Today, Cars.com, USAToday and MotorWeek announced the results of their compact SUV shootout. For three days automotive experts and a family of four tested six compact SUV’s in the Chicago area to see which vehicle offered the most for the price.
With the criteria set, all six SUV’s had a price cap of $25,000 (excluding destination fees) and a minimum EPA highway rating of 30 mpg. The five expert judges and the family of four tested each vehicle in an urban and interstate driving setting to accurately attribute scores to each. 75% of the total 1,000 points available were based on the expert’s scores, 15% came from the family’s scores, and 10% was based on the fuel economy; needless to say, none received a perfect score.
At the end of the day, our very own newly redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V takes the #1 spot as the best compact SUV in the shootout with 809 points! “It drives like a dream,” said Erin Ravelingeen, mother of two and in-market family tester. “The CR-V is loaded with convenience features that come standard,” said Jennifer Geiger, editor at Cars.com and mom of one. “Three of my favorites are the always-helpful backup camera, the cavernous center console box and the easy fold-flat seats with cargo-area release handles.” With Honda’s strong reliability history, a bounty of features and solid ride, the 2012 CR-V took home the crown of best compact SUV in the segment.