The Honda CR-V is one of the safest, most refined crossovers in the compact to mid-size segment, but it's not too exciting.
It's a polar opposite of the Ford Escape, new for 2013 with a rakish roofline and a powertrain lineup including turbocharged fours, not to mention excellent handling.
On the other hand, the Escape isn't as boxy and practical in that way as the previous version was.
The Chevrolet Equinox has an excellent base powertrain with high fuel economy; it's also refined and quiet, with a clever sliding second-row seat, but it's not quite as space-efficient or versatile as the Honda.
Both the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage are a bit smaller than the CR-V but not all that much more fuel-efficient; they're not nearly as spacious inside, either, but they drive with more small-car verve.
Finally, the new Toyota RAV4 has become more like the CR-V with its recent redesign.
It's more efficient, not much more exciting, and now it's four-cylinder only.
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