The 2011 Toyota RAV4 is one of the few vehicles its size that manages a third row of seating.
The other one is the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Most of the compact crossover vehicles 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's looking dated but still shows strengths versus sleeker, more rounded rivals.
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.
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|FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)||FWD 4-Door XLS||2WD 5-Door LX||2WD 4-Door ES||4-Door Manual 2.5X|
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