Americans love their sport-utility vehicles. In recent months, SUVs have shown the greatest sales growth among various types of cars. Says one auto industry insider, “It’s an SUV feeding frenzy.”
The SUV moniker covers a lot of ground, however. Besides varying widely in physical size—from compact to gargantuan—SUVs differ in degrees of ruggedness. The Ford Expedition, Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, or Nissan Xterra are well suited to conquering a rock-strewn trail or hauling a 5,000-pound wakeboarding boat, for example.
But the three stylish midsize SUVs reviewed here—the Ford Edge, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Nissan Murano—are best suited to on-pavement people-hauling, whether that means commuting to work or carrying kids to soccer practice.