The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander retains one important distinction: It's one of the few smaller crossovers to offer a third-row seat.
The Dodge Journey, which is loosely related, offers that too, and in V-6 form the Journey is also an excellent, refined performer (though the Mitsubishi has a more advanced all-wheel drive system.
The Toyota RAV4 also offers either four- or six-cylinder drivetrains and a third-row seat, and it's soon due to be replaced.
The Chevrolet Equinox is another great choice, with decent performance and good gas mileage in base four-cylinder form, although it doesn't offer a third-row seat.
The Ford Escape has been redesigned for 2013 and looks radically different; it's more fuel-efficient as well.
And those who don't mind a vehicle that's focused on practicality, not performance, will want to check out the Honda CR-V, which gets great mileage and has a smartly designed interior—though again, no third-row seat.
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