Many long-time SUV owners have been looking to downsize but don't want go so far as to switch to a car.
"Maybe it doesn't make sense to get a Tahoe right now, but I still want an SUV," said Jeremy Anwyl, chief executive of the automotive Web site Edmumds.com, paraphrasing the mindset of many shoppers.
Compact SUVs like the recently redesigned Equinox have become the vehicle of choice for these people. With the Equinox, GM engineers achieved car-like fuel economy without expensive hybrid technology.
These cars ranked highest in the latest J.D. Power survey measuring how much owners like their new cars.
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