Top 2011 SUVs

CanadianDriver.com, one of Canada’s leading online automotive magazines, has announced its top vehicles picks for 2011, including their top 2011 SUVs. A total of 23 models made the list. The magazine’s senior writers and editors, who made the selections, chose seven SUVs for the list.

Canada is an important market for auto manufacturers. It has a population of more than 30 million people and remains a manufacturing base for several automakers. Canada is a member of the G7, the world’s seven largest developed countries.

CanadianDriver.com’s picks were based on factors such as quality, functionality, styling, comfort, performance, fuel economy, safety features, reliability, and value. Canada has significantly higher fuel prices than the United States, making it a more important factor in an SUV purchase. All the SUVs on the list, which range from compact to luxury models, were recently either all-new or significantly redesigned.

According to CanadianDriver.com, the top 2011 SUV are:

1. Ford Edge
2. Hyundai Tucson
3. Jeep Grand Cherokee
4. Kia Sportage
5. Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
6. Porsche Cayenne
7. Volkswagen Touareg

German automakers dominate the list, with three models represented. This list has automakers from South Korea and the U.S. Surprisingly, no Japanese models were named to the list of top 2011 SUVs.

The Porsche Cayenne continues to receive accolades. It was recently awarded Motor Trend’s 2011 SUV of the Year. The Volkswagen Touareg, which CanadianDriver.com said has a “beautiful, well-appointed interior and terrific on- and off-road performance”, is built on the same manufacturing platform as the Cayenne. The Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage are also built on the same platform. Jeep began developing new Grand Cherokee when it was a division of Mercedes-Benz. As such, the new Grand Cherokee shares a platform with the Mercedes ML-Class.

These top 2011 SUV picks are all sold in the U.S. Starting prices range from about $20,000 for the Sportage and Tucson to over $46,000 for the Porsche Cayenne. It is surprising to see previous award winners such as the Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback not on the list. For the complete list and more information, check out CanadianDriver.com’s website.

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