9 Best SUVs of 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

9 Best SUVs of 2016

9 Best SUVs of 2016

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Honda Pilot
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda HR-V
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda HR-V
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
GMC Terrain
General Motors
GMC Terrain
General Motors
Chevy Equinox
General Motors
Chevy Equinox
General Motors
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Motor America
Kia Sorento
Kia Motors America
Kia Sorento
Kia Motors America
Honda CR-V
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda CR-V
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda Pilot
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda Pilot
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Nissan Murano
Nissan North America, Inc.
Nissan Murano
Nissan North America, Inc.
Best Price Program
U.S. News and World Report

We Rank the Best SUVs From the 2016 Model Year

SUVs are the most popular segment in the market today. Just like cars, they come in all shapes and sizes, from truck-like “sport” vehicles to inflated sedans, and from cute subcompacts to spacious eight-seaters. They are versatile and roadworthy, yet comfortable and feature-filled.

While some SUVs excel better in certain areas than others, many of these vehicles are outstanding, well-rounded contenders. Some come with only two rows, others have three, and still others give you the option to choose how many rows you need. Keep in mind that many three-row SUVs aren’t designed to comfortably fit adults in the third row, but if you shouldn’t have an issue if you need the space for children.

Are you after car-like performance and handling? How about high-tech amenities? Do you require all- or four-wheel drive to deal with snow, hilly terrain, or even some off-roading?

Read on to find the SUV with the size and features that best fit your lifestyle.

<h3><strong>No. 7 (Tie): 2016 Honda HR-V</strong></h3> <p><strong>Overall Score: 8.1 out of 10</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>The all-new <a href="/cars-trucks/honda/hr-v/2016">2016 Honda HR-V</a> won U.S. News &amp; World Report’s <a href="/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-the-money-2016">Best Subcompact SUV for the Money</a> and <a href="/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-families-2016">Best Subcompact SUV for Families awards</a>. Its roomy interior provides a comfortable ride, and there is a lot of extra space for cargo.</p>
<h3><strong>2016 Honda HR-V</strong></h3> <p><strong>MSRP: $19,215 - $25,990</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>The practical HR-V has an abundance of great tech features, although there are only a few safety features. Reviewers said that climate and audio controls are touchy. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine provides adequate power and returns excellent fuel economy. </p>
<h3><strong>No. 7 (Tie): 2016 GMC Terrain</strong></h3> <p><strong>Overall Score: 8.1 out of 10 </strong>(Details Below)</p> <p>The <a href="/cars-trucks/gmc/terrain/2016">GMC Terrain</a> underwent an exterior refresh for 2016. It has an elegant, cushioned interior with roomy seats, but cargo space is less than what many rivals have. The Terrain boasts one of the top reliability ratings among <a href="/cars-trucks/rankings/affordable-compact-suvs">compact SUVs</a>. Test drivers liked the optional, powerful V6 engine.</p>
<h3><strong>2016 GMC Terrain</strong></h3> <p><strong>MSRP:</strong> <strong>$23,975 - $35,925</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>The Terrain exudes comfort over sportiness. It doesn’t handle curvy roads well, exhibiting noticeable body roll. The top-notch interior features plenty of high-tech amenities, although the infotainment system can be slow to respond. </p>
<h3><strong>No. 7 (Tie): 2016 Chevrolet Equinox</strong></h3> <p><strong>Overall Score: 8.1 out of 10</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>The <a href="/cars-trucks/chevrolet/equinox/2016">Chevrolet Equinox</a> received some feature updates for 2016, including a standard 7-inch touch screen and a rearview camera. Available features include rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. It even earned a class-topping predicted reliability rating.</p>
<h3><strong>2016 Chevrolet Equinox</strong></h3> <p><strong>MSRP: $22,600 - $31,690</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>The family-friendly Equinox excels in many areas, but it is not known for its performance. Handling is uninspiring and the base engine is weak, but the optional V6 provides sufficient power. You will get roomy, versatile seating and a smooth, quiet ride in the <a href="/cars-trucks/rankings/affordable-compact-suvs">compact SUV</a>. </p>
<h3><strong>No. 5 (Tie): 2016 Hyundai Tucson</strong></h3> <p><strong>Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>Our <a href="/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-the-money-2016">2016 Best Compact SUV for the Money</a>, the fully redesigned <a href="/cars-trucks/hyundai/tucson/2016">Hyundai Tucson</a> offers ample room for large adults in both rows. The ride is quiet and comfortable, and critics liked the cabin’s clean, simple layout.</p>
<h3><strong>2016 Hyundai Tucson</strong></h3> <p><strong>MSRP: $22,700 - $31,300</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>The base four-cylinder engine is a bit underpowered, but you can upgrade to a turbocharged four-cylinder that provides an acceptable amount of acceleration for daily driving. The Tucson offers a plethora of advanced safety features, and its safety scores are outstanding.</p>
<h3><strong>No. 5 (Tie): 2016 Kia Sorento</strong></h3> <p><strong>Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10 </strong>(Details Below)</p> <p>The completely redesigned <a href="/cars-trucks/kia/sorento/2016">2016 Kia Sorento</a> has excellent safety and reliability scores. The stylish cabin is constructed of premium materials, and Kia’s infotainment system is intuitive. Additional buttons and knobs control features like climate and audio.</p>
<h3><strong>2016 Kia Sorento</strong></h3> <p><strong>MSRP: $25,100 - $43,300 </strong>(Details Below)</p> <p>While the base four-cylinder engine is underpowered, both optional engines, a turbocharged four-cylinder and a V6, provide plenty of power. You can get three rows out of this <a href="/cars-trucks/rankings/affordable-midsize-suvs">midsize SUV</a>, however the third row is cramped for adults, and it will cost you about $7,000 to move up to the EX V6 trim to get it.</p>
<h3><strong>No. 4: 2016 Honda CR-V</strong></h3> <p><strong>Overall Score: 8.6 out of 10 </strong>(Details Below)</p> <p>The <a href="/cars-trucks/honda/cr-v/2016">2016 Honda CR-V</a> won our <a href="/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-families-2016">Best Compact SUV for Families award</a>. It returns outstanding fuel efficiency and has an enormous cargo area. Safety scores are among the best in the class. A new SE trim offers popular features at a reasonable price.</p>
<h3><strong>2016 Honda CR-V</strong></h3> <p><strong>MSRP: $23,845 - $33,495</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>Spacious seats in both rows offer plenty of comfort and support. It only comes with one engine option, a four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission. It won’t win any races, but acceleration is acceptable.</p>
<h3><strong>No. 3: 2016 Honda Pilot</strong></h3> <p><strong>Overall Score: 8.7 out of 10 </strong>(Details Below)</p> <p>The fully-redesigned <a href="/cars-trucks/honda/pilot/2016">Honda Pilot</a> was the winner of our <a href="/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-the-money-2016">Best Midsize SUV for the Money</a> and <a href="/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-families-2016">Best Midsize SUV for Families awards</a>. It can seat up to eight passengers comfortably in the quiet, elegant cabin. The Pilot’s third row is one of few in the class that can comfortably accommodate adults.</p>
<h3><strong>2016 Honda Pilot</strong></h3> <p><strong>MSRP: $30,345 - $46,770</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>The Pilot comes standard with a V6 engine that provides sufficient power and returns excellent fuel economy. The available touch screen is intuitive and user-friendly, although some other touch-sensitive cabin controls can prove frustrating.</p>
<h3><strong>No. 1 (Tie): 2016 Toyota Highlander</strong></h3> <p><strong>Overall Score: 8.8 out of 10 </strong>(Details Below)</p> <p>The midsize <a href="/cars-trucks/toyota/highlander/2016">2016 Toyota Highlander</a> provides a spacious, upscale cabin and can seat up to eight passengers. Adults can fit in the third row for quick trips, but it’s generally best suited for children. Reliability is above average.</p>
<h3><strong>2016 Toyota Highlander</strong></h3> <p><strong>MSRP: $30,490 - $44,990</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>The base four-cylinder engine will get you where you need to go, but the available V6 is powerful and returns nearly the same fuel economy. For 2016, all V6 models come with a standard towing package. The Highlander provides a composed ride and confident handling. </p>
<h3><strong>No. 1 (Tie): 2016 Nissan Murano</strong></h3> <p><strong>Overall Score: 8.8 out of 10 </strong>(Details Below)</p> <p>The midsize <a href="/cars-trucks/nissan/murano/2016">2016 Nissan Murano</a> only offers two rows, but it provides the utmost in comfort and versatile cargo features. The V6 engine offers ample power and the Murano handles well on twisty roads. Reliability is at the top of the class.</p>
<h3><strong>2016 Nissan Murano</strong></h3> <p><strong>MSRP: $29,740 - $40,780</strong> (Details Below)</p> <p>The Murano won our <a href="/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-the-money-2016">Best 2-Row SUV for the Money</a> and <a href="/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-families-2016">Best 2-Row SUV for Families awards</a>. It features a classy, upscale cabin with user-friendly tech features. Some critics mentioned that it is difficult to see out of the rear of the vehicle.</p>
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