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Best Crossover and SUV Makeovers for 2013

by Steve Dearborn

Technology continues to change the way we think about automobiles. In the year 2013 new design, technology and safety features have changed at least three classic SUV's and crossovers for the better: the Ford Escape, Kia Sportage and Nissan Pathfinder. If you're considering an affordable new vehicle with more space than the family car, start your search here.

Ford Escape—Starting at $22,470

2013 Ford Escape Photo

The 2013 Ford Escape is defined by its new design and advanced technology. The best-selling SUV in the U.S. adds rear liftgate and parallel parking assist to its list of available features. Ford uses new technology to improve safety, too. The new Escape features air bag technology that adjusts inflation to fit the size of the passenger. Ford also introduced Curve Control, an intelligent innovation that automatically slows a vehicle that is cornering too fast. For the first time, a hybrid version of the SUV is available. The Ford Escape can now be had with Ford's turbocharged Ecoboost engine, too. The 2013 version of the Escape has a roof line that is two inches lower than its predecessor and more cargo space made possible by a lower rear floor.

Kia Sportage—Starting at $19,000

2013 Kia Sportage Photo

Reviewers of the Sportage say it's fun to drive. The sleek design has sculpted sides, a chrome front grill, power mirrors with signal indicators, projection headlights, auto light control, front fog lights, LED accent lights, panoramic sunroof, roof rails, and wheel locks. The car's interior design oozes 'cool kid' too, with available leather seating, adjustable heated and cooled seats, and a standard metal paint interior trim. The 2013 Sportage offers many premium features including navigation with Sirius XM Traffic, back-up warning system and a powerful turbo engine in SX trim. Intuitive controls like brake assist, traction control, downhill brake control, rollover sensor side air bags and tire pressure monitoring system make this vehicle both technologically advanced and safe.

Nissan Pathfinder—$28,650

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Picture

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder gets a face life this year with an aerodynamic exterior, premium interior and a best-in-class fuel economy rating without sacrificing off-pavement and towing capabilities. The 2013 model receives a new 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 powered engine with a standard towing capacity of 5000 pounds. Rated at 260-horsepower, the engine pulls 240 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,400 rpm. Nissan claims that the Pathfinder has improved its fuel economy more than 30 percent since 2012 with a combined city and highway average fuel economy of 22 mpg. The vehicle's exterior details include aerodynamic headlights, a wide chrome grille, recessed front windshield wipers, rear combination lights and chrome door handles. Brand new features for the Pathfinder include Latch and Glide, a second row seat made for use with a child safety seat that tips-up to accommodate, an industry first.

About the Author:
Steve Dearborn is a frequent contributor to Classy Cars. He learned to drive and repair cars at an early age, 12, as his family maintained a used car parts lot.

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