Not all city dwellers are in need of an SUV. But if you’re one that is? Well, Consumer Reports put together a list of the best new SUVs for city driving. Each of these SUVs boasts a tight turning radius, good gas mileage in the city, and a decent ride. These SUVs also come standard with all of the safety features you’ll want before hitting those crowded city streets.
The 2021 Honda CR-V
The 2021 Honda CR-V has a lot going for it. It’s available as both a hybrid and a gas-only model. Opt for the gas-only version, and the EPA says that you can expect the 2021 Honda CR-V to deliver 28 mpg in the city. And if you go for the CR-V Hybrid? The EPA says that you can expect it to deliver 40 mpg in the city.
This new SUV is more than fuel-efficient, though. With a 39-foot turning circle, this year’s CR-V is also pretty easy to park. According to Car and Driver, drivers will be sure to appreciate the CR-V’s “refined ride, enthusiastic steering, and strong brakes” too.
As for safety features? The 2021 Honda CR-V is stocked with them. It’s not only standard with a collision mitigation system, but it also offers sought-after safety features such as a lane-keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control with low speed follow, and automatic high-beam headlights. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this year’s model also earned a five-star overall safety rating, which is pretty hard to beat.
The 2021 Toyota RAV4
But maybe the 2021 Honda CR-V isn’t quite your style. Fortunately, it’s not the only SUV on Consumer Reports’ list. If you’re in the market for a new SUV for city driving, Consumer Reports says that the 2021 Toyota RAV4 also makes for a great pick. And, much like the Honda CR-V, it’s available as a gas-only and hybrid model. Opt for the gas-only RAV4 and the EPA says you can expect it to deliver an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city.
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 isn’t just fuel-efficient, though. According to Consumer Reports, it’s also “responsive in corners, and it remains under control even when pushed.” Its 37 foot turning radius certainly helps its case as an SUV for city driving too.
This year’s new RAV4 doesn’t skip when it comes to safety features either. It comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which includes safety features such as a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist. With so many safety features to its name, it’s no wonder the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tapped this year’s model as a Top Safety Pick.
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The 2021 Subaru Forester
According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Subaru Forester is another top-notch SUV for city driving. However, it isn’t quite as fuel-efficient as the Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4. According to the EPA, when equipped with its standard 2.5-liter engine, the 2021 Subaru Forester is only able to manage an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city.
The Subaru Forester does make up for its higher fuel consumption by coming standard with a ton of confidence-inspiring safety features. This year’s model comes standard with EyeSight Driver-Assist Technology, which includes features like a pre-collision braking system, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure and sway warning, and advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering. According to the NHTSA, the 2021 Subaru Forester also earned itself a five-star overall safety rating.
Choosing the best SUV for city driving
There are plenty of new SUVs out there that are perfect for city driving. Fortunately, these are just a few of them. So, if these SUVs aren’t quite your style? Don’t stress yourself out. These days, there are several SUVs out there that make city driving an easy feat.