The new RAV4 comes into clearer focus, now that it's losing its third-row seat and its six-cylinder engine options.
As a four-cylinder five-seater, it's a direct competitor for the likes of the Ford Escape--and it even favors it a little with its athletic stance.
The Escape's trio of powertrains offer more choice and good EPA-rated fuel economy, and its handling is very sporty, though interior room is on the tight side.
The latest CR-V also pegs the gas-mileage meter and has excellent space and flexibility, with somewhat less engaging styling and civilian handling.
There's also a new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport that falls into a slightly larger size class; its turbo four option feels energetic, but drops highway fuel economy into the high 20s.
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|2013 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings||2013 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2013 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2013 Hyundai Santa FeBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||2WD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD|
|FWD 4-Door LE (SE)||FWD 4-Door S||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Crossover|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift|