The Lincoln MKT is in a class by itself. The SUV now offers more comfort and style than ever before. The addition of the second-generation MyLincoln Touch vehicle interface along with inflatable seatbelts and 75.9 cubic feet of cargo space means families can go anywhere and take everything they need with them. Step on the gas pedal and 3.7-liter V-6 engine with 300 horsepower roars to life. Want more power? Go with the EcoBoost model’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 and its 355 horsepower engine. Its six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive makes conquering any type of road a breeze.
People that have not test driven the new Buick Enclave really don’t know Buick. It can hold up to 8 people. Move the second and third rows and its 116 cubic feet of space offers room for back packs, knap sacks, golf clubs, tents and anything else a family could need. Its 288 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine has the power to move it all quickly and efficiently and tow up to a 4,500 lbs. in weight. Add its smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission and it becomes clear why more people should rediscover Buick.
It’s a Subaru. That’s all dealers have to say when customers wonder how the Tribeca can seat 7, offer almost 75 cubic feet of cargo space and safely motor over any type of terrain. The Subaru Tribeca boasts the famed symmetrical all-wheel drive system and is powered by a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine which can produce up to 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. With its improved driving dynamics and a five-speed automatic transmission the entire family will be looking for any excuse to hop in and hit the road.
Smooth. That’s how many people describe the Acura MDX. That describes its handling, its shifting and its ride. Its standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive System automatically adds traction on slick snowy or wet roads and improves grip while cornering by shifting engine output from one side to the other. Purring under the hood is a 300 horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine that can provide 270 lb-ft of torque. That means when families load up the 83.5 feet of cargo space with ‘stuff’ the Acura MDX has the power to still speed along smoothly. And its six-speed automatic transmission, high tech trappings and luxurious seating and appointments make the trip so smooth people hardly feel like they’re moving.
The Ford Expedition is a transformer. It can transform from a 7 seater to an 8 seater by pulling out a bench or bucket seat in the second and third rows. It can transform into a whale and swallow up to 108 cubic feet of gear and make it all disappear. The Ford Expedition can then switch into beast mode and tow 9,200 lbs. without skipping a beat. That’s because the engineers at Ford have put a powerful 5.4-liter V-8 engine capable of producing 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque under the hood of this beautiful automobile. With its six-speed automatic transmission and available low-range four-wheel drive it can change from a classic family vehicle to a wart hog when the family goes off-roading. Transformer indeed.
With its classic five-speed automatic transmission, room for 8 passengers, 87 cubic feet of storage space, tons of safety features and comfortable interior the Honda Pilot is the quintessential family vehicle. Available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models and powered by a 3.5-liter, 250 horsepower V-6 engine capable of providing 253 lb-ft of torque it can take the family on-road or off with equal aplomb. Plus, it’s a Honda so dependability and style come standard. A rich sound system and navigation makes this the perfect road trip vehicle.
The Infiniti JX is a stylish, luxurious, technologically advanced vehicle. Its 3.5-liter, 265 horsepower V-6 engine offers 248 lb-ft of torque. More than enough to take the entire family around town or across the country with ease. Its continuously-variable automatic transmission works seamlessly with the front or all four wheels to make the journey smooth and safe. The Infiniti JX’s 76.5 cubic feet of cargo space can hold groceries, gear or anything else the family needs. Boatloads of options are available to enhance safety, convenience and comfort. And it looks great. This is no off-roading mud hound. The Infiniti JX is designed for people who appreciate style, luxury and sophistication.
For people who have families but still love a good exhilarating drive the Mazda CX-9 is the perfect SUV. While it offers 101 cubic feet of cargo space and comfortably seats 7, it also has sports suspension and chassis tuning designed to hug the corners and a 273 horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine that can race down the road. Its 270 lb-ft of torque means it can carry a load, but its six-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive clearly marks this as a vehicle for people who love to drive. Zoom, zoom, zoom.
Look in the dictionary under sports utility vehicle and there is a picture of the Chevrolet Suburban. This behemoth can hold up to 9 passengers and its cavernous interior boasts over 137 feet of storage space. Its 5.3-liter V-8 engine is amazing. It has 320 horsepower and cranks out 335 lb-ft of torque. It can almost tow the QEII, much less some jet skis or the family boat. With the optional four-wheel drive, and a six-speed automatic transmission the Chevrolet Suburban is one of the most solid, safe, powerful SUVs on the market today.