Names Top 14 Compact SUVs for 2014

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In a segment that is exploding in sales, names the fourteen best Compact SUV models that should be on every buyer's list.

2014 Buick Encore

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The crossover segment has become one of the most important to automakers, right alongside compact sedans and pick-up trucks.

For the modern day driver who wants it all from a car, nothing combines the versatility of a car and the practicality of an SUV like a crossover. To keep tabs on the most rapidly expanding market in the automotive industry, has compiled a list of the fourteen best crossovers, or Compact SUVs, on the market for the 2014 model year.

The article, Top 14 Compact SUVs For 2014, includes models of every shape and size for both the affluent and budget-minded buyer.

These days, every car needs to be fuel efficient and every driver wants to feel capable of anything. Enter the Compact SUV, which is nearly twenty years old, but has experienced a renaissance and sales boom just in the last half-decade. These cars have grown up fast, from soft and ambiguous automotive punchline to refined and often dynamic do-everything.

Crossovers started out simply as vehicles that mixed the handling and fuel efficiency of a car with the size and comfort of an SUV, so the article pays particular attention to those that go the extra mile to bring the Compact SUV segment to new heights. Some may have exceptional driving dynamics while others offer premium quality in a budget-friendly package. Whatever the case, crossovers are more abundant than ever, and each one is different from the next.

“The crossover segment has become one of the most important to automakers, right alongside compact sedans and pick-up trucks when it comes to sales, and this new list shines a spotlight on those that deserve the attention,” said Founder and CEO Doug Hamlin. “Buyers will find crossovers of all kinds, that specialize in everything from hauling to fuel-sipping. To build and price a vehicle of their own, readers can click directly to the New Cars buying guide to research and request a quote from these brands, as well.”

Included on the list are iconic models that begat the whole Compact SUV segment in the first place, like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. But are these old guards still relevant today?

Other impressive crossovers come from domestic brands, like the Ford Escape and GMC Terrain – two very impressive vehicles for two very different reasons. Europe has now dived with both feet into the Compact SUV deep end, with a strong list of competitors and even more set to reach the U.S. soon.

“In many ways, the growth of the crossover segment is indicative of the future of the entire automotive industry,” said Hamlin. “This list keeps readers on the cutting edge, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store.”

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