Compact Crossover Comparison: Find the Best Bang for Your $30,000

By Jacob Brown | May 30, 2013
Quick: Name the five best compact crossovers sold in the U.S. today. There are more than a dozen from which to choose, but if you answered the 2013 Ford Escape, 2013 Honda CR-V, 2014 Mazda CX-5, 2014 Subaru Forester, and 2013 Toyota RAV4, you owe yourself a pat on the back. Without a doubt, not only do these models represent some of the best-selling, but they're also the ones to look at in a rather competitive field. The Escape and CR-V battle for sales dominance at the top, the RAV4 is making in-roads with a more conventional new design in 2013 and simplified options list, and the CX-5 and Forester have come back with all-new designs improved powertrains in an effort to break deep into the heart of the market, sales wise.
With all five crossovers having been redesigned over the last two years, it's evident this is a hot segment for young families and empty nesters who want something more stylish and functional than a their old Mercury Grand Marquis. So with all of them rounded up in one place, we had a mission: To find out which is the best one for your $30,000. Read our compact crossover comparison to see how these all-wheel-drive juggernauts fared through our rigorous and comprehensive evaluations.