Subcompact SUVs are perfect for those who want taller alternatives to classic cars and hatchbacks. The subcompact SUV realm is among the fastest-growing categories in the U.S., so you have plenty of options. Here are the top five most reliable subcompact SUVs for 2020, according to Consumer Reports.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek
Subura’s Crosstrek tops Consumer Reports list of most reliable 2020 subcompact SUVs. The Crosstrek is basically the taller version of the Subaru Impreza hatchback, which is why CR likes it. And even though it’s not the quickest model in the class, the Crosstrek’s versatility makes up for that.
The Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel-drive, and its high ground clearance helps to maneuver rugged roads. It’s good on fuel economy too. The Crosstrek features a 152-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and it’s available as a hybrid. If you’re hoping for a quicker Crosstrek experience, Subaru has given the 2021 model, a power boost.
2020 Hyundai Kona
The Hyundai Kona earns praise for its playful driving dynamics. This Hyundai comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 147-hp. The Kona’s standard engine works well, but its available 175-hp turbocharged four-cylinder is worth the upgrade. Although the Kona’s main drawback is that it’s noisy, but CR still thinks it’s more fun to drive than competitors like the Honda HR-V. Plus, the Kona is available as an all-electric model too.
Another highlight for the Kona is its upscale cabin. It offers many in-car electronics too. The Kona comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Regarding active safety equipment, the Kona comes with features including forward-collision warning and lane-keep assist.
2020 Nissan Rogue Sport
Practicality is the name of the game for the Nissan Rogue Sport. This crossover is cute, reliable, and comfortable. However, the Rogue Sport’s 141-hp four-cylinder often feels underpowered. But on the plus side, it’s a smooth ride that’s above-average for fuel economy. It gets a combined 26 mpg. The Rogue Sport also comes with a long list of infotainment and advanced safety features.
2020 Mazda CX-3
Mazdas are known to be fun to drive, and the CX-3 is no exception. The CX-3 is one of the more stylish options on this list, and it comes with many tech features. Although, the CX-3’s cabin is on the narrower side, and so is its cargo space. This Mazda is still a worthy choice, especially if you value reliability and fuel economy.
2021 Kia Seltos
The Kia Seltos rounds out CR’s top five most reliable subcompact SUVs. This Kia is an all-new model that shines for its trendy style and its practical nature. The Seltos boasts a spacious car cabin that can easily accommodate five passengers. This crossover offers high-quality materials and is also great on tech.
There are two engine options available for the Seltos, like the Kona. Base models get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 146-hp. For more power, you will want to opt for the 175-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder.