A Look Back at 2016 Compact SUVs

Compact SUVs is one of the hottest-selling vehicle classes. These crossover models offer fuel economy within 10% of midsize sedans with much more cargo space, a higher ride height, more towing capacity, and all-wheel-drive capability.

2016 models offer more safety features, better fuel economy, and interior comforts than ever before. There are more than a dozen compact SUVs to choose from for the 2016 model year.

Here’s how the 2016 compact SUV model lineup shakes out with which models are improved, and which models stand out in the class.

2011 Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Models

The list of 2016 compact SUVs is as follows:

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Escape
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Kia Sportage
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Escape
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Kia Sportage
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Volkswagen Tiguan

Here are some changes seen in 2016 models.

2016 hyundai tucson

Hyundai Tucson

The stylish 2016 Hyundai Tucson features a new turbocharged engine that is both powerful and fuel-efficient. This compact SUV is a re-designed model for 2016 with advanced safety and technology features, placing it top in its class. This model is the top pick for 2016 safest compact SUVs.

mazda cx-5

Mazda CX-5

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover that offers drivers best-in-class steering and suspension, excellent fuel economy, and top safety ratings. 2016 brings an improved tech interface to the model as well. Mazda’s are considered overall fun cars to drive, and the safety and value of the CX-5 make it a top choice.

Subaru Forester XT

Subaru Forester

Considered one of the most sensible choices in compact SUVs, the 2016 Subaru Forester is also one of the safest. The current model features a new touchscreen interface and Subaru’s signature wealth of cargo space. The Forester also offers an advanced collision-avoidance system and ranks near the top of its class in fuel economy.

2015 toyota rav4

Toyota RAV4

Now considered a suitable family SUV, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 is roomy, full of features, and safe. The latest model offers consumers a comfortable ride and good fuel economy. RAV4’s are known for their strong record of reliability, good resale value, and now you can feel safe as you drive one of these home.

2015 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

The 2016 Honda CR-V continues to be true to its original mission, which is to provide a practical, efficient, yet spacious compact SUV at a reasonable price. Continued improvements in recent years have made this one of the safest and most high-quality vehicles in its class as well.

mitsubishi outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has received some style updates this year, making it stand out in its class with standard alloy wheels and LED running lights. Beyond the bells and whistles, this compact SUV with third-row seating gets the nod as a very safe choice as well.

Segment Trends

With new features added to compact SUV models such as standard rear backup cameras, blind-spot monitoring, and voice-activated commands, the cost of a new compact SUV has increased by more than $2,000 over the past three years for many models.

These cost increases have helped bring about more new sub-compact models such as the Honda HR-V to fill the sub-$20,000 starting price point. Expect this trend to continue with automakers wanting to keep the starting price benchmark for compact SUVs under $25,000.

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