The SUVs American Drivers Like the Most

More Americans are dumping their boring old sedans and fantasizing about strapping a kayak to the roof of an SUV and offroading up a rocky hillside to a remotely beautiful lakeside campsite undiscovered by other humans.

Actually, SUVs -- especially the crossover and luxury versions -- continue to grow in popularity, but it's more likely due to cheap gas prices and the American consumer's need to tote kids, dogs and soccer equipment around town.

So which ones are buyers looking for? Auto resource site Edmunds.com lists the most-researched SUVs and reviews them all.

These are the most popular SUVs on Edmunds:

Photo: Nissan

Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Price starts at: $24,150

MPG: Up to 28 city / 34 highway

The Honda (HMC) CR-V was the most researched SUV on Edmunds, which gave it four out of five stars. Edmunds' reviewers like the turbocharged version and the thoughtful storage areas.

Photo: Honda

Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

Price starts at: $31,030

MPG: Up to 21 city / 27 highway

The 3-row Toyota (TM)  Highlander can seat up to 8 people and tows 1,500 to 5,000 lbs.

Photo:Toyota

Honda Pilot
Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

Price starts at: $30,900

MPG: Up to 20 city / 27 highway

The midsize crossover is Honda's largest SUV.

Photo: Honda

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Price starts at: $30,695

MPG: 18 city / 26 highway

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was the winner of Cars.com's People's Vote award for 2018.

Photo: Jeep

Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

Price starts at: $24,150

MPG: Up to 25 city / 31 highway

Car and Driver rated the Mazda (MZDAF) CX-5 compact crossover 5 out of 5 stars last year.

Photo: Mazda

Toyota RAV4
Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Price starts at: $24,510

MPG: Up to 23 city / 30 highway

Edmunds rated this compact crossover 3 out of 5 stars, describing the cargo areas as versatile, but the driving experience "ho-hum."

Photo: Toyota

BMW X3
BMW X3

BMW X3

Price starts at: $42,650

MPG: Up to 22 city / 29 highway

This is the third generation of BMW's compact luxury crossover, which the company has been making since 2003.

Photo: BMW USA

Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Price starts at: $27,495

MPG: Up to 18 city / 23 highway

MotorTrend calls the Jeep Wrangler the most offroad-capable of the SUVs, but with some sacrifice of fuel economy and cargo space.

Photo: Jeep

Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Price starts at: $22,795

MPG: Up to 26 city / 32 highway

Subaru (FUJHF) will debut a next-generation Forester at the New York auto show March 28.

Photo: Subaru

Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

Price starts at: $32,140

MPG: Up to 19 city / 27 highway

Ford's (F) 7-passenger crossover can tow 2,000 to 5,000 lbs.

Photo: Ford

Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee

Price starts at: $23,995

MPG: Up to 23 city / 31 highway

Consumer Reports called the Cherokee "unrefined" for its class, and recommended the 3.2-liter V6 engine in the Limited trim as the best version.

Photo: Jeep

Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox

Price starts at: $23,580

MPG: Up to 28 city / 39 highway

According to Edmunds, in 2016 the Equinox outsold every other vehicle in GM's lineup, except for the Silverado pickup.

Photo: Chevrolet

Nissan Rogue
Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue

Price starts at: $24,800

MPG: Up to 26 city / 33 highway

The Rogue was one of the top-selling vehicles in February 2018. Nissan's (NSANY) compact crossover is also available as a hybrid that gets up to 33 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway, starting at $26,240.

Photo: Nissan

Toyota 4Runner
Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

Price starts at: $34,610

MPG: Up to 17 city / 22 highway

Edmunds gave this mid-size SUV 3.5 out of 5 stars, and Car and Driver just 2 out of 5, calling it "outdated and a little sluggish."

Photo: Toyota

Audi Q5
Audi Q5

Audi Q5

Price starts at: $41,500

MPG: 23 city / 27 highway

Audi's luxury crossover comes with a 252-hp turbocharged engine.

Photo: Audi

Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento

Price starts at: $25,900

MPG: Up to 21 city / 28 highway

Edmunds recommends the Sorento EX with the V6 engine.

Photo: Kia

Acura MDX
Acura MDX

Acura MDX

Price starts at: $44,200

MPG: Up to 20 city / 27 highway

Kelley Blue Book called Acura's 3-row mid-size luxury SUV "both practical and fun."

Photo: Acura

BMW X5
BMW X5

BMW X5

Price starts at: $57,200

MPG: Up to 23 city / 29 highway

The X5 was US News' 2018 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families.

Photo: BMW USA

Ford Escape
Ford Escape

Ford Escape

Price starts at: $23,940

MPG: Up to 23 city / 30 highway

Autoweek editors called the 5-seater "quick" and "peppy" and "fun to drive for speed freaks."

Photo: Ford

Ford Edge
Ford Edge

Ford Edge

Price starts at: $29,315

MPG: Up to 21 city / 29 highway

The Edge is a basic crossover, larger than the Escape, and can tow 1,500 to 2,000 lbs.

Photo: Ford

Honda HR-V
Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V

Price starts at: $19,670

MPG: Up to 28 city / 34 highway

The HR-V subcompact crossover has been around since 1999, but was first introduced to the U.S. market in 2015.

Photo: Honda

Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano

Nissan Murano

Price starts at: $30,800

MPG: 21 city / 28 highway

This 5-door midsize crossover has the right balance of power and fuel efficiency, but not the towing capacity of some of its competitors, according to Edmunds.

Photo: Nissan

Acura RDX
Acura RDX

Acura RDX

Price starts at: $36,000

MPG: Up to 20 city / 28 highway

A redesigned version of this compact luxury SUV goes on sale this summer.

Photo: Acura

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Price starts at: $24,950

MPG: Up to 21 city / 27 highway

Hyundai's (HYMTF) Santa Fe Sport is roomy and affordable, some reviewers said.

Photo: Hyundai

Jeep Renegade
Jeep Renegade

Jeep Renegade

Price starts at: $18,445

MPG: Up to 24 city / 31 highway

The Jeep Renegade has the least expensive starting price on this list, and comes in a variety of trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.

Photo: Jeep

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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