Small SUVs: Which vehicle comes out on top
Ross McLaughlin and Sandra Hermiston, CTV Vancouver
Published Tuesday, January 3, 2017 11:05AM PST
When it comes to cars, small SUVs are big business. More than three million were sold in North America last year.
The original SUVs were based on trucks, while the smaller SUVs are based on car platforms. Car manufacturers took the comfort and handling of a car ride and put them in a bigger package, so consumers have a utility vehicle you can take anywhere.
Consumer Reports took a look at the two top-selling models, Toyota’s RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.
Both are roomy, comfortable, and versatile vehicles that come from trustworthy brands. But they often appeal to different drivers.
“Some people like the RAV4 because of its roomy interior, its strong reliability, and its great fuel economy,” said Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports auto editor.
The RAV4 hybrid got an impressive 13 kilometres per litre in Consumer Reports tests. The CR-V gets 10 kilolmetres per litre, and Consumer Reports says it’s a good match for those who don’t want to sacrifice utility for sportiness.
“They want something that’s engaging, that they can enjoy driving on the weekend, as well as something that’s reliable and fuel-efficient day-to-day,” said Linkov.
Both SUVs rate very high for safety, but the RAV4 has a slight edge in available safety equipment.
Toyota offers a lot of active safety features like automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning. That’s available on all of the SUVs, whereas Honda includes it only with the top two model lines.
Consumer Reports rates the Toyota RAV4 slightly above the Honda CR-V, but suggests taking a test-drive to see which works best for you.
While the CR-V and RAV4 are both high-performing cars, the Subaru Forester was actually the highest rated SUV by Consumer Reports.