i did some research when i was thinking of downsizing and i had a look at all small 4x4's (with a transfer case) and the sportage won the debate for me as it is wider and has better ramp over angles than a vitara and comes with a good motor (which i am keen on converting to a diesel using the diesel version of the FE which is the mazda R2 and putting a toyota sc14 supercharger on the side to gige it a little more go) and they were even used in the baja racing