The Best Compact SUVs for 2018 Are Big on Features and Value


Compact SUVs are for buyers who need seating for four (or five in a pinch) and the stuff to go with them. But the best compact SUV models have more than just space. They are loaded with safety tech and other features. Some are even fun to drive.

But despite the small name, these compact SUVs are hardly small. They aren’t the tiny tin cans the compact name implies. They’re small in stature, but big on features, capability, fuel economy and value. It’s a crowded segment, but here are 10 of the best compact SUV models for 2018.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen introduced the all-new second-generation Tiguan in late 2017. It’s a much bigger vehicle than the last one. So much bigger that it’s now an SUV with three rows of seating.

While the seats are too snug for most adults, they’re fine for kids. The bigger VW Tiguan gets more cargo space as well. If you don’t want the optional third row, you get even more space in the back. The new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivers less power than last year, but has increased fuel economy.

2018 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape offers up lots of variety. There are three engines to pick from, including a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder and a pair of turbocharged engines in 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter form. The latter offers 245 horsepower making the Ford Escape one of the quickest SUVs in its class.

The 34.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row makes it one of the biggest in the class too. You also get Ford’s Sync3 connectivity system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto on a big touchscreen.

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