Everybody has different tastes so it's not likely we can agree on what the best SUV for 2012 will be. Although tastes may differ we can compare some of the features of the best performing SUVs. In the following article we will look at the five basic qualities a good SUV should have. These are – affordability, sleekness, insurance costs, number of sales and fuel efficiency. The SUVs that I talk about below are top performers in at least one of these categories.

One of the best looking SUVs is the Chevrolet equinox. Not only is it sleek; it is fairly easy on the wallet. With quality exteriors and a luxurious interior design, this automobile is indeed a beauty. In fact, auto reviews rate this sports utility vehicle as a nine out of ten. So if you're looking for affordability and beauty, then this SUV is definitely the ride for you.

When it comes to fuel efficiency the top honors must go to the Ford Escape Hybrid. Though this vehicle is not the cheapest SUV on the market, it makes up for it with its ability to use fuel efficiently. We all know the price of gas is only going up so if you want to save cash you need to drive a car that runs efficiently and is not a gas guzzler.

Insurance expenses can play a big part in the overall cost of a car. The best sports utility vehicle for low insurance costs is the Hyundai Tucson. This information is compiled by Edmond Group. Although not the cheapest in terms of buying price, you won't have to worry about paying an arm and a leg for insurance. The starting cost for this SUV is around $ 20,000.

In terms of smoothness and superior driving comfort the top three honors go to the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, BMW X6 Hybrid and the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. These automobiles will definitely catch your eye with their lush interior, quality trim and sleek exterior design. These cars are pretty hefty on the price tag but have great fuel economy.The BMW X6 Hybrid, for instance, is going to cost you around 90k.

Best SUV in terms of sales. One of the most popular SUVs sold is the Honda CRV which has sold over 17,000 units for the year. This is an indication that people regard this SUV as a top performer and an all round great sports vehicle.