Newbies such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Nissan Murano fare well, but it's the Infiniti EX that gets Consumer Reports' "recommended" rating in the magazine's newest ranking of crossovers and SUVs.
The Volkswagen Tiguan and the Nissan Murano both were rated by the magazine's testers as "very good" in a comparison of two-row SUVs for the September issue. Since both are in their first year on sale in the United States, though, Consumer Reports won't give them the top ranking until they prove their reliability.
CR tested the Tiguan and Murano against a diverse and lovely group of crossovers that also included the Land Rover LR2 and the Infiniti EX. They liked the Tiguan so much, they now consider it their third-favorite in the class, after the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4. The LR2 got a "good" rating, which is still the lowest of all the compact crossovers tested by the magazine, while the EX got a "very good" and the coveted "recommended" rating.
In the test of larger SUVs, the Nissan Murano rated "very good," as did the Touareg. The Grand Cherokee has a "good" rating. However, both the Touareg and Grand Cherokee are not recommended because of reliability issues.
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