More popular means less cost.
Mazda CX-5 Maxx FWD
COMPACT SUVs have become better value as they’ve grown in popularity, improving economy and shedding superfluous features to lower entry costs. In the base CX-5, a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder works in place of the 2.5L petrol and 2.2L turbo-diesel further up the range. The smaller four works because the CX-5 Maxx FWD also does away with the AWD system of pricier versions, reducing weight and transmission losses. The cheapest CX-5 isn’t the least expensive of the soft-roaders considered for the category, but its resale is the best.
Kia Sportage Si
IF THERE was an award for generosity of warranty, Kia would win. Happily, the Sportage’s other fundamentals stack up as a great buy, largely underpinned by its sharp price.
Hyundai Tucson Active
WOULD the Tucson topple Sportage if it matched its rival’s warranty? No, though there’d be little in it. Even so, Hyundai’s warranty is more generous than most.
|Compact SUVs under $45K||Mazda CX-5 Maxx 2.0L FWD||Kia Sportage Si FWD 2.0i||Hyundai Tucson Active|
|Combined cycle fuel (L/100km)||6.4||8.2||7.8|
|Fuel RON (min. rec.)||91||91||91|
|Three-year fuel cost||$3653||$4680||$4452|
|Redbook resale (%)||67.8||60.8||61.0|
|AAMI insurance premium||$863||$851||$854|
|Service interval (months)||12||12||12|