A handful of 2014 small SUVs stand out as top models, including the Nissan Juke, Ford Escape, Jeep Wrangler, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester and Toyota Rav4, reports Car and Driver. Other models include the BMW X1, Buick Encore, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX and the Mercedes-Benz GLK-class.
The Nissan Juke makes a statement for its fun driving factor, responsive steering and optional all-wheel drive, according to Car and Driver. Style-conscious consumers appreciate the Escape's curb appeal. The Honda CR-V and Toyota Rav4 have impressive reliability records and ample space inside. Serious off-road driving is what the Jeep Wrangler does best.
The Subaru Forester mixes all-wheel drive with a base 250 horsepower or turbocharged engine, making it a popular choice in snow-prone areas, according to Autobytel. Drivers seeking something sporty should consider the Mazda CX-5, which comes with either a 155-horsepower or 184-horsepower engine.
The BMW X1 and Buick Encore top the list of small luxury crossovers and SUVs, according to Car and Driver. Both vehicles offer luxurious interiors, while their small size makes them good for city life. Drivers seeking a slightly larger premium vehicle may choose the Audi Q5, with its turbocharged four cylinder or supercharged V6 engine. Most BMX X3 models have all-wheel drive. The Cadillac SRX offers two suspension levels along with front or all-wheel drive. A powerful V6 engine with fuel-saving stop-start technology makes the GLK a more economic choice.