CarReview's Best SUV and Crossover Choices of 2010

Monday October 18th, 2010 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

2010 Audi Q5

Audi Q5 2.0T Premium Plus: Many will agree that the Q5 is the best expression of the modern SUV/crossover on the market. The refined quattro all-wheel drive system, relatively low curb weight and suspension tuning that offer plenty of feedback make for superb driving dynamics. The 2.0T model is 200 lbs lighter than the 3.2 liter model and the smaller engine actually delivers more low-end torque. In absolute terms it is not quite as quick as the 3.2, but that changes at ski lodge altitudes. Combined with an 8-speed automatic it is a remarkably efficient drivetrain offering mid-20 miles per gallon in mixed driving. The 2.0T also starts at a lower price point allowing for more latitude on the options list.

If the Flex is fun, the Q5 is elegant. The interior ergonomics are peerless and the materials are top drawer. Nothing in this price range feels as luxurious. Exterior styling reflects the same restrained sophistication and the design offers plenty of usable space. There is a jewel like quality to the Q5 and it is one of the few SUVs that people actually covet.

The crossovers listed below represent the best for 2010. Click on any of the names below to learn why they are winners.

HONDA CR-V GMC ACADIA FORD FLEX AUDI Q5 VOLVO XC60

Read Expert Reviews on CarREVIEW.com
2010 Audi Q5 2010 Audi Q5 Review – Warm on the outside, cold on the inside
Rating: 4.5 stars

“It’s nice to look at. Fun to drive. It has a navigation system…AND it’s easy on the pocketbook. It’s a no brainer – a great value for a great vehicle!”

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3 Responses to CarReview's Best SUV and Crossover Choices of 2010

  1. derek says:

    A few crossovers that nearly made onto our top 5 list was the VW Tiguan, Ford Escape, and Subaru Outback.

    One crossover that almost made the top 5, but got dropped was the new 2011 Kia Sportage. The exterior and interior design was done really well, and it is a great value with all the goodies that are included as standard equipment. One thing we hated was the strong on-center feel of the electric steering and the stiff suspension setup.

  2. Richie says:

    The Q5 *is* a no brainer. Great review and great vehicle.

  3. francois says:

    I’ve driven a few of these cars and the Ford Flex is the standout here.

    It is just so unexpected with its power, economy an handling. It drives like a touring car. Interior is awesome btw!

    I love the styling but understand it can be polarizing. It’s kind of square and ganster looking. Do you folks like the styling? Do women like it? Hmmm…





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