There’s a problem with subcompacts. All sorts of subcompacts.
Subcompact hamburgers. Subcompact basketball players. Subcompact beds. And especially subcompact crossovers.
After years of examining subcompact cars before purchasing a compact, you know the drill. With a subcompact, you save a little bit of money, realize negligible benefits at the fuel pump, and suffer sharp reductions in useable space, not to mention typical losses of power and refinement.
The burgeoning subcompact crossover market is no different. Sure, the base price of a typical all-wheel-drive subcompact crossover is roughly 15-percent lower than the base price of its all-wheel-drive compact sibling, but a handful of subcompacts are just as thirsty as their big brethren and some see catastrophic reductions in cargo capacity.
As a result, and as a general rule, TTAC is no fan of the subcompact crossover genre.
The value simply isn’t there — and we have some math to prove it. (Read More…)