Discovering The 4 Best Small Compact SUVs

By Alley Benton
Updated December 20, 2016
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Discovering The 4 Best Small Compact SUVsSmall compact SUVs have blended the benefits of large SUVs with those of a regular vehicle. They have taken the best of the two types of vehicles, in other words. But which are the best small compact SUV's? The concept of "best" is subjective, as it depends on what you are looking for in a vehicle. However, below are some of the ones that are widely accepted as being very good.

Best Small Compact SUV's:

1. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

This car looks really angular, which means you can't miss it in the crowd. It's 2.0 liter, 148 hp front-wheel, and also has a five speed manual transmission. You can add CVT or all wheel drive. There is a higher hp model as well, but they are obviously more expensive. You get a really good 10-year powertrain warranty with it as well.

2. The GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain is often compared to a locomotive. It looks like a full SUV, but has the footprint of the crossover. In terms of style, you will either love it or hate it. Some people felt the older model was hard and heavy to drive, but it has been updated in 2016 to improve this.

3. The Chevrolet Equinox

This is not a new vehicle, but it had to make the list of best small compact SUV's because it does what it is supposed to do. Unlike its rivals, this one isn't about entertainment, but about driving. A 3.6 liter, V6, 301 hp engine will take you to where you want to go. Plus, they have added some cool extras like built in wi-fi hotspot and 4G LTE. It has lower MSRP than the GMC Terrain, despite having the same mechanicals.

4. The Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue ticks all the boxes thanks to its name alone. If you expect something entertaining, however, you would be wrong. Rather, this is the car you need if you have a large family that you need to get from A to B while trusting your car to last, to be comfortable, and to be safe. The Rogue is easy going, in other words. It has a four-cylinder 2.5 liter engine with CVT drive on each of the four wheels. The comfort in the Nissan Rogue is miles above other vehicles. It also has good suspension to control body motion. Some have complained somewhat about uncommunicative and numb steering. However, the cabin is highly luxurious and comfortably seats seven passengers.

Which One to Choose?

Which vehicle is right for you will depend entirely on what you are looking for. Some common factors that people find important include safety rating, seating capacity, optional extras, depreciation value, overall look, price, make, and more. This is why, although this list of small compact SUVs can be very useful, it should be used as a guide only. Each vehicle, as shown, has some disadvantages as well, but how much those things will bother you will depend on your personal circumstances. And don't forget to always take a car for a test drive before agreeing to buy it.





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