2011 Mazda CX-7 stands the test of time

The CX-7’s level of refinement was a cut above the Ford-based Mazda Tribute, but it had less cargo space and was not available with a V6 engine

Reading Time: 3 minutes The CX-7 was a cut above competitors, but it had less cargo space and was not available with a V6 engine or manual transmission

Buying used: six-cylinder 2011 Chevrolet Equinox a better bet

With some 1,803 litres of cargo capacity available with all the seats folded, the Equinox had less storage room than some of its competitors

Reading Time: 4 minutes Consumer Reports gave the V6 version an average used car prediction, while the four-cylinder models are worse than average

Buying used: 2011 Ford Explorer a people mover with frills

The Explorer was aimed more at soccer moms than off-road rock-hoppers, and was still the quintessential suburban grocery-getter. With seating for seven, it came with all the features you’d expect to find in a mid-size SUV

Reading Time: 4 minutes This Explorer was aimed more at soccer moms than off-road rock-hoppers, and was still the quintessential suburban grocery-getter

Buying used: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep’s flagship SUV, the Grand Cherokee, received a major overhaul in 2011. That included a new body style, a new V6 engine, interior makeover and revised four-wheel-drive system

Reading Time: 4 minutes Jeep’s flagship SUV received a major overhaul in 2011 that included new body style, new V6 engine, interior makeover and more

Buying used: 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Like virtually all hybrids, the Volt features regenerative braking and when it decelerates, energy is captured and fed back into the batteries. There’s also a Sport setting that gives the car an extra shot of performance when climbing hills or overtaking

Reading Time: 4 minutes Unlike other hybrid cars, the Volt is designed to run on battery power alone for 60 km before the auxiliary gas engine cuts in

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