Four New Crossovers To Watch: Video

March 22, 2012

The crossover segment is hot, but it's about to heat up even more with some new and refreshed models. In this video, we'll show you some of the latest entries, and why they're about to make a big impact on the road, and on the showroom floor.

First we discuss the highly anticipated 2013 Ford Escape. Sporting new sheetmetal, a new chassis, and all-new powertrains, the 2013 Escape has something to offer everyone. Packed with useful technology such as a hands-free rear lift gate, the Escape is high-tech and fresh. Ford's MyFord Touch system is offered and includes the recently updated software interface. While the hybrid model is dropped, the new high-feature gasoline engines offer better fuel economy than the outgoing hybrid model.

Next we discuss the new 2013 Mazda CX-5. Set to replace the aging CX-7, the CX-5 offers nearly as much interior room with much better fuel economy. It's powered by Mazda's 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder connected to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations are available. The CX-5 is the first production vehicle to sport Mazda's new Kodo design language.

Honda has introduced the new 2012 CR-V. With a more swept-back design, we see styling elements from both Kia and Volvo in the design. A familiar 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine connected to a five-speed automatic powers the CR-V. Both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations are available.

We finish with the refreshed 2013 Acura RDX. Dropping the four-cylinder turbo engine, the 2013 RDX features a naturally aspirated V-6 producing a healthy 273 horsepower. All this power goes to a new six-speed automatic transmission. A lighter weight all-wheel-drive system is also part of the refresh.

Which of these crossovers might be on your shopping list? Tell us in the comments below.

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