The Suzuki Grand Vitara has been on the market so long, it's now sold at bargain prices while hanging on to its off-roading virtues.
With the vehicles it's distantly related to--the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain--there's far more emphasis toward on-road handling and luxury features, and both of those vehicles offer V-6 options, newly uprated for the 2013 model year.
The Honda CR-V is practically a minivan compared to the Suzuki; it has excellent interior space and fuel economy, while it lacks any real off-road talent.
The Toyota RAV4 has moderate ground clearance but some rugged cues like a rear-mounted spare tire, bound to disappear when it's redesigned in the calendar year ahead.
Subaru's Outback is the outlier in this group, being more wagon-like than a true crossover, and also offering one of the best all-wheel-drive systems of the bunch.
It's also considerably lower and more car-like in its handling, so those with a penchant for sportier driving may find it the pick of the litter.
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