Consumers' Favorites: Best Cars for Getting to (and Away From) Holiday Gatherings


Quietly competent, the Lexus RX 350 took 1st place with 21.4 percent of the vote. Barely in the Lexus' rearview mirror was the classy Range Rover Sport in 2nd, with 11.2 percent while the well-rounded, seven-passenger Acura MDX was close behind in 3rd at 8.8 percent.

See how the rest of the field did in the full results below and make sure to exercise your right to vote in our next Consumers' Favorites poll.

  1. 2014 Lexus RX 350

    1. 2014 Lexus RX 350 (21.4%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Lexus RX 350 is an appealing choice for a luxury crossover SUV, particularly if a smooth ride and luxurious interior are priorities.

  2. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

    2. 2014 Range Rover Sport (11.2%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Although it's quite capable on dirt trails, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is primarily aimed at buyers looking for a midsize luxury SUV that handles well on pavement and delivers all-out luxury in the cabin. With this year's redesign, the Range Rover Sport is significantly improved in both areas, and it's more fuel-efficient to boot.

  3. 2014 Acura MDX

    3. 2014 Acura MDX (8.8%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Even more complete and desirable than its successful predecessor, the all-new 2014 Acura MDX is a top pick for a midsize luxury crossover, offering abundant refinement, luxury and comfort.

  4. 2014 Subaru Forester

    4. 2014 Subaru Forester (7.5%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    A full redesign brings better fuel efficiency as well as greater interior room and refinement for the 2014 Subaru Forester. It's a top pick for a small to midsize crossover SUV.

  5. 2014 Porsche Cayenne

    5. 2014 Porsche Cayenne (7.0%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    It doesn't come cheap, but the 2014 Porsche Cayenne is more engaging and enjoyable to drive than just about any other SUV on the planet, and it has some of the richest cabin furnishings. If you're shopping for a high-end crossover, put it on your list.

  6. 2014 Audi Allroad

    5. 2014 Audi Allroad (5.4%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Audi Allroad offers a unique and appealing mix of attributes, including a gorgeous cabin and above-average capability in the snow. It can't haul as much as the crossovers in this price range, but if you like the idea of an upscale wagon, you can't do much better than the Allroad.

  7. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    7. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee (4.5%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    If you want a midsize SUV that does a little of everything, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is tough to beat. Its well-trimmed cabin is comfy for five, and it can handle a daily commute as easily as it does an off-road trail.

  8. 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

    8. 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class (3.4%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class isn't a standout among five-passenger luxury crossover SUVs, but its wide variety of engines and packages gives it broad appeal.

  9. 2014 Cadillac CTS

    9. 2014 Cadillac CTS (3.1%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With a contemporary new look, a revised interior and more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS looks like a serious contender in the midsize luxury sedan class.

  10. 2014 Honda CR-V

    10. 2014 Honda CR-V (2.8%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Roomy, fuel-efficient and loaded with family-friendly features, the 2014 Honda CR-V is our top choice among compact crossover SUVs.

  11. 2013 Toyota RAV4

    11. 2013 Toyota RAV4 (2.6%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The long-awaited redesign of the Toyota RAV4 is well executed, as this compact crossover SUV now has the performance, features and cabin accommodations to keep up with the leaders in this class. Although it's still not a standout in any one area, Toyota's entry is worth a look.

  12. 2014 BMW X3

    12. 2014 BMW X3 (2.4%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 BMW X3 is an excellent, if somewhat pricey, choice for a luxury crossover SUV with wide-ranging talents.

  13. 2014 Infiniti QX60

    13. 2014 Infiniti QX60 (2.3%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With its roomy seating and high fuel economy ratings, the 2014 Infiniti QX60 is a solid choice for a family-oriented, seven-passenger luxury crossover SUV.

  14. 2014 Buick Enclave

    14. 2014 Buick Enclave (1.8%) - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Buick Enclave is a great middle-ground option for families who want a large crossover with a high-end ambience, but aren't ready to pay the premium asking price for a three-row SUV from one of the import luxury brands.

  15. 2014 Mazda CX-9

    14. 2014 Mazda CX-9 (1.8%) - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    A roomy seven-passenger crossover SUV that's also enjoyable to drive, the versatile 2014 Mazda CX-9 is a very rare breed.

  16. 2014 Nissan Pathfinder

    14. 2014 Nissan Pathfinder (1.8%) - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, with its stylish cabin and high fuel economy ratings, is a solid choice for a midsize or large crossover SUV. But you might find some other top competitors more appealing overall.

  17. 2014 Ford Explorer

    17. 2014 Ford Explorer (1.6%) - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    It's not as versatile or roomy as some other large crossover SUVs, but the 2014 Ford Explorer is still a respectable pick in this class thanks to its high-end cabin and long list of advanced features.

  18. 2014 Cadillac Escalade

    17. 2014 Cadillac Escalade (1.6%) - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With mounting pressure from newer luxury SUVs, the 2014 Cadillac Escalade is fast losing its appeal. Rivals offer richer, more versatile interiors and are simply easier to drive on an everyday basis.

  19. 2014 Chevrolet Equinox

    17. 2014 Chevrolet Equinox (1.6%) - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Chevy Equinox is a worthy choice for a small crossover SUV, particularly if you're interested in one with a nice highway ride and an available V6 engine.

  20. 2014 Honda Pilot

    20. 2014 Honda Pilot (1.3%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The eight-passenger 2014 Honda Pilot scores well for overall comfort and utility. That counts for a lot in a family vehicle, but rival three-row crossover SUVs might prove more desirable overall.

  21. 2014 Ford Fusion

    21. 2014 Ford Fusion (1.0%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With solid power, excellent fuel economy, provocative styling and a huge array of tech features, the 2014 Ford Fusion is a top choice for a midsize sedan.

  22. 2014 Chevrolet Traverse

    22. 2014 Chevrolet Traverse (0.7%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse checks nearly all of the right boxes for a large crossover SUV and remains a worthy choice for consumers who need three rows of seating.

  23. 2014 Kia Sorento

    23. 2014 Kia Sorento (0.5%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Kia Sorento is one of our top recommendations to consumers shopping for a small or midsize crossover SUV, thanks to its well-mannered driving characteristics, roomy interior and generous standard and optional features.

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