We’ve driven more than 40 SUVs over the last few years — here are our favorites

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  • At Business Insider, we’ve reviewed many, many SUVs.
  • We’ve been generally impressed with the versatility, luxury, performance, and technology of these formerly derided vehicles.
  • Some of the best SUVs we’ve tested include the Alfa Romeo Stevio, the Volvo XC90, and the Jaguar F-Pace.

SUVs were once disgraced as gas-guzzling horrors that rode like trucks and couldn’t hold a sporting candle to proper performance cars.

That’s all changed, in one of the biggest reversals of fortunes in the history of the auto industry. Cheap gas and changing consumer preferences have doomed the sedan and sports car, while SUV sales have boomed for years.

This obviously means that, to meet surging consumer demand, automakers are selling a lot of utes. We’ve tested many of them over the past few years, ranging from very small cute utes to large full-size family haulers. Here’s a rundown of what we thought of the vehicles we’ve tested. 

(For the record, I’ve referred to the as-tested price for all these vehicles, but like most media outlets, we typically don’t sample the base version of a car or truck. So if you’re in the market for an SUV, a good rule of thumb is that you can probably buy one of the vehicles for less.)

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Alfa Romeo Stevio

In our review of the $53,000 2018 Stelvio we wrote: “We think the Stelvio is a really stunning crossover SUV. It can stop traffic and turn heads.”

We added: “In the end, the Stelvio shows that the Italians can do a capable “everyday” luxury SUV without sacrificing that which makes Italian cars special.”

Audi Q5/SQ5

We tested out a $65,800 2018 Audi SQ5 and I had this to say: “The Audi SQ5 is splendid. It’s still my favorite luxury SUV in this performance segment.”

We also sampled the less sporty Q5, an equally pleasing ride — just not as pleasing to me as the SQ5

“I think it’s an intangible thing, but I like the SQ5 way, way more than Q5, and I think the Q5 is terrific,” I wrote. “The SQ5 is simply better. It’s worth the money. Audi has always done a great job with the Q5. And it followed that with the SQ5. With the 2018 model, the excellence marches on.”

Audi Q7

The 2017 $69,000 Audi Q7 that I tested was very impressive.

“My family of five is a stern judge of seven-passenger luxury SUVs, and they adored the Q7,” I wrote.

I added: “It will make family life much, much easier, as seven-passenger SUVs tend to. It will do so in quiet style. And for that reason, the Q7 has accomplished its mission perfectly.”

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