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2009 Honda CR-V
“Lots of standard safety and convenience features and Honda's reputation for reliability and resale value further bolster its appeal--and cement its reputation as a good buy in this class.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
5.0 
1
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2009 Subaru Forester
5.0 
2
2009 Mazda Tribute
“While the Tribute is smaller than the Explorer, you certainly don't feel cramped. Seats ride at just the right height for most drivers and passengers to get in and out with ease.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
4.7 
2
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2009 Toyota RAV4
“The optional 3.5-liter V6 is quick and returns 22 mpg.” — Consumer Reports   See More Reviews
4.7 
3
2009 Honda Element
“The innovation comes in the form of an auxiliary input jack that allows things like an Apple iPod or other MP3 player to seamlessly pump its tunes through the Element's seven speakers.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
4.5 
3
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2009 Nissan Rogue
“The continuously variable transmission works well with the engine, quickly switching to an appropriate ratio for the driving conditions. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.5 
4
2009 Mitsubishi Outlander
“Clever liftgate, carlike on pavement, hauls a lot o' stuff.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.2 
5
2009 Chevrolet Equinox
“Inside, Chevrolet designers opted for a simple, industrial look with large, clear gauges and faux aluminum accents.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
5
TIE
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe
“The Korean manufacturers have improved quality over the years but still have to entice buyers with good value and an excellent warranty - the Santa Fe has both. ” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
4.0 
5
TIE
2009 Hyundai Tucson
“The cloth seats are comfortable and well cushioned for long-distance travel without having to pause to retune the vertebrae.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
5
TIE
2009 Mercury Mariner
“The Mariner is an SUV that drives much like a car. Strong and lightweight unibody construction, as well as a tuned four-wheel independent suspension, gives a supple ride while providing the proper control in emergency maneuvers.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.0 
5
TIE
2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
“Less sporty than the Escape, it maneuvers nicely and rides reasonably smoothly most of the time. Harsher pavement can roughen the ride, but control is seldom affected.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
5
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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
“Bottom line: Dumb name; super SUV.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
4.0 
6
2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid
3.8 
7
2009 Ford Escape
“...the Escape interior is fresh and crisply contemporary without trendy excesses.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.7 
7
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2009 Ford Escape Hybrid
“The Escape Hybrid drives like a normal vehicle, with the engine controls deciding when the vehicle should be using electric power, or gas power, or both. All a driver does is drive.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.7 
8
2009 Dodge Nitro
3.5 
8
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2009 Jeep Wrangler
“All the knobs and buttons and switches are big enough and rough enough to take abuse, and for some reason the signal light stalk that I hated for being so hard to push in the Sebring works in the Jeep.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
3.5 
8
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2009 Saturn OUTLOOK
“The Outlook offers a cabin that's both functional and pleasant to look at.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
9
2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
“Now with an independent rear suspension subbing for the rear solid axle, the Sport Trac rides better than ever with a sturdier feel both on-road and off.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.2 
9
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2009 Jeep Compass
3.2 
9
TIE
2009 Jeep Patriot
3.2 
9
TIE
2009 Pontiac Torrent
“In NHTSA crash testing, the Torrent earned a five-star rating (the best possible) for its protection of front occupants in frontal collisions. The SUV also earned five stars for front- and rear-seat occupant protection in side collisions.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
9
TIE
2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser
3.2 
9
TIE
2009 Jeep Liberty
3.2 
10
2009 Chevrolet HHR Panel
“We found the Chevy HHR to be fun to drive. It isn't a sports car, but it's nimble and we were pleased with its acceleration. The HHR feels more responsive than its horsepower, torque, and transmission ratio numbers suggest. Plus, it gets decent fuel economy.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.0 
10
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2009 Kia Sportage
“The Sportage scores on the safety front by including standard four-wheel disc brakes, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for front occupants and front and rear head-protecting curtain airbags.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.0 
10
TIE
2009 Saturn VUE
“Vue's deficits in handling and overall refinement are nearly balanced by its outstanding V6 performance.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
3.0 
11
2009 Chevrolet HHR
“The speed-sensitive power steering is tuned to match suspension performance. The HHR LT1 tested was pleasantly agile with short turning circles.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
2.5 
11
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2009 Suzuki XL7
“...longer, wider and more comfortable than the former XL7...” — JSOnline.com   See More Reviews
2.5 
12
2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara
“The Grand Vitara can be quite cramped in terms of passenger and cargo space. In fact, the Grand Vitara has about six inches less rear legroom than most of its competitors.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.1 
2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid
“The Vue has a roomy cabin, comfortable ride, and the availability of relatively inexpensive Green Line hybrid.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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