The compact/subcompact CUV segment – and yes, as we’ll soon see, these two and others like it are a little tough to categorize - is a hot one right now. SUVs and crossovers were already hot, but as soon as manufacturers discovered a way to get AWD systems compact enough that they could fit in the smaller blueprint of these vehicles, wee utility models gained even more steam.
Canadians in particular appreciate the peace of mind that comes with having all-wheel drive, so they were willing to get larger vehicles if that’s what was required. Of course, they also wanted efficiency, so if that meant having a slightly smaller engine to play with, so be it.
Vehicles like the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Kia Seltos – two of the segment’s latest all-new entries - demonstrate that you can have the best of both worlds: the efficiency of a compact shape and turbocharged powertrain, but the capabilities of an AWD platform, with less of an impact on interior room than one might think.
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