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by Mike Schlee
Compact crossovers are selling like proverbial hot cakes in the United States. Last year nearly two million of these tall little family vehicles moved off dealer lots.
As should be expected, a booming market segment like this attracts attention. And while some vehicles like the Dodge Journey, Chevrolet Equinox and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport stretch the term ‘compact’ to its limits, nearly every manufacturer has a player on the field; some more than one.
It’s gettin’ kinda hectic in this market. To stay a step ahead, every year a swath of new compact crossovers hits our streets. Notable newcomers this year will be the Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander and, the one that started it all for compact crossovers in North America, the Toyota RAV4. Now entering its fourth iteration, Toyota took the back-to-basics approach when redesigning the 2013 RAV4. The vehicle has marginally shrunk and both the V6 engine and 3rd row seating options have been dropped due to poor uptake. Also, thankfully missing from the 2013 RAV4 is the 4-speed automatic; a new 6-speed unit can be found in its place.
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