A few years ago, the Mazda CX-7 was about the only crossover that dared stray away from the rugged look, but there are now a number of vehicles that have this focus.
Competing with the turbo models, the Acura RDX is a performance-oriented crossover that also packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a suspension that's tuned for sporty handling, and it’s probably the closest rival to the CX-7.
There’s more usable backseat space in the RDX, and its powertrain feels and sounds more refined.
The RDX also has a more advanced all-wheel-drive system that is harder to fluster in brisk driving on curvy roads.
The Subaru Tribeca lands somewhere in between; it has quirky styling inside, sharp handling, and a surprisingly fun-to-drive feel on the road, thanks to the responsive flat-six engine, while the Tiguan is bound to attract some shoppers due to its responsive turbo.
Competing with the bargain-priced 2.5-liter "i" models are the Nissan Rogue, the Honda CR-V, and new four-cylinder Chevrolet Equinox, among others, while the turbo CX-7 takes on the Subaru Tribeca, Volkswagen Tiguan, and perhaps even Acura RDX.
The Rogue has less of a performance emphasis; it exhibits a more laid-back personality, and the driving experience is a little more isolated (and numbed).
It can allow quite a bit of road noise inside, but the backseat is more spacious.
The base four-cylinder Chevrolet Equinox has been redesigned with much-improved noise isolation, along with attractive interior materials, and it deserves another look.
The CR-V has been completely redesigned for 2012, with improved fuel economy and refinement, and it's one of the best vehicles in the compact crossover class; but its driving experience remains unexciting.
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|2012 Mazda CX-7Browse Used Listings||2012 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan RogueBrowse Used Listings||2012 Subaru TribecaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Volkswagen TiguanBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 6||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||FWD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles|
|FWD 4-Door i SV||FWD 4-Door||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door S||4-Door 3.6R Premium||2WD 4-Door Manual S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Continuously variable ratio||Automatic||Manual|
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