Small SUVs that receive good reviews from experts include the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Toyota Rav4, Subaru Crosstrek and Volkswagen Tiguan, according to testers and reviewers at Consumer Reports. These cars vary in price and style, but share common characteristics of good gas mileage and superior handling in all weather conditions.
For drivers looking for a car with responsive handling and plenty of interior space, the Honda CR-V makes a good choice. Its safety features include a backup camera and lane departure warning lights, along with a passenger side mirror camera to eliminate blind spots.
The Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue offer a sporty, responsive ride with powerful 2.5L engines. The Mazda comes in manual and automatic transmission options, and excels in tight steering and handling. The Rogue, a similar car, has a third row of seats for additional passengers.
Subaru's CrossTrek and Forester have relatively basic interiors, but are easy to drive and maintain. The CrossTrek features a unique body design and color schemes. The Forester receives praise for its substantial safety features, notes Consumer Reports.
The Rav4 features a roomy cabin, plenty of cargo space and a powerful 2.5L engine. It also has several key safety features, such as a backup camera and lane departure warning.
Volkswagen's Tiguan sacrifices some power and gas mileage for a more luxurious cabin with many creature comforts. This SUV handles corners well, and has a backup camera for safety.