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

Ford Explorer Timberline as much limo as SUV

There's all kinds of elbow room in this vehicle, and it has massive proportions. If you want to pop the hood, you better be a basketball player because the Explorer stands so tall that you literally can't reach inside the engine bay.

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is a people-carrier par excellence and is amazingly quiet on the highway

Buying used: 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring holds up well

Depending on the model, the Touring comes with a reasonably high complement of standard equipment. Air conditioning, tilt/telescoping steering, one-touch driver’s side window and power door locks all come with the popular GL, as do heated front seats and a cooled glovebox

Reading Time: 4 minutes The hatchback body configuration is just about as versatile as you can get in this market