Most of the compact crossover vehicles now offer a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 engines, as well as front- or all-wheel drive.
The Honda and Subaru are the only exceptions.
But take a look at styling and interiors and they differ significantly.
The Ford Escape prioritizes boxy styling and a basic, square interior layout that still shows strengths versus sleeker, more rounded rivals.
It performs well, too.
The Subaru Forester became quite a bit larger with its last redesign; it still emphasizes all-weather handling over third-row utility or overt luxury.
The Honda CR-V is an excellent, very space-efficient design with plenty of room for five, and it's TheCarConnection.com's longtime pick in this class, though it's not much fun to drive, nor does it have any significant off-road ability.
Another model worth considering is the 2010 Kia Sorento—fresh off a complete redesign and to be assembled in Georgia.
The new Sorento measures up closely with the RAV4—between compact and mid-size—and promises especially nice interior appointments and a very generous feature list.
|2010 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia SorentoBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (Natl)||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door LX||2WD 4-Door Base|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||2 Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|