The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a surprisingly good, fully competitive model; it's surprising because up until just a few years ago (with the introduction of this generation) it really didn't feel like GM took this segment seriously.
Today, this is one of the most competitive areas of the market, and the Equinox sizes up a bit better as a slight step up from other compacts than it does as a slightly smaller mid-sizer.
The all-new Ford Escape provides plenty of cutting-edge technology on board, with fuel-efficient new engines, but Equinox remains impressive for its ride comfort and quiet ride.
The all-new Honda CR-V introduced this past year is a very family-friendly alternative, with a smartly designed interior that really makes the most of available space.
Otherwise, the latest Subaru Forester feels more nimble than other vehicles in this class; its interior trim and appointments don't feel nearly as upscale, but it's a strong value and has standard all-wheel drive.
The Hyundai Tucson is a step smaller and has great fuel economy, although its steering and ride quality are sore points.
Finally, there's always the GMC Terrain--a mechanical clone of the Equinox, with some added comforts, like better shocks on all models.
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