Consumer Reports, one of the most trusted sources of information and advice on consumer products and services, including the automotive industry, has released its test results for SUV models. The full test report will be published in the May issue of Consumer Reports which is now available in news sites. In addition, the May edition will also contain complete updates of previously tested minibuses and other models for small sports vehicles (SUVs).
Among the 20 popular small SUVs sold in international markets today, which have been tested by Consumer Reports staff, the newly developed Hyundai Santa Fe has received a “Very Good” overall consumer value rating.
Other small SUVs tested by Consumer Reports include Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander, Suzuki XL7 and Dodge Nitro. Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are also included and have previously been tested by Consumer Reports. Although the result is not equal to Hyundai Santa Fe, other SUVs were tested as Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander, and the Suzuki XL7 also got very good “overall rating”.
The newly developed Hyundai Santa Fe has received the highest rating for its impressive improvement over the previous model. For a starting retailer’s recommended retail price (MSRP) of $ 30,745, Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a spacious interior with third row seats. The vehicle has 37.5 cubic feet of storage space with the second and third row seats folded. The vehicle is equipped with a 242 hp 3.3-liter V6 engine under the hood combined with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission.
Like the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Mitsubishi Outlander XLS tested by Consumer Reports is also a newly developed model for the small SUV segment. Equipped with a spacious interior, the Mitsubishi Outlander provides 33.5 cubic meters of storage space when the rear seats are folded. Equipped with a 220-hp 3.0-liter V6 engine in combination with a six-speed transmission, the Mitsubishi Outlander XLS rolls out to retailers who carry a $ 30,615 recommended reseller’s recommended retail price (MSRP).
The Suzuki XL7 Luxury, which also earned “Very Good” total ratings from Consumer Reports, has an MSRP of $ 29,284. It comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers powerful 252 hp performance coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, the Dodge Nitro SLT has the smallest fuel efficiency and performance among the group SUVs tested by Consumer Reports. The vehicle has the same platform as
Jeep Liberty with Jeep side step. With an MSRP of $ 28,875, the Dodge Nitro offers a 210-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine with only 16 mpg, the group’s worst. Inside, the 60/40 rear seat offers 39.5 cubic meters of storage space.