The Hottest Small SUVs in the Market
Small SUVs are not just eye candy to buyers. Because of its all-weather traction, easy access and good fuel economy, it’s no wonder why it’s selling like hot pancakes. And the fact that there’s plenty of cargo space and passenger capacity just makes it even more desirable.
But since there’s too many of it in the market today, we’ve rounded up with the best among the pack. Even better news is that these popular models won’t go beyond $30,000.
It’s at the top of the class, thanks to its many updates. It smokes its nearest competitor when it comes to fuel economy - 35 mpg highway and 26 mpg overall. The 2014 redesign has very easy access, a roomy interior and excellent visibility. Though it only has a standard backup camera, this straight-A SUV got a rating of Good from all five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. Maybe that would make up for the old-fashioned infotainment system.
If you want storage and cargo space without sacrificing reliability, you got the easy-going CR-V. This sensible SUV has a smooth engine and responsive handling. Just be careful on your gas consumption because it might be leaning towards the expensive end. Plus, there is excessive road noise and the emergency handling can do some improvement still.
Penny pinchers would love this SUV from Mazda. It does not only have impressive fuel economy – 25 mpg overall – but also quick acceleration and agile handling so you can still enjoy the ride anytime. There is quicker acceleration and more power, thanks to new 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood. But it comes at a steeper cost than the other SUVs in this list.
Its 2013 updated version is a decent choice even if the notable improvements did not really make it stand out among the rest. Nevertheless, the RAV4 has agile handling, generous rear seat space, easy access and highly intuitive controls. Plus, the spare tire is now placed underneath the cargo floor and there is no more side-hinged rear gate that is really awkward. Its four-cylinder engine and slick six-speed automatic provides good fuel economy and decent power while the interior trim has some good thing going but not too impressive.
The Escape has something that most SUVs in this category do not offer – quiet, supple ride. It has agility and sophistication combined. But then again, its controls might make you scratch your head a little too frequently and it comes with a high price tag.
Though it has a supple ride and responsive handling, it badly needs improvements in the areas of fuel economy, cargo space, rear visibility, and power under the hood. With its 170 horsepower engine, it won’t do so well if pitted against its newer competitions.
If you place high value on reliability, then the sporty Sportage is the answer. Its nimble handling and cool style are also plus factors. It can have superb performance but that is, if you get the optional turbocharged engine. Otherwise, it is still manageable. You also have to be careful on its gas consumption because it is quite the fuel guzzler. Its sporty look also makes rear visibility difficult.
The Tucson reigns supreme in the looks department. But in everything else, it does not stand out that much. Cargo space is compromised because of its sloping roof. It also makes it difficult for the rear to be fully visible. It has a stiff ride, fidgety handling, and pronounced road noise. But if you can forget all of it because of its coupe-like design, then it is for you.