You simply won’t find the athletic, precise driving feel in the Outlander that you get in models such as the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape.
That’s not the intent, anyhow, as the Outlander takes a closer aim than before toward the middle of the market and models like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
The Outlander is a little bland in design next to the Santa Fe, or even the new 2013 RAV4, but its strength over any of these models is that it offers third-row seating.
For such an accommodating vehicle, its 25-mpg city rating, with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, is especially noteworthy.
The Dodge Journey is built on the same platform as the previous-generation Outlander.
The Journey also offers third-row seating, albeit as an option; but it’s real strength is its excellent (and relatively fuel-efficient) optional Pentastar V-6.
The Chevrolet Equinox is roomy and well-designed, with four-cylinder models that are especially fuel-efficient—and an available V-6—but its interior trims can be a bit disappointing in some versions.
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