4. Mazda CX-3:
The CX-3 is small, particularly on the inside, where rear headroom and cargo space is tinier than the car’s outside dimensions might suggest. Still, while it’s less roomy than the Mazda3, it’s nearly as fun to drive. It’s only got 146 horsepower, and will get to 60 MPH in eight-ish seconds, but it definitely doesn’t feel gutless. Add to that fuel economy in the mid 30s on the highway in front-drive trim, and you’ve got a decent little crossover.
3. Audi Q3:
If you want a slightly less compact compact crossover that’s loaded with luxury features, Audi’s Q3 could be up for the challenge, though it is basically just a more luxurious Tiguan. Even the base model Premium Plus trim gets leather seating, power front seats, dual-zone climate control and a sunroof, so it’s pretty well decked out. But for nearly $34,000 for the base version, you’d expect as much.