The best-selling compact crossovers are the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape.
The latter two are new for 2012 and 2013, respectively, and offer nicer interiors and much-improved fuel economy.
The RAV4 is by far the oldest design in the class, but it offers both a V-6 engine and a small third row.
Though the Jeep Patriot, now in its last year, is smaller than the Forester, its similarly utilitarian interior may appeal to the same buyers--who seek rugged capability in an inexpensive, all-wheel drive crossover--and it costs considerably less.
Finally, the new Mazda CX-5 is also a more modern vehicle with a nicer interior, and like the Escape, has significantly better dynamics than the Forester.
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