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The subcompact SUV segment is getting very exciting. Honda has completely redesigned its subcompact SUV. Dodge is releasing a new subcompact SUV. Hyundai is still holding on tight to its place in rankings. Here are three exciting subcompact SUVs to watch in 2023.

The 2023 Honda HR-V is the HR-V drivers deserve

The 2023 Honda HR-V is the best HR-V yet. It’s also the most expensive HR-V yet, but the nameplate’s upgrades justify a price increase. The 2023 Honda HR-V starts at $23,650. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make 158 horsepower. It gets 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

The new HR-V features an exterior redesign, better standard tech, and more horses. Critics and automotive publications have called previous HR-V models underpowered. Honda addressed many of the issues that consumers had with older HR-V model years. Now, the subcompact SUV is positioned to become one of the best subcompact SUVs on the market.

The 2023 Honda HR-V got the best Car and Driver overall score of all HR-V models thus far. The automotive publication praises its comfy seats and driving dynamics. The HR-V may not be the best in its class, but the nameplate has never been as competitive as it is now.

The 2023 Dodge Hornet is a historic subcompact SUV

The 2023 Dodge Hornet is truly one of a kind. The Hornet will be the only subcompact SUV in Dodge’s lineup. The Dodge Hornet has muscle car characteristics and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to MotorTrend, the Hornet makes 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. That’s more horses than plenty of subcompact SUVs. The Hornet is easily one of the most exciting new subcompact SUVs of the year.

The 2023 Dodge Hornet is estimated to start at around $29,990. Dodge expects the subcompact SUV to disrupt its vehicle segment in a big way because of how different it is from competitors. The Hornet’s arrival may be significant enough to disrupt ranking lists.

The Hyundai Kona is still king of the hill… for now

A black 2022 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV is parked.
The Hyundai Kona | Hyundai

The Hyundai Kona is considered the best subcompact SUV by many automotive publications. The Kona is affordable and incredibly fun to drive.

The 2023 Hyundai Kona starts at $21,990. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make 147 horsepower. The subcompact SUV gets 30 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Kona’s peppy powertrain, exciting driving dynamics, and quirky design have captured the hearts of many drivers. Will the Kona remain top dog, or will new models like the 2023 Honda HR-V and 2023 Dodge Hornet claim the throne?

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