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Highest-Rated Compact SUVs of 2017

Looking for an ideal compact SUV this year? Don’t take anyone’s word on it. Check out this line-up of the 4 highest rated of 2017.

Picking out the best compact SUV can be difficult, since there are new models being made every day and each serves their own unique purpose. Do you want fuel efficiency over space? Bells and whistles over style? A little bit of everything? It’s a bit like picking the best flavor of ice cream; everyone has a different taste.

So when you’re considering which SUV is right for you this year, don’t get lost in the choices. Here we’ve broken down the best assets of the top-voted vehicles for 2017, and detailed what makes each unique.

  1.     Honda CR-V

The 2017 Honda CR-V was ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report in Compact SUVs, due to its fine interior, ample cargo space, and joy of driving. It possesses an outstanding mileage rating at up to 25-28 miles per gallon in the city and 31-34 miles per gallon on the highway. In addition, the Honda CR-V scored well due to its towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, impressive leg-room with five-passenger seating, and advanced safety technology. However, it’s important to know this vehicle offers only “mediocre engine power.”

  1.     Mazda CX-5

In that same ranking, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 earned a position at number two for its amazing performance, superior cabin features, luxurious five-passenger seating, balanced ride, and admirable quality interior. In addition, it scored well on fuel economy with up to 24 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway, offering a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. However, this one does lag behind with its “average engine power and a low predicted reliability rating.”

  1.     Ford Escape

Coming in at number three, the 2017 Ford Escape scored high for its smooth and balanced ride, impressive interior, and ample leg-room for its five-passenger seating. In addition, it scored well for its adequate cargo space, easy handling, many extra technology gadget features, and good fuel efficiency. Boasting up to 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway, the Ford Escape has a towing capacity between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds.

  1.     Hyundai Tucson

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson scored at number four due to its impressive list of standard features, including Apple Car Play and Android Auto. It also scored well for its expansive quiet cabin, easy balanced ride, and high safety features. Its smooth handling and a towing capacity of 1,000 pounds, in addition to its impressive mileage, put this vehicle high on the list.  It offers up to 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

When it comes to choosing a wonderful compact SUV, it’s less about a single feature and more about how it melds the best assets on the market into one. Here we’ve broken down the four that offer the most, while also contrasting where they fall short. Want more safety features? Need a heavy towing capacity? These ones are your top choices for 2017.

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