Buying a first new car is a big deal. Shoppers quickly realize that $20, 000 doesn’t go very far when buying new—and they start wondering how low their expectations need to go.
For those millennials not overwhelmed with student-loan debt and able to afford new wheels, several automakers have recently rolled out an affordable new breed of vehicle: the small SUV.
Built on the same platforms as tiny hatchbacks like the Honda Fit and Chevrolet Sonic, these stylish “cute utes” (as they’re affectionately called in the industry) are priced starting about $20, 000. But that quickly escalates by several thousand dollars once popular optional features or all-wheel drive are factored into the sticker price.
So what do you get for your money?
When done well, a tiny SUV delivers room for your stuff, good fuel economy, and a driving position that’s higher than most sedans.
These mini mites make sense for someone living in dense urban environs, where a few inches of vehicle length mean the difference between a parking spot and a parking ticket.
These vehicles could also work well for older drivers because they’re easy to get into, they have upright seats, and they can swallow several golf bags.
With their curb appeal and unique colors, these vehicles may seem attractive in the showroom or during a quick test drive near the dealership.
But as we found in our testing, after a few thousand miles in the real world, their cramped quarters, underpowered engines, noisy cabins, and nervous rides become tedious.
Why? Because they’re all based on crude underpinnings. The HR-V, Renegade, and Trax are also sold in low-cost overseas markets. Their bare-bones suspension setups hurt ride comfort, and manufacturers often spare noise-isolating technology to hit a low sticker price.
Driving in these cute utes quickly becomes a loud, jarring experience, typical of the small-car genre.
As for the value-for-money equation, some subcompact SUVs can cost about the same as a moderately equipped compact SUV once they’re equipped with features most buyers want, such as an automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a rear-view camera.
Only the equipment level of the $22, 045 Honda HR-V LX had a price-value equation that made sense to us. But for the $26, 000 or so you’ll spend equipping a Renegade or a Trax, you could move up in size, power, and refinement to our top-rated Subaru Forester or Toyota RAV4 with almost the same level of bells and whistles.
This is a case where shoppers should consider all of their options to ensure they will be happy over the long run and won’t quickly outgrow their cute sport utes.what does smu mean How do you discard chicken wing tips what does wepa mean what does it mean when you see spiders How to get color out of hair? what does pernicious mean what time does bj close How to deep clean a mattress what does omnivore mean what are the 8 beatitudes What makes ydo they make tips at starbucks?ou wamt to be part of starbucks? Where can you play music in public for tips oregon what does california mean what does disoriented mean How long does it take for hives to go away? What are some great marketing tricks when selling your business what do piercings mean How to join metaverse what does nonlinear mean How to draw a realistic face? what does not limited to mean what does trace ketones in urine mean How to download a gif what does quinceanera mean How to make an acai bowl what does redux mean How much do prime now drivers make without tips Tips for how to keep scale weight long How to check if my license is suspended what does pio mean what does agnostic mean in religion what does it mean to square a number Skateboarding how to start tricks How to clean iphone speakers What are bitcoin tips what does rock chalk jayhawk mean what does pawg stand for what does agape mean what does sclerosis mean How to delete instagram account permanently How to dj? How to get rid of gas pain in stomach? How many magic tricks are there what does abarrio mean How do mail in rebates work linus tech tips How to care for a tattoo? what does the red ribbon mean what are window mullions what does carpal tunnel look like what time does sour release How to turn off iphone 12 mini? How to find the domain and range of a graph? what companies are in the capital goods field How to make beef tips tender in crock pot what does battery cca mean what does low magnesium mean How to make corned beef Mcdonald's tricks and treats 2017 where use in seattle what does list mean How long would it take to get to the sun? How much tips for photographer what does fantasy mean How to talk to anyone: 92 little tricks for big success in relationships (paperback) pdf what does cf mean How to get bigger hands? How to replace fmf exhaust tips How to delay your period naturally How to change iwatch band what does shm mean in texting what do rain percentages mean How to make oreo balls what are gypsies known for How to become more sexually active How to recover from edibles what level does shelgon evolve what does commotion mean what does the chaplain do How long to bake a pork tenderloin tips what does egfr mean How to connect pc to laptop using lan cable in windows 7 tricks what does the occipital lobe do How to clean airpods q tips what does lmao How to get a sugar mommy? what does yoga mean Why do people depend on tips what does procedure mean Tips on how to beat liquid oclot Tips for kids who have problems learning How to clean a front load washer Someone who can handle tricks Linus tech tips why so many keyboards How much to rent an rv? what does positive a mean on covid test what does augmentation mean How to food photography tips How to cook an omelet? what does coding mean medical Will smith movie where he tricks guy into picking the number 77 what does cue mean How to cure a headache? How to install sprinkler system? How to make cotton candy? How to draw a t rex? what does it mean when your discharge is creamy Tips on how to train your dog to stop barking what does xd mean in texting what does courier mean How to do magic How to unclog a shower drain what does denotative mean what does a cracked tooth feel like How to cast iphone to tv? what time does the chicago bears play today what does it mean when your period is late what does dental insurance cover How to make baked sweet potatoes? what does the p mean