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2016 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
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2016 Buick Envision
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2017 Chevrolet Equinox
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2016 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
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2016 Chevrolet Trax
“ Its light-effort, rack-mounted electric power steering, however, provides ample feedback, and this little crossover SUV remains composed even on bumpy roads” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2016 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
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2016 FIAT 500X
“Inside, Fiat has left things neat and clean, with big, round gauges matching up with big, round climate controls, and available body-color trim, all topped by a moderately sized LCD screen factored into the dash for infotainment and camera displays.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
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2017 Ford Escape
“Perhaps best of all, the latest Sync 3 infotainment system - which debuted for 2016 - offers a vastly more sensible, intuitive, and quick-reacting interface, including a pinch-to-zoom map feature on the 8.0-inch touchscreen and improved voice recognition.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2016 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
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2017 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
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2016 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
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2016 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
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2016 Honda HR-V
“...the HR-V is responsive and agile, which makes it ideal for darting around town and scooting into tight parking spots.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
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2017 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
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2016 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
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2017 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
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2016 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
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2016 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
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2016 Jeep Cherokee
“Even in its most formidable trim level - that being the rugged Trailhawk - the Cherokee surrenders nothing in the way of comfort or handling” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
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2016 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
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2016 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
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2016 Jeep Renegade
“Traditional Jeep character and utility in a shrink-wrapped package; legitimate off-road ability with Trailhawk edition; surprising number of high-end options.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2016 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
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2017 Kia Sportage
“Passengers and driver alike benefit from well-contoured seats and adequate head- and legroom.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2016 Kia Sportage
“Passengers and driver alike benefit from well-contoured seats and adequate head- and legroom.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2016 Lexus NX 200t
“My big takeaway is that the NX 200t feels plenty powerful,...” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
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2016 Lexus NX 300h
“Class-best fuel economy; generous backseat room for the segment; impeccable cabin construction; copious high-tech features” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2016 MINI Countryman
“It's a bit of a shock how much MINI there is in the Countryman's handling, but no surprise that in the end, it's more sporty crossover than real sports vehicle.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
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2016 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
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2016 Mazda CX-3
“CX-3's cabin shows excellent execution overall, with high-quality materials and a sleek dashboard that conveys style and sophistication. ” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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2016 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
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
“Mitsubishi Outlander takes the rational road, filling in more functional details than flair, and it adds up to high-value family appeal” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
“There's still a dearth of feel through the steering wheel and brake pedal, but when it comes to quelling noise while facilitating some awareness of what's going on under the vehicle, Mitsubishi engineers have much to be proud of.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2016 Nissan Juke
“...its light and informative steering makes it easy to fling around back-country curves or to jockey for position on a crowded interstate.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2016 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
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2016 Subaru Crosstrek
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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
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2017 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
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2016 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
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2017 Subaru Outback
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2016 Subaru Outback
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2016 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
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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
“Bottom line: Dumb name; super SUV.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
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