In the three years since we tested members of a growing class of the smallest SUVs, the class in question has only heated up, adding new models and shedding few old ones. So we gathered three newcomers — the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Kona and Nissan Rogue Sport — and pitted them against a newly redesigned version of our previous winner, the Subaru Crosstrek.

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In last place was the new EcoSport, an SUV with a first-rate multimedia system but aging roots, given Ford has sold the current generation overseas for some time before bringing it to the U.S. That shows up in a lot of areas, from a bouncy ride to uncomfortable seats, poor visibility and missing safety features.

Bringing up third place was the new Hyundai Kona, an SUV with lots of sportiness … at a price. Nimble handling and a lot of value characterized the Hyundai, but so did a brittle ride, poor interior quality and a small cargo area.

In second place was the Nissan Rogue Sport, a car whose title belies what it actually is: a very comfortable SUV with lots of cargo room but, unfortunately, very little sportiness when you really throw it around.

Finally, the redesigned Subaru Crosstrek did it again thanks to a mix of drivability, roominess, practicality and quality. Excellent visibility and a lot of safety features on our test car cemented Subaru’s win for the second time in this class.

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