car-based crossovers, it seems that the once great SUV market is on a bit of a slide. Of course, with a turnout of nine new models its hard to say that the SUV market is on a steep slide.
With more and more companies dropping their SUV lines in favor of more fuel-efficient crossovers, it seems that some companies still have faith in the segment. Of course, when you have a winning product, why would you take it out of the market. That would be suicide to some companies, sort of if Chrysler decided to drop its minivan lineup. That would just be dumb considering that Chrysler owns most of the minivan market. But for now, we are just going to take a small look at which companies still have some faith in the mid-size SUV market.
Well, it seems that even with the financial meltdown that many companies are still willing to bet on the previous people mover craze. Of course, if you can make a pivotal design now, you may be able to hold onto more market share, which in turn makes more companies abandon the segment. But when you already own a fair share of the market, then its just a better time to spruce up some problems to make sure you hold onto your piece of the shrinking pie.
Although it may seem that one vehicle on our list sounds like it is the winner, it may not be. Because the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is this years AutoLooks A+ award winner. The Equinox beat out the 4-Runner by being more people friendly, while at the same time creating a new niche within the CUV market.
Now when it comes to a company which needs to rethink its approach, then this year’s Rusty winner is all that. Since the 2010 SsangYong Rexton II is one vehicle which needs many changes. Without aftermarket modification the Rexton II is just one big mess. It seems like it wants to be so much more than it really is. But the Rexton will never get there unless it makes its changes.