If you’re looking for a larger vehicle to transport the family and don’t want a minivan, you may wish to consider some of these best full-size crossovers 2011. They’re car-like in how they handle, easy to maneuver, get fairly reasonable fuel economy for a large utility, and are loaded with amenities that make driving and riding in them a whole lot nicer.
- GMC Acadia – Although it’s classified as a midsize luxury crossover, the 2011 seats seven or eight in three rows (and the third row comfortably fits tall
adults), has a massive cargo capacity of up to 115.9 cubic feet, delivers excellent fuel economy (EPA-estimated 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway), and costs thousands less than full-size competitors. In short, it’s perhaps the ideal blend of midsize and full-size, especially when it comes to price versus larger luxury SUVs. Consumer Guide says: “Acadia is tailor-made for buyers who need a minivan but don’t want to buy one. This crossover is dynamically capable, comes standard with a host of safety features, and offers several unusual and useful options. Though we consider it a midsize, those shopping large SUVs will find Acadia a more efficient alternative.”
- Cadillac Escalade – For full-sized comfort, luxury, and passenger- and cargo-capability, the 2011 stands with the best of the competition. As
Edmunds observes: “There are luxury SUVs and then there’s the 2011 Cadillac Escalade. There are full-size SUVs and then there’s the Escalade. You could buy any number of big luxurious vehicles instead, but there’s just no true substitute for Cadillac’s celebration of power, brashness and wheels in a package so large the Amish could stick one in a river to power a grain mill.” The 2011 Cadillac Escalade seats up to eight in roomy comfort and style, gets its power from a strong 6.2-liter V-8 engine that generates 403 horsepower (there’s also a Hybrid Escalade available), and is available in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive.
- Infiniti QX56 – Redesigned for 2011, the is a full-size luxury SUV that has been carefully executed to ride and handle better than its predecessor.
With seating for seven or eight, power comes from a single engine, a 400-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 paired with a new seven-speed automatic transmission. High quality materials and craftsmanship plus oodles of technology goodies mark the Infiniti QX56. Car and Driver opines: “The QX is a deal compared with the [Cadillac] Escalade, [Mercedes-Benz] GL550, and , and you’re getting more truck for your money than before…this new one is more powerful, much more luxurious, and much more likely to cause a splash at the country club.”
- Audi Q7 – Another premium-large SUV that provides the easy drivability of a crossover, the 2011 seats six or seven, has plenty of cargo room, excellent safety features, loads of options, and comes with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive. But powerplants are the big news for the 2011 Q7, with two supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engines mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Consumer Guide comments: “Recognizing that vehicles in this class are more about coddling style-conscious occupants than carrying cargo, the Recommended Q7 fits the premium-large-SUV bill nicely…Overall, Q7 earns our nod for mechanical finesse, terrific all-weather road manners, and the fuel-frugal diesel option. Audi design and workmanship also appeal.”
- Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC – Borrowing its basic design elements from the smaller M-Class, the larger 2011 seats seven, has a roomier cargo hold, and boasts a higher towing capacity. There are three models to choose from, but the fuel-frugal GL350 BlueTEC with its 210-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine, seven-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive is perhaps the best choice. Edmunds says: “While many competitors feature a heavier-duty, truck-based body-on-frame design, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class takes the more sophisticated route with a carlike unibody architecture to maximize ride comfort and on-road agility.”