Best Small SUV’s 2014 Guide

The smaller sized SUVs have become one of the most popular vehicles on the market today. They feature a variety of capabilities and features that appeal to many consumers. In fact, there are several small SUVs that are listed in the Edmunds top 50 most popular vehicles on the market today. The main driving factors for the popularity of these SUVs is the solid fuel economy, all-weather performance capability, towing and cargo space, and finally the ability to transport an entire family, comfortably.

Several motor companies have jumped on-board the smaller SUV market and have had relatively good success in sales. Listed below are some of the top small SUVs that are consistently top selling vehicles and have a good reputation for dependability and performance.

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is considered one of the top small SUVs out on the market today. This vehicle is always in the various top 10 most popular vehicle surveys. The Forester is a space-efficient vehicle that maximizes if interior space to seat several adults comfortably. In addition, the Forester has adopted new fuel-saving technologies, which include a variable transmission system. This allows the SUV to get 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Also equipped on the Forester is the EyeSight driving-assist system, which provides various control and handling functions to minimize the impact or avoidance of a collision. Even with all this advanced technology the best feature on the Forester is the safety features that are equipped throughout the vehicle. In fact, the Forester earn the best scored during a safety crash test. This makes this vehicle the obvious choice for family-oriented buyers.

Honda CR-V

Next up is the Honda CR-V. Honda is well-known for producing top quality automobiles for the last 30 years and the CR-V is no exception. The CR-V is known for its smooth ride, excellent fuel economy, and spacious cargo and passenger space. Currently, the 2014 CR-V still has some unknown upgrades, as the Honda Company is usually tight-lipped about their upcoming models. However, the CR-V is expected to be equipped with a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which will slightly decrease the horsepower from 185 to 181. Even with the lower horsepower, it will gain more torque and have better fuel-efficiency, which is a major buying factor for consumers. In addition, look for an upgrade to the transmission, which will feature a six-speed automatic transmission. This will increase fuel economy to 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The CR-V will come with three trim levels: the standard LX, more-equipped EX, and the luxury EX-L model. Each model will offer front or all-wheel-drive systems, which will also affect the overall cost.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is the next top smaller SUV on the market. Mazda is another great automobile company that continuously produces quality vehicles. The CX-5 shines in performance, fuel economy, precision road handling. The CX-5 is one of the quickest and most powerful small SUV’s on the market, which makes it appealing to the younger crowds. The 2014 CX-5 will receive an upgrade in the engine department, with the new Skyactiv engine. It will hold a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that will produce around 184 horsepower and 185 pounds of torques. This will give you quick acceleration and passing speeds on the highways. The CX-5 may not have the best fuel economy compared to its predecessors, but is respectable among overall SUVs. You can expect an average of 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The CX-5 also has ample cargo room and enough space for seating several adults, but the CX-5 prides itself on its powerful engine and performance.

Toyota RAV4

The next smaller SUV is the popular Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 is your all around SUV that is a mid-tier vehicle that rates average in all categories of performance, interior, and fuel economy. If you are looking for a vehicle that you can’t go wrong with, the RAV4 maybe your best choice. The 2014 version will feature a better engine and improved fuel economy in its 3 trim levels: the Base, Sport, and Limited. On average you can expect 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. All the trim levels come with advanced traction control, stability control, and standard 4-wheel drive system. In addition, look for an upgraded interior with a more sophisticated look. Also the 2014 RAV4 will have increased interior space which will provide more cargo capability and increased passenger comfort in its second row seating.

Ford Escape

Finally, the last vehicle is the Ford Escape. The Ford Escape is another one of those popular vehicles you see everywhere on the road. The Escape is known for its excellent handling and performance, and sleek design look. It also is one of the quietest SUVs on the market today and is recognized for its impressive interior design layout. The 2014 Ford Escape will feature three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. Each will feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with optional turbo charged 2.0-liter engine. In addition, look for an added rearview camera and Sync as options that will be available for the 2014 model.


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