With its 2013 redesign, the Toyota RAV4 became more competitive with small crossovers like Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Subaru Forester.
By losing the available third-row seat, a V-6 option, and the spare tire hanging off the side-opening hatch, the RAV4 arrived into the mainstream, after years of surprisingly strong sales offering what was essentially a niche layout.
As a four-cylinder five-seater, it's now a direct competitor in the segment.
The Mazda CX-5 is perhaps the pick for those who want more driving enjoyment in their little crossover—and the base version of the Mazda returns up to 35 mpg on the highway.
The latest Honda CR-V pegs the gas-mileage meter and has excellent space and flexibility, with somewhat less engaging styling and civilian handling.
The Ford Escape offers more choice in powertrains, and good EPA-rated fuel economy, and its handling is very sporty, though interior room is on the tight side.
The Subaru Forester has better mileage, a focused XT model with steering-wheel paddle shifters, and a new off-road mode.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 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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