The Automobile Protection Association (APA) has evaluated three subcompact SUVs: the Hyundai Kona N Line, the Toyota Corolla Cross LE AWD and the Volkswagen Taos Highline.
With the growth in size and weight of so-called compact SUVs, manufacturers are now offering smaller models in a rapidly expanding niche. In another era, this segment was owned mainly by Suzuki Vitara and Chevrolet/GMC Tracker in North America. The current era began in 2013 with the Chevrolet Trax, which offered a small SUV body built on a one-piece chassis with a transverse front engine. It was essentially a compact hatchback, but elevated and available with all-wheel drive. The category exploded in Quebec, more than doubling between 2017 and 2021, when annual sales of small SUVs topped 50,000 vehicles. Meanwhile, sales of small cars fell by more than 75%. Small SUVs are primarily favored by former car buyers, and more recently by a few compact SUV buyers who are looking for something a little smaller. Compared to respective manufacturers’ premium compact SUVs – the three small SUVs in this test weigh 100-179 kg less and have an overall length 13 cm (5 inches) shorter for the Corolla Cross and up to 42 cm (16.5 inches). for Kon.
For 2022, the Toyota Corolla Cross and Volkswagen Taos are newcomers to the market in the small SUV segment, while Hyundai has unveiled an updated Kona. Low vehicle availability means dealership stock is nearly sold out for 2022 models as of press time; so your purchases will target the 2023 model.
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