Affordable price tags, fuel-efficient engines, roomy interiors, high seating positions, nimble driving characteristics, and weather-beating all-wheel-drive systems – small crossover SUVs seem to have everything going for them. No wonder they are exploding in popularity, not just in the United States but all around the world.
Live with one of these so-called “mini-utes,” and it is easy to understand why they possess universal appeal. They are more rugged looking and more practical than a sedan, more comfortable and efficient than bigger SUVs. Even the smallest of crossovers can fit into a variety of lifestyles: young or old, single or married, a parent or not.
With a slew of new models arriving on the market — we thought it would be a good idea to provide a quick flyover of the mini-ute landscape. Pull up a comfortable chair and check out all 14 models, each accompanied by our expert commentary and recommendations.