1. Small SUVs are a big deal
The days of “bigger is better” may be over, but that doesn’t mean the world has gone completely compact. Three of the top five most popular cars are smaller SUVs—the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. These more manageable SUVs combine the handling of a car with the extra cargo space of something larger, not to mention the ability to do a little light off-road driving.
2. All about all-wheel drive
From winter weather to heavy rains, all-wheel drive is a great way to feel more secure in rough conditions on the pavement. This great feature for keeping control comes standard on two of the cars—the Subaru Forester and Outback—and is an option on the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
3. Maximum MPG
For a list with only one compact car, all five offer impressive miles per gallon. The Subaru Outback and Forester and the Honda CR-V sit at the bottom of the rankings with a very respectable 29 combined (city and highway) MPG, with the Toyota RAV4 just beating them out at 30 combined MPG and the Honda Civic taking first place with 33 combined MPG (note, MPG can vary based on the model).