2018 GMC Terrain

The new 2018 GMC Terrain offers lots of choice. It can be had with one of three engines, including a 2.0-liter turbo-four that is one of the most powerful in the class. There’s also a 1.6-liter diesel that is one of the most efficient.


A new electronic shifter means that there is more room for the driver and front passenger as well as their stuff. The rugged looks surround a capable interior that can even fold the front passenger seat flat to hold extra-long items inside. For drivers wanting more luxury, the Terrain is available in high-end Denali trim.

2018 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is the “go-to” compact SUV in this segment. When Honda introduced it in 1997 it was one of the first in the class and it remains one of the best.

The CR-V was all new last year. It remains nearly the same size as before, but packaging has gotten even better. It has lots of room for five, class-leading 39 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats, and a fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

2018 Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee is the obvious choice if you plan to take the family anywhere off the pavement. It’s available with two engines, including a 271 horsepower V6. The nine-speed automatic helps to boost fuel economy, and three all-wheel-drive choices make sure it can handle off-road duties.


The top off-road mode even includes a locking center differential and crawl mode for maximum grip in poor conditions. The Cherokee rides and handles like a real Jeep, so it won’t win for ride comfort but it does feel ruggedly secure on the road.

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