Mainstream SUV (Towing 3500 Pounds and Below)


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

These vehicles fall into the gray area between crossover and sport/utility. However, with a towing capacity of fewer than 3500 pounds, they certainly lean more toward the crossover side of the fence. The all-new Escape does a great job of providing SUV-like capability on a crossover platform. In fact, when it switched to the all-new platform, towing capacity didn't suffer -- the Escape can still tow up to 3500 pounds.


MAINSTREAM SUV
(Towing 3500 Pounds And Below)
Chevrolet to Mazda
Vehicle Chevy Equinox/ GMC Terrain Dodge Journey Ford Edge Ford Escape
Base price $25,015/ $27,130 $19,990 $28,450 $23,365
Wheelbase 112.5 in 113.8 in 111.2 in 105.9 in
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.5L DOHC I-4
Opt engine 3.6L V-6 $1645/$2900 3.6L DOHC V-6, $5700 2.0L T $995, 3.7L V-6 $4305, 3.5L T V-6 $9340 1.6LT I-4 $2600, 2.0L T I-4 $3695
Power, SAE 182 hp (301) 173 hp (283) 285 hp (240, 305) 168 hp (178, 240)
Torque, SAE 172 lb-ft (272) 166 lb-ft (260) 253 lb-ft (270, 280) 170 lb-ft (184, 270)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/60R17 225/65R17 235/65R17 235/55R17
Fuel cap 18.8 gal (20.9) 20.5 gal (21.1) 18.0, 19.0 gal 15.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 20-22/29-32 mpg 17-19/25-26 mpg 18-19/25-27 mpg 20-23/27-28 mpg
Opt engine (16-17/23-24) (16/24) (21/30, 17-19/23-26) (19-20/25-27, 30-34/27-31)
Seating cap 5 5 (7) 5 5
Curb weight 3777 lb 3818 lb 3998 lb 3502 lb
GVWR 5300 lb 5600 lb 5300 lb 4200 lb
Cargo cap 63.7 cu ft 67.6 cu ft 68.9 cu ft 68.1 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 2500 lb 3500 lb 3500 lb
Vehicle Honda CR-V Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Hyundai Tucson
Base price $23,625 $30,000 (est) $25,295 $20,240
Wheelbase 103.1 in 110.2 in 106.3 in 103.9 in
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4 3.3L DOHC V-6 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.0L DOHC I-4
Opt engine None None 2.0L I-4 $3250 2.4L I-4 $3350
Power, SAE 185 hp 290 hp 190 hp (264) 165 hp (176)
Torque, SAE 163 lb-ft 252 lb-ft 181 lb-ft (269) 146 lb-ft (168)
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, rear, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 215/70R16 235/60R18 235/65R17 225/60R17
Fuel cap 15.3 gal 18.8 gal 17.4 gal 15.3 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 22-23/30-31 mpg 18/24-25 mpg 20-21/26-29 mpg 20-22/26-29 mpg
Opt engine None (19-20/24-27) (19-21/27-30)
Seating cap 5 7 5 5
Curb weight 3305 lb 3946 lb 3459 lb 3179 lb
GVWR 4560 lb 5908 lb 5202 lb 4608 lb
Cargo cap 70.9 cu ft 80.0 cu ft 71.5 cu ft 55.8 cu ft
Towing cap 1500 lb 5000 lb 3500 lb 2000 lb
Vehicle Kia Sorento Kia Sportage Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-9
Base price $23,950 $19,800 $21,790 $30,580
Wheelbase 106.3 in 103.9 in 106.3 in 113.2 in
Engine 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.4L DOHC I-4 2.0L DOHC I-4 3.7L DOHC V-6
Opt engine 2.0L T I-4 $2550 2.0L T I-4 $7900 None None
Power, SAE 175 hp (276) 176 hp (276) 155 hp 273 hp
Torque, SAE 169 lb-ft (248) 168 lb-ft (248) 150 lb-ft 270 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/65R17 215/70R16 225/65R17 245/60R18
Fuel cap 18.0 gal 15.3 gal 14.8-15.3 gal 20.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 20-22/27-32 mpg 19-21/25-30 mpg 25-26/31-32 mpg 16-17/22-24 mpg
Opt engine (18-20/24-26) (20-21/25-28) None None
Seating cap 5 (7) 5 5 7
Curb weight 3605 lb 3157 lb 3208 lb 4317 lb
GVWR 5634 lb 4608 lb (est) 4323 lb 5997 lb
Cargo cap 72.5 cu ft 54.6 cu ft 65.4 cu ft 100.7 cu ft
Towing cap 3500 lb 2000 lb 2000 lb 3500 lb