If you expect a subcompact vehicle to be small, you’re usually right. The smallest, least expensive vehicles on the market tend to have less room inside than bigger, pricier ones.
But today, we’re looking at two subcompact crossovers that offer uncommonly spacious interiors. Yet both start below $23,000 and have EPA ratings of at least 30 mpg in a mix of highway and city driving. One is a best-seller in this segment, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, which is freshly updated this year. The other is an all-new challenger, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos, which goes on sale in June. We tested both of these little SUVs so that we can compare them across eight categories and then name an overall winner. Read on to learn more about the Crosstrek and Taos and decide which one sounds better for you.