Winner: Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain
Runner-Up: Ford Escape

These vehicles fall into that gray area between crossover and sport/utility. However, with a towing capacity less than 3500 pounds, they certainly lean more toward the crossover side of the fence. The Equinox/Terrain and Escape provide a lot of capability for the size and money. They both can tow 3500 pounds, but the Equinox edges out the Escape with a lower MSRP, more horsepower, and more torque (except in one instance, when it only has 1 lb-ft less).


Mainstream SUV -- Chevy to Mazda
Vehicle Chevy Equinox/ GMC Terrain Dodge Journey Ford Edge
Base price $24,340/$26,370 $21,895 $28,595
Wheelbase 112.5 in 113.8 in 111.2 in
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt engine 3.0L V-6 $3415/$2900 3.6L DOHC V-6 $3,500 2.0LT $4305; 3.7L V-6 $9340
Power, SAE 182 hp (264) 173 hp (283) 285 hp (240, 305)
Torque, SAE 172 lb-ft (222) 166 lb-ft (260) 253 lb-ft (270, 280)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/65R17 225/70R16 235/65R17
Fuel cap 18.8 gal (20.9) 20.5, 21.1 gal 18.0, 19.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 20-22/29-32 mpg 16/24 mpg 18-19/25-27 mpg
Opt engine (16-17/23-24) -- (21/30, 17-19/23-26)
Seating cap 5 7 5
Curb weight 3777 lb 3818 lb 3998 lb
GVWR 5202 lb 5600 lb 5300 lb
Cargo cap 63.7 cu ft 67.6 cu ft 68.9 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 2500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Ford Escape Honda CR-V Hyundai Santa Fe
Base price $22,265 $23,105 $24,050
Wheelbase 103.1 in 103.1 in 106.3 in
Engine 2.5L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4
Opt engine 3.0L V-6 $4625; 2.5L hyb $9130 None 3.5L V-6 $1,900
Power, SAE 171 hp (240, 177) 185 hp 175 hp (276)
Torque, SAE 171 lb-ft (223, 136) 163 lb-ft 169 lb-ft (248)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/70R16 215/70R16 235/65R17
Fuel cap 17.5 gal (15.1 hyb) 15.3 gal 18.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 20-23/27-28 mpg 22-23/30-31 mpg 19-20/26-28 mpg
Opt engine (19-20/25-27, 30-34/27-31) -- (20/26)
Seating cap 5 5 5
Curb weight 3229 lb 3305 lb 3725 lb
GVWR 4200 lb 4560 lb 5202 lb
Cargo cap 67.2 cu ft 70.9 cu ft 78.2 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 1500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Hyundai Tucson Hyundai Veracruz Kia Sorento
Base price $19,970 $29,170 $22,050
Wheelbase 103.9 in 110.4 in 106.3 in
Engine 2.0L DOHC I-4 3.8L DOHC V-6 2.4L DOHC I-4
Opt engine 2.4L I-4 None 3.5L V-6 $3,700
Power, SAE 165 hp (176) 260 hp 175 hp (276)
Torque, SAE 146 lb-ft (168) 257 lb-ft 169 lb-ft (248)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/60R17 245/65R17 235/65R17
Fuel cap 15.3 gal 20.6 gal 18.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 20-22/27-32 mpg 16-17/21-22 mpg 20-22/27-32 mpg
Opt engine (20-23/27-31) -- (18-20/24-26)
Seating cap 5 7 7
Curb weight 3179 lb 4266 lb 3605 lb
GVWR 4608 lb 5908 lb 5634 lb
Cargo cap 55.8 cu ft 86.8 cu ft 72.5 cu ft
Towing cap 2000 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Kia Sportage Mazda CX-7 Mazda CX-9
Base price $19,300 $22,985 $30,520
Wheelbase 103.9 in 108.3 in 113.2 in
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.5L DOHC I-4 3.7L DOHC V-6
Opt engine 2.0L T I-4 $8,400 2.3L T I-4 $4,265 None
Power, SAE 176 hp (260) 161 hp (244) 27 3 hp
Torque, SAE 168 lb-ft (269) 161 lb-ft (258) 270 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 215/70R16 215/70R17 245/60R18
Fuel cap 14.5 gal 16.4 gal (18.2) 20.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 20-22/27-32 mpg 20/27 mpg 16-17/22-24 mpg
Opt engine (21-22/26-29) (17-18/21-24) --
Seating cap 5 5 7
Curb weight 3157 lb 3543 lb 4328 lb
GVWR 4608 lb (est) 4780 lb 5997 lb
Cargo cap 54.6 cu ft 58.6 cu ft 100.7 cu ft
Towing cap 2000 lb 2000 lb 3500 lb