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1
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
TIE
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 
2
2014 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
4.8 
3
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 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. I really like the air vents in the Jeep as well. These ones should be used across the Chrysler line-up: they twist and turn and open and close so easily and air can be directed quickly in any direction you wish - perfect.” — 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
TIE
2014 MINI Paceman
“And, in a clear nod to American expectations, Mini has moved the window switches onto the doors, rather than locating them at the base of the center stack. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.6 
4
TIE
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
4.6 
4
TIE
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
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
TIE
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
TIE
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
“With lots of head- and elbowroom and comfortably upright seating, the ambience is one of airy roominess.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.5 
6
2014 Dodge Journey
“The ride quality remains a strong point, with the proper damping and roll control for a family vehicle” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
4.4 
6
TIE
2014 Nissan Juke
4.4 
7
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 
8
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 
9
2014 Jeep Compass
“The 2011 Compass is now available with Freedom Drive II, the second and more-capable generation of the Compass' all-wheel-drive system... The result is a surprisingly capable Compass. On a test drive outside Jackson, Wyoming, the Compass was able to keep up with the rest of the Jeep lineup on moderately difficult snow-covered trails that saw steep descents, rocky riverbeds, and muddy hill climbs, even if it had to make a few runs at some obstacles.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
4.0 
9
TIE
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
4.0 
10
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
“Bottom line: Dumb name; super SUV.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
3.7 
11
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 
2015 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
no Expert Reviews
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2015 Dodge Journey
“The ride quality remains a strong point, with the proper damping and roll control for a family vehicle” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
no Expert Reviews
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2015 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
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 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
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 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
no Expert Reviews
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See 2014
2015 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
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 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
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 Jeep Compass
“The 2011 Compass is now available with Freedom Drive II, the second and more-capable generation of the Compass' all-wheel-drive system... The result is a surprisingly capable Compass. On a test drive outside Jackson, Wyoming, the Compass was able to keep up with the rest of the Jeep lineup on moderately difficult snow-covered trails that saw steep descents, rocky riverbeds, and muddy hill climbs, even if it had to make a few runs at some obstacles.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 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
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 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. I really like the air vents in the Jeep as well. These ones should be used across the Chrysler line-up: they twist and turn and open and close so easily and air can be directed quickly in any direction you wish - perfect.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 Kia Sportage
“Passengers and driver alike benefit from well-contoured seats and adequate head- and legroom.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 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
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 MINI Paceman
“And, in a clear nod to American expectations, Mini has moved the window switches onto the doors, rather than locating them at the base of the center stack. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 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
no Expert Reviews
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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
“Around town it gets about plenty well enough, though, and never feels slow.” — The Truth About Cars   See More Reviews
no Expert Reviews
data for 2015

See 2014
2015 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
no Expert Reviews
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2014 Nissan Rogue Select
no Expert Reviews
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2015 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
no Expert Reviews
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2015 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
no Expert Reviews
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2014 Toyota RAV4 EV
no Expert Reviews
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
“Bottom line: Dumb name; super SUV.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
no Expert Reviews
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See 2014
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