Cars.com's $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout

By David Thomas  on July 22, 2012

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One of the most popular segments in the auto industry is the compact SUV. Why? It's the mix of practicality, utility, price and now fuel economy. There are three all-new or redesigned compact utes on the market since the Chevy Equinox won our last match-up just 18 months ago.

This time out we set some new rules. The contenders had to get 30 mpg on the highway and have an as-tested price under $25,000, not including the destination charge. Battling it out were:

  • 2012 Chevy Equinox
  • 2013 Ford Escape
  • 2012 Honda CR-V
  • 2012 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2012 Kia Sportage
  • 2013 Mazda CX-5

Let us know which car you think won the day in the comments before you go check out the full story.

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Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David