My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

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    My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    A decade ago, a series of television ads showed bulky, gas-guzzling, expensive SUVs. Owners couldn't fit them into parking spaces, or reach high enough to close the back hatch.

    This was a Suzuki campaign for its then-new Grand Vitara XL-7 – literally, an extended-length seven-passenger version of its compact truck-based Grand Vitara. The ads promised in the XL-7 a blend between the convenience of a full-size sport-utility vehicle and the maneuverability and value of a compact model.

    The XL-7 never made a huge sales splash, and it was discontinued two years ago. But a similar group of SUVs lives on, now closer to cars than to trucks slotting roughly between the compact and midsize market classes in terms of size, price, versatility, luxury, or driving dynamics...
    I'll post the individual reviews of the six vehicles in this comparison as they go live. Introduction continued at link:
    http://www.examiner.com/cars-in-nati...crossover-suvs

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    The links for the slide show seem to be broken.

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Quote Originally Posted by tnmats View Post
    The links for the slide show seem to be broken.
    They're working for me -- what error message are you seeing?

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Sixth place: Mitsubishi Outlander



    When Mitsubishi grafted a new front end onto the understated Outlander for the 2010 model year, designers went with a brash look inspired by the automaker's high-performance Lancer Evolution. The Outlander has been sportier than the SUV norm since its introduction in 2007, and Mitsubishi elected to make that clearer at first glance.

    Among these six tweener-utes, the Outlander stacks up well on paper: seating for seven, plenty of cargo space, competitive pricing and respectable fuel economy estimates. But while the brash new looks are backed up by sharp handling and a strong V6, the spec-sheet strengths quickly fall flat in an SUV that feels half-baked overall...
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    http://www.examiner.com/cars-in-nati...vs-sixth-place

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    I am also not able to see the slideshow and because you didn't make reference to which 6 vehicles you are comparing I don't know whether or not I should check back.

    I have "Access Denied. Error 403. You have attempted to access a file or directory to which there is no public access."
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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Okay, I've re-uploaded the slideshow and changed the link. Does it still not work? Does it make a difference if you click on the slideshow image on the left vs. the link at the bottom?

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Still doesn't work for me. Neither link (side and bottom) work.
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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    If the Ford Edge is in this comparo I think it really deserves to win (although I haven't driven all the vehicles which are comparable.)

    This last weekend I had a brand new Edge from Budget Rent a Car which I cruised around Denver with. I was really surprised with how much I liked it. It had some odd features which I would probably get used to if I owned the vehicle. It had an excellent ride and it absorbed all the pot holes and road cracks I could find very well. The power of the V6 is awesome and the fuel mileage was quite acceptable. I managed about 21mpg in mostly city-type driving (mostly stop and go around downtown Denver with speeds typically under 45 mph.)

    I really appreciate Budget giving me a free upgrade from a Chevy Impala to a Ford Edge. It was a great experience.
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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Lord. I can't imagine what's acting up. Hopefully I can get that resolved. Is the slideshow in the Outlander review working for you?

    The six in the comparison are the Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Journey, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Mitsubishi Outlander and Toyota RAV4. I considered putting in the Edge as well, as it's a pretty direct competitor to the Equinox, but it lines up just about perfectly with decidedly-midsize vehicles like the Murano and Venza, and this needed to stay manageable.

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    The site's tech support says it's been resolved. Anyone who still has trouble seeing slideshows, please let me know.

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Quote Originally Posted by bradyholt View Post
    Lord. I can't imagine what's acting up. Hopefully I can get that resolved. Is the slideshow in the Outlander review working for you?

    The six in the comparison are the Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Journey, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Mitsubishi Outlander and Toyota RAV4. I considered putting in the Edge as well, as it's a pretty direct competitor to the Equinox, but it lines up just about perfectly with decidedly-midsize vehicles like the Murano and Venza, and this needed to stay manageable.
    Will be interesting to see how you find a way to cost the Equinox the win. Out of that list - its no contest.

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Why was the CRV omitted, Brady?
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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Quote Originally Posted by tbirderic View Post
    Why was the CRV omitted, Brady?
    It's definitely just compact, not between classes. No six-cylinder, not unusually large.

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Fifth place: Hyundai Santa Fe



    From a distance, the Hyundai Santa Fe comes across as the sort of car this reviewer tends to favor: an above-average vehicle at a below-average price. The Santa Fe's estimated out-the-door price of around $28,000 is the lowest of the six SUVs in this comparison, it has the most cargo room and the highest fuel economy ratings, and its clean design is functional yet not unattractive.

    Up close, however, the 2007-era Santa Fe demonstrates too many flaws to be recommended at this price point...
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    http://www.examiner.com/cars-in-nati...vs-fifth-place


    I also posted a quick write-up on the base GLS model:
    http://www.examiner.com/cars-in-nati...the-base-model

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    Re: My comparison: Compact/midsize 'tweener-ute' crossover SUVs

    Fourth place: Dodge Journey



    When Chrysler introduced the Dodge Journey for the 2009 model year, the automaker was already on an upswing from the appallingly junky products it had introduced a few years before. The vehicle rode well and had a fairly nice interior, but was held down by squishy handling and brakes and poor fuel economy.

    For 2011, the Journey was among a collection of vehicles to receive significant mid-cycle enhancements – this Dodge's being a redesigned interior, a new V6 engine, modified suspension tuning and modestly updated exterior styling.

    The changes were enough to transform a generally unremarkable crossover into the luxury leader among this comparison's three-row vehicles, with its interior going from good to outstanding and its new engine being particularly smooth and quiet.

    But enough flaws remain to hold it back to a mid-pack finish....
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    http://www.examiner.com/cars-in-nati...s-fourth-place

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