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The Most Fun to Drive Compact SUVs

2016 Mazda CX-5 SUVs generally aren’t the go-to choice for driving fun, but there are several models on the market today that the automotive press says are engaging to drive. Due to their smaller size, compact SUVs tend to be the more agile than midsize or large SUVs, and several also have standard or available engines with potent power for even the most enthusiastic drivers. If you need the utility of an SUV but don’t want to sacrifice an entertaining drive ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Affordable Compact SUVs, Luxury Compact SUVs

Used Luxury Compact SUVs That Are Cheap to Own

2011 Acura RDX The total cost of owning a car goes far beyond the sticker price. Taxes, fuel, depreciation, insurance, financing, maintenance and repair costs can stretch your budget throughout your vehicle’s life. In addition to a higher price up front, luxury compact SUVs typically have higher long-term costs than affordable compact SUVs, thanks to higher repair costs, more expensive insurance and powerful engines that use more fuel. If you want a luxury badge but don’t want to spend luxury money ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Affordable Compact SUVs, Luxury Compact SUVs

EPA Rates 2013 BMX X1 at 34 MPG Highway

According to the EPA, the all-new 2013 BMW X1 averages up to 24/34 mpg city/highway. This fuel economy rating applies to the base X1 sDrive28i, which has a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The xDrive28i comes with the same engine and transmission, but its all-wheel drive lowers its fuel economy ratings to 22/33 mpg. The xDrive35i has a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that makes ... continue reading»

Tags: EPA, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News, Fuel Economy, Buick Encore, 2013 BMW X1

Audi Q5 Will Receive Updates, New Engines for 2013

The Audi Q5 will receive a host of updates for 2013, with a range of new engines that Audi says will make the Q5 more powerful and fuel-efficient. Worldwide, the 2013 Q5 will receive new engines, including updated gasoline and diesel engines, and an all-new hybrid powertrain. The base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gains 14 horsepower over the 2012 model, for a total of 225. A new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 makes 272 horsepower. “The big news, however,” says Autoblog ... continue reading»

Tags: Audi Q5, Audi, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News

2013 BMW X1 to Start at $31,545

The 2013 BMW X1 made its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday. Last week, we told you about the new compact crossover, which will slot below the X3, and compete with luxury compact SUVs like the Acura RDX and Audi Q5. Full specs on the X1 haven’t been released, but BMW has announced pricing and trim levels for the new small SUV. Car and Driver writes that “the entry-level model will be the ... continue reading»

Tags: Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, BMW X1, BMW, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News, Mini Cooper Countryman

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