If you want a sense of style to go with your compact crossover SUV, then the 2015 Hyundai Tucson definitely should be on your shopping list. Nicely equipped and affordable, the Tucson is also known. Best years: 2015-17 Whether you go by sales, owner satisfaction, or reliability, the BMW X5 is one of the top-rated SUVs you can buy (new or used). For our purposes, zeroing on dependability in daily operations, it stands out among all midsize utility vehicles and among luxury models in particular.
Compact SUVs have become very popular with new car shoppers. They provide people with a great combination of versatility, comfort, high seating, visibility, and fuel efficiency. If you’re in the market for one of these highly sought after SUVs and occasionally tow, or tow something on a daily basis. It’s important to know upfront if the vehicle you’re considering can pull the weight of the item you want to tow easily and safely.
Although most of the heavier towing capabilities belong to larger full size trucks. Trucks are not very fuel efficient and sometimes size makes them hard to drive and not very practical for some people’s everyday life.
A proper tow vehicle will be rated for more than the weight of the item you want to tow. For example, your boat weighs 1500 lbs, you will want a vehicle with a tow capacity of at the very minimum of 1500 lbs. Of course, a vehicle with a 3000 lb towing capacity will be able to pull your boat much easier than a vehicle rated for only 1500 lbs.
Cars.com recently listed the top 10 best 2015 compact SUVs with the best towing capacity. Pdf download. The 2015 Jeep Cherokee will pull up to 4,500 pounds, enough to haul a camper or boat comfortably. The Cherokee comes equipped with two different powertrain options. If you’re wanting to use the vehicle for towing, you’ll want the 3.2 liter V-6 with 271 horsepower. It comes with a required tow package and nine-speed automatic transmission.
If you’re looking to pull something in style and have considerably more money than what it would cost you for a Jeep Cherokee. You may want to check out a luxury compact SUV such as the 2015 Audi Q5. It’s small, but powerful, turbocharged 220 hp 2.0 liter four cylinder is able to haul up to 4,400 pounds.
The 2015 Mazda CX-5, with its upgraded interior, slides in at tenth with the towing capacity 2,000 pounds. It has a small, fuel efficient 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower. This is more than enough towing power to haul something such as a small boat or jet ski.
Check out the list below to see the rest of the compact SUVs that made the list.
Top 10 Best 2015 Compact SUVs By Towing Capacity
|Rank||Vehicle||Engine Size||Towing Capacity|
|1||2015 Jeep Cherokee||217 hp 3.2 Liter V-6||4,500 pounds|
|2||2015 Audi Q5||220 hp 2.0 Liter 4 cyl.||4,400 pounds|
|3||2015 Chevrolet Equinox / 2015 GMC Terrain||301 hp 3.6 Liter V-6||3,500 pounds|
|4||2015 Ford Escape||240 hp 2.0 Liter EcoBoost||3,500 pounds|
|5||2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250/350||302 hp 3.5 Liter V-6||3,500 pounds|
|6||2015 Mitsubishi Outlander||GT V-6 trim 3.0 Liter V-6||3,500 pounds|
|7||2015 Lincoln MKC||240 hp 2.3 Liter 4 cyl.||3,000 pounds|
|8||2015 Volkswagen Tiguan||200 hp 2.0 Liter Turbo 4 cyl.||2,200 pounds|
|9||2015 Kia Sportage||260 hp 2.0 Liter 4 cyl||2,000 pounds|
|10||2015 Mazda CX-5||184 hp 2.5 Liter 4 cyl.||2,000 pounds|
As always, I highly recommend you begin your new car shopping experience online. Read my article on How to Buy a New Car and Save the Most Money to learn how to shop, compare, and price new cars from before ever stepping foot inside a car dealership.
If you’re considering the purchase of a new compact SUV to tow a trailer or toy, I recommend using a free online referral service such as Ryde Shopper and Motor Trend to guarantee you pay the lowest price. These services will tell you what others are paying for the vehicle you’re considering in your local area and which dealers give the greatest discounts.
Ben Griffin analyses the relative merits of the best small SUVs on sale in 2015.
With the small SUV, or ‘crossover’ market exploding recently, choosing the right model can be incredibly tough. Luckily for you we’ve driven most of them and have come up with this delightful little list of the finest offerings to help ensure you get the right car for the job. Read on.
The Citroen C4 Cactus has quirky air bumps on its sides, which help reduce the chance of its body being damaged by other drivers (or yourself) when opening doors in a car park. It’s more spacious than a Nissan Juke and somehow even bolder when it comes to design. It is also cheap to buy and, with the right engine, it’s free to tax and supremely frugal (91.1mpg is claimed). Forgo creature comforts and it can be had for a mere £12,990, which is a bargain given its 358-litre boot, comfortable interior and refined ride.
Nissan Juke (the bold one)
The Nissan Juke is one of the best known crossovers on the planet, and that’s because it’s proven to be capable in and out of town since it landed in 2010. With the 1.5dCi it offers 61.4mpg and 104g/km of CO2, which makes it one of the most frugal cars in our list. There’s a sporty Nismo RS version for those who crave performance but the standard car is sufficient for most, not to mention much cheaper. Boot space is 354 litres so it’s competitive in this group, while its five-star Euro NCAP rating inspires confidence in a worst case scenario.
Jeep Renegade (the off-roader)
The Jeep Renegade is by no means perfect, but for going off the beaten track it’s our first choice – even if you opt for the base two-wheel drive model. To be fair it’s an enjoyable drive and the variety of bright colours do a good job of disguising the fact it’s a box with wheels. It has the same boot space as the Fiat 500X, rising to 1,297 litres with the rear seats folded down, while the grumbly 1.6-litre MultiJet II diesel offers 120g/km of CO2 and 51.4mpg. The ability to adapt to various terrain types to maximies traction is a bonus for those who prefer the company of trees and fields.
BMW X1 (the luxury choice)
Imagine a smaller BMW X5. That’s pretty much the new X1 in a nutshell. It’s a premium take on the compact crossover and as such the interior is plush, and features a rather excellent sat-nav as standard. A sliding rear seat means you can eke out a generous 505 litres of boot space, or maximise legroom for taller passengers. The xDrive25d, meanwhile, can manage 56.6mpg and 132g/km of CO2 so it’s frugal. Fast, too, when you consider the same engine’s 146mph top speed.
Dacia Duster (the cheap one)
There are plenty of reasons why the Romanian Dacia Duster should be taken seriously, its ridiculously low price being chief among them. But it’s also pretty good on fuel and has lots of space. No one can argue with the 475-litre boot (rising to 1,636 with the seats down) in the two-wheel drive model. Nor would anyone argue with its rugged, no-nonsense design. Just about everything else is more fun to drive in our list but you can make up for that with the thousands you’ll save when buying one.
Fiat Panda Cross (the off-roader)
Sitting between the Fiat Panda and the Panda 4×4 is the Panda Cross, a crossover that offers the potential for off-roading shenanigans with city car practicality. The more frugal diesel (60.1mpg and 125g/km of CO2) is pricey but will pay for itself in the long run if you can stomach its tractor-esque engine sound. Even though it’s a tiny car (370cm long), the 225-litre boot is usable, especially if you make use of the 60:40 split folding rear seats. Not exactly cheap, but well worth considering for those who want to make parking as easy as possible.
Skoda Yeti (the multi-talented one)
Forget the emissions furore surrounding parent company VW. The Skoda Yeti is still a delightful car that punches well above its weight in terms of practicality. It’s got 180mm of ride clearance and 416 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, rising to 1,518 litres when folded flat. Up to 68.9mpg in its 2.0-litre turbo diesel guise makes it affordable to run, while those boxy dimensions make it supremely spacious, so tall relations will be catered for. There are more stylish options in our list, but very few quite as characterful.
Fiat 500X (the pretty one)
For those who love curves and find the 500 too small, Fiat offers the 500X, a crossover with 179mm of ground clearance and rugged plastic cladding for added off-roading protection. Its tall design means gangly people will want to ride in it willingly, while the 350-litre boot means it can take a fair amount of shopping and Ikea clutter. What it lacks in refinement it makes up for with charm and style without breaking the bank. Go for the 1.6-litre MultiJet II diesel as it’s the most frugal yet nippy enough to raise the odd smile.
Most Reliable Small Suv 2015
Ssangyong Tivoli (the underdog)
Compact Suv Comparison 2015
Ssangyong who? Yeah, most people have no idea, but the Tivoli happens to be a talented runaround. Not only is it cheap, the 1.6-litre e-XDi 160 turbo diesel is nippy and capable of a claimed 65.7mpg with the likable manual gearbox. Avoid the much less frugal petrol, though. Headroom is a strong suit, while the interior is more stylish than a number of its rivals and the 423-litre boot is competitive, too. Look past the badge snobbery and this is a surprisingly talented option that stands out.