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11 Best Crossovers and SUVs for 2015

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  • You say you want an SUV? You probably mean a crossover. What’s the difference? And which are the best?
    “SUV” has come to describe an old-school sport-utility vehicle. SUVs are built like trucks, with a heavy frame supporting a bolted-on body. Think Chevrolet Tahoe. If you need to tow more than 6,000 pounds or regularly tackle bone-jarring off-road trails, get an SUV.
    Want a smoother ride and better fuel economy? Rarely tow? Need no-fuss all-wheel drive (AWD) for snowy pavement or a gravel driveway? You want a crossover. They’re essentially tall-riding wagons with the integrated body-and-frame construction typical of automobile. Think Honda CR-V. Crossovers come in all sizes, but are lighter than comparable SUVs. They’re more space-efficient, too. And because they outsell their old-school cousins by a vast margin, eight of our 11 Best entries are crossovers.
    This list is based on value and rationality. Look here for descriptions of giddy delights like the six-figure Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Here we celebrate versatile crossovers and SUVs that excel at their mission and at a fair price. Speaking of which, base prices we list include the manufacturer’s shipping fee, which averages around $850.

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