The midsize SUV class offers consumers a wide variety of models to choose from. From the off-road capabilities of the Toyota FJ-Cruiser, to the sleek styling of Nissan Murano to the luxury of the all-new Volvo XC-60, this segment has a lot of diversity. Midsize SUVs offer more power and space than their compact counterparts at a higher price. Prices in this segment typically range from about $22,000 to $40,000 depending on the make, model, and selected options.
New SUV models in the midsize class include the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Dodge Nitro, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-7, Mercury Mountaineer, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Xterra, Subaru Tribeca, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota Highlander, and Toyota Venza. The Saturn Outlook and Hummer H3 are also models for 2010 but General Motors has announced plans to discontinue selling the Pontiac brand by the end of 2010. This may create good buying opportunities for these vehicles.
It can be difficult to classify some models as the lines between mid-size and luxury style models can be blurred. The Acura MDX, Acura ZDX, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Volkswagen Touraeg and Volvo XC-60 may fall in either category. Another model not always includes in this class is the Subaru Outback, which was named Motor Trend’s 2010 Sport Utility Vehicle of the year. While many associate the Outback as being a station wagon, it has grown in size and is now actually larger than some midsize SUV models.
V-6 engines typically power Midsize SUVs. The Toyota Highlander is offered with a hybrid engine that averages twenty-seven miles per gallon in city driving. Buyers have a lot of choice when purchasing a new midsize SUV.