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.
|2013 Toyota RAV4Get FREE Price Quote||2013 Ford EscapeGet FREE Price Quote||2013 Honda CR-VGet FREE Price Quote||2013 Hyundai Santa Fe|
|22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||N/A|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||2WD Sport Utility||N/A|
|FWD 4dr LE (Natl)||FWD 4dr S||2WD 5dr LX||N/A|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A|
|4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||N/A|