Top 10 Midsize SUVs for 2014

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SUVs quickly took over for station wagons, and now crossover utility vehicles seem to drawing from SUVs, but there is still robust demand for larger, practical vehicles that can seat numerous people and their stuff. Arguably, there has actually never been a better time to be looking in the SUV market — they’re getting better fuel economy than ever before, while offering stronger performances in just about every aspect.

“Available in 2- and 3-row formats with seating for 5, 6, 7 or 8, the midsize SUV segment offers a wide range of vehicles spanning the gap between the more defined compact and full-size SUV segments,” Kelley Blue Book said, prefacing a list of what it determined to be the ten best midsize SUVs for 2014.

It didn’t say explicitly, but KBB generally uses its value and cost of ownership models on which to make such decisions. Those factors and calculations — which include fuel economy, insurance premiums, maintenance costs, and sticker price — led to the following list of SUVs for your perusal.

Ford Flex 2014

10. Ford Flex

Ford’s (NYSE:F) quirky SUV is meant to form a bridge between SUV and wagon, but it definitely leans to the side of SUV. Its squared-off profile and unique appearance distinguish it from just about everything else in Ford’s lineup, and belies the Flex’s car-like mannerisms that help set it apart from other utility vehicles. “In addition to standout styling that appeals to buyers who aren’t into blending in, the Flex has seating for seven and enough cargo space to carry three surfboards … in the cabin,” KBB pointed out.

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