The growing compact SUV segment has become an increasingly popular choice with Cartelligent clients. Typically these smaller SUVs offer more cargo space and head room than a comparable sedan and better fuel efficiency than a larger SUV. Many also offer all-wheel-drive and provide an elevated driving position.
At Cartelligent we help thousands of people each year decide which vehicle best meets their personal requirements. We’ve compiled a list of our best-selling compact SUVs below.
10. Audi Q3
Why we love it: Europeans have been enjoying the Q3 since 2011. When Audi’s sporty crossover finally hit American shores for the 2015 model year, it was an instant hit. The Q3 is more suited to city dwellers than the larger Q5 and drives much more like a car than other SUVs. With legendary Quattro AWD available, as well as Wi-Fi, the Q5 keeps you connected to the road and to the outside world.
9. Volkswagen Tiguan
Why we love it: The VW Tiguan does exactly what the compact SUV segment was meant to do—provide an alternative to those looking at traditional sedans. With a peppy turbo engine and tons of standard features, the Tiguan is a hit with those looking for something different at a price point under $30,000.
8. Porsche Macan
Why we love it: As soon as Porsche announced plans to release a compact SUV, we were inundated with calls. The Macan was one of the fastest selling SUVs of 2015, and there’s no doubt why. While many smaller models tend to scale down amenities and performance to achieve a lower price point, the Macan is truly a smaller Cayenne. With a choice of three turbo engines including a diesel model, and a massive option list, the Macan is one of the best new entries into the car market, period. And, oh yeah, it’s an exhilarating ride.
7. Jeep Cherokee
Why we love it: Jeep broke the mold when it debuted the new Cherokee. Despite complaints from hardcore Jeep fans who preferred the boxy look of previous generations, the futuristic-looking redesigned Cherokee is absolutely a hit. Based on the Dodge Dart car platform, it offers superior on-road handling with available comforts like voice texting and cooled seats. For those who like taking the road less traveled, an off-road ready Trailhawk model is also available.
6. Toyota RAV4
Why we love it: Ask anyone to list a few small SUV models, and they’re going to mention the RAV4. This little ute has come a long way since its debut in 1994 when it carried the noted distinction of being the world’s first crossover. The current generation delivers a quiet, pleasant ride with available AWD.
5. Mazda CX-5
Why we love it: The CX-5 has become a favorite among Cartelligent clients due to its amazing value, sporty looks, and easy to use infotainment system. Refreshed for 2016 with new available color combinations and optional advanced tech like adaptive cruise, the CX-5 will almost certainly continue its rise to the top of the segment.
4. Jeep Wrangler
Why we love it: How can you not love the Wrangler? It’s unapologetically rough and tough—and it likes it that way. The Wrangler has come a long way, but is still made to be driven over rocks and through streams. Few vehicles lend people the freedom you can experience with a Jeep Wrangler, especially after removing the roof. The Jeep classic is available in either a traditional 2-door or larger 4-door Unlimited, and is still offered with a 6-speed manual transmission.
3. Honda CR-V
Why we love it: Like the Toyota RAV4, it seems like the CR-V has been around forever. The current version is the nicest yet. Honda does an amazing job at creating useable space, and the CR-V is no exception. It also offers impressive fuel economy with AWD models rated at 28 mpg combined. Higher trim models now have available tech such as adaptive cruise control, frontal collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and Honda LaneWatch, their version of blind spot monitoring.
2. BMW X3
Why we love it: BMW has a model for everyone these days, and one of its most popular is the X3 crossover. Based on its stalwart 3 Series model platform, the X3 is sure on its feet and still delivers the luxury and handling the brand is known for. It is available in either rear or all-wheel-drive, and with three engine options, including a fuel-sipping diesel.
1. Subaru ForesterWhy we love it: When the Forester first debuted, it was definitely a wagon. Now, it’s a crossover with wagon-like tendencies. With tons of interior room (especially headroom), Subaru’s legendary symmetrical AWD standard, and their top-rated EyeSight advanced safety system available, the affordable Forester is the perfect family car. It’s no wonder it’s our clients’ #1 choice in the segment!