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View the best small SUVs, generally priced below $30,000. Compare small SUV reviews and specs to find a top compact SUV for you. Learn more about our rankings.

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2015 Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V gets excellent fuel economy, and reviewers love its roomy cabin and long list of standard features.  Read full review»

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Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.2
Performance:7.6
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 GMC Terrain

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Test drivers report that the 2015 GMC Terrain stands out with lots of rear-seat legroom, an upscale cabin and a powerful available V6 engine. Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Mazda CX-5

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If you're looking for a sporty compact SUV that is fun to drive, gets good fuel economy and has plenty of passenger space, reviewers agree that the ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.2
Interior:7.2
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2015 Ford Escape

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Test drivers write that the 2015 Ford Escape stands out with nimble handling, powerful turbocharged engine options and an upscale cabin. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:8.5
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Nissan Rogue

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The Nissan Rogue earns great fuel economy estimates, has lots of cargo space and reviewers praise its handsome cabin. Still, they wish its powertrain were more refined. Read full review»

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Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:6.8
Interior:8.4
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Buick Encore

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The Buick Encore has great fuel economy, an upscale interior and plenty of standard features, though reviewers agree it’s underpowered.   Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Kia Sportage

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Agile handling and a powerful turbocharged engine option make the 2015 Kia Sportage fun to drive, reviewers say, but they add that its small cargo hold and ... Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.1
Safety:9.4
Reliability: NA
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2015 Subaru Forester

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According to reviewers, the 2015 Subaru Forester’s generous cargo space, ample rear-seat legroom, good fuel economy and standard all-wheel drive make it a highly appealing compact SUV. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

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Reviewers say the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid's great on-road prowess, capable all-wheel drive system and quiet cabin make it a strong competitor. Read full review»

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Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:8.5
Performance:8.2
Interior:8.0
Safety:9.3
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Reviewers agree that the Volkswagen Tiguan’s powerful engine and engaging handling make it a great performer, but its poor fuel economy and small cargo hold disappoint. Read full review»

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Safety:7.7
Reliability: NA
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2015 Chevrolet Equinox

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The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox has a comfortable, quiet ride and spacious seats, reviewers say. However, they’re let down by its underpowered base engine and dull handling.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.1
Interior:8.1
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Jeep Cherokee

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Reviewers like the Jeep Cherokee’s strong optional V6 engine, extensive off-road capabilities and premium interior, but they find its on-road handling dull. Read full review»

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.8
Interior:8.3
Safety:9.3
Reliability: NA
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2015 Hyundai Tucson

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Test drivers report that the Hyundai Tucson offers nimble handling and a handsome cabin, but they say its base engine is underpowered, and that many rivals have ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.1
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.3
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2014 Nissan Juke

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The Nissan Juke turns heads with its unique styling and sporty dynamics, but rival crossovers offer roomier cabins and more cargo space, critics say.  Read full review»

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:8.0
Performance:8.0
Interior:6.6
Safety:8.1
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2015 MINI Cooper Countryman

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The Mini Countryman earns excellent fuel economy and reviewers like its sharp handling, but it has one of the smallest cargo holds in the class. Read full review»

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:8.3
Interior:7.4
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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  • MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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The Subaru XV Crosstrek’s great fuel economy, standard all-wheel drive and sharp handling impress reviewers, but its underpowered engine is a letdown. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:7.4
Interior:7.7
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Nissan Xterra

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Reviewers report that the 2015 Nissan Xterra is a capable off-roader, but it lacks the refined interior and comfortable ride found in many compact SUVs. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.6
Performance:7.3
Interior:6.6
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Toyota RAV4

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The Toyota RAV4 has lots of cargo and cabin space and a good amount of standard features, but reviewers point out that some rivals offer more powerful ... Read full review»

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Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.1
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Jeep Wrangler

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The 2015 Jeep Wrangler has remarkable off-road prowess, reviewers agree. However, its lack of standard features and rough ride quality make it impractical for most drivers. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.8
Interior:6.8
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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While some reviewers like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s soft ride, they agree that it’s outmatched by rivals that offer better performance and interiors that are more upscale.  Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.6
Critics' Rating:6.8
Performance:6.9
Interior:6.8
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

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With its underpowered engine choices, limited cargo space and lackluster cabin materials, reviewers say the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander falls short of many competing SUVs. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:6.5
Critics' Rating:6.6
Performance:6.9
Interior:6.5
Safety:8.5
Reliability: NA
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2015 Jeep Compass

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Test drivers agree that, aside from its affordability, the 2015 Jeep Compass has few redeeming qualities. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.6
Critics' Rating:5.2
Performance:5.4
Interior:6.2
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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2015 Jeep Patriot

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Though it has a low base price, reviewers say the Jeep Patriot is outshined by competitors with better performance, more space and higher-quality cabin materials. Read full review»

U.S.News Scores
Overall:5.6
Critics' Rating:5.0
Performance:5.5
Interior:6.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: NA
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