2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 4dr SUV AWD (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
This is my first SUV-AWD. I looked at the Ford Escape, CRV, RAV4 and Torrent. The Equinox was far better both in looks and in value. Way better looking! Pretty and sporty! The Torrent was nice looking too, but what about that name? Anyway Equinox is a great car. Really comfortable and just feels good on my back and neck and overall posture when I'm driving. Perfect height to get in & out of - don't have to climb in like a full size 4x4, or drop down into like a car. Had "check engine" light issues when I first got the car. It took three trips to the dealer but they finally got it right - the gas cap was a bad fit so if you have the same issue get that cap checked out right away.
XM radio. Remote start. Heated seats. Cargo space. Sliding rear seats. Big, shiny chrome wheels! The list could go on.
More HP, better gas mileage (I avg about 20mpg). I had to adjust to some blind spot issues but I'm over that now.