2012 Chevrolet Suburban

Unveiled nearly six years ago, the Chevrolet Suburban is one of GM's older offerings these days. In those six years, automakers have introduced many capable car-based crossovers that make the Suburban a less salient choice for families, according to Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. Still, if you need to carry nine people and tow a boat, there are few options other than the Suburban, Mays says.

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2012 BMW 328i
The 2012 BMW 3 Series is more powerful and more fuel efficient than ever, but there's one glaring issue that almost derails the whole thing: Its start-stop system is unbearably intrusive, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder. Fortunately, you can turn the feature off and in doing so, the new 3 Series is actually quite stellar, Wiesenfelder says.

2013 Acura RDX
The previous-generation Acura RDX was such a competent hauler that Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas recommended one to his mother-in-law, and she ended up purchasing one. With a more powerful, fuel-efficient engine and richer-feeling cabin materials, he'd recommend the redesigned 2013 RDX, too, Thomas said.

2013 Dodge Dart
Dodge is back in the compact-sedan segment with the all-new Dart, the first Chrysler Group product based on a Fiat-developed platform. With three fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines to choose from, the Dart is a member of the 40-mpg club. The new compact should appeal to a wide audience, with plenty of available convenience and technology features and tons of ways to customize the Dart, including 150 Mopar accessories.

2012 GMC Yukon XL
In an age of perpetually volatile gas prices, who in their right mind would want to purchase a very large SUV such as the 2012 GMC Yukon XL, you might ask? It's certainly a valid question; the answer is folks who need to tow as much as a pickup truck while carrying a lot of passengers or cargo, according to Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. However, the Chevrolet Suburban is nearly identical and less expensive than the GMC Yukon XL.