There are now a number of other alternatives that might suit your niche a bit better—like the Subaru XV Crosstrek for outdoorsy types, the Ford C-Max for green shoppers, or the upcoming Buick Encore for those who want a more upscale vehicle this size.
In each case, these are vehicles that verge between stylish tall hatchbacks and some of the smallest crossovers—some of which are rugged, others of which attempt to be more upscale, sporty, or family-oriented.
The Buick Encore offers a taste of luxury in a very small crossover—with a warmly trimmed, more comfort-oriented interior; but it doesn't at all drive like a luxury vehicle.
The Jeep Compass gets a new six-speed automatic transmission for 2014 that should make a big difference in drivability; and it's still a standout as it can be equipped with real off-road ability.
The Ford C-Max has a comparable layout, and it's arriving to the U.S.
only as a hybrid—with a pretty generous list of equipment and a 47-mpg EPA highway rating.
Finally, the strong-performing Nissan Juke is an interesting alternative; it's more of a sporty car than a utility vehicle.
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