Top-Rated 2012 Crossover SUVs: Performance & Design
To learn more about how satisfied consumers are with their new vehicles, J.D. Power conducts an annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study (APEAL). The APEAL Study gathers data from thousands of new-vehicle buyers who have owned their new car, truck, van or SUV for at least 90 days, and asks questions pertaining to vehicle performance, design, comfort, interior layout, standard and optional features, and more.
Below, listed in alphabetical order, are the three crossover SUV models that achieved the highest ratings based on the results of the J.D. Power 2012 APEAL Study.SM
The Ford Flex is a 3-row, 7-passenger crossover SUV equipped with boxy styling and unique design details. Sold in SE, SEL, Limited, and Titanium trim levels, the 2012 Ford Flex sees few changes in advance of a thorough refresh for the 2013 model year.
A 262-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard equipment, generating 248 lb.-ft. of torque and driving the front wheels (FWD) or all four wheels (AWD). A twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine is available for the Limited and Titanium trim levels, generating 355 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. With the EcoBoost engine, AWD is standard, and the 6-speed automatic transmission gains paddle shifters. Fuel-economy ratings range from 16 mpg for the EcoBoost V-6 to 24 mpg on the highway with the standard V-6 and FWD.
The 2012 Ford Flex is a "Top Safety Pick" according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This crossover SUV will carry 20 cubic feet of cargo behind its third-row seat. Fold that seat down, and the Flex contains room for 5 people plus 43.2 cubic feet of cargo. Maximum cargo capacity measures 83.2 cubic feet.