The 2009 Pontiac Torrent delivers better handling than large truck-based SUVs, but it’s bested by most of the vehicles in this crowded class.
With the GXP, you'll pilot a vehicle that's a lot more agile than the typical lumbering SUV—it's happy to tackle corners at speeds that would make most of its more SUV-looking crossover competition seriously unhappy.
However, the GXP is pricey and can easily top $35,000.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is more conservative, but it has a tight, sturdy feel that TheCarConnection.com prefers to the Torrent.
The Mitsubishi Outlander has a sportier feel overall, but road noise is plentiful and it’s not very refined.
Both the RAV4 and Outlander offer small third-row seats.
The Honda CR-V is possibly the best overall package for buyers in this class; it has top-rated safety, great assembly quality, and surprisingly good performance from its four-cylinder engine.
The 2009 Dodge Journey is yet another choice, and it’s the best choice for those who want a really well-equipped vehicle.
Highlights of the Journey’s options include Sirius Backseat TV and a MyGig hard-drive entertainment system.
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