Back in April, we asked the question: what is the most affordable compact crossover on the market? That was when a new Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape were hitting the scene. We’re looking at it again so soon because a redesigned Toyota RAV4, one of the best-sellers in the segment, has been priced and goes on sale this month.
Last go round we compared 13 models, finding the least expensive trim level of each one that featured some common equipment: an automatic transmission, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a USB/audio jack port, tilt and telescoping steering and roof rails.
We’ve dropped the roof rails requirement, which has changed the possibilities somewhat—the Ford Escape can now be had in S trim instead of SE, making it more affordable. Other models have revised their pricing and one contender was quietly revised for the 2013 model year. That means we have a new affordability champ.