As compact crossovers have started replacing sedans for some families, they've definitely become more carlike, and shoppers have higher demands for comfort-and-convenience features.
The latest Escape emerged two years ago, as a global Ford product, and has a lot more boldness and flair than many other entries in its class.
The latest Honda CR-V, a makeover of the prior model with slightly better space and efficiency than before, has improved styling and infotainment features, and a unique fold-away second-row seat that's best in the class.
The Toyota RAV4 is the other big seller, and it's new this year; it's only offered with a four-cylinder engine, and it's not powerful, though it handles and looks better than in the recent past.
The newest Hyundai Santa Fe does double duty: the smaller Sport model pairs five seats with four-cylinder engines, while a stretched model adds two more seats and gets exclusive V-6 power.
The Escape also competes with the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, smaller crossovers with very good gas mileage and in the Kia's case, fun turbo power.
And finally, the Nissan Rogue was redesigned this past year, becoming a much more refined and better-equipped model; the Rogue competes more closely with the CR-V and RAV4, however.
As a wild-card rival, the Mazda CX-5 is probably the best-driving model in this class, so cross-shop that if you're fond of the Escape's sporty side.
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|FWD 4-Door S||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door 2.4||2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door S *Ltd Avail*||FWD 4-Door LE (GS)|
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|Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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