Small SUVs, big heart

Pare down search in crowded mar­ket with this pair of stylish, driver-friendly crossovers

Austin American-Statesman - - STATESMANCARS - By Pete Szi­lagyi

There are two ways to buy a car: with your heart, or by vis­it­ing a dozen auto web­sites, mak­ing com­par­a­tive spread­sheets and wak­ing up in the mid­dle of the night wor­ry­ing.

Com­pare Nis­san Rogue and Mit­subishi Out­lander specs with the Honda CR-V, Chevro­let Equinox, Ford Es­cape, Toy­ota RAV4 or Hyundai Tuc­son, and you might not take a sec­ond look.

But the Rogue and Out­lander are a cou­ple of my fa­vorite small crossovers. They have heart. Num­bers help, but they shouldn’t rule.

The Mit­subishi Out­lander fea­tures top-notch han­dling and on-road dy­nam­ics for its size.

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