Crossovers, in general, seem to be taking over the world, and the subcompact crossover segment is heating up as well with newcomers like the Honda HR-V and the Jeep Renegade. However, there are many other options to consider. With that in mind, we decided to take a closer look at the segment and help you figure out which subcompact crossover best fits your wants and needs. Let’s take a look.
The Honda HR-V is one of the latest offerings to the subcompact crossover segment. Offered by one of the most reliable automakers on the market, the Honda HR-V comfortably seats five passengers while offering up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo room. Power comes from a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine making 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or a CVT transmission that is either mated to a front-wheel or all-wheel-drive system. Fuel efficiency-wise, the new Honda HR-V offers an estimated fuel economy of 28/35 mpg* (city/highway). Each model comes standard with a rear-view camera, Bluetooth (handsfree and streaming audio), USB connectivity, and more. Optionally, you can equip the Honda HR-V with a 7-inch touchscreen display, power moonroof, heated seats, push-button start, Honda LaneWatch, HondaLink, leather seats, navigation, and more.
The Jeep Renegade comes from an automaker that knows everything there is to know about SUVs and crossovers. Unlike other competitors in this segment, the Jeep Renegade is capable of conquering rough terrain thanks to its Jeep Selec-Terrain system that allows you to circle through five driving modes including Snow, Sand, Mud, Rock, and Auto. Engine choices include a 1.4 liter 4-cylinder turbo making 160 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque and a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder making 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The 1.4 liter turbo model is capable of delivering an estimated fuel economy of 27/31 mpg* while the 2.4 liter delivers an estimated 25/31 mpg*.
The latest model to join the subcompact crossover segment is the Mazda CX-3. The latest offering from Mazda is powered by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine making 146 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Mazda CX-3 delivers an estimated fuel economy of 29/35 mpg* in front-wheel-drive trim and 27/32 mpg* in all-wheel-drive trim. The Mazda CX-3 is available in three versions including Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Each model comes standard with Mazda Connect infotainment system and a rearview camera. The Mazda CX-4 Touring is perfectly equipped with the standard features plus heated seats, heated side mirrors, leatherette seats, blind spot monitoring, and more. The Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring features everything from the Touring, plus full leather seats, power moonroof, a 7-speaker Bose sound system, Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE safety package, navigation, automatic climate control, and 18-inch alloy-wheels.
The Chevrolet Trax is one compact crossover that is packed with features and fun. The Chevrolet Trax is powered by a 1.4 liter 4-cylinder turbo pumping out 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency wise, it offers an estimated fuel economy of 26/34 mpg* in front-wheel-drive trim and 24/31 mpg* in all-wheel-drive trim. The Trax comes standard with a range of features including the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that is housed in a 7-inch touch screen display, OnStar with 4GT LTE and built-in WiFi, rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and more. If all those features satisfy that gadget crazy techy in you – then this is the car for you. The other packages add on additional amenities like heated seats, moonroof, a Bose sound system, and leatherette seats.
Based on the Chevrolet Trax, the Buick Encore is also powered by a 1.4 liter 4-cylinder turbo making 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. That means it offers the same fuel economy figures – however, it does offer a much smoother ride as Buick tends to be a little more luxurious than Chevrolet. Other than that, each model of the Buick Encore comes with the same exciting list of standard tech features like the Chevrolet Trax.
Mini Cooper Paceman:
The Mini Cooper Paceman probably offers the sportiest and most dynamic ride out of all the subcompact crossovers on our list. The Mini Cooper Paceman is available as the base model, Cooper Paceman S and the Cooper S All4. The base model is powered by a 121 horsepower engine that allows it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds while the other two models are powered by a 181 horsepower that allows them to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and 7.2 seconds, respectively. Tech options include the Mini Connected infotainment system, navigation, Bluetooth, rearview camera, parking sensors and much more.