Compact, five-seat crossovers fight against a trio of very well-established competitors and a pair of well-designed dark horses.
The Honda CR-V is the long-standing champ in the class, with ample interior room, high build quality, and a smooth four-cylinder, but it's among the slowest vehicles in the class and its latest shape is controversial.
The Ford Escape is more upright and rugged, and it comes in Hybrid trim, but it suffers from a dated feel and a plasticky cabin.
The Toyota RAV4 squeezes a third-row seat in a similarly sized, similarly styled body, and offers a V-6 engine to boot, but it's a sharp step up the pricing ladder from Tucson territory.
The Tucson's lookalike, the Nissan Rogue, has smart style and visibility, but is hampered by its continuously variable transmission and lackluster performance.
The gem in the class: the Subaru Forester, with all the refinement of the best crossovers in this group, a tall and spacious cabin, sedate good looks, and a reputation for durability, though fuel economy is a distant second to that of the Tucson.
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|2011 Hyundai TucsonBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2011 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan RogueBrowse Used Listings||2011 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility||FWD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Manual GL||FWD 4-Door XLS||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door S||4-Door Manual 2.5X||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Manual||Manual||Automatic||Continuously variable ratio||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|