Kbb Names Winner in Affordable Compact SUV Class

PR Newswire - September 12, 2012

In Kel­ley Blue Book’s all-new 2012/2013 Com­pact Crossover SUV Com­par­i­son accord­ing to the expert edi­tors of KBB.com, com­pact SUVs have become one of the hottest vehi­cle cat­e­gories.

Want to know which vehi­cle comes out on top?

The Hon­da CR-V takes first place for its blend of smooth ride and pow­er, com­pet­i­tive fuel econ­o­my, out­stand­ing assem­bly qual­i­ty, first-rate mate­ri­als, qui­et oper­a­tion, excep­tion­al com­fort and excel­lent val­ue sto­ry. List of con­tenders includes:

  • 2012 Chevro­let Equinox FWD LTZ
    The Chevro­let Equinox com­petes in the com­pact cat­e­go­ry, but it’s by far the biggest kid on this play­ground, as well as the heav­i­est.  It’s also the only vehi­cle in our test group to come to the start­ing line with a V6 engine — 3.0 liters, 264 horse­pow­er, 222 lb-ft of torque — adding $1,500 to the bot­tom line…
  • 2013 Ford Escape SE
    The Escape is brand new for 2013, and rep­re­sents a dra­mat­ic change of direc­tion.  New foun­da­tions, adapt­ed from the front-wheel dri­ve Ford Focus.  And a decid­ed­ly new look, slick and con­tem­po­rary, replac­ing the blocky, truck­ish look of the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion.  The Escape’s new chas­sis was the start­ing point for a very agile dynam­ic pro­file — prompt respons­es in quick maneu­vers, good con­trol of body motions…
  • 2012 Hon­da CR-V EX-L Navi
    Intro­duced last fall, Honda’s response to the “what’s next” chal­lenge was con­ser­v­a­tive, even cau­tious.  The wheel­base is unchanged at 103.1 inch­es — short­est in this group — while length and height shrink an inch, to 178.1 and 65.1, respec­tive­ly.  This puts the CR-V at the small end of our test-SUV spec­trum, but in typ­i­cal Hon­da fash­ion its inte­ri­or vol­ume seems to belie the exte­ri­or dimen­sions…
  • 2013 Maz­da CX-5 Grand Tour­ing
    Launched ear­li­er this year, the CX-5 rep­re­sents a bold depar­ture for Maz­da, wrapped in one of the more obscure slo­gans in auto­mo­tive mar­ket­ing his­to­ry: Sky­ac­tiv Tech­nol­o­gy.  So what does that mean?  Basi­cal­ly, Mazda’s new sys­tem is a total vehi­cle approach — in a word, holis­tic — to engi­neer­ing and design, inte­grat­ing all ele­ments:  engine, trans­mis­sion, chas­sis, bodyshell, sus­pen­sion, brakes, steer­ing, every­thing…
  • 2012 Toy­ota RAV4 LTD
    The Toy­ota RAV4 has been with us since 1996, and has main­tained a strong pres­ence in the com­pact SUV class ever since.  Although its nov­el semi-con­vert­ible and 3-door vari­ants have long since dis­ap­peared, it con­tin­ues to hold at least one trump card ver­sus its many com­peti­tors — an option­al third-row seat.





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