Small 4×4 Reviews

If you are interested in a compact 4×4 vehicle, then you may want to take a look at these small 4×4 reviews.

With gas prices at a premium, many individuals are looking at switching to smaller, more energy efficient vehicles.  But with safety still a primary concern, especially for those families with young children, having to chose between energy efficiency and safety can be a difficult decision.  Luckily these small 4×4’s can provide both the safety you crave for your family, and the energy efficiency that you need.

The Top Five Small 4x4s for 2011

2011 Toyota RAV4
Small 4x4 Reviews


The 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a practical solution for busy families.  With a spacious interior, lots of storage space and good mileage, the RAV4 seems as if it was made with families in mind.  While the gas mileage is not the best in its class (MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy) its big draw is twofold.  First, it seats up to seven individuals with a third, kid-sized row of seating.  Secondly, it has the option of a V6 engine, giving it the most power of any vehicle in its class.


2011 Chevrolet Equinox
2011 Chevrolet Equinox


The rather nondescript exterior of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you like a little flash, but its blandness is countered by its good gas mileage and roomy interior as well as the choice of either a four or six cylinder engine.  While it does not have the optional 3rd row of the Toyota RAV4, it does have a rear entertainment system that comes as an optional choice and an MPG of 22 City / 32 Hwy.


2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V


The 2011 Honda CR-V is probably one of the most popular choices with customers when it comes to small 4×4’s.  Not only is the CR-V practical, it has comfortable seating, lots of interior storage space, item-specific storage cubbies that are great for families with kids who have lots of stuff to cart around and an eye-catching exterior that looks like fun even when it’s just sitting in the driveway.  Its mileage is not as good as some of the others in its class (MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy) but its practical storage solutions and visual appeal make up for the slight bit that it lacks in energy efficiency.


2011 GMC Terrain
2011 GMC Terrain

The 2011 GMC Terrain is a step above the rest when it comes to design.  Sleek and sophisticated, the GMC Terrain has an interesting profile that results from its being built with truck-like details in its design.  While it has good fuel efficiency (MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy) it does not have a great deal of storage or trunk space.  The lack of trunk space makes the Terrain a better choice for families with fewer children or with children who are already grown.


2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

If you want sheer European luxury, then you are in luck.  The 2011 Volkswagen has everything that you’re looking for in European design.  From a sleek and sophisticated German interior to the latest in Bluetooth technology and the driving dynamics of a sports car, the Tiguan has it all…with the exception of trunk space and energy efficiency.  With an MPG of just 19 City / 26 Hwy, the Tiguan may not be the most fuel efficient car, but it does have the appeal of a much more expensive luxury vehicle.

 

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