Posts from ‘Crossovers’
Class: Premium Compact Crossover
Miles driven: 670
Fuel used: 20.3 gallons
2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD
Class: Subcompact Crossover
Miles driven: 465
Fuel used: 17.6 gallons
by Don Sikora
Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Jeep’s compact Cherokee and Wagoneer proved popular after their debuts for 1984, and parent AMC was already working on a larger replacement when Chrysler bought the company in 1987. Chrysler had other priorities, so it took until the 1993 model year for the replacement to go on sale. At that point the decision was made to keep the old type in production and position the new vehicle upmarket as the Grand Cherokee and Grand Wagoneer.
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles driven: 472
Fuel used: 19.0 gallons
Even considering the phenomenal recent growth in the compact-crossover segment, Subaru’s Forester has been incredibly popular of late. And it’s poised to get even more so.
It wasn’t that long ago that the typical family-oriented passenger car was notably more fuel-efficient than the average SUV. Today, the efficiency gap between the two vehicle types is much smaller than it used to be. Crossover SUVs–those based on passenger-car chassis instead of truck-like body-on-frame architectures–have proliferated, and many new SUV models have gotten smaller and lighter while still retaining an extra degree of cargo room and functionality over their comparable passenger-car counterparts.