Here are our picks for best SUV’s at the Canadian International Auto Show:
1. Ford Explorer
Ford has one of the best selling SUVs of all time, with over 350,000 sold in Canada so far, and the all-new 2016 Explorer marks the brands 25th year. Now with new 2.3L EcoBoost engine available on the base and XLT trim, a 13 percent bump over the last version. The 290hp 3.5L V6 is carried over but the Sport trim and new Platinum trim will be fitted with the 365hp Ecoboost V6. The new Platinum model will be fitted with real aluminum and ash wood accents, plus leather will trim the steering wheel, instrument panel, armrests, doors and other trim.
2. Acura RDX
The Acura RDX has been a big hit for this premium brand. Based on the ever-popular Honda CR-V, this Acura is filled with lots of luxury touches for a modest price. The 2016 RDX made a debut in Toronto showcasing the latest look of the Acura family. The duel LED headlamps and improved interior design is now in line with the new TLX and recent MDX. Acura claims to improve noise and vibration, add safety features and improve performance and dynamics. Good news is that the trusty V6 engine will stay for 2016
3. Mercedes Benz GLE coupe
Mercedes will be renaming the M-Class as the GLE. GL refers to an SUV and the E is the “E-Class of SUVs”. GLE…make sense, right? To confuse things a bit more the first debut is the GLE Coupe, a sportier coupe-like SUV to compete with the BMW X6. With a sleeker silhouette and powerful 262-hp biturbo V6, plus five selectable drive modes, this Mercedes looks great and will range from comfort to all-out performance.
4. Hyundai Tucson SUV
Hyundai has announced that they will start leasing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tucson SUVs to Canadians this year. This is an electric SUV but instead of getting electricity from the grid it is produced using an onboard hydrogen fuel cell. The owner fills the fuel tank with hydrogen, not gasoline, and drives normally. The upside is the Tucson can go 420kms on one tank of fuel, range electric cars can only dream of.
5.. Range Rover SVR
Range Rover has two new versions of the Range Rover Sport. The most popular will be the all-new 3.0L diesel engine that produces a whopping 440 lb.-ft. of torque and better fuel consumption. In fact, Range Rover claims a 32 percent improvement over the regular V6 model. On the high performance end is the Range Rover SVR, capable of a run to 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds. This will be the first Range Rover to sport the new SVR (Special Vehicle Racing) badge.