Vital Stats

Base price: $27,840
Top-of-the-line price: $29,165 (includes destination)
EPA fuel economy: 26 mpg city/32 mpg highway with automatic transmission
Standard safety features: Six airbags, antilock brakes, adaptive headlights, blind-spot monitoring system
High tech: Skyactiv technology cuts fuel consumption and emissions without compromising on performance
Chief competitors: Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4

Key Points

• Stylishness will please those who'd like a Miata but need to transport people and things
• Pouncing low-slung look is surprisingly sexy for a crossover
• Sterling highway mileage of 35 mpg on the highway, for model with six-speed manual transmission
• Low load floor and easy-folding rear seats make it easy to load and unload cargo
• This is an all-new model for 2013