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2015 Honda CR-V

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The 2015 Honda CR-V gets excellent fuel economy, and critics say it has a roomy cabin and numerous standard interior features. Read full review»

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Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0

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2015 GMC Terrain

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Test drivers report the 2015 GMC Terrain's cabin is luxurious, its rear seats offer spacious legroom, and its optional V6 engine provides decent power. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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2016 Mazda CX-5

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The 2016 Mazda CX-5 earns great fuel economy, and reviewers say its nimble handling makes it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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2015 Nissan Rogue

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The 2015 Nissan Rogue earns critics' praise for its attractive interior, excellent fuel economy and large cargo room, though some say its powertrain is unrefined and loud. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:6.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Ford Escape

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Agile handling, a premium cabin and two potent turbocharged engine options distinguish the 2015 Ford Escape from other SUVs in the class, according to auto writers. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Test drivers praise the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan's pleasing handling and peppy engine, but they're disappointed in its low fuel economy and lack of cargo room. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.0
Safety:8.4
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox

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The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has roomy seats and a muted, soft ride, critics report, though it isn't fun to drive and its base engine is underpowered. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2015 Subaru Forester

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The 2015 Subaru Forester earns reviewers' praise for its standard all-wheel drive, large cargo space, decent fuel economy and abundance of legroom for back-seat passengers. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Hyundai Tucson

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Test drivers say the 2015 Hyundai Tucson has a stylish interior and athletic handling, but it has an underpowered base engine and little cargo room compared to ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.3
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Kia Sportage

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Thanks to its athletic handling and spirited optional turbocharged engine, the 2015 Kia Sportage is fun to drive, auto critics write, though some think it has a ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

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The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has a hushed cabin, potent acceleration and excellent gas mileage, according to reviewers, but it has a small cargo space. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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Despite its weak engine, critics praise the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek for its excellent fuel economy, standard all-wheel drive and agile handling. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Jeep Cherokee

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While the 2015 Jeep Cherokee isn't very engaging to drive on pavement, it tackles off-road terrain with ease, according to test drivers, and they add it has ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.3
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_0
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2015 Jeep Wrangler

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While the 2015 Jeep Wrangler performs well off road, it has a rough ride and not many standard features, reviewers say. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:7.4
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Toyota RAV4

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Its numerous standard features, roomy cabin and large cargo space earn the 2015 Toyota RAV4 praise from reviewers, but a few say it has a weaker engine ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Nissan Xterra

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Test drivers praise the 2015 Nissan Xterra's excellent off-road ability, but they say that it has a rougher ride and lower-quality interior than many competitors. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.3
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Although reviewers are pleased with the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander's interior improvements and new transmission, they agree that most rivals offer stronger engines and more upscale cabins. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.3
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Jeep Compass

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Test drivers aren't satisfied with the 2015 Jeep Compass' weak engines, numb handling or small number of standard features, despite its low starting price. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.6
Critics' Rating:5.2
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Jeep Patriot

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The 2015 Jeep Patriot can't compete with rivals with its weak engines, poor cargo space and subpar interior materials, according to reviewers, even though it has a ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.5
Critics' Rating:5.1
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.1
Safety:7.8
Reliability: 2_5

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2015 Honda CR-V

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$23,445 - $32,895
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The 2015 Honda CR-V gets excellent fuel economy, and critics say it has a roomy cabin and numerous standard interior features. Read full review»

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U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0

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2015 GMC Terrain

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$24,070 - $37,240
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Test drivers report the 2015 GMC Terrain's cabin is luxurious, its rear seats offer spacious legroom, and its optional V6 engine provides decent power. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5

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2016 Mazda CX-5

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$21,795 - $29,470
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The 2016 Mazda CX-5 earns great fuel economy, and reviewers say its nimble handling makes it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA

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2015 Nissan Rogue

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$23,040 - $29,630
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The 2015 Nissan Rogue earns critics' praise for its attractive interior, excellent fuel economy and large cargo room, though some say its powertrain is unrefined and loud. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:6.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0

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2015 Ford Escape

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$23,450 - $31,485
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Agile handling, a premium cabin and two potent turbocharged engine options distinguish the 2015 Ford Escape from other SUVs in the class, according to auto writers. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_0

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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

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$26,255 - $39,625
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Test drivers praise the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan's pleasing handling and peppy engine, but they're disappointed in its low fuel economy and lack of cargo room. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.0
Safety:8.4
Reliability: 3_0

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2015 Chevrolet Equinox

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$22,120 - $33,670
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The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has roomy seats and a muted, soft ride, critics report, though it isn't fun to drive and its base engine is underpowered. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0

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2015 Subaru Forester

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$22,195 - $33,095
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The 2015 Subaru Forester earns reviewers' praise for its standard all-wheel drive, large cargo space, decent fuel economy and abundance of legroom for back-seat passengers. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5

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2015 Hyundai Tucson

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$21,650 - $27,950
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Test drivers say the 2015 Hyundai Tucson has a stylish interior and athletic handling, but it has an underpowered base engine and little cargo room compared to ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.3
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_5

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2015 Kia Sportage

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$21,900 - $29,600
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Thanks to its athletic handling and spirited optional turbocharged engine, the 2015 Kia Sportage is fun to drive, auto critics write, though some think it has a ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

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$25,995 - $29,295
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The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has a hushed cabin, potent acceleration and excellent gas mileage, according to reviewers, but it has a small cargo space. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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$21,595 - $24,795
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Despite its weak engine, critics praise the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek for its excellent fuel economy, standard all-wheel drive and agile handling. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0

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2015 Jeep Cherokee

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$23,095 - $30,895
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While the 2015 Jeep Cherokee isn't very engaging to drive on pavement, it tackles off-road terrain with ease, according to test drivers, and they add it has ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.3
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_0

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2015 Jeep Wrangler

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$22,995 - $35,995
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While the 2015 Jeep Wrangler performs well off road, it has a rough ride and not many standard features, reviewers say. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:7.4
Reliability: 2_5

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2015 Toyota RAV4

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$23,680 - $29,850
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Its numerous standard features, roomy cabin and large cargo space earn the 2015 Toyota RAV4 praise from reviewers, but a few say it has a weaker engine ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5

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2015 Nissan Xterra

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$23,660 - $31,640
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Test drivers praise the 2015 Nissan Xterra's excellent off-road ability, but they say that it has a rougher ride and lower-quality interior than many competitors. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.3
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

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$22,995 - $30,995
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Although reviewers are pleased with the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander's interior improvements and new transmission, they agree that most rivals offer stronger engines and more upscale cabins. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.3
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA

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2015 Jeep Compass

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$18,995 - $28,795
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Test drivers aren't satisfied with the 2015 Jeep Compass' weak engines, numb handling or small number of standard features, despite its low starting price. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.6
Critics' Rating:5.2
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5

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2015 Jeep Patriot

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$16,895 - $26,895
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The 2015 Jeep Patriot can't compete with rivals with its weak engines, poor cargo space and subpar interior materials, according to reviewers, even though it has a ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.5
Critics' Rating:5.1
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.1
Safety:7.8
Reliability: 2_5
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