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Rating 38/100 Background After being a bench warmer for years in the compact-crossover SUV game due to lackluster build quality and performance, the Saturn Vue made it to the starting lineup last year after getting in shape via a thorough redesign. And for 2009, the Saturn Vue remains a well-rounded player, thanks to its smart …

Rating 62/100 Background Now in its third year, the Saturn Outlook continues to be one of the better choices for a large family in need of transportation. Thanks to its spacious dimensions and class-leading cargo space, the Outlook can easily serve as a respectable minivan replacement. And the Outlook’s all-wheel drive and respectable towing capacity …

Rating 77/100 Background The 2008 Saturn Vue is a completely different animal than its forebear. The previous Vue distinguished itself from the compact SUV pack in many ways. Its flexible body panels could take a hit from a shopping cart or an adjacent car’s door without leaving that automotive scar of urban America — a …

Rating 68/100 Background Upon its debut last year, the Saturn Outlook immediately stood out as something to pay attention to, at least in the world of crossover SUVs. Here was a multi-passenger Saturn that was appealing on the basis of its own virtues and not reliant on the old gimmicks like dent-resistant panels or no-haggle …

Rating 65/100 Background Some people will go to any lengths to avoid driving a minivan. Armed with this knowledge, manufacturers have been scrambling to produce large crossovers – vehicles that offer minivan spaciousness, SUV styling and a carlike ride. The latest addition to this segment is the 2007 Saturn Outlook, an all-new crossover sport-utility car …

Rating 60/100 Background Upon its debut five years ago, the Saturn Vue attempted to separate itself from the compact SUV herd by way of unique powertrains and construction. In addition to a choice of four- and 6-cylinder engines, Saturn’s small ute also offered a choice of transmissions that included class-exclusive 5-speed automatic and continuously variable …

Rating 82/100 Background In most respects, the 2010 Mazda Tribute appears to be a fully modern compact crossover SUV. As a clone of the Ford Escape, it shares the same basic set of strengths and weaknesses. In its favor, it has handsome exterior styling, a choice of a powerful 4-cylinder or V6 engine and top-notch …

Rating 68/100 Background As one of four siblings, the 2010 GMC Acadia has its work cut out for it in standing out from the rest of the family. But the Acadia does have some attractive qualities relative to its platform-mates, even though we’re not convinced that GM really needs to make four different versions of …

Rating 70/100 Background Volatile gas prices and altered priorities have forced many consumers to reconsider the need (or lack thereof) for a large, gas-thirsty, truck-based SUV. Without the need for massive towing capacity or off-road capability, these folks could be well served by the oh-so-practical and user-friendly minivan. Of course, many of them can’t get …

Rating 78/100 Background Boasting midsize SUV versatility without the attendant poor fuel mileage and trucklike handling and ride, the 2009 Toyota Highlander exemplifies the virtues of a now-flourishing car breed — the crossover SUV. When the first-generation Highlander debuted nearly a decade ago, it was a trailblazer in this segment, demonstrating that a car could …

Rating 65/100 Background When it debuted three years ago, the Subaru B9 Tribeca seemed like your typical offbeat Subaru. Oftentimes, being different is good — nothing wrong with a little individuality, right? But this midsize crossover’s styling was heavily criticized, and its sluggish performance and relatively cramped cabin didn’t help matters, either. The 2009 Subaru …

Rating 78/100 Background Inevitably, the march of technology and necessity shrinks the size of everything. Imagine trying to carry around seven days’ worth of music before the iPod. In keeping with this theme comes the 2009 Nissan Rogue — a kind of mini Murano. Though based on the economy-minded Sentra, the Rogue manages to better …