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If you are looking for more interior and cargo space than sedans offer, compact SUVs can be a great choice. We highlight the best compact SUVs below to help get you started.

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Honda CR-V Image
  • MSRP: $23,745 - $33,395
  • MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy

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2016 Honda CR-V

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The 2016 Honda CR-V is among the highest-ranking compact SUVs and SUVs with 2 rows. Our analysis of automotive writers’ reviews shows that they ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5

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Hyundai Tucson Image
  • MSRP: $22,700 - $31,300
  • MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy

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2016 Hyundai Tucson

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Our review of the automotive press shows that the fully redesigned 2016 Hyundai Tucson earns its spot near the top of the class thanks ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5

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Ford Escape Image
  • MSRP: $23,600 - $30,850
  • MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy

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2017 Ford Escape

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Nimble handling, lively turbocharged engine options, and loads of sleek, user-friendly tech features help the refreshed 2017 Ford Escape stand out among the leaders ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Kia Sportage Image
  • MSRP: $22,990 - $34,000
  • MPG: 22 City / 29 Hwy

#3
2017 Kia Sportage

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Sport utility vehicles like the completely redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage have to be all things to all people, which is a hard task. Though ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.3
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Mazda CX-5 Image
  • MSRP: $21,795 - $29,870
  • MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy

#3
2016 Mazda CX-5

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Based on the data and reviews that drive our rankings, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a good choice for those who want to have ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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GMC Terrain Image
  • MSRP: $23,975 - $35,925
  • MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy

#6
2016 GMC Terrain

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For daily driving around town, the 2016 GMC Terrain is an excellent choice. It has chic interior styling, two rows of roomy seats, a ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Chevrolet Equinox Image
  • MSRP: $22,600 - $31,690
  • MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy

#7
2016 Chevrolet Equinox

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The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox delivers in the practical areas that families care about most, including passenger space, ride comfort, and reliability. However, the Equinox's ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.1
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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Nissan Rogue Image
  • MSRP: $23,290 - $33,400
  • MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy

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2016 Nissan Rogue

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According to our analysis of automotive reviews, the 2016 Nissan Rogue is a respectable choice in the compact SUV class thanks to its upscale ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:6.9
Interior:8.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $28,370 - $33,610
  • MPG: 34 City / 31 Hwy

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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Based on our analysis of automotive reviews and data, the all-new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is a fitting option if you value cargo room, good ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.8
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 4_0

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Subaru Forester Image
  • MSRP: $22,395 - $33,795
  • MPG: 22 City / 29 Hwy

#10
2016 Subaru Forester

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If you want a compact SUV with the added traction of all-wheel drive, you won't get it much cheaper than in the 2016 Subaru ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_0
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Volkswagen Tiguan Image
  • MSRP: $24,890 - $36,420
  • MPG: 21 City / 26 Hwy

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

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The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is just the ticket if you want a compact SUV with an upscale interior and performance that’s sportier than what ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:8.4
Reliability: 3_5
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Toyota RAV4 Image
  • MSRP: $24,350 - $32,910
  • MPG: 24 City / 31 Hwy

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2016 Toyota RAV4

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Automotive writers say the 2016 Toyota RAV4 has supportive front seats and excellent cargo capacity, but they dislike the sluggish transmission shifts and unresponsive ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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Jeep Cherokee Image
  • MSRP: $23,495 - $38,395
  • MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy

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2016 Jeep Cherokee

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Our research shows that the 2016 Jeep Cherokee has an upscale cabin and remarkable off-roading ability, but you should weigh your needs versus the ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.3
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_0
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Subaru Crosstrek Image
  • MSRP: $21,595 - $25,095
  • MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek

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The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek has roomy seating, composed handling and great fuel economy, according to reviewers, but it has a weak powertrain and limited ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $26,395 - $29,995
  • MPG: 30 City / 34 Hwy

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid handles slippery, uneven pavement well, critics say, but they add that many competitors are cheaper and have more cargo ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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Jeep Wrangler Image
  • MSRP: $23,895 - $36,995
  • MPG: 17 City / 21 Hwy

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2016 Jeep Wrangler

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The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is near the bottom of our compact SUV rankings. Our analysis of professional reviews and data shows that critics praise ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.9
Interior:6.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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Mitsubishi Outlander Image
  • MSRP: $22,995 - $30,995
  • MPG: 25 City / 31 Hwy

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

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The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander delivers above-average fuel economy and it's one of the few compact SUVs to seat seven people. It also has a ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.3
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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Jeep Compass Image
  • MSRP: $19,695 - $25,995
  • MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy

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2016 Jeep Compass

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Beyond its low price, there aren’t a lot of reasons to consider the 2016 Jeep Compass. Our analysis shows that the five-seat Compass has ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.6
Critics' Rating:5.3
Performance:5.6
Interior:6.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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Jeep Patriot Image
  • MSRP: $17,695 - $25,595
  • MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy

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2016 Jeep Patriot

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Based on the reviews and data that drive our rankings, the Jeep Patriot is a serviceable choice if you’re looking for a budget-friendly, off-road ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.5
Critics' Rating:5.0
Performance:5.4
Interior:5.8
Safety:7.8
Reliability: 2_5
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More on Compact SUVs

Compact SUVs tend to offer a high seating position, which provides a vast view of the road in addition to an easier step-in height than smaller cars or larger SUVs. These SUVs can be equipped with a variety of powertrains to fit your driving priorities, be they fuel economy, daily comfort, or rugged off-roading.

They are available with many interior tech and safety features that can be useful to families both small and large. Over the past several years, two-row SUVs have acquired standard or available features that were previously found only in luxury cars. For example, a rearview camera is a common standard feature, and there are a wide variety of high-tech safety features available in most models.

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Our rankings are based on analysis of third party reviews. Sometimes, we are unable to find enough reviews to publish a definitive ranking. Please check back later, as we are constantly updating our reviews.

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.