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The Best Compact SUV For the Money
June 4, 2015If you're in the market for a compact SUV, you're not alone -- thanks to their price, space, and rather good fuel economy, compact SUVs are in high demand right now. That also means car manufacturers are flooding the market with their own versions, hoping to win buyers over.
With so many to choose from, how can car buyers know they're making the right choice? Cars.com recently conducted what they call the $28,000 Compact SUV Challenge. They took a look at seven new-model compact SUVs that all cost less than $28,000 and had a city/highway mileage of at least 26 mpg. They then compared and ranked them based on criteria such as comfort, safety, and overall driveability.
The results? At the top of the list was the 2015 Honda CR-V, with a total of 752.8 points. The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox came in second with 735.8 points, and the 2015 GMC Terrain won third place with 705 points. Below is a look at how all seven ranked.
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|1||2015 Honda CR-V||752.8|
|2||2015 Chevrolet Equinox||735.8|
|3||2015 GMC Terrain||705.0|
|4||2015 Nissan Rogue||700.8|
|5||2015 Subaru Forester||696.3|
|6||2015 Toyota RAV4||675.3|
|7||2016 Mazda CX-5||673.3|
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- Gregg Fidan
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