When choosing a small SUV, you want something fuel efficient, safe, and fun to drive. For all of those reasons we’d recommend new or used versions of the Ford Escape, Toyota Rav4 and Volkswagen Tiguan. Here are some of the reasons why these SUVs top our list.
Great performance packed in a small package
The Ford Escape and Volkswagen Tiguan both have 4WD technology making them great for driving in the snow. The Toyota RAV4 can be purchased in all wheel drive, also making it a worthy winter SUV. Each of the makes come in different models with different engine sizes to fit with the drivers needs. Another thing all three of these SUVs share is excellent fuel economy. Gone are the days of only getting in the “teens” in MPG, you can expect to get in the twenties or even thirties with any of these SUVs!
Safety for you and your family
All high ranking in safety, any of these SUVs are a great choice for you and your family. Each of these top 3 small SUV’s have overlapping safety features. The newest versions include lane keeping technology, active parking systems, cruise control and collision warning systems. They have received high marks in recent crash tests.
Best looking SUV exteriors
All three demonstrate up to date styling that incorporates their respective brand’s ethos, look and feel developed over decades. However, there is a precision and compactness to these three brands that feels new and allows them to stand out and to compete in the crowded small SUV market. If you like the classic german styling, the Tiguan is a great choice. Both the Rav4 and Escape share some similar exterior looks with aggressive styling and defined lines.
Comfortable and high tech interiors
For this class of small SUV each of the three make luxury driving possible with their available features including heated seats, navigation, Bluetooth technology, and USB access for your smartphone. The technology driving the central panel is unique to each make.
One feature that stands out in the Toyota RAV4 is the Homelink. It stays connected to your home security system from the comfort of your car. This allows the driver to open their gate and garage door remotely from their car.
All three of these vehicles offer key fobs that can remotely lock and unlock your vehicle, making it easy to get in in a hurry. The Toyota RAV4 has an available remote start feature. Gone are the days of jumping into your ice cold vehicle, all you have to do is push a button and start your car from the comfort of inside your home. The Ford Escape has an available foot activated liftgate which makes it so you can open your tailgate by just waving your foot under the back bumper. This is perfect for getting your groceries in the car when your hands are full.
Flexibility for every lifestyle
Flexibility is a major feature of a SUV which determines which vehicle best suits their owner’s lifestyle. All three makes can reconfigure their rear into 60/40 splits. The highest capacity rear cargo is the Toyota RAV4 with 73.4 cubic feet. Second is the Ford Escape with 68 cu. The smallest is the Volkswagen Tiguan at 56.1 cu. Whether you have a family that is constantly on the go, or you enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, each of these SUVs should have enough space to keep you happy.
All three of these SUVs are great choices and offer an impressive list of features. If you are in the market for a small SUV, give all three a test drive and see which one is the best fit for you. To test drive a VW Tiguan, Ford Escape or Toyota Rav4 near Olympia contact Washington Auto Credit today! We also offer loans for buyers with less than perfect credit, apply for an auto loan in Olympia today!