Love small SUVs – Which is best for me?


Please tell me which is a better choice: the 2011 Honda CR-V , the 2011 Kia Sportage, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson, the 2011 Mazda CX -7, or the 2011 Mazda CX-9?
Also I would want to see the CRV 2011 Review.
Boston, Ma.


You’ve got all good choices here, and frankly, you’d probably be happy with any one of them. I love Mazdas for their sporty engines and tighter handling. If you like a bit of power and a sportier, firmer ride, I’d go with the Mazda CX-7. The CX-9 is larger, and it looks like, from your list, you want a smallish SUV.

The Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tuscon are both fantastic rides – both comfortable, roomy, and a good value. I drove the Tucson Limited front-wheel-drive version and was pleased with its comfort, its list of standard features, including dual front climate controls, Bluetooth connectivity and the power driver’s seat. The Kia Sportage is much smaller than the Tucson, and is thousands of dollars less, so it’s a different beast. I love it for its fun styling and competent drive feel. It, too, is very comfortable, but short on cargo space, because it’s considered a compact SUV.

The 2012 Honda CR-V is VroomGirls’ Car of the Month this month! We like its new easy fold-down seats, its improved fuel efficiency and its sleeker lines. You asked about the 2011 model in particular, but because VroomGirls is a new website, launched just 90 days ago, we were only able to drive the 2012 version, as the 2011 models had been replaced in the automotive press fleet. Sorry.

Good luck in your search. You have a fantastic list there, and you should drive each one. It will come down to personal preference, as well as how much cargo space you’re looking for.

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