Friday Fights: Did Motor Trend Get Its SUVOTY Finalists Right?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
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It’s Friday, it’s been a slow news day — as evidenced by the dearth of posts today — and there’s just not much going on the rest of the afternoon. So instead of doing a post on some appearance package on a crossover that you don’t care about, I’m going to do that old blogger trick of throwing some red meat to you, the commenters, allowing you to fight it out. Just like lions on the savannah.

Consider this an afternoon version of QOTD (by the way, we know we haven’t done one in a while. Once the next news chief is installed, QOTD will almost certainly return.). Today’s fight is about Motor Trend’s announcement of the 2021 SUV of the Year finalists — did the venerable buff book get it right, in your (humble or not so humble) opinion?

Here’s your top six, in alphabetical order: Cadillac Escalade, Genesis GV80, Land Rover Defender, Kia Seltos, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota Venza. The rest are also listed at MT’s site.

I’d give you my take to get the ball rolling, but of those six, I’ve only driven the Seltos, which is a fine small crossover. Adam praised the Rogue recently, and I have a Defender scheduled soon. The Venza, ‘Sclade, and GV80 are high on my “to-drive” list, and I am sure I will see a Rogue grace my garage before too long.

Youse guys may have had chances to drive at least some of these vehicles by now, though. I could be wrong, but I think five of the six finalists have been on sale for a bit now, with only the Rogue launching in recent weeks. So, go ahead and argue it all out.

Others on the list — such as the Hyundai Venue, Toyota Highlander, and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport have been reviewed on this very site. I also have driven the Chevrolet Trailblazer, with the review forthcoming.

See you Monday. ‘Till then, it’s Miller Time.

[Image: Cadillac]

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  • Arthur Dailey Any vehicle with a continental hump, even if vestigial, gets a thumbs up from me.
  • KOKing Actually a place called Sector111 in Temecula, CA was importing them for sale in the US starting around 2012. A friend had a shop right next door, and I recall seeing the very first one the owner imported for himself, and would bring it out to promote at various local events. Also shows this thing's been around for a while.
  • KevinB A $300 fine for me would be an "ouch". For someone else it may mean the electric bill doesn't get paid and there won't be enough gas to get to work.
  • SCE to AUX Historically, the Land Cruiser sold ~3000 units annually in the US for its last 15 years, so the answer is no.
  • Theflyersfan Oh boy - the sequential manual transmission. Otherwise known as "Your 16 year old driving stick the first time is smoother" transmission. I know automakers were trying new things out around this time and seeing what would stick (hint: the dual clutches won out), but even in testing, the Toyota engineers should have said いいえ、ジャンクです。(No. It's a piece of junk.) Is this seller going to get $8500? Doubt it. Way too much interior work is needed and it just looks worn out in there. St. Petersburg - salt air year round can do some wonders under the cover as well. But the exterior still looks good which makes me thing it was garage kept. So, for $8,500 - no chance. But for maybe $5,500 to $6,000 and the buyer doesn't mind some extra work to clean up the interior, maybe a decent top down sun down fun car. Just hope the transmission holds up.