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Rating 38/100 Background After being a bench warmer for years in the compact-crossover SUV game due to lackluster build quality and performance, the Saturn Vue made it to the starting lineup last year after getting in shape via a thorough redesign. And for 2009, the Saturn Vue remains a well-rounded player, thanks to its smart …

Rating 77/100 Background The 2008 Saturn Vue is a completely different animal than its forebear. The previous Vue distinguished itself from the compact SUV pack in many ways. Its flexible body panels could take a hit from a shopping cart or an adjacent car’s door without leaving that automotive scar of urban America — a …

Rating 60/100 Background Upon its debut five years ago, the Saturn Vue attempted to separate itself from the compact SUV herd by way of unique powertrains and construction. In addition to a choice of four- and 6-cylinder engines, Saturn’s small ute also offered a choice of transmissions that included class-exclusive 5-speed automatic and continuously variable …

Rating 82/100 Background In most respects, the 2010 Mazda Tribute appears to be a fully modern compact crossover SUV. As a clone of the Ford Escape, it shares the same basic set of strengths and weaknesses. In its favor, it has handsome exterior styling, a choice of a powerful 4-cylinder or V6 engine and top-notch …

Rating 78/100 Background Inevitably, the march of technology and necessity shrinks the size of everything. Imagine trying to carry around seven days’ worth of music before the iPod. In keeping with this theme comes the 2009 Nissan Rogue — a kind of mini Murano. Though based on the economy-minded Sentra, the Rogue manages to better …

Rating 62/100 Background As more consumers look to get out of large, gas-swilling SUVs, they’re realizing that compact and midsize crossovers strike an appealing compromise between practicality and fuel efficiency. The 2009 Pontiac Torrent is a good example of this burgeoning crossover breed. Like its twin, the Chevrolet Equinox, the Pontiac is aimed at buyers …

Rating 58/100 Background Last year, the Mazda Tribute got a brand-new wardrobe for Christmas. The exterior was thoroughly overhauled and the interior was freshened with better materials, smarter controls and a more pleasing design. Unfortunately, the car underneath mostly remained the same, including its pair of inefficient and weak engines. So for 2009, the Tribute …

Rating 67/100 Background Higher gas prices in 2008 have made compact crossovers increasingly popular. People are coming to realize that even if they can’t live without that high, commanding seating position, they probably don’t need an enormous car to go along with it. Jeep would seem to be ideally positioned to help these folks out, …

Rating 82/100 Background If, like many people, you’re now considering Keystone Light instead of Sapporo Reserve and Target instead of Bloomingdale’s, you know that value-oriented alternatives start looking better and better in bleak economic times. By this reasoning, one could argue that the capable yet inexpensive 2009 Hyundai Tucson has never been more appealing. Like …

Rating 67/100 Background Like many Honda products past and present, the 2009 Honda CR-V is a top seller because it just makes sense. Safety? Check. Crash test scores don’t get any better than the CR-V’s. Versatility? Check. Maximum cargo capacity is a substantial 73 cubic feet of space, and there are numerous nooks and crannies …

Rating 70/100 Background It may be hard to believe, but the Ford Escape compact SUV debuted almost a decade ago. Right out of the gate, this loveable little ute was a front-runner. With its just-right size, peppy available V6, well-balanced chassis and tough looks, it stood out in a class of chiefly dull 4-cylinder entrants. …

Rating 72/100 Background Nothing screams “get out of my way” quite like a gargantuan square grille, blocky front bumper and insanely flared front fenders. Like other Dodge models, this is the approach the 2009 Dodge Nitro takes in hopes of attracting testosterone-filled shoppers looking for a midsize SUV that costs less than $30,000.Although we wouldn’t …