Subcompact crossovers represent one of the hottest market segments right now, and for good reason: Taking over where hatchbacks and wagons served in earlier generations, they deliver car-like rides, comfort, and fuel-efficiency along with the stance, convenience, and space of an SUV. Two of the best subcompact CUVs currently produced are the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.
The CX-3 is in its first generation, having first been produced as a 2016 model (a 2019 refresh is on the way). Riding on the same platform as the Mazda2 that's no longer sold in the U.S., the CX-3 has been a moderate success for Mazda, with 16,355 sold in 2017. The Crosstrek has been around a little longer, having debuted as the 2013 XV Crosstrek. The second generation debuted in 2018. The Crosstrek had its best sales ever in 2017, moving 110,138 examples during the year.