What Are the Key Points to Consider When Comparing Small SUVs?

Some key points to consider when comparing small sport-utility vehicles, or SUVs, include considering the price of the vehicle, its fuel economy and its interior space, and determining the type of SUV needed. The exact key points to consider depends on how the customer plans to use the vehicle and the customer’s preferences regarding valuable features.

Subcompact SUVs such as the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V and compact SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue fall into the small SUVs category. Customers comparing small SUVs can consider the price since size, features and luxury value can affect costs. Luxury SUVs range in price from about $32,000 to $100,000, while base model compact and subcompact SUVs start at $20,000 and around the $30,000 area.

The fuel economy of some small SUVs can compete against some family sedans, while compact sporty SUVs are normally less fuel-efficient and cost more than standard small SUVs. The 2016 Honda HR-V offers a combined fuel economy of 28 to 31 miles per gallon, while the 2016 Porsche Macan offers a fuel efficiency of 19 miles per gallon. Subcompact SUVs also offer less cargo space and passenger space than compact SUVs. However, subcompact SUVs offer similar or higher ride height for its interior space.