Americans are buying more small SUVs. Consumer Reports shows five reasons why people like them so much with examples of each key attribute.
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I drove trucks for 20 years and they rode like a top of the line Caddy compared to my RAV4. They are dependable but the absolute worst suspension imaginable. I've owned 2 brand new but never again will I buy one. I go out of my mind when I drive my wife's car it drives me crazy. Goodbye Toyota.
Took my 2005 manual awd Element in for maintenance recently. They gave me a 2018 CRV loaner. Had it all day. Other than very comfortable seats in the CRV couldn't wait to get back into my Element. Better road feel, handled better, quieter (my Nokian tires maybe), better visibility all around, more room, better stereo, easier to park, better turn radius and could put more stuff in it if I had too. Honda motors co.are a bunch of idiots for not improving and/or turning the Element into a true off road capable vehicle.
Why do you Americans call all these small SUVs? For example seems to me Audi Q5 (and other similar sized Suvs) are the normal/medium size, Q7 is the large and Q3 is the small one. Or is everything smaller than a Hummer called small in US?
These are not SUVs. These are crap box crossover vehicles based on minivans and flimsy cars. There is a difference and the announcer of the vision does not know it. How credible can he be if he does not know what he is talking about.
Kinda agree.. Every current model SUV's is now really a crossover or hatchback. They are now made lower to the ground and that is a shame. I like the older SUV's of years ago that sit up higher, with good visibility and more headroom. I wish auto manufacturers would go back to the higher stance yet make them more quiet and smooth riding. Oh, and please make stick to a more traditional dashboard (and controls) design with standard, traditional (non electric) shifters. The current trend of hi-tech push button everything dashboard/controls design is a deal breaker for me. I refuse to buy anything like that.
No surprise that this segment has grown so much. Most car manufacturers don't offer wagons at all and hatchbacks only rarely, so what is someone to do if they want utility nowadays and they don't want a Subaru or a VW at the low end of the market? These things are all hideous but have some practicality. Unfortunately they also have crap handling, inflated price tags, and worse fuel economy than sedans and theoretical wagons. Thanks, carmakers. BMW, which barely sells any cars in North America compared to the giants of the industry, manages to sell wagon, hatchback, coupe, gran coupe, and sedan versions of the 3 series, but the big manufacturers give us no choice at all within most segments. So much for real choices being available.
"Automated Emergency Braking" is a bit of a misnomer since it uses the "regular" (service) brakes, not the "emergency" (parking/hand)brake.
That being said, you should ding any car that intersperses any automated system between the driver and the parking brake. It needs to be the last failsafe to bring the car to a stop in case of complete electrical/hydraulic system failure.
My 2014 Mazda CX 5 is just as god if not better than the Rav. Toyota seemed to nickel and dime us regarding options and the gas mileage was better than CR is indicating on the Rav. Happy with our choice. Next up is the Outback for some camping ⛺️
I find it interesting that they give bonus points for automatic forward collision across the line, the newly redesigned RAV4 they talk about here still is outperformed by the older Subaru Forester. Only the Forester gets an Excellent rating, everything beneath it scores Very Good or worse. For those wondering where the Honda CRV is, their webpage says "In Testing" at the bottom of the ratings - so they could not mention it here when putting together the best of the small SUVs.
Where is the Mazda CX5 or CRV in this comparisom? this is a weird comparisom without them, in the fuel efficiency(taking the hybrids aside) CX5 is the best with their SkyActiv Engines, it also handles great, has decent space and looks way nicer than the rest. And CRV is selling like hotcakes
I rented brand new Ford Escape and I'm like it's not bad it's quiet ... til i fucking hit the highway omg noise was coming from everywhere windshield side glass.. it was like driving something that's made in 1998 and had 300 000 miles .. I couldn't believe it for brand new car
They omitted the CR-V in the print edition of the auto annual magazine too. They lose all credibility when they exclude the best selling compact SUV on the market. I'm still driving a 2006 I bought new. It has about 100,0000 miles and runs like a watch. Have done nothing except routine maintenance. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
I chose my RAV4 because it doesn't send power to the wheels via a rubber band. A rubber band that WILL break without warning and cost over $3K to replace. It also doesn't rely on a turbo to make power. Another lubricated part to wear and fail. I will stick with my simple Toyota.
Right now, the 2018 CR-V is their second-ranked compact SUV, not significantly behind the 2018 Forester. RAV4 is close behind, with a bigger gap back to the Rogue, CX-5, Sportage, etc. So they like the model.
They also liked the CX-5, in the driving tests, but its predicted reliability is only average, versus very good for the CR-V, Forester, and RAV4.
Sorry but, i will never own/drive a vehicle that does any part of the driving without my own input. All these "collision avoidance" gimmicks create lazy drivers with no accountability. If you have to rely on technology to drive for you, you don't belong behind the wheel. Period. Driving is a PRIVILEGE, not a right
if you don't want technology driving for you, then just hope you're dead before fully perfected self driving cars become the main stream norm. not sure how i feel about self driving cars though, i can't imagine ever enjoying just being driven by an automated car and doing nothing, there's just that special something about being in control of a vehicle you enjoy driving. maybe we'll grow to like them, maybe not.
matt9c1 "sovereign citizen shit elsewhere"
lol, since travel/freedom of movement is factually and literally a right, it ironically appears as though you should be the one going to north korea, where you can't go anywhere unless kim jong un gives you the "privilege" to do so, learn what you're talking about before it blows up in your face. ;D
Everything that makes an HR-V an "SUV" makes it a little bit worse than a Fit. It's not a *bad* car but it's not truly good like the Fit is. You pay dearly for being able to say you drive a compact crossover rather than a hatchback.
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