The 2012 Toyota RAV4 remains one of the few compact crossovers to offer a third row of seating.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander also offers a third row, but it's also seemingly toylike in size and design.
Most of these 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 only offer four-cylinder engines.
The Ford Escape is in its last year of a boxy, rather dated design that stands out from the crowd, possibly for the wrong reasons, but is otherwise remarkably up-to-par.
Meanwhile, an all-new 2012 Honda CR-V is expected later in the model year.
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.
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