Author: Curtis Farrell |

Modern small SUVs satisfy almost all imaginable whims – they can have a sports car’s engine, a convertible’s soft top, a 3rd-row seating, a superb fuel efficiency, an off-road attitude or a highly luxurious interior. Unfortunately, you cannot have it all in one vehicle but you can choose the best for you.

Audi Q3

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2016 Audi Q3 © Audi AG

The Audi Q3 may seem predictable and expensive but it’s still very comfortable and good-looking German-made SUV that will satisfy the most demanding driver.

Chevrolet Trax

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2017 Chevrolet Trax © General Motors

It took only a year since the American debut for this pretty little Chevy to become the second-best-selling small SUV in the US. And yet, the company have already announced that the vehicle will receive an uplift for the upcoming model year. It is The 2017 Chevrolet Trax is coming on sale this fall.

Mazda CX-3

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2016 Mazda CX-3 © Mazda Motor Corporation

The Mazda CX-3 is another ‘young’ model that has debuted only recently. It looks sporty and feels sporty while its fuel efficiency is incredibly good (City 29 / Hwy 35).


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2016 BMW X1 © BMW AG

BMW always has an ace in the pocket. This time, it is a 228-hp 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine under the hood of the BMW X1. If you want power and luxury within a small SUV, this one will suit you well.

Jeep Renegade

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2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk © Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

The smallest of Jeeps is a rare exception when a small SUV actually has some off-road capabilities. It also succeeds where the elder brothers (Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot) fail – it looks freshly and fun.

Nissan Rogue

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2016 Nissan Rogue © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Do you want a 3rd-row seating? No problem. The Nissan Rogue is one of the smallest and most affordable 7-passenger vehicles in the world. It lies on a thin margin between small SUV and mid-size SUV. It simply cannot be smaller to fit the small SUV segment because it’ll be uncomfortable inside, so be sure that your passengers aren’t claustrophobic.

Buick Encore

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2017 Buick Encore © General Motors

The best-seller among small SUVs praised for its balance. It is inexpensive, fuel-efficient, comfortable, good-looking, with plenty of features and options. The best choice for the money.

Lexus NX 300h

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2016 Lexus NX 300h © Toyota Motor Corporation

This entry-level Lexus is the most fuel-efficient small SUV on the market. Don’t be surprised; Toyota knows how to make economic vehicles even if they are considered luxurious.

Range Rover Evoque

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2016 Range Rover Evoque © Tata Group

The Range Rover Evoque is a star of the luxurious segment. It has retained the off-road capabilities of a traditional Range Rover while its design screams about luxury and chic. Just look at this version with soft top – is it possible to be more elegant?

Mercedes-AMG GLA45 SUV

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 4MATIC © Daimler AG

375 horsepower is not a joke. If you want to be really fast, you should stick with up-level Mercedes-AMG GLA45 SUV capable of breaking the 60 mph threshold in 4.3 seconds. This small SUV is one of the fastest in the US by far.