I’m looking for a small, cute SUV. I don't need anything big. I really like the Toyota RAV4 but need to look at a smaller SUV, but I can’t find anything. I need something good for snow, too.
Several SUVs are shorter than the 2012 RAV4, which measures 181 inches from stem to stern, though in some cases not by much — the redesigned 2013 RAV4 is 179.9 inches from bumper to bumper. Among the ones that take up noticeably less space are the Mini Cooper Countryman (161.8 inches), Nissan Juke (162.4), Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (169.1) and Hyundai Tucson (173.2). One big difference is that the 2012 RAV4 can be equipped with three rows of seats and the others with only two rows — the 2013 is only two rows, however.
We’re only comparing overall length, and you may also want to compare interior volume, width and height, and all those dimensions are in the specifications Cars.com provides for individual models in the Research section. You can use Cars.com’s Compare feature to place up to four vehicles side-by-side to see how they stack up in size, engines, fuel economy and available features. All the models listed here are available with all-wheel drive.
Don’t just go by dimensions on paper. How well you fit behind the wheel and how easily you can see out of a vehicle are probably more important than things measured with a ruler, so this is something you need to do in person to find the right vehicle.
Among other SUVs that are shorter than the RAV4 are the Kia Sportage (174.8 inches) and the Jeep Compass (175.1), but you might also look at all-wheel-drive hatchbacks such as the Subaru Impreza (173.8) and the Toyota Corolla Matrix (171.9), which provide good traction in snow and have cargo-carrying capability that is similar to a small SUV.
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