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

Mainstream SUV -- MINI to Toyota
Vehicle Mini Countryman Mitsubishi Outlander Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Base price $22,540 $23,155 $19,605
Wheelbase 102.2 in 105.1 in 105.1 in
Engine 1.6L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.0L DOHC I-4
Opt engine 1.6L T I-4 $3510 3.0L V-6 $3550 None
Power, SAE 121 hp (181) 168 hp (230) 148 hp
Torque, SAE 114 lb-ft (177) 167 lb-ft (215) 145 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt, pass knee Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 205/55R17 215/70R16 215/70R16
Fuel cap 12.4 gal 15.8, 16.6 gal 15.8, 16.6 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 25-27/30-35 mpg 22-23/27-28 mpg 23-25/28-31 mpg
Opt engine (23-26/30-32) (19/25-26) --
Seating cap 4 7 5
Curb weight 2954 lb 3384 lb 3098 lb
GVWR 4145 lb 5181 lb 4343 lb
Cargo cap 41.3 cu ft 72.6 cu ft 49.5 cu ft
Towing cap N/A 3500 lb N/A
Vehicle Nissan Juke Nissan Murano Nissan Rogue
Base price $20,770 $30,365 $22,665
Wheelbase 99.6 in 111.2 in 105.9 in
Engine 1.6L DOHC T I-4 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.5L DOHC I-4
Opt engine None None None
Power, SAE 188 hp 260 hp 170 hp
Torque, SAE 177 lb-ft 240 lb-ft 175 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 215/55R17 235/65R18 215/70R16
Fuel cap 11.8, 13.2 gal 21.7 gal 15.9 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 25-27/30-32 mpg 18/23-24 mpg 22-27/26-28 mpg
Opt engine -- -- --
Seating cap 5 5 5
Curb weight 2959 lb 3980 lb 3292 lb
GVWR 4167 lb 5287 lb 4526 lb
Cargo cap 35.9 cu ft 64.5 cu ft 57.9 cu ft
Towing cap N/A 3500 lb 1500 lb
Vehicle Subaru Forester Subaru Outback Subaru Tribeca
Base price $21,370 $24,070 $31,370
Wheelbase 103.0 in 107.9 in 108.2 in
Engine 2.5L DOHC flat-4 2.5L SOHC flat-4 3.6L DOHC flat-6
Opt engine 2.5L T flat-4 $6,500 3.6L flat-6 $5,000 None
Power, SAE 170 hp (224) 170 hp (256) 256 hp
Torque, SAE 174 lb-ft (226) 170 lb-ft (247) 247 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 215/60R16 215/70R16 255/55R18
Fuel cap 16.9 gal 18.5 gal 16.9 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 21/27 mpg (19/24) 19-22/27-29 mpg 16/21 mpg
Opt engine -- (18/25) --
Seating cap 5 5 7
Curb weight 3250 lb 3386 lb 4173 lb
GVWR 4000 lb 4800 lb 5600 lb
Cargo cap 68.3 cu ft 74.4 cu ft 74.4 cu ft
Towing cap 2400 lb 3000 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Suzuki Grand Vitara Toyota RAV4 Volkswagen Tiguan
Base price $20,464 $23,460 $23,660
Wheelbase 103.9 in 104.7 in 102.5 in
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.5L DOHC I-4 2.0L turbo I-4
Opt engine None 3.5L V-6 $2,035 None
Power, SAE 166 hp 179 hp (269) 200 hp
Torque, SAE 162 lb-ft 172 lb-ft (246 207 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, fr side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/70R16 215/70R16 215/65R16
Fuel cap 17.4 gal 15.9 gal 16.8 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 19/23-26 mpg 21-22/27-28 mpg 18-22/26-27 mpg
Opt engine -- (19/26-27) --
Seating cap 5 7 5
Curb weight 3468 lb 3360 lb 3393 lb
GVWR 4360 lb 5015 lb 4960 lb
Cargo cap 70.8 cu ft 73.0 cu ft 56.1 cu ft
Towing cap 3000 lb 3500 lb 2200 lb
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