Monday, July 15, 2013

Family Crossover Comparison Recap

Automobile Magazine did a five day comparison on eight crossovers. The line up included the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, 2013 Dodge Durango, 2013 Ford Explorer, 2013 Honda Pilot, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2013 Mazda CX-9, 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, and 2013 Toyota Highlander. Automobile decided the best way to really get to know a vehicle was to do a road trip. Their destination, the Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan.

Day one: They selected the above vehicles for comparison.

Day two: They did a few head to head comparisons. First the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2013 Dodge Durango and the winner was the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Second was the 2013 Ford Explorer Limited AWD vs. 2013 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD and the winner was the 2013 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD.

Day three: They did a few more head to head comparisons. First the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2013 Mazda CX-9 and the winner was the 2013 Mazda CX-9. Second was the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2013 Toyota Highlander and the winner was the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.

Day four: Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Mazda CX-9. "The Mazda is the best driver's crossover, but it's too one-dimensional to be a family-friendly beach cruiser. We're as shocked as you are, but it seems like the new Hyundai Santa Fe is going to upset an Automobile Magazine favorite." says Christopher Nelson. The winner of this round? The Hyundai Santa Fe!

And next 2013 Honda Pilot vs. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. "The 2013 Honda Pilot is functional, straightforward, and as boring to drive as it is to look at. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is functional, too, but it leans toward passenger comfort rather than all-around utility. Because this reflects our own choices in the way we drive crossovers, the Pathfinder is awarded the win." says Christopher Nelson. The Nissan Pathfinder is the winner of this round.

Day five: The final day is here! Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Pathfinder. The winner was the Hyundai Santa Fe! We are so proud. Automobile has plenty of nice things to read about. They said, "The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe points the way forward. It is a vehicle that has its utility act together, yet doesn't sacrifice too much in terms of weight, power, and fuel economy to do so. It can easily be reconfigured into one of many forms depending on whether your destination is the school, the store, or the tulip farm in Holland, Michigan. It has the technology that you should have to ensure safe transportation for your family, yet not so much that the price will steal your breath away."

It sure steals our breath away!

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