trucks. While crossovers hold an attractive edge in terms of drive and handling dynamics, and usually better fuel efficiency and interior space, traditional truck-based utes still offer tougher off-road capability and greater towing …

Rating 68/100 Background The GMC Envoy nameplate dates back to the late 1990s when it debuted as a luxury trim level of the now defunct GMC Jimmy. A few years later, GMC ditched the Jimmy name completely and introduced the all-new Envoy. A corporate twin of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the two midsize SUVs share much …

Rating 70/100 Background We’ve never been fans of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, though we must admit that our skepticism hasn’t prevented it from being a popular choice among sport-utility car shoppers. Affordable and generally competent, the latest TrailBlazer has been around since 2002 as Chevy’s midsize truck-based SUV offering. However, the TrailBlazer hasn’t changed much since …

Rating 73/100 Background Saab introduced its first-ever SUV three years ago in an attempt to jump on the sport-utility bandwagon and diversify its model lineup. To do so, it took the quick and easy route by basing the 9-7X on parent company General Motors’ existing midsize SUV platform. The result was a premium-priced, Swedish-themed sport-utility …

Rating 73/100 Background The 2007 Buick Rainier represents the company’s sole foray into the luxury SUV market. Based on the same body-on-frame midsize SUV platform shared by the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, the Rainier incorporates distinctive styling elements such as an ellipsoid grille and unique lighting clusters. To emphasize the intended luxury persona, Buick’s …