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1. 2015 Kia Soul Base — Starting Price: $15,100
The new Kia Soul comes fully transformed and more stylish than ever. It keeps its essence but remains as a difficult car to categorize due to its proportions. For this 2015 model, it increased its length and width, as well as the wheelbase. This second generation stands out for offering a perfect combination of safety, comfort, equipment and above all, style and unique design thought to attract the youngest. Its driving is very comfortable and the driver's seat is high enough so that you have a greater perspective of vision. Another advantage over its competitors is the range of colors in which it is available. The interior finishes are well-finished, transmitting sensations of a compact and solid car. Its renewed appearance was inspired by the concept car Kia Track'ster 2012.
Engine: 1.6L of 130-HP
Fuel efficiency: 24 MPG City / 30 MPG Highway
2. 2015 Jeep Patriot Sport — Starting Price: $16,695
The Patriot 2015 recaptures the essence and the mystique that Jeep has held for over 60 years and introduces a vehicle with good off-road capabilities, and with the economy and refinement of an SUV of these days, surpassing in dynamism, presence and especially in price to its competitors. This crossover from Jeep is not only affordable in price, it is also very economical to maintain and when traveling, and one of the few, which thanks to its modest 2.4L I4 DOHC engine of 6-speed, reaches up to 30 MPG on the road. For this 2015, this model keeps its adventurous design with outstanding equipment and lots of comfort for all passengers. It is manufactured at the plant in Belvidere, Illinois, where the Compass and Caliber are also manufactured, which has helped to reduce the price of their costs by up to 60% due to the ease of making 3 different cars using the same facilities. The Patriot 2015 is designed for the SUVs-loving public, with very classic lines, round headlights and grille of 7 slots which distinguishes the Jeep around the world. It is quite spacious and easily accessible with 5 doors, and folding seats to increase load capacity.
Engine: 2.4L I4 DOHC engine of 6-speed automatic
Fuel efficiency: up to 30 MPG on Highways
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3. 2015 Jeep Compass Sport — Starting Price: $18,995
This SUV from Jeep shares with the Patriot, already mentioned, the same platform, engine and most of technology in the suspension and transmission, but the Compass is aimed to a more demanding public as the equipment installed in this SUV, is clearly more luxurious. The design is more cutting edge with bolder curves and lines. The front side is also more stylized with respect to the Patriot, but it preserves the Jeep® label with the 7-slot grille. An interesting feature of the Compass is that it comes with a power outlet so that you can connect small appliances like a laptop or cell-phone chargers. The onboard audio equipment supports mp3 and iPod music players. According to the automaker, this vehicle is built to provide the capability of an SUV with the efficient and performance of a compact car.
Engine:: 2.4L I4 DOHC engine with dual VVT and five-speed manual transmission
Fuel efficiency: up to 30 MPG on Highways
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4. 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES — Starting Price: $19,595
Outlander, the name of this Japanese SUV evokes the feeling of traveling in search of adventure to unexplored distant lands. For this 2015 has been refreshed, its weight was reduced thanks to the use of high-tech steel and is available in two different models, the ES and SE, both with an efficient 2.0L MIVEC DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder of 148-HP @ 6000 rpm which delivers up to 25 MPG in the city and up to 32 MPG on highways, according to the automaker. That's 2 more miles than the Kia Soul, Jeep Patriot, and Jeep Compass. The 2015 Outlander pursues passionately three objectives: fuel economy, safety, and superior quality. It is designed to be an attractive SUV with a new image that offers off-road details and modern dynamic lines. It is notable for its great fuel efficiency, high safety for passengers and their friendliness with the environment thanks to its low emissions. The Outlander has won the “Top Safety Pick Plus” award given by the IIHS, for two consecutive years.
Engine:: 2.0L MIVEC DOHC 16V of 148-HP
Fuel efficiency: 25 MPG City / 32 MPG Highway
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5. 2015 Chevrolet Trax LS — Starting Price: $20,120
One of the new toys of Chevrolet is the Trax which was released at the Auto Show of New York on April last year. For 2015 presents new characteristics, especially in equipment and safety, meanwhile the design remains the same. The Trax is being positioned as a strong competitor in the emerging market for the small SUVs, which is expected to grow more than 80 percent in the coming years. According to Chevrolet, the Trax has already sold 155,000 models in 66 markets worldwide so far. It's a bit smaller and cheaper than the other SUV from Chevy, the Equinox, which is sold for $24,520. Among its innovations, is the exclusive OnStar system, which is incorporated from factory. The OnStar system offers automatic response of accidents, emergency services, step by step navigation, stolen vehicle assistance, and the mobile application 'Remote Link' among others. The Trax is built on the "Gamma II" platform of GM, which is shared with the Chevrolet Aveo and Sonic. It is also marketed as the "Holden Trax" in Australia, and as the "Tracker" in Russia and South America. Since 2013 is being sold and manufactured in different world markets, and assembled in factories located in Bupyeong-gu (South Korea), San Luis Potosi (Mexico) and Shanghai (China).
In short, the Trax is a small and smart urban SUV, designed especially for city life.
Engine:: 1.4L 4-Cylinder Turbocharged ECOTEC of 138-HP with 6-speed auto transmission
Fuel efficiency: 26 MPG City / 34 MPG Highway
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Other new 2015 SUVs around $20,000 dollars that is worth mentioning, and of which we are going to talk later, are the Nissan Rogue Select ($20,150), Nissan Juke ($20,215), and the Dodge Journey ($20,295).