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OK, this here thread is to discuss the various big 'uns, the cross-overs, SUVs, SAVs, wagons, estates, minivans, whatever you call them, that have three rows of seats and can carry up to 6, 7 or 8 passengers. Chris started this discussion in the Longest Thread, but I think we need to bring the action over here where it can be more readily searched and referred to in the future.

1. Which vehicles currently meet this description and are really useful as a family hauler for people and stuff?

2. Which ones are good looking?

3. Which could be considered to have good performance and handling?

I think we can include the CX-9 and MDX as qualifiers. What about the Highlander, Pilot, XC90, X5, Pathfinder, Commander, Aspen, Durango, Town and Country, H2, Pacifica, XL-7, Freestyle, Explorer, Outlook, ... ?

Pilot looks to be very good value in Canada right now.
 

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BMW X5

PROS:
Sporty design

Smooth ride
BMW-like handling and performance
Good resale value
Powerful 3.0L engine
Free Maintenance(4 yr. / 50,000 mi.)

CONS:
Overpriced
Leg room
Uncomfortable 3rd row seat



 

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Cool, thanks for the mini reviews, Chris! Have you driven any of these?

7 mpg is actually a big improvement for the Aspen/Durango.

• Chrysler Aspen Hybrid joins Dodge Durango Hybrid in 2008
• Vehicles feature 5.7-liter HEMI® Hybrid with Multi-displacement System (MDS)
• HEMI Hybrid delivers more than 25-percent fuel economy improvement
• Full-size SUVs to boast nearly 40-percent mpg improvement in the city
• Chrysler Group's advanced hybrid system leapfrogs traditional hybrid design
http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/04/30/chrysler-announces-aspen-two-mode-hybrid/

What about the CX-9, Pilot and the MDX?

Another one I found is the Land Rover LR3.
 

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Thanks, Chris. I like it, but I don't want to have to drive it regularly. I hope I can find a way to convince my wife that the best bet is to keep the Escape Hybrid (27 mpg city and 30+ mpg hwy, real world, US gallons) and get a second smaller 5 passenger AWD car. Sure, that means having four cars in the family, but the Escape is paid off and every year we keep it the depreciation is less and less, compared to selling and getting a new crossover.
 

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Here's how she played out, wife bought an MDX to drive herself, we've got the Hybrid up for sale now and later she will sell her 06 330i. Where does that leave me? Free to buy whatever I want without having to worry about having two cars seats in the back. Woo hoo! Back to the indecision and value proposal...STI or Evo or WRX or ... and now I'm not sure of the time line of when I will need a car. When the Hybrid sells I'll need to drive something, maybe the MX-5 for a short-time or the 330i (although that is my wife's baby and she doesn't really let me drive it), then when the 330i sells I need a new car!
 

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I would consider a BMW X5 or a SRT8 Jeep. Actually came close to getting the jeep but it wouldnt have been able to tow my jetboat easily without towbar modification so easily so stuck with my current tower (4WD Diamante Sedan) and went with the Evo X..

BMW is considering a BMW XM5.. now that would rock.
 

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for towing nothing beats a 3500 dodge cummings truck.i would consider buying a tahoe or a gmc denali both are nice and comfy for the family.but the denali looks better imo.
 

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Yeah, towing was not an issue for us. The Escape does not really tow anything due to the hybrid drivetrain and CVT. Maybe 1,000 lb... I did not check to see what the MDX can tow.
 
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