Consumers' Favorites: Best Compact Crossovers


This year's redesign that brought a nicer cabin, along with a smoother and quieter ride, served the Honda CR-V well as it took 1st place with 16 percent of your votes. Close behind with 13.5 percent was Subaru's Forester which can be had with a feisty turbocharged engine. Perhaps most impressive is the long-in-the-tooth but still popular Ford Escape (it will be fully redesigned for 2013) taking 3rd, with 11.3 percent.

See how the rest of the field did in the full results below and make sure to exercise your right to vote in our next Consumers' Favorites poll.

  1. Honda CR-V

    1. Honda CR-V

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The Honda CR-V has long been one of our favorite compact crossover SUVs, and a redesign for 2012 makes it even more appealing.

  2. Subaru Forester

    2. Subaru Forester

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Thanks to plenty of interior room and available turbocharged power, the 2012 Subaru Forester is a top pick in the highly competitive small-crossover-SUV segment.

  3. Ford Escape

    3. Ford Escape

    What Edmunds.com says:
    A slew of innovative high-tech features make the 2012 Ford Escape a tempting choice in the compact crossover category. But most competitors are more appealing due to superior refinement and functionality.

  4. Volkswagen Tiguan

    4. Volkswagen Tiguan

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a different flavor in a bland segment by trading some practicality for a top-notch cabin and European driving manners.

  5. Toyota RAV4

    5. Toyota RAV4

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Spacious, comfortable and easy to drive, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 is good choice for a small-to-midsize crossover SUV, especially if you want a V6 or a usable kid-size third-row seat. Yet newer competitors are definitely worth a look.

  6. Chevrolet Equinox

    6. Chevrolet Equinox

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Chevy Equinox is a stylish and comfortable entry in the highly competitive small-crossover segment. RAV4 and CR-V shoppers should take notice.

  7. Kia Sportage

    7. Kia Sportage

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Thanks to a fun-to-drive nature, the 2012 Kia Sportage is a realistic alternative to other top small crossover SUVs on the market.

  8. MINI Cooper Countryman

    8. MINI Cooper Countryman

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman brings some welcome spice to the small wagon and crossover segments. But it also comes with some notable drawbacks.

  9. GMC Terrain

    9. GMC Terrain

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Just like the similar Chevrolet Equinox, the 2012 GMC Terrain is a top choice for a compact crossover SUV.

  10. Hyundai Tucson

    10. Hyundai Tucson

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Hyundai Tucson might not be as big as its main rivals, but it makes amends with a handsome cabin, an ample list of features, sporty handling and a low price. It's a top pick for a small crossover.

  11. Nissan Juke

    11. Nissan Juke

    What Edmunds.com says:
    It might not be love at first sight, but a drive in the 2012 Nissan Juke will have you seeing the inner beauty of this feisty hatchback.

  12. Jeep Compass

    12. Jeep Compass

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Jeep Compass is one of the most affordable off-road-capable vehicles on the market, but it's still not as refined as many of its compact SUV competitors.

  13. Mitsubishi Outlander

    13. Mitsubishi Outlander

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With assertive sheet metal and sharp handling, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander is the edgy alternative to the typical compact crossover.

  14. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    14. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Though it's an agreeable urban runabout, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is outclassed by other small crossovers that are either more practical or more fun to drive.

  15. Suzuki Grand Vitara

    15. Suzuki Grand Vitara

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Aside from its capability as a light-duty off-road vehicle, the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara is outclassed by most other compact SUVs on the market.

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