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: $23,845 - $33,495
  • MPG: 26 City / 32 Hwy

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2016 Honda CR-V

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The 2016 Honda CR-V ranks near the top of the compact SUV and 2-row SUV segments, thanks to its outstanding fuel estimates and cavernous ... 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 - $31,175
  • MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy

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2017 Hyundai Tucson

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Following our analysis of reviews and data, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson lands near the top of our compact SUVs ranking list. Its spacious, quiet ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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  • MSRP: $22,990 - $34,000
  • MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy

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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»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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Mazda CX-5 Image
  • MSRP: $21,795 - $29,870
  • MPG: 26 City / 34 Hwy

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2016 Mazda CX-5

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If you want to add some fun to your daily commute, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is one of the best options in the class, ... 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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Ford Escape Image
  • MSRP: $23,600 - $30,850
  • MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy

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2017 Ford Escape

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The 2017 Ford Escape enjoys a major refresh for this model year, and based on the reviews and data that drive our rankings, it ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $28,370 - $33,610
  • MPG: 34 City / 30 Hwy

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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If you’re looking for a hybrid compact SUV with impressive fuel economy and excellent cargo space, albeit with a high price tag, the 2016 ... 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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GMC Terrain Image
  • MSRP: $24,070 - $36,025
  • MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy

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2017 GMC Terrain

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Based on our analysis of professional reviews and data, the 2017 GMC Terrain comes in at the top half of our compact SUV rankings. ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.3
Interior:8.0
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Subaru Forester Image
  • MSRP: $22,595 - $34,295
  • MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy

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2017 Subaru Forester

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The 2017 Subaru Forester leads the pack when it comes to cargo space and available safety features. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive, ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Chevrolet Equinox Image
  • MSRP: $23,100 - $31,790
  • MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox

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According to the reviews and data that drive our rankings, the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is all about comfort – from its incredibly spacious interior ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.9
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Jeep Cherokee Image
  • MSRP: $23,595 - $37,695
  • MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy

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2017 Jeep Cherokee

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The 2017 Jeep Cherokee combines an upscale and spacious cabin with good off-road capability. Although you can find a smoother-ride, like the Chevrolet Equinox, ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.2
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Nissan Rogue Image
  • MSRP: $23,820 - $31,310
  • MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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The 2017 Nissan Rogue is one of only two compact SUVs in our rankings with an available third row. This makes it an excellent ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:6.9
Interior:8.3
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Toyota RAV4 Image
  • MSRP: $24,910 - $36,150
  • MPG: 23 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy

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2017 Toyota RAV4

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The Toyota RAV4 helped introduce a new form of family car to the U.S. market in 1994, but that distinction isn’t reflected in its ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Volkswagen Tiguan Image
  • MSRP: $24,995 - $36,475
  • MPG: 20 City / 24 Hwy

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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

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The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is an ideal compact SUV for shoppers seeking affordable luxury and a quick, comfortable ride with a dose of sportiness. ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.9
Safety:7.7
Reliability: NA
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Nissan Rogue Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: N/A
  • MPG: N/A

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid boasts incredible gas mileage, a well-cushioned ride, and one of the best interiors in its class. However, based on ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.1
Interior:8.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $26,395 - $29,995
  • MPG: 29 City / 33 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: $23,995 - $37,445
  • MPG: 17 City / 21 Hwy

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2017 Jeep Wrangler

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With a history that can be traced back to World War II, the Jeep Wrangler can make the claim of being the first sport ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.2
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.7
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Mitsubishi Outlander Image
  • MSRP: $23,495 - $31,695
  • MPG: 25 City / 30 Hwy

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

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The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the only SUVs in its class to have a third row, though it's only comfortable for children. ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.0
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.3
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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Jeep Compass Image
  • MSRP: $19,940 - $26,340
  • MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy

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2017 Jeep Compass

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If you don't have a lot to spend on an SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass seems quite appealing. With its starting price of nearly ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:5.6
Critics' Rating:5.2
Performance:5.5
Interior:6.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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Jeep Patriot Image
  • MSRP: $18,040 - $25,840
  • MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy

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2017 Jeep Patriot

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If you want an SUV that can go four-wheeling and you’re shopping with a small budget, the 2017 Jeep Patriot is one of the ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:5.5
Critics' Rating:5.2
Performance:5.6
Interior:5.8
Safety:7.0
Reliability: NA
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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.