Chris Paukert's pick: Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a good-looking crossover with plenty of in-cabin tech, including the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver assistance systems and Apple CarPlay integration.

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Chris Paukert's pick: Honda CR-V

The available turbocharged 1.5-liter engine offers more than adequate power, though the continuously variable transmission occasionally makes power delivery sluggish.

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Chris Paukert's pick: Honda CR-V

The interior is a huge upgrade from the CR-Vs of yore, with comfy leather seating and satin-finish wood-like accents. The digital instrument panel packs plenty of information into a small space while remaining easily legible.

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Antuan Goodwin's pick: Kia Niro Hybrid

The Kia Niro may not be the sexiest thing on four wheels, or even the sexiest thing in Kia's lineup, but the Niro Hybrid is an exceedingly competent little car that returns amazing mileage.

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Antuan Goodwin's pick: Kia Niro Hybrid

It's super easy to see real-world fuel economy of 50 mpg in the base Niro Hybrid.

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Antuan Goodwin's pick: Kia Niro Hybrid

The Niro offers frugal transportation without feeling like a penalty box. You can load it up with a full smattering of luxury and tech features (for an added cost, of course).

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Emme Hall's pick: Mazda CX-5

Like all Mazdas, the CX-5 is the best-handling crossover in its class. Great design and a plush interior make it wonderful to live with everyday.

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Emme Hall's pick: Mazda CX-5

With such a nicely tuned chassis and really rewarding steering, a little more power would be nice. Still, the CX-5 will definitely out-handle rivals like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Ford Escape.

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Emme Hall's pick: Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 has a nicely appointed interior, but in-car tech falls short. The infotainment itself isn't super great to use, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are nowhere to be found.

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Kyle Hyatt's pick: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

It may be small, but the nice-driving, super functional GLA is a great way to put a three-pointed star in your driveway on the cheap.

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Kyle Hyatt's pick: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has ample power, overall driving dynamics are plenty good (even for a non-AMG) and the interior is nicely appointed. It's a solid choice for a compact luxury SUV.

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Kyle Hyatt's pick: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Downsides? The ride quality is a little harsh, COMAND infotainment is adequate at best and you're definitely paying for that badge more than anything else.

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Tim Stevens' pick: Subaru Forester

Boxy and inherently rugged, the Forester has always been the kind of car to ride its own wave. The brand-new 2019 model packs a lot of promising tech into a familiar package.

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Tim Stevens' pick: Subaru Forester

The 2019 Forester loses its turbocharged engine option, and a CVT is the only transmission available, but standard all-wheel drive is absolutely a strong selling point in this class.

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Tim Stevens' pick: Subaru Forester

The Forester will be just like any other Subaru: comfy, capable and, most importantly, good value for the money. 

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Jon Wong's pick: Toyota 4Runner

The 4Runner is by far the most serious off-roader on our list, with its biggish engine and body-on-frame construction. But while it's super capable off-road, it gives up surprisingly little civility on-road.

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Jon Wong's pick: Toyota 4Runner

The 4Runner is awesome but getting a little long in the tooth. You'll notice a lack of advanced safety options, teensy touchscreens and borderline-embarrassing fuel economy for a modern SUV.

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Jon Wong's pick: Toyota 4Runner

The 4Runner is an old-school Toyota in the proudest traditions of ruggedness, good build quality and excellent value for money. Outdated it may be, but we still love it.

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Andrew Krok's pick: Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas is the three-row SUV we've been wanting from Wolfsburg for a long time. It's got decent looks, above-average tech and is surprisingly good value for the money.

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Andrew Krok's pick: Volkswagen Atlas

The downside is that all the cool tech options are only available on premium models. Want VW's awesome Digital Cockpit? Gotta step up to the top SEL trim. Want cool drive modes? Gotta spring for all-wheel drive.

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Andrew Krok's pick: Volkswagen Atlas

The Atlas is absolutely huge inside, and as nicely appointed as any other brand-new Volkswagen.

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Steven Ewing's pick: Volvo XC40

With a handsome exterior and interior trimmings that feel nicer than its price would suggest, this little guy from Gothenburg is one of our favorite cars of 2018, full stop.

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Steven Ewing's pick: Volvo XC40

Volvo's new car subscription service launches with the XC40, meaning you can get nicely equipped Momentum or R-Design models for $600 per month or $700 per month, respectively. That cost even includes car insurance and maintenance. It's an all-in-one service.

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Steven Ewing's pick: Volvo XC40

The cabin is truly comfortable and pretty spacious considering its size. The Sensus infotainment system sure looks pretty, but we find its myriad menus and laggy response times frustrating.

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