Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

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    Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

    I did a small-SUV comparison last April ( http://www.examiner.com/x-1017-DC-Ca...s-Introduction ), but since then there's a been a new Equinox and Tucson and an updated CR-V. Time for a rematch!

    http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-1...s-introduction

    In my standard format, it will go up one review per day. (If you prefer to read things all at once, check back next Wednesday and go through it all then.)

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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

    I think I could've done a better review.

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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

    Eighth Place: Volkswagen Tiguan S



    Volkswagen knows its Tiguan faces an uphill battle when it's priced at more than $26,000, lightly equipped. That's roughly $3,000 more than the class norm, and more than $6,000 more than some of the others in this comparison with the same features.

    Something that expensive is not going to be a comparison test winner. A first-place finisher does pretty much everything well, including its cost control. But the Tiguan had the potential to nonetheless rank highly, as the choice you would go with if you want the nicest compact SUV at any remotely reasonable price. And the Tiguan is in last place because it didn't live up to that potential.
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    Seventh place: Ford Escape XLT



    As the best-selling small SUV in the country, the Ford Escape can hardly be a bad vehicle. Rather, despite underpinnings that are nearly a decade old, this SUV drives pleasantly and has a space-efficient interior. It would be difficult to find a major deal-killer vice. This was enough to get the Escape into the top half of last year's compact SUV comparison. And despite its underwhelming finish here, the Escape is not among the worst in its class – the poorest of the small SUVs weren't even invited to this comparison.

    But even as the Escape lacks major flaws, it also lacks major strengths against a class of tough competitors. There's little draw that would encourage someone who drives the Escape back-to-back against the competition to go with the Ford...
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    Sixth place: 2010 Kia Sportage



    There's room in every market class for an unremarkable but splendidly inexpensive vehicle, offering something that's roughly competitive with the pricier class leaders at a much lower price.

    The 2010 Kia Sportage, in its final months before a fully redesigned 2011 model – which will be mechanically identical to the new Hyundai Tucson, just as this Sportage is related to the older version of the Hyundai – comes close to that in many ways...
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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

    Frankly, I'm a bit surprised that the outgoing Sportage (even w/ the price advantage and warranty) isn't dead last.

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    Fifth Place: Honda CR-V



    Like the seventh-place Ford Escape, the Honda CR-V is a top-selling compact SUV that's pleasant but generally unremarkable. Like the Escape, one of its few key shortcomings is a mediocre showing in a roof-strength crash test. And like the Escape, it's right around the median price for the vehicles in this comparison at around $23,500.

    Recent updates to the CR-V have made it quicker, more fuel-efficient, and a bit quieter. But these upgrades were not enough to take the CR-V – which earned a third-place finish in last year's comparison – past the two vehicles that beat it last time or past two freshly redesigned competitors...
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    Fourth place: Chevrolet Equinox



    When the first-generation Chevrolet Equinox came out in 2005, it was roomy and attractive but overall did not stand out in its class, facing criticism for its slow but thirsty V6 – the only available engine – cumbersome handling, and a cheap-feeling interior.

    When GM set out to change that for the 2010 model year, the market has responded with strong approval. A new four-cylinder model ties for best-in-class fuel economy and all models sport an attractive new interior design, and the Equinox has become one of the best-sellers in its class, with sales volume seeming to be limited more by supply than demand.

    That level of demand is a problem for consumers...
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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

    I figured the back seat would put the Equinox FTW.

    Frankly, the vehicle is in a different class than many in this review. It's a premium product at a premium price.

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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

    Interesting take on the 'Nox. Cant really disagree with it but to spend three paragraphs talking about the supply and demand problem really isnt that impressive.

    Also, yes, the Thetas arent that agile but they are the most tight feeling of all the CUVs by far. In fact, its so good handling that some people are turned off by it.

    Interested to see what you place above it.

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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Interesting take on the 'Nox. Cant really disagree with it but to spend three paragraphs talking about the supply and demand problem really isnt that impressive.

    Also, yes, the Thetas arent that agile but they are the most tight feeling of all the CUVs by far. In fact, its so good handling that some people are turned off by it.

    Interested to see what you place above it.
    Toyota, Hyundai, and Subaru.

    Basically, cheaper more utilitarian vehicles that appeal to a more value oriented, quantitative reviewer.

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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

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    I figured the back seat would put the Equinox FTW.

    Frankly, the vehicle is in a different class than many in this review. It's a premium product at a premium price.
    Yeah, it really is too bad GM doesn't have a true entry-level SUV. That was a missed opportunity for differentiation between Equinox and Terrain right there: make on bigger and more luxurious and make the other a true compact ute in the heart of the market.

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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

    Quote Originally Posted by goblue View Post
    Toyota, Hyundai, and Subaru.

    Basically, cheaper more utilitarian vehicles that appeal to a more value oriented, quantitative reviewer.
    As I tried to express, it's more than price. It's the Equinox's big-car feel that goes against what many people want in a compact vehicle. The Equinox is in the luxury niche, and niche cars rarely win comparison tests.

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    Re: Comparison review: 2010 small SUVs

    Not going to lie, I don't see either of the Theta-II CUVs as compacts. They're more midsize crossovers, especially when you consider the fact that they took the place of the midsize GMT-360 SUVs.

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