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2015 Honda CR-V

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Reviewers praise the 2015 Honda CR-V for its abundance of standard features and spacious cabin, and it gets excellent fuel economy. Read full review»

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Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5

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2015 GMC Terrain

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The 2015 GMC Terrain has an upscale cabin, ample power with its optional V6 engine and generous rear-seat legroom, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:8.5
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_5
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2016 Honda HR-V

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The all-new 2016 Honda HR-V's flexible interior and composed ride make it one of the most practical subcompact SUVs available, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Nissan Rogue

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Though reviewers would like a less-noisy, more-refined powertrain, the 2015 Nissan Rogue is recognized for its top-level fuel economy estimates, generous cargo room and stylish cabin. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:6.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2016 Mazda CX-5

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The 2016 Mazda CX-5 earns great fuel economy, and reviewers say its nimble handling makes it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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2015 Ford Escape

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Powerful turbocharged engine options, athletic handling and an upscale cabin help the 2015 Ford Escape stand out among its rivals, according to reviewers. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Jeep Renegade

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Test drivers write that the brand-new 2015 Jeep Renegade is a good all-around small SUV with sporty handling, a smooth ride and impressive off-road abilities. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:8.6
Interior:7.9
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

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The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan's fuel economy and cargo space leave much to be desired, reviewers say, but they speak well of its energetic engine and captivating handling. Read full review»

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Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.5
Interior:8.0
Safety:8.4
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Buick Encore

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The 2015 Buick Encore could use more engine power, according to critics, but it has an upscale interior, gets great fuel economy and comes standard with lots ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 4_0
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox

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According to test drivers, the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has spacious seating and a quiet, comfortable ride, but it isn't very engaging to drive and the base engine ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.0
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2015 Subaru Forester

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Reviewers praise the 2015 Subaru Forester for its ample cargo space, comfortable rear-seat legroom, solid fuel economy and standard all-wheel drive. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Chevrolet Trax

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Auto writers say that the brand-new 2015 Chevrolet Trax offers a roomy interior, nimble handling and impressive fuel economy, though they think its cabin materials could be ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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  • MSRP: $20,000 - $29,000
  • MPG: 25 City / 34 Hwy

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2016 FIAT 500X

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The 2016 Fiat 500X has sharp handling and an upscale interior, but its engines aren’t particularly powerful or refined, reviewers say. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Kia Sportage

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Reviewers think the 2015 Kia Sportage is fun to drive, thanks to its peppy available turbocharged engine and nimble handling, but they say it has a firm ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Hyundai Tucson

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The 2015 Hyundai Tucson doesn't have as much cargo space as rivals and its base engine could use more power, but it has an attractive cabin and ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.3
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

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Though the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has a small cargo area, test drivers say it offers impressive fuel economy, a quiet interior and strong acceleration. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.8
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Jeep Cherokee

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The 2015 Jeep Cherokee is a very capable off-roader and has a powerful optional V6 engine and an upscale interior, but it isn't especially fun to drive ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.3
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Nissan Juke

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Though test drivers note that the 2015 Nissan Juke has limited cargo and passenger space, they appreciate its superb fuel economy, lively engine and responsive handling. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.5
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.1
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Jeep Wrangler

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Although test drivers agree that the 2015 Jeep Wrangler is an incredible off-road vehicle, its stiff ride and lack of standard features may make it less than ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:6.7
Safety:7.4
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 MINI Cooper Countryman

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Although it has one of the smallest cargo areas in the class, reviewers praise the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman's agile handling, and it gets excellent fuel economy ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.4
Safety:10.0
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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Critics state that the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek's engine delivers too little punch, but they appreciate the car's terrific fuel economy, crisp handling and standard all-wheel drive.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.6
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Nissan Xterra

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The 2015 Nissan Xterra may lack the high-quality interior and smooth ride of some compact SUVs, according to reviewers, but they are impressed with its off-road abilities. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.3
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.8
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Toyota RAV4

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Relative to some of its competitors, reviewers note that the 2015 Toyota RAV4's engine is underpowered, but this compact SUV has a spacious cabin, plenty of cargo ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_5
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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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In performance and cabin design, auto journalists say the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn't keeping pace with its competition, though some reviewers appreciate its smooth ride. Read full review»

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Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:6.9
Interior:6.8
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Compared with SUVs in its class, auto journalists write that the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander's less-powerful engine choices, minimal cargo room and dull cabin outfitting don't measure up.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.8
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.9
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.5
Reliability: 2_5
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2015 Jeep Patriot

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Test drivers agree that the 2015 Jeep Patriot falls short of most rivals thanks to its low-rent cabin materials, underpowered engines and small cargo area, although it ... Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.7
Critics' Rating:5.1
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.1
Safety:7.8
Reliability: 3_0
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2015 Jeep Compass

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Aside from its low base price, the 2015 Jeep Compass disappoints reviewers, who say it has underpowered engine choices, few standard features and dull handling. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.6
Critics' Rating:5.2
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_5
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