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2018 Best 5 Compact Utility Vehicles!

2018 Best 5 Compact Utility Vehicles for everyday use, Sun, Snow, Surf, Shopping!

March 19, 2018 by Car Leasing Concierge.

Not long ago, utility vehicles were commonly associated with high gas expenses and environmental concerns. However, as gas prices climbed, the Goliath's (RIP, Hummer) were outpaced by the Davids, the small, fuel-efficient car segments.

Now, consumers are shifting their preferences again, this time toward a cross between the Davids and Goliath's, Compact Utility Vehicles (CUV's). This rising segment marries the practicality of passenger cars with the utility of SUV's resulting in a top choice for many car buyers. CUV's are perfect for everyday commutes during the week and weekend adventures for small families. Although these vehicles are compact, they ride higher than sedans, making them easy to get in and out of and especially easy to lift kids out of car seats. With spacious cargo capacity, these utility vehicles tend to hold more than traditional sedans. Read on to learn more about the top 5 searched CUV's for 2018.

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2018 Honda CR-V

MSRP Range*: $24,150 – $34,050

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 28/34/30

Engine(s) Offered: 2.4L 4-Cyl (184hp/180lb-ft); 1.5T 4-Cyl (190hp/179 lb-ft)

Notable Features:

Available in FWD and AWD

NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating with 0 reported recalls

 

 

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2018 Jeep All-New Wrangler

MSRP Range*: $26,995 – $40,495

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 17/25/20

Engine(s) Offered: 3.6L V6 (285hp/260lb-ft)

Notable Features:

AWD only

Available in 2-door or 4-door

Enhanced ease of removing the windshield, tops, and doors for 2018MY

 

 

2018 Mazda CX-5

MSRP Range*: $24,150 – $30,945

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 25/31/28

Engine(s) Offered: 2.5L 4-Cyl (187hp/186lb-ft)

Notable Features:

Available in FWD and AWD

Standard Smart City Brake Support and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring

 

 

2018 Nissan Rogue

MSRP Range*: $24,800 – $32,530

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 26/33/29

Engine(s) Offered: 2.5L 4-Cyl (170hp/175lb-ft)

Notable Features:

Available in FWD and AWD

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

 

2018 Toyota Rav4

MSRP Range*: $24,510 – $36,250

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 34/30/32

Engine(s) Offered: 2.5L 4-Cyl (176hp/172lb-ft); Hybrid 2.5L 4-Cyl (194 net hp)

Notable Features:

Hybrid trims available

Available in FWD and AWD

Toyota Safety Sense™ – P is standard on all trims

Adventure trims extend towing capabilities to 3500lb

 

Max Cargo Volume and Towing Capacity for the Top 5 CUVs

Wondering how much our Top 5 CUVs can hold and haul? Here we’ve ranked them according to cargo space and towing capacity. If you’re not one to travel light, it looks like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are mighty good picks.

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