5 Highly-Recommended Small Crossover SUVs from 2016
Recently, small crossover SUVs have started to get a lot of attention. It is a rapidly growing market for a number of reasons apart from the fact that cars are looking really good. Small crossovers are usually great when it comes to fuel economy, while also providing great performances on the road. With that in mind, we’ve decided to provide with our picks for the top 10 best crossovers of 2018 and you can check the best suvs of 2018.
#5. 2016 Honda HR-V
Honda had a lot of success with their compact CR-V, as well as with the large three-row Pilot SUV. It looks like the idea for HR-V came as a result of combining these two concepts. It seems Honda did a very good job designing this crossover SUV. It looks amazing, while being very versatile. HR-V is based on the Honda Fit, although obviously some features were borrowed from the CR-V. Compared to its siblings, Honda HR-V has a more appealing interior. It has more noise insulation and better materials were used for the seats, dashboard, etc. On top of that, the HR-V is equipped with an extra-large touchscreen. It provides safety information, but can be also used for navigation.
The area in which CR-V is better than its younger cousin is the power of the engine. HR-v’s 141-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine seems more than enough, though. When you take in consideration its mileage, which is 31 mpg, this crossover seems as the right choice. The transmission in the car is continuously variable. The six-speed manual gearbox is only available with the front-wheel drive versions. Honda HR-V comes in three variants – LX, EX and EX-L. The price for the basic version is 20 grand.
#4. 2016 Mazda CX-3
You must agree that simply by looking at the new Mazda CX-3 you get a feeling it is fun to drive. CX-3 is the smallest crossover coming from this manufacturer to this date. We must agree with Suzanne Kane from iseecars that the new Mazda is a real beauty. Not only does it look cool from the outside, it also has a superb interior. The CX-3 features some details that look stunning, like contrast stitching for example. On top of that, the Japanese automaker also used piping on the seats and wrapped dashboard pieces.
What’s under the hood is equally impressive. Mazda CX-3 sports a 146-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Despite being powerful, the engine is pretty quiet. In fact, CX-3 is extremely comfortable. If you prefer all-wheel drive, you can opt for it, although front wheel drive is standard. Front wheel drive version has a better mileage, which is 31 mpg. All-wheel model, on the other hand has 29 mpg. The basic version costs about 20 grand. It seems as a bargain, considering how many useful features are included.
#3. 2016 Chevrolet Trax
What’s CX-3 for Mazda, Trax is for Chevrolet. This is the smallest crossover ever to come out of Chevy assembly line. Same as Buick Encore, the 2016 Trax is also based on Chevrolet Sonic. Compared to Encore, Trax is way more practical. By practical, we don’t mean dull. On the contrary, Chevy Trax is very fun to drive. It features a 138-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. When it comes to transmission, a six-speed automatic is used. Chevy Trax can produce some amazing performances on the road, but its mileage is what makes it stand out. Mileage of front drive version is 29 mpg. All-wheel model has a bit worse fuel economy of 27 mpg.
Safety is what makes Trax special. It comes with a number of safety features, most notably a set of 10 airbags. On top of that, the crossover comes with an electronic stability control, which is equipped with a rollover mitigation system. The starting price of all three versions of Trax (LS, LT and LTZ) is $21,000.
#2. 2016 Fiat 500X
The first ever crossover from Fiat came out this year. Italian automaker decided on designing a subcompact crossover SUV that’s perfect for city drive. Its great fuel economy, amazing safety features, and nice performances make it ideal for urban driving. Although there’s an option for all-wheel drive, this Fiat is not quite an off-road vehicle.
Fiat offers the 500X in two versions to their US customers. Both variants come at a price of around $20k. The difference in these two models is in the engine. The first one features a 160-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, combined with 6-speed manual gearbox. The more advanced version sports a 180-hp 2.4-liter engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Same as other crossovers on our list, Fiat 500X is also superb in the field of safety. There are 7 airbags assuring safety if an accident happens. However, the 500X features systems that help accidents don’t happen at all. There’s a stability control included, as well as a system for hill-start assist. Because of these features, a high-authority institute, IIHS, awarded the 500X with the highest rating for safety. The Fiat Crossover got the Top Safety Pick+ rating also because of the safety features that are optional. Those include blind-spot monitors, rear cross-path detection, as well as forward-collision and lane-departure warning.
#1. 2016 Jeep Renegade
This crossover might be the smallest SUV from the Jeep family, but it’s still great as an off-road vehicle. The best thing about it is that is pretty affordable. You get a powerful, yet comfortable Jeep for just over $20,000. Undoubtedly, the designers wanted to show where this crossover comes from. That is why they extensively used certain features that are iconic to this automaker.
Renegade comes in two versions of the engine. The basic version is a 160-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, while the more advanced sports a 180-hp 2.4-liter engine. While the basic model uses a 6-speed manual gearbox, the later version is equipped with automatic transmission with 9 speeds. Both variants of the Renegade are good for urban driving. They have a good fuel economy and are very quiet.
When it comes to safety, the standard version of the Renegade is equipped with 7 airbags. Other safety features include a stability control system and a rearview camera. Four trims of the Renegade are offered, namely Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.