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By Consumer Team | 14 Sept. 2018

The Best Compact SUVs of 2017


When it comes to the best compact SUVs for 2017, you’re in luck: The market is chock full of economical options. In fact, this style of SUV is the most popular among a younger demographic, in particular, and it’s easy to see why. With features such as better fuel economy and affordability, a compact option of this popular sport utility vehicle is a natural option for many. Additionally, added cargo space, a higher ride height, and more towing capacity mean that the “compact” SUV doesn’t feel so compact at all. Regardless, here are some common features of the ride:

  • Practical space-saving interior dynamics to maximize cargo and passenger room
  • An exterior design that is aerodynamically constructed to emphasize performance
  • Elevated engine and drivetrain configurations that set it apart from other automobiles
  • Versatile features that easily transition from urban to light off-road conditions

In this section, we outline the best compact SUVs for 2017 that made a splash on the small utility automotive scene. Whether you are interested in enhanced safety features, superior turning and handling, maximum cargo and leg room, or a little of all of the above, 2017’s best compact SUVs are a practical, functional, and even stylish breed. Moreover, like the sport utility vehicle market in general, there are numerous options to satisfy even the most discerning driver’s needs. This segment of the SUV market has certainly grown based on demand, and automotive experts predict continued expansion and innovation for the market in the near future as well. That means that the amount of manufacturers offering this option is likely to grow in the future as well. In the meantime, take a look at some of our top rated compact SUV picks below.

1. Ford Escape

Featuring turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and 6-speed automatic transmissions, the 2017 Ford Escape offers a smoother ride than ever before. It’s also more fuel-efficient than previous models and has a 5-star crash safety rating. Retailing at $23,750 the Ford Escape is also one of the best priced out there, making it popular in its class. The venerable Ford name also lends itself to the Escape’s notoriety.

2. Honda CR-V

Voted best in class for fuel economy, the Honda CR-V is consistently one of the best selling compact models on the market. With a starting price just under $25,000 as well, the vehicle offers a great value, too. This year’s model is redesigned with a bigger interior and more safety and tech features. A dynamic drivetrain and enhanced interior comforts round out this popular ride.

3. Chevrolet Equinox

With seven different configurations to choose from, the Chevrolet Equinox offers versatility and a wealth of options for would-be drivers. Looking for horsepower that exceeds 6,500 revolutions per minute and a towing capacity of at least 1,500 pounds? The LT model, in particular, is for you then. Plus, with energy consumption that is measured in terms of barrels of oil consumed per year (in the LT’s case, 14.3), the Equinox is a highly fuel-efficient option to boot.

4. Kia Sportage

For one of the smallest crossover SUVs on the market, the Kia Sportage certainly packs a powerful punch. Featuring an impressive 2,000-pound towing capacity, this is one compact utility vehicle that was designed to work harder for you. It also boasts an impressive fuel-efficiency rating of 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

5. Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the newer sport utility vehicles on the market, but is quickly making a name for itself. With precise German engineering that yields a smooth-performing 2-L, 4-cylinder engine, this crossover SUV is equally as powerful as some of its larger counterparts. Indeed, a 2,200-pound towing capacity translates to practical hauling for either work or pleasure.

If you’re interested in shopping amongst 2017 SUVs, this list of top rated compact SUVs should give you a place to start.

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