What small four-cylinder SUV do you recommend?

I would like to purchase a small SUV such as a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. I prefer a four-cylinder over the six-cylinder for better gas mileage. I read that the four-cylinder engines are sufficient because they are stronger today than in the past. What do you recommend?

Jerry L., Warwick, R.I.

You've read right: Current four-cylinders are plenty powerful for most car buyers and are usually bought in much higher quantities than V-6s. They also get better gas mileage, as you noted. The RAV4s V-6 is actually pretty fuel-efficient considering the power you get. Even so, you probably won't go wrong with a four-cylinder CR-V or RAV4. It should be an easy pick for the CR-V, though, as it's only available with a four-cylinder.

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Answered by Patrick Olsen on February 22, 2008 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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