2014's best people haulers

Acura MDX

Price: $43,185
Mileage: 20 mpg city/28 highway/23 combined
CR Score: 79
Third-Row Legroom: 31.6 in.

Sharing the best highway fuel economy with the Honda Odyssey, MDX is also the only other vehicle on this list to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. It's the priciest by far, but it's the only one of our picks from a luxury brand. Acura totally redesigned MDX for 2014, and it's more fuel-thrifty than last year because it's 200 pounds lighter and has a new, more efficient V-6 that delivers 290 horsepower to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Acura boasts it's quieter than last year's version, too. This crossover comes in just one trim level, and we don't think you need any of the options packages when leather seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, seven-inch color touch screen and power rear liftgate are all standard equipment.