Testing took place in Los Alamos, California, where judges took each SUV out for a winding road loop through hilly California countryside before debate the merits of each and, finally, casting their votes for the finalists. Finalists were taken out for a longer drive plus an off-road course with five miles of loose dirt, steep hills, and tight turns (we’ve got plenty of all of that in Connecticut as well!).
Who were the other contenders? A number of them can be found at Hoffman Auto Group, including:
Determining the Best SUV: Judging Criteria
Motor Trend’s judges evaluated each of the contenders for Best SUV for:
They concentrated on well-executed exterior and interior styling, innovative vehicle packaging, and whether materials were well-selected and well-used.
Motor Trend judges were evaluating whether each SUV’s total vehicle concept and execution were spot-on, including cost-effective technology since everyone looking for a new car wants the best in class for technology these days, of course. Judges also looked for good overall packaging, excellence in manufacturing, and well-performing dynamics.
Performance of Intended Function
The judges at Motor Trend did their best to get into the minds of those who planned, designed and engineered these SUVs. They evaluated each SUV on how well the end results honored the plans of those who brought these SUVs into production.
Fuel efficiency and carbon footprint size relative to each SUV’s competitive set was also an important judging criteria.
Both crash avoidance capabilities and occupant safety during an accident were evaluated by the Motor Trend judges.
Motor Trend’s SUV competition included an evaluation of each vehicle’s price and equipment levels as they compared to other vehicles in the same market segments.