The 2011 Kia Sportage and its fraternal twin, the 2010 Hyundai Tucson, have matured into real competitors for the best-selling crossovers under $30,000.
The Tucson itself has an identical base price; you’ll have to choose if curves or straight-edges are your taste, and if Kia’s UVO system is a must-have.
The aging Ford Escape is about to be replaced, but returns for 2011 with its airy cabin, incentivized price and available Hybrid edition as its top selling points.
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 Nissan Rogue has smart style and visibility, but is hampered by its continuously variable transmission and lackluster performance.
For the most refined driving experience in this group, we recommend the Subaru Forester; it has a tall and spacious cabin, sedate good looks, and a reputation for durability, though fuel economy is much lower than the numbers generated by the Sportage.
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|21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||FWD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility|
|2WD 4-Door Base||FWD 4-Door XLS||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS||FWD 4-Door S||4-Door Manual 2.5X|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Continuously Variable||Manual w/OD|