Compact SUVs are trending these days, and why shouldn’t they? They are bigger than the minis and smaller than the mid-sized SUVs. A perfect crossover! They make for a complete family car, giving you all the more reasons to pack your bags and go on a family trip. Here, we bring to you the top 10 compact SUVs that you can consider to buy in 2016. Make your pick!
1. 2016 Honda CR-V
2016 Honda CR-V bags the first position in this list of small SUVs because of mainly two reasons – one is its excellent fuel economy, and second is its large cargo area. In spite of being a compact SUV, this car doesn’t fail to offer a spacious cabin. If we talk about its power, the four cylinder 2.4 liter engine gives a decent edge to this car over its competitors. Since 2012, there have been no major changes in the car, but Honda CR-V still stands on the top with pride.
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2. 2016 Hyundai Tucson
2016 Hyundai Tucson earns the second spot in the list, mainly because it is redesigned. The new look of the car is spacious on the inside and gives a comfortable ride for a Compact SUV. The smooth powertrain is very impressive too. The 2.0 liter four cylinder engine boasts 164 horsepower in the SE model. There is a 1.6 liter four-cylinder and a 7-speed automatic transmission in all other variants. The redesigning might have cost good to the brand, but we can say it was totally worth it, given the positive response this car is receiving.
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3. 2016 Mazda CX-5
Mazda generally means fun, and that’s what you can expect from this Compact SUV. 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a joy ride with its four-cylinder engine. The five-seater comes in three variants. The sports variant has a 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder engine that has 155 horsepower and 6-speed manual transmission. The Touring and Grand Touring variants have 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine, 184 horsepower and 6-speed automatic transmission. In its 2016 version, Mazda has brought in some updates to the exterior as well as interior, the most noticeable being the infotainment system.
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4. 2016 Ford Escape
A top 10 list cannot be complete without a Ford in it. 2016 Ford Escape is worth every penny you spend on it. Experts call it the most fun-to-drive vehicle in its class, thanks to its engine power and the optional turbocharged engines. This Compact SUV also boasts a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. But if one opts for the turbocharged engines, there are again two options – one with 1.6 liter engine and the other with 2.0 liter engine – both 4 cylinders.
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5. 2016 GMC Terrain
If you are looking for a compact SUV that is best suited for city driving, there can be no better option than the 2016 GMC Terrain. Apart from its stylish interiors and comfortable ride, the car is high on reliability. What brought this car down the list are the limited cargo space and an outdated infotainment system. The five-seater’s standard engine is a four-cylinder and offers front-wheel drive with its 6-speed automatic transmission. The option to upgrade to all-wheel drive and V6 engine is also available.
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6. 2016 Chevrolet Equinox
Coming from the house of General Motors is 2016 Chevrolet Equinox. Chevrolet is known to deliver the most reliable and family oriented cars, and with Equinox it’s the same case. There is good passenger space and comfortable riding experience. Fitting in five passengers, this 2-row compact SUV comes in four variants with a standard 2.4 liter four cylinder engine, 182 horsepower and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Though in LT and LTZ variants, one can get to experience the more powerful 3.6 liter V6 engine with all-wheel drive.
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7. 2016 Nissan Rogue
At number seven we have the Nissan Rogue with excellent fuel economy, classy interiors, and a spacious cargo. This car is perfect for everyday use and never complains. Though it faces tough competition from other brands like Mazda and Honda, it beats them with the availability of a third-row for seating. The third-row seating may not be spacious, but it still exists! So, that makes Nissan Rogue a 7-seater compact SUV, which is rare for its class. The 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine works well with automatic transmission and front wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is optional.
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8. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Toyota makes its debut in the list with its hybrid car – 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. This car has a long-term value, and so it makes it a good option for those who do not switch cars frequently. It gives the best fuel economy for its class in the city, though it may lag behind on the highway MPG. The 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine is accompanied by two electric motors. This newly upgraded version of the midsize SUV is a lot different from its non-hybrid version.
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9. 2016 Kia Sportage
A car which has sport in its name cannot go wrong with its power. 2016 Kia Sportage has a powerful engine and is sporty to handle. Though it may not be at par with its competition in terms of fuel economy, the comfort and ride of this car is something to consider. It has three variants – LX, EX, and SX. While LX and EX come with a 182 horsepower and 2.4 liter four cylinder engine, the SX grabs your attention with its 260 horsepower and the turbocharged 2.0 liter engine.
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10. 2016 Subaru Forester
It may be last in the best small SUV 2016 list, but 2016 Subaru Forester definitely is better than many out there. The added traction of four-wheel drive is just what you need in an SUV, and Subaru does it perfectly. The interior might not impress you if you look for sleek and stylish designs, but the utility is high for sure. The leg-room given to the rear row is massive and better than its competitors, making it a comfortable ride for all. The cargo room is also pretty impressive. It has a standard all-wheel drive and it comes in a 6-speed manual transmission mode. With six variants to choose from, the buyers can pick from either the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
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When it comes to compact SUVs, the market has some jaw-dropping options to offer, and these are just the top 10 amongst them. Each brand is trying to fit in ‘all of an SUV’ in its compact version, but very few can do justice. The above mentioned cars, however, have left a positive impact. They fit in perfectly in the class defined, and are not merely over-grown hatchbacks.