When looking for value, safety, cargo space, and technology to name a few categories, here are three compact SUVs that will make a family’s driving experience even more enjoyable.


2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL

The “compact SUV” classification of the Tiguan can be misleading. Besides the spacious cabin, the third row is literally a plus since other competitors lack the option; it’s ideal for small children, the family dog, or additional cargo space. The user-friendly interface and stellar safety rankings Volkswagen is renowned for further ease the mind of the driver during long trips as well. 

Price: $32,550 (MSRP); $33,450 with all options

For more information, visit VW.com


2018 Toyota RAV 4 Adventure

Already revered for its reliability, practicality, and spacious interior, the 2018 RAV4 got a major boost in towing capacity; it’s now a muscle-flexing max of 3,500 pounds. More enhancements for the all-wheel drive “Adventure” trim include 18-inch black alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and higher ground clearance to take on various terrains. The racing stripe and optional “Power Premium” package seal the deal.

Price: $28,400 (MSRP); $31,445 with all options 

For more information, visit Toyota.com


2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport SL AWD 

The value, great gas mileage, above-average cargo space, and plethora of technology advancements remain, but the “2018.5” designation makes safety an even higher priority; the Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Around View Monitor prove it. Besides the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto option, the exterior’s updated front grille further solidifies Rogue as the perfect closer for 2018. 

Price: $28,540 (MSRP); $31,780 with all options including the “Premium Package”

For more information, visit Nissan.com


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