Safety and interior space are probably the greatest concerns if you're considering the Chevy Traverse.
That allowed, you should probably take a look at both the Ford Flex and Ford Explorer.
Both models seat seven, but the Flex's lower ride height and funky styling are an urban twist on the same mechanicals that underpin the more SUV-like Explorer.
The Toyota Highlander is a good, albeit unexciting pick.
It rides very smoothly and is available in hybrid form.
A very soft ride and wallowy handling add up to a road character that won't appeal to driving enthusiasts, though.
We haven't loved the Honda Pilot since its last 2010 redesign, but a substantially changed 2014 model is on the way.
Its tight construction and supple ride quality make it very appealing, although it's not quite as space-efficient and the styling doesn't quite hit the mark.
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