I was in the market for a gas friendly DD. Test drove the Tiguan, Escape, CR-V, CX-5(SLOW AS HELL!!) and Hyundai.
Tiguan - Pretty boring if you ask me. Starts getting expensive with all the "necessary" options.
Escape - Nice gadgets and everything, but it just looked too weird for me.
CR-V - best value, boring, economical.
Hyundai Santa Fe - I felt was the best of the bunch, but I am a brand whore.
I don't know how I ended up buying a FJ Cruiser with a 6 inch lift..........