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2014 Ford Escape
“The Escape's brake feel is solid and linear. Pedal pressure corresponds nicely to brake force, making them easy to modulate and confidence-inspiring.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
5.0 
1
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2014 Honda CR-V
“The new CR-V is exactly what it needs to be: another heart-of-market people-mover that'll sell hundreds of thousands of copies to buyers who rank fuel economy and versatility above all else. For that, Honda's nailed it again. ” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
5.0 
1
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2014 Mazda CX-5
“The CX-5 doesn't drive like any other existing compact SUV. It's more lively, more involving, more steeped in the sports-car character that Mazda harps on about in its Zoom-Zoom advertising.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
5.0 
1
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2014 Subaru Forester
“I'm happy to report that the Forester is still just as capable as it's always been. While the car is slightly larger, weight was kept in check (it's about 40 pounds heavier), and you still have 8.7 inches of ground clearance, more than all the Forester's direct competition and really pretty good for any modern, production SUV. ” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2014 Nissan Rogue
4.8 
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2014 Kia Sportage
“Passengers and driver alike benefit from well-contoured seats and adequate head- and legroom.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.7 
4
2014 Chevrolet Equinox
“Whether you're moving into the Equinox from a mid-size car or from a more trucklike SUV, you'll find a lot to like in the cabin design.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
4.6 
4
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2014 Jeep Cherokee
“...feels planted on the road, more carlike than trucklike, with crisp steering, well-damped body motions, little or no roll in corners, and pinpoint braking control.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.6 
4
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2014 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
4.6 
4
TIE
2014 MINI Countryman
“The Countryman still upholds the traits identified with this brand, such as distinctive styling, nimble handling and countless customization possibilities.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.6 
4
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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
4.6 
4
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2014 Toyota RAV4
“Just like a full-size luxury crossover, the 2013 RAV4 has an impressive suite of consumer-friendly standard features that include active and passive safety, comfort and convenience, and electronic connectivity.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
4.6 
5
2014 GMC Terrain
“GM has carved out good space inside a tidy package, and fitted the Terrain with very comfortable front bucket seats and a rear bench with enough support.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
4.5 
5
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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
“Highway cruising is a strong point. The Santa Fe's cabin is quiet and its ride smooth.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.5 
5
TIE
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
“The Santa Fe's cabin is quiet and its ride smooth. Even during a quick jaunt on a dirt road, it demonstrated a high level of composure and bump absorption. It bounded over larger potholes but stayed buttoned-down over smaller imperfections.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.5 
5
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2014 Hyundai Tucson
“Thanks in part to its lowest-in-test curb weight, the Tucson posted the second-best 0-to-60-mph acceleration.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.5 
5
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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
“The soft suspension settings do a good job of soaking up road imperfections that feel like rude jolts in other compact SUVs.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
4.5 
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2014 Nissan Juke
“...the relatively light weight, rapid steering, and firm suspension combine to give the Juke a sporty feel. ” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
4.4 
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2014 Buick Encore
“[The]...Buick Encore offers reasonable fuel economy, impressive driving dynamics, and an upscale interior at a sweet-spot price that makes it accessible to those who normally shop brands that are more conventional.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
4.2 
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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
“Around town it gets about plenty well enough, though, and never feels slow.” — The Truth About Cars   See More Reviews
4.1 
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2014 Jeep Compass
“The front has been beefed up with the addition of a redesigned hood with a power bulge, tweaked fascia, altered grille design, revised fenders, and quad-reflector-style headlights.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
4.0 
9
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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
“...the Outlander is a capable SUV that offers commendable fuel economy, high-tech safety features and a long warranty. ” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
4.0 
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2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
“Bottom line: Dumb name; super SUV.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
3.7 
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2014 Jeep Patriot
“Off-road is where the Patriot separates itself from the rest of the compact-crossover set. Its capability was a pleasant surprise...It still isn't as good off-road as the Liberty or Wrangler, but it does justify the company's Trail Rated designation. ” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
3.5 
2014 Nissan Rogue Select
“...a high-quality cabin, peppy acceleration, fairly athletic handling and distinctive styling.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2014 Toyota RAV4 EV
“The big news for the RAV4 EV is: there's not much to say. While most EVs drive like underpowered vehicles with strangely little off-the-line thrust, plenty of motor whine, grabby regenerative braking and peculiar throttle mapping, the RAV4 EV just drives like a fairly powerful mid-market CUV.” — The Truth About Cars   See More Reviews
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