For those drivers looking for not only the sturdy and attractive build of a sport utility vehicle, but also for the compromise between a large size and compact size SUV, the mid-size ones will be the right choice for you. The top three models are the 2012 Buick Enclave, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 and the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse.The 2012 Buick Enclave is the best mid-size vehicle in its class. As the premium brand of General Motors, the selling price of the Enclave starts from $36, 915 to $45,303 with optional features. The Buick's size makes it a suitable vehicle for the family, and its easy and smooth riding experience will make long family trips enjoyable. The critics highly praise the Enclave's impressive handling abilities. However, as the Enclave is not designed for speed, this car is not a suitable choice for those drivers in need of speed. The interior of the vehicle is not only designed with a sense of elegance, sophistication, modernity and class, but it is also created with the user's comfort and ease of usage in mind.The next best mid-size model is the 2012 Mazda CX-9. This Japanese model starts selling at an average price of $28, 680 but this can go up as high as $33, 773 if you choose to install additional features. The Mazda is a perfect vehicle for those not wanting to sacrifice a sports car-like driving performance for passenger and cargo space. Despite its size, auto reviewers were impressed with its exceptional and smooth handling. The car is also great for families as its three rows of seating are not only spacious, but comfortable. In addition to its driving performance, the CX-9 offers a host of safety features such as the blind spot monitoring system. There are also various luxury technological items like navigation with real-time traffic and DVD entertainment.The next model is also an American born, much like the Buick. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse comes a bit pricier than the Mazda, as it sells from $29, 836 to $41, 035, but with favorable reviews from auto critics, the vehicle is a worthy investment. The Traverse is recommended for large families as it has a seating capacity of seven to eight people. Although it has the functionality of a minivan, the Traverse still preserves its sleek and polished look. Another feature that has critics applauding the Traverse is its near perfect crash test scores, given by renowned parties such as the NHTSA and IIHS.Mid-size SUVs are a good combination of the right size, strength, performance and looks for drivers looking for ones that offer not only a spacious interior and a strong build, but also a smooth driving experience.