3 Subcompact SUVs with Impressive Torque Numbers

If need that extra torque for accelerating in traffic or to help with towing, these smaller SUVs are up for the job.

Nissan Kicks suv
Nissan Kicks suv

Today’s subcompact SUVs offer a great combination of performance and efficiency, but some models stand out more than others when it comes to available torque. Torque is an important factor in overall performance, especially when it comes to acceleration.

SUVs with the Best Towing Capacities chart
SUVs with the Best Towing Capacities – chart

So if you’re looking for a subcompact SUV that can get up and go, these are the models to consider.

The 2023 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

MSRP: from $32,440 USD

Torque: 210 lb-ft

Power: 177 hp

Fuel Economy: 22 City/ 27 Hwy / 24 mpg combined

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The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is one of the most powerful subcompact SUVs on the market today. It features a 1.3L direct injection MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. You’ll get fuel economy numbers of 22 city, 27 highway and 24 mpg combined with this car.

That makes it one of the most powerful options in its class, and its 9-speed automatic transmission ensures smooth shifts at any speed. The Trailhawk also features a 4WD system for improved traction on slippery surfaces.

This car will give you the highest towing capacity on this list of small SUVs. Jeep can sell you an optional hitch that’ll allow you tow up 2,000 lbs.

The Nissan Kicks

MSRP: from $20,290 USD

Torque: 114 lb-ft

Power: 122 hp

Fuel Economy: 33 mpg combined

Nissan Kicks review

The Nissan Kicks is another popular option for drivers looking for plenty of available torque in their subcompact SUV. Its 1.6-liter four-cylinder (Xtronic CVT® ) engine produces 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to make it feel quite peppy around town and on the highway.

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The Kicks also gets excellent fuel economy with an EPA rating of 33 mpg combined city/highway, making it one of the most efficient vehicles in its class as well.

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The 2023 Honda HR-V EX-L 2WD

MSRP: from $27,900 USD

Torque: 138 lb-ft

Power: 158 hp

Fuel Economy: 28 mpg combined

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The Honda HR-V EX-L trim level offers even more torque than its competitors at 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The car is available in a 2WD and AWD (msrp: $30,695 USD) versions – both have the same torque ratings.

This engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that helps make the most out of this powertrain’s available output while still keeping fuel economy relatively high with an EPA rating of 28 mpg combined (city/highway) driving cycle.

The HR-V EX-L also offers several convenience features such as heated front seats and remote start as standard equipment, making it an ideal choice for those who want both performance and luxury in their vehicle package deal.

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If you’re in the market for a subcompact SUV that offers plenty of available torque without sacrificing fuel economy or convenience features, then consider one of these three options.

The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, Nissan Kicks, or Honda HR-V EX trim level. Each has something unique to offer so take some time to compare them side by side before making your decision – you won’t be disappointed!

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