2016 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Compact SUV/Crossover

2016 Honda HR-V

Best Compact SUV/Crossover:
2016 Honda HR-V

New to the market, the Honda HR-V offers solid value in a package that promises high quality, usability and style in one of the fastest growing vehicle categories. Don't let its freshness fool you; beneath the SUV-inspired styling is a platform that shares a lot in common with the Honda Fit, which has proven itself as a solid contender in the subcompact class when it comes to 5-Year Cost to Own.

The secret to the generous cabin space and flexible rear seats, which allow for class-above cargo capacity, is the centrally mounted gas tank. This gives the HR-V a flat load floor when the seats are down and the rear bench Magic Seat can flip up to allow tall objects to be carried behind the front buckets. The HR-V slots neatly between its Fit kin and the much larger CR-V and offers optional all-wheel drive.

Beyond utility, the Honda HR-V also boasts economy from its 141-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, which delivers 28 mpg city/35 mpg highway when equipped with a CVT and front drive. A 6-speed manual is also available on front-drive models, while all-wheel-drive variants come with the CVT automatic. A slick feature is a brake hold mode that keeps the vehicle stationary when you come to a stop and take your foot off the brake. It releases when you push on the accelerator.

With prices starting below $20,000, the HR-V's affordability contributes to its class-leading 5-Year CTO figure. Plus, Honda's reputation for high quality, durability and good resale value make it a sure bet that the all-new HR-V will remain one of the leaders in this burgeoning segment.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$31,985
as of December 31, 2015

2nd Place Finisher
2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3

Another newcomer to the rapidly expanding subcompact SUV category, the Mazda CX-3 combines high-riding presence with decidedly sporty style.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$33,848
as of December 31, 2015

3rd Place Finisher
2016 Jeep Patriot

2016 Jeep Patriot

One of the forerunners in the compact SUV crossover segment, the Jeep Patriot touts its low acquisition cost of less than $18,000 as a key to its commendable cost to own performance.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$34,503
as of December 31, 2015

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