Finally! It’s almost 2021, and we’re getting our first opportunity to slide behind the wheel and test drive next year’s models. One of the most exciting things reviewers and consumers have noticed is the 2021 crop’s improved overall quality. The perfect example is the new batch of compact SUVs. For years, the Toyota RAV4 has been the best in this category. Make no mistake, the 2021 RAV4 is still great, but so is the competition.
If you’re in the market for a 2021 compact crossover, here are a few vehicles you should consider as alternatives to the RAV4.
The 2021 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V has a reputation for giving the Toyota RAV4 a run for its money. Most people who buy a CR-V remain loyal to the vehicle. That loyalty is based on the CR-V’s reliability and handing. A Car and Driver reviewer said the 2021 Honda CR-V “does just about everything well.” They were impressed by the vehicle’s high-tech equipment and safety features, generous cargo space, and fuel economy.
When you test drive the 2021 CR-V, you’ll be delighted that the 4-cylinder engine only sips fuel while still providing the performance needed to make fast accelerations and handle tight turns.
The 2021 Subaru Forester
Another great Toyota RAV4 alternative is the Subaru Forester. Surprisingly, we don’t see more of them on the road. Consumers often look at this extremely nice SUV when shopping for their next ride. If you’ve never considered a Forester, you don’t know what you’re missing. The vehicle’s stand-out trait is that every trim option is all-wheel-drive, making it a great choice for anyone who frequently drives in various road conditions.
In one review published in AutoTrader, the standard safety features on all of the Forester trim options impressed the driver. They also appreciated the Forester’s fuel efficiency and handling. Though the Forester isn’t a good choice for off-road adventures, it’s a great option when you need a reliable family car.
RAV4 alternative: The 2021 Kia Sportage
Kia vehicles, including the Sportage, have come a long way since the company made its U.S. debut. Originally a budget vehicle, the 2021 Kia Sportage has evolved to give the RAV4 stiff competition. Drivers will appreciate high-quality interior materials, an elegant design, and a smooth driving experience. And all of this comes at a very reasonable price. The biggest area where the Toyota RAV4 has the advantage over the Sportage is cargo space. The RAV4 offers a bit more room for people, pets, and luggage.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue
If you haven’t driven the 2021 Nissan Rogue, you should. The new model year sees an exciting redesign. The vehicle features 36.5 cubic feet of interior space, boasts several nice features even on the base trim, and offers a sporty exterior. The reviewer who test drove the Rogue for HeraldNet was especially impressed with the comfortable zero-gravity seats and the amount of legroom and headroom.
So, which of these 2021 models do you plan to test drive before deciding whether to buy a Toyota RAV4?