CARS.COM — The multimedia systems tested in the Cars.com 2016 Compact SUV Challenge ranged from bare-bones basic to top-of-the-line touch-screens with smartphone integration, multiple USB ports and near-seamless usability. Each SUV offers multiple systems but these were graded on the systems included. The as-tested Ford Escape, for example, came with the most-robust Sync 3, while the Hyundai Tucson had its base multimedia system and not its feature-packed, larger-screen system.
The 2016 Compact SUV Challenge
Results | Multimedia Winners and Losers
Cars.com editors Joe Bruzek, Jennifer Geiger and Bill Jackson had clear favorites after testing the five SUVs back-to-back-to-back over the multiday comparison. Here’s their take on which systems worked the best and which ones to avoid. They are listed below in alphabetical order by brand.