There's no third-row seat in the 2011 Ford Edge, while many other vehicles its size have one available.
The recently redesigned Chevrolet Equinox is another five-passenger crossover well worth considering; its base 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine is adequate and very fuel-efficient, and the Equinox, while not feeling quite as upscale inside as the new Edge, is impressive for small families.
The Toyota Highlander is a bit larger inside and offers three rows of seating, along with four-cylinder or V-6 engines, but it's much more conservative in look and feel.
Those who like attractive, sporty-feeling interiors will want to consider the five-passenger Nissan Murano, while those who want a little more utility—in the way of standard all-wheel drive—should take a look at the Subaru Tribeca.
Both the Tribeca and Murano only come with larger, less fuel-efficient six-cylinder engines.
That's also the case with the Mazda CX-9; crisp handling and a sportier driving feel are what sets the Mazda apart.
|2011 Ford EdgeBrowse Used Listings||2011 Mazda CX-9Browse Used Listings||2011 Subaru TribecaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas Flat 6||Gas I4|
|FWD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4-Door SE FWD||FWD 4-Door Sport||4-Door 3.6R Premium||FWD 4-Door L4 Base (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SUV||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic|