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Small SUV: Ford Escape Hybrid
Pricing: $29,645 - $33,725
Mileage: 31 mpg Hwy, 34 mpg City

The Escape took top honors among American cars in two categories: "Small SUV" and "Green car." Among the reasons were improved brakes for the 2009 model year. Long stopping distances had been a problem in the past.

But "the applause is tepid at best," Consumer Reports auto tester Tom Mutchler wrote in the magazine's Web site. The Escape Hybrid turned in a middling performance overall in testing, putting it well behind the best-in-class Subaru Forester Limited.

NEXT: Mid-size SUV: Ford Taurus X

Last updated March 05 2009: 2:52 PM ET
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