In the Subcompact SUV segment, shoppers have many options like the 2020 Toyota C-HR, Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade, and 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. With so many choices, consumers can do their homework and come up with a shortlist of models that will fit their needs. This comparison should give you some insights into two popular models you should and shouldn’t have on your list.
We’ll first look at a report from Consumer Reports (by subscription) rating the 10 least satisfying cars in America. This report comes from owners rating their new vehicles and measures the current state of owner satisfaction. Surprisingly, there are four Subcompact models that make the list. They are the 2020 Toyota C-HR (61% overall rating), 2020 Chevrolet Trax (53%), 2020 Mazda CX-3 (73%), and 2020 Jeep Renegade (48%).
The 2020 Toyota C-HR is also on the 10 cars to avoid list
Another list we can check out is Consumer Reports Popular Cars to Avoid report. The 2020 Toyota C-HR also shows up on this list of what vehicles you should steer clear of. Aren’t all Toyota models good?
CR says, “The C-HR is an underwhelming small crossover with shortcomings. It’s incredibly slow, it’s only offered in front-drive configuration, the cabin is snug, particularly the rear seat, the oddly placed rear door handles make it hard to get in, and side and rear visibility are horrendous.” They do say it has “decent” fuel economy and safety technology.
Why should I check out the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek?
There are a number of reasons why the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek could be the best choice in the Subcompact SUV segment. CR gives the Crosstrek an overall score of 85, the highest of any Subcompact SUV. The Hyundai Kona and Nissan Rogue Sport, also good choices and vehicles you should check out, are next and tie for second with a score of 78 points.
All 2020 Crosstrek trim levels come standard with all-wheel-drive for all-weather capability. Even if you don’t live in a cold climate, all-wheel-drive adds extra safety in all conditions. Crosstrek also comes with 8.7-inches of ground clearance which no competitor exceeds. Another thing the competition does not offer is anything like Crosstrek's X-Mode for more severe winter driving and off-road excursions.
What if you don’t ever take your vehicle off-pavement? The Subaru X-Mode feature in the new 2020 Crosstrek is not just for extreme off-road adventures. See how to get the best use from it every day by using this Subaru X-Mode guide from Torque News.
Which model offers the lowest cost of ownership?
According to Vincentric’s 2019 Best Value in America Awards, Crosstrek scores best-in-class with the lowest insurance costs, lowest ownership, low fuel costs, and low depreciation costs. Having the highest resale value and lowest depreciation rate in its class contributed to the win.
In Kelly Blue Book’s 2020 Best Resale Value Awards, Subaru Crosstrek scores the best Subcompact SUV. Crosstrek is projected to retain its value better than all other Subcompact SUVs through the initial five-year ownership period. This can make the biggest difference if you lease or plan to trade in your vehicle after 3-5 years. The new Crosstrek also gets picked for an individual segment award in ALG’s Residual Value Awards.
More reasons why the Crosstrek should be on your shortlist
The new-generation EyeSight safety system is now offered as standard equipment on the new Crosstrek when equipped with a CVT automatic transmission. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek earns the highest Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS and the top five-star safety rating from the NHTSA. Do your homework, check out all the Subcompact SUVs, and see what you think.
Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Subaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates at Torque News!
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