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Best-Value SUV award: Best of the Best 2020

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FORD ESCAPE AMBIENTE FWD

SUVs have established a firm foothold on the market, outselling passenger cars by almost 50% so far in 2019.

While most SUVs cost more than comparable cars, there are some good bargains, particularly in the family-friendly medium SUV class, which accounts for most sales.

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The Ford Escape Ambiente FWD (pictured) is one of the older models on the market but still impresses with its ride and handling.

The entry-level Escape provides SUV convenience with hatchback comparable running costs, including excellent 6.3L/100km fuel economy, $673 annual insurance bill and decent 54% resale value.

Not far behind is the Honda CR-V Vi FWD, which is $700 cheaper than the Escape but will cost a little more to run over three years, due to its 7.6L/100km economy and higher $803 insurance premium.

On paper the manual Holden Equinox LS FWD represents more value than the CR-V.

However, the Honda comes standard with an automatic transmission, which makes for a pleasant drive. All three vehicles come with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

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