Drive ex­pe­ri­ence and looks are key fac­tors

Fa­vorites

Austin American-Statesman - - D STATESMAN CARS - Con­tin­ued from

1.) Range Rover Evoque- If I made a list of best-look­ing ve­hi­cles for 2012, this would be at the top of the list. Dis­tinc­tive and ele­gant, the Evoque is stun­ning. It has all the lux­ury you ex­pect from a lux­ury brand, but the per­for­mance is just as good. With a tur­bocharged en­gine and all-wheel drive, the Evoque han­dles it­self as good as any SUV on the road.

2.) Kia Sorento - In my re­view, I re­ferred to the tri­fecta of carlike han­dling, a sport-util­ity view of the road and the prospect of all-wheel drive as the best parts of the Sorento. And af­ter driv­ing many crossovers this past year, I can say the Sorento still holds up within the seg­ment and de­serves its spot on this list.

3.) Honda CR-V - There is a rea­son the CR-V is near the top of sales in this cat­e­gory. And the 2012 model got all-new looks, with­out be­ing cat­e­go­rized as a re­design. The re­freshed looks alone war­rant this rank­ing on the list, but the im­proved power and im­proved fuel econ­omy fur­ther jus­tify it.

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