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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 The Chevrolet TrailBlazer represents what one could consider to be the old guard of midsize SUVs. In the midst of a consumer shift to carlike crossover SUVs, the TrailBlazer maintains the traditional SUV trait of truck-based architecture. While this provides advantages in terms of off-road performance and towing capacity, it limits the …

Rating 55/100 Background The Chevrolet TrailBlazer is the company’s midsize SUV entry. Last redesigned in 2002, when it received more power, sharper styling and a roomier cabin, the current version is dated in some areas, yet modern in others. Now that the long-wheelbase EXT version has been dropped, there is no TrailBlazer with a third-row …

Rating 77/100 Background As the junior member of the company’s SUV family, the 2010 BMW X3 has some big tire tracks to fill. As a Bimmer, it is expected to offer vigorous performance, athletic handling and a rewarding drive. But as a luxury crossover, it’s also expected to offer versatility, a long list of modern …

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 68/100 Background Enthusiasts with a penchant for Swedish-flavored transportation — and, perhaps with a Saab passenger auto already parked outside — may think they’ve found the utility car of their dreams when they lay eyes on the 2009 Saab 9-7X. Front fascias can be deceiving, however. Behind that distinctively Swedish face, the 9-7X is …

Rating 73/100 Background Throughout nearly all of the 1990s, the Ford Explorer was on top of the world. The sport-utility car craze was in full swing and the Explorer was the unofficial family auto of suburban families everywhere. But a lot’s happened since the glory days of traditional SUVs, Seinfeld and boy bands. Higher gas …

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 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 67/100 Background The funny thing about the Nissan Pathfinder is how it seems to search for a new identity every few years. Born in the late 1980s as a rugged body-on-frame two-door meant for tackling trails, the Pathfinder morphed into a unit-bodied four-door with a creamy suspension by the later ’90s. When the current …

Rating 75/100 Background In the past few years, a lack of new product and marketing investment has left Isuzu struggling on the fringes of the light truck market. In fact, the end of the road is now in sight: 2008 will be the company’s last year for its i-Series pickup and Ascender sport-utility vehicle, with …

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 …