The 2012 Honda CR-V is one of the more refined vehicles in its class, but especially in its latest iteration, it isn't quite as enjoyable to drive, or nicely trimmed, as some of its competition.
The Toyota RAV4 is a longtime rival, and it comes with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 engines, plus an available third-row seat; especially with the V-6, it feels sprightly compared to the CR-V, though its styling is dated.
The also-dated Ford Escape is also due to be replaced by an all-new 2013 model, but the 2012 Escape manages to carry over with a pretty well laid-out interior and decent comfort.
The Chevrolet Equinox comes with a fuel-efficient direct-injection engine and six-speed automatic transmission, and its interior is quiet and refined, but its seating and packaging isn't as versatile as that of the CR-V.
The Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage are somewhat smaller than the CR-V but also have a gas-stingy direct-injection four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic; they're simply not as spacious inside, though.
The somewhat larger Kia Sorento and related Hyundai Santa Fe are other alternatives.
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