For starters, the Lexus RX200t is more fun than I expected a mid-size luxury SUV to be. The 2.0 turbo makes 235bhp and 258lb ft of torque while looking like an unmasked Predator from the Arnold movie. Also, we put our sub editor's head under the automatic rear door.
The Ford Escape is a compact crossover. As such it promises more car-like features and handling but with the added magic of an SUVs ground crushing power. We drive the 2.0 Ecoboost.