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Best Compact SUVs for 2018 (Selected by Pros)

May 7, 2020

Compact SUVs rate among the fastest growing new vehicle segments for good reason: They couple utility with the agility of a sedan, usually at an affordable price. A 2018 model can save you even more money without sacrificing performance or technology. We’ve culled the best compact SUVs for 2018 so that you can make the most informed decision at the dealership.

Mazda CX-3

With a punchy four-cylinder engine and expert handling, the sporty Mazda CX-3 delivers one of the most fun-to-drive rides in the segment. The 2018 model comes standard with Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V blends reliability, quality, and safety. The small SUV provides comfortable seats, a roomy interior, and adequate power for driving around town. It receives outstanding safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hyundai Kona

Introduced for the 2018 model year, the Hyundai Kona sports a cheerful-looking exterior, comfortable cabin, and choice of engines. The base model comes with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. The top-of-the-line Ultimate trim adds advanced driver safety equipment.

Chevrolet Equinox

Fully redesigned in 2018, the Chevrolet Equinox is sleeker, and more fuel-efficient. The 2018 model is available in four trims, but the base model is especially well-equipped. Standard features include Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system that sets speed and audio controls for secondary drivers.

Jeep Wrangler

Known for rugged off-road performance, the Jeep Wrangler underwent a full redesign for the 2018 model year. Available with two or four doors, the Wrangler features a roomy interior with Bluetooth, an eight-speaker sound system, and a 5-inch touch screen.

Subaru Crosstrek

Capable and responsive, the Subaru Crosstrek features a powerful engine and standard all-wheel drive. The Crosstrek’s well-appointed interior comes with cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen.

Audi Q5

Refreshed for the 2018 model year, the Audi Q5 delivers a blend of performance and luxury. Standard features include leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, dual USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker sound system, and a 7-inch display screen.

    Roomy, responsive, and increasingly refined, compact SUVs combine carlike performance with robust capability. Check out the best compact SUVs for 2018 to score a showroom bargain.