If you're shopping for a compact SUV, the bevy of competitive options to choose from may overwhelm you. Since our last comparison test in 2012 new models from Jeep, Nissan and Toyota have gone on sale, and they're selling quite well.
One other thing that has changed recently: Most models in this segment come with relatively well-equipped base levels, or with just a few options selected. That makes finding the most affordable versions easier, but it's not a simple task.
We've done the hard part and compiled the right trim levels that deliver expected features in this class and included the cost of gas over five years to determine the most affordable compact SUV amongst the ranks.
As stolen SUVs go, crooks are still most likely to abscond with the Escape. Once again, the Ford Escape topped the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of most-stolen SUVs and crossovers. The Des Plaines, lll.-based nonprofit today released the 2014 SUV hot list, which examines model-year 2011-13 SUV and crossover thefts that occurred between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013.
According to the NICB, a total of 21,711 SUVs and crossovers were reported stolen in that time; that's up from just less than 20,000 on the list released in February 2013. The consistently coveted Escape did its share in making up the difference in the increase. At 1,421 thefts, the Escape logged 407 more thefts than reported in the 2013 list, a nearly 29 percent spike. Ford also dominates the balance of the top three, with 1,140 Edge thefts and 958 Explorer thefts.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue is still No. 1 on our list of most-read reviews this week, but a quartet of newcomers has joined the roster to shake things up a little. Debuts are led by Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger's near-gushing critique of the much-improved 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan at No. 2. Other fresh faces include the 2014 Lexus GX 460 at No. 5, the 2014 Honda CR-V at No. 7 and the 2014 Lexus ES 300h at No. 9. Check out what else was popular:
1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2015 Chrysler 200
3. 2014 Infiniti Q50
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Lexus GX 460
6. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
7. 2014 Honda CR-V
8. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
9. 2014 Lexus ES 300h
10. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman
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