15. Lexus RX
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15. Lexus RX

November 2011 Sales: 6,652
Change vs. November 2010: +11.9%
MSRP: $39,075 - $40,475
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg Hwy, 18 mpg City
The Lexus RX was one of the first sedan-based, luxury utility vehicles, and it remains one of the best. This crossover is impressively smooth, comfortable, responsive in all driving situations and flexible when it comes to hauling people or cargo. The RX 350 is powered by a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission delivering performance, and fuel efficiency.
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14. Chevrolet Traverse
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14. Chevrolet Traverse

November 2011 Sales: 7,144
Change vs. November 2010: -28.2%
MSRP: $29,224 - $39,975
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg Hwy, 17 mpg City

The Chevrolet Traverse crossover utility vehicle combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car with the cargo capability and high seating position of a traditional truck-based sport utility vehicle. The well-equipped interior features two front bucket seats and two different seating configurations for the second and third row seats, accommodating a maximum of eight passengers. An efficient, direct injection 3.6-liter V6 engine is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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13. Toyota Highlander
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13. Toyota Highlander

November 2011 Sales: 8,369
Change vs. November 2010: -8.6%
MSRP: $28,090 - $37,045
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg Hwy, 20 mpg City

The Toyota Highlander is a mid-size sport utility vehicle, engineered with Toyota's legendary quality and designed to stand out. A smooth performer, the Highlander also boasts progressive safety technologies and a spacious, flexible interior that seats seven in comfort; an available flip-up rear liftgate window provides quick access to the cargo area. The Highlander is offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, with a choice of three trim levels: Base, SE and Limited.

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12. Chevrolet Tahoe
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12. Chevrolet Tahoe

November 2011 Sales: 8,401
Change vs. November 2010: +32.8%
MSRP: $38,450 - $55,770
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg Hwy, 15 mpg City
The Chevrolet Tahoe is a purpose-built, full-size four-door, family-oriented SUV. A sharp, precise driving feel, Active Fuel Management engine technology, and enhanced safety features make it a popular choice among full-size SUVs. The Chevrolet Tahoe is available in 2WD or 4WD and offers three distinct trim levels. The LS, the LT1 and the LTZ.
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11. Jeep Wrangler
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11. Jeep Wrangler

November 2011 Sales: 9,225
Change vs. November 2010: +40.8%
MSRP: $22,045 - $29,995
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg Hwy, 17 mpg City

The Wrangler is one of the most fun-to-drive, off-road-capable Jeeps ever made. For open-air driving at the beach, on the trail or even the just on the street, the standard soft top can be folded down or the available hard top can be taken off, the doors can be removed and the windshield can be folded down. The two-door Wrangler is configurable in either Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trim with standard four-wheel drive. The standard 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 202 horsepower, and the standard transmission is a six-speed manual with overdrive.

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10. Kia Sorento
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10. Kia Sorento

November 2011 Sales: 9,669
Change vs. November 2010: +0.5%
MSRP: $21,250 - $34,850
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg Hwy, 20 mpg City

The Sorento is Kia's entry into the cross-over utility vehicle (CUV) segment. Completely redesigned for 2011, the Sorento now features unibody construction and a more streamlined and modern appearance. The Sorento is available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or four-wheel drive (4x4) in five or seven-seat configurations. A 175-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 276-hp 3.5-liter V6 are the two available engine choices. Base FWD models use a six-speed manual transmission, while all others use a six-speed automatic transmission.

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9. Ford Edge
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9. Ford Edge

November 2011 Sales: 9,685
Change vs. November 2010: -3.4%
MSRP: $27,750 - $38,940
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg Hwy, 19 mpg City

The Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover sport utility that answers the call for a roomy vehicle with utility and style. It isn't a truck. Nor is it a minivan. Yet it's more than a car. The Edge is powered by a 285-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the Edge Sport adds a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6; both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission, the Sport adds steering wheel shift paddles. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Standard safety features on all models include six airbags, and four wheel anti-lock brakes.

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8. Honda Pilot
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8. Honda Pilot

November 2011 Sales: 10,487
Change vs. November 2010: +38.1%
MSRP: $28,470 - $40,820
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg Hwy, 17 mpg City

The Honda Pilot is a powerful crossover SUV, engineered for quality and durability, as well as high levels of functionality and comfort. It features unit body construction and a fully independent suspension, providing a more car-like driving experience with crisp, predictable handling and a smooth ride. The 8-passenger Pilot is available in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, each with a choice of four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. All trim levels feature an advanced 250-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.

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7. Nissan Rogue
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7. Nissan Rogue

November 2011 Sales: 10,845
Change vs. November 2010: +27.2%
MSRP: $21,580 - $29,170
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Hwy, 22 mpg City

The Rogue is Nissan's entry into the crossover segment. The Rogue offers similar styling to the iconic Nissan Murano, in a slightly smaller package. Available in S or SL trim, with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. All Rogues are equipped with 2.5-liter, 170-hp, four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Rogue seats up to five passengers in it's well appointed interior. Features such as air-conditioning, bucket seats, power window and remote keyless entry are standard.

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6. Toyota RAV4
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6. Toyota RAV4

November 2011 Sales: 11,330
Change vs. November 2010: -7.9%
MSRP: $21,925 - $28,235
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Hwy, 22 mpg City
The Toyota RAV4 is one of the compact SUVs that created the class. It has become bigger in recent years and includes more outstanding features that make it an even more useful family vehicle. The RAV4 seats five and has an available third-row seat (that folds flat into the cargo floor) that increases its capacity to seven. The RAV4 is a four-door, compact sport utility vehicle, available in three trim levels: Base, Sport and Limited. All trims are available with either a new, more powerful 2.5-liter, 179-hp inline-4 and four-speed automatic transmission or a 3.5-liter, 269-hp V6 and five-speed automatic transmission.
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5. Ford Explorer
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5. Ford Explorer

November 2011 Sales: 12,888
Change vs. November 2010: +217.4%
MSRP: $28,280 - $39,855
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg Hwy, 18 mpg City

The Ford Explorer has long been one of the best-selling SUVs in the market. A capable tow vehicle and off-roader, it also offers the generous interior space, comfort features and safety technologies necessary for day-to-day tasks. An all-new Explorer debuts for 2011, sporting a fresh look, improved fuel economy and standard third-row seating. The 7-passenger Explorer is available in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, with a choice of three trim levels: Base, XLT and Limited. A new 290-hp 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission (with available SelectShift manual mode) are standard on all trims.

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4. Jeep Grand Cherokee
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4. Jeep Grand Cherokee

November 2011 Sales: 13,545
Change vs. November 2010: +23.3%
MSRP: $26,995 - $54,470
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg Hwy, 17 mpg City

The Jeep Grand Cherokee retains Jeep's legendary off-road prowess while providing many luxurious and technical amenities. The Grand Cherokee is available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configuration with four trims levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland, and SRT8 (four-wheel drive only). All trims (except the SRT8) are powered by a 290-hp 3.6-liter V6 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.

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3. Chevrolet Equinox
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3. Chevrolet Equinox

November 2011 Sales: 14,936
Change vs. November 2010: -2.9%
MSRP: $22,745 - $30,070
Fuel Economy: 32 mpg Hwy, 22 mpg City

The Chevrolet Equinox is a competitively priced mid-sized SUV that offers exceptional versatility, distinctive design and high efficiency. The Equinox is available in four trim levels, LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ, and can be had in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The standard drivetrain is a 2.4-liter direct injection four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission. An E85 capable, 3.0-liter direct injection V6 is optional on the LT and LTZ trims.

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2. Honda CR-V
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2. Honda CR-V

November 2011 Sales: 16,426
Change vs. November 2010: -10.1%
MSRP: $21,695 - $27,895
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Hwy, 21 mpg City

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV that delivers a balance of style, versatility and comfort, along with a high level of safety technology. The five-passenger CR-V is available in both front-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations, each with a choice of four trim levels: LX, SE, EX and EX-L. All trim levels are powered by a 180-hp 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The LX is equipped with 17-inch styled steel wheels, a CD player with MP3 capability and air conditioning. The SE adds alloy wheels, privacy glass and a six-disc CD changer.

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1. Ford Escape
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1. Ford Escape

November 2011 Sales: 21,823
Change vs. November 2010: +46.1%
MSRP: $21,215 - $27,685
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Hwy, 23 mpg City

The Ford Escape is a mid-size sport-utility vehicle with credentials that make it equally suited to urban commutes or weekend off-road outings. The Escape is available in XLS, XLT or Limited trims with either front or fourl-wheel drive. The XLS features a 171-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission. The XLT and Limited trims feature the same 2.5-liter engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. A 240-hp 3.0-liter V6 is an available upgrade on Limited models.

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