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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