As every year, the Car guide publishes its best buys in all vehicle categories.
Among them, we have divided the mid-size SUVs into two distinct categories: two-row and three-row models. The sport utility vehicles referred to here are the 5-seater versions. Models whose sales remain strong over the years, which proves that their popularity continues.
On the first step of the podium, we find an SUV that is not really one: the Subaru Outback. Derived from the Legacy sedan but raised and equipped with more off-road elements, the Outback is enjoying a much greater enthusiasm from buyers. In fact, about one Legacy is sold for seven Outbacks in Quebec!
With a much more engaging drive than an equivalent SUV, the Outback emphasizes driving pleasure without sacrificing available space. Indeed, its luggage compartment remains large enough to accommodate a large number of luggage, especially since the large tailgate facilitates loading.
If performance is correct with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, the optional 2.4-liter turbocharged unit significantly improves acceleration and pick-up. However, the excellent naturally aspirated 3.6-liter 6-cylinder is unfortunately no longer available.
The second position is occupied by the Honda Passport. Deriving closely from the three-row Pilot, the Passport exhibits a similar dynamic behavior. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine, powerful and furious in the revs is definitely a highlight, as are the interior space and handling, which are among the best vehicles in the segment.
Photo: Marc-André Gauthier
Finally, we find the Ford Edge in third place. A little aging, the SUV signed Ford still offers two different engines and a spacious interior. But its lower resale value than the Passport and Outback, as well as lower expected reliability did not allow it to aim higher in the rankings.
To consult the list of the 2021 Car Guide’s best buys in all categories, it’s here!
In video: our test of the Subaru Outback