Best & Worst Small SUVs
May 15, 2014
As the saying goes, sometimes the best things come in small packages. And with increased roominess, lower price and improved fuel economy, small SUVs certainly help make that adage true.
Consumer Reports recently came up with their list of the best and worst small SUVs available today. When it comes to best overall, the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 all share top honors thanks to excellent handling, impressive fuel economies, and affordable prices.
On the other side of the coin are the ones Consumer Reports advises steering clear of. Those include three Jeep models -- Compass, Patriot, and Cherokee -- and the Mitsubishi Outlander.
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Best Small SUVs
|Vehicle||Categories||Price As Tested||Overall MPG|
|Honda CR-V||Best Overall; Most Kid-Friendly||$26,455||23|
|Subaru Forester||Best Overall; Most Fuel Efficient||$26,814||26|
|Mazda CX-5||Best Overall; Most Fuel Efficient||$28,090||25|
|Kia Sportage||Most Kid-Friendly||$21,600-$28,400||N/A|
|Subaru XV Crosstrek||Most Fuel-Efficient||$21,995-$29,295||26|
|Ford Escape||Most Kid-Friendly||$23,100-$30,850||N/A|
Worst Small SUVs
|Jeep Cherokee (2.4L Engine)|
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