11 Best Compact SUVs for the Money in 2020

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Check Out the Contenders For the U.S. News Best Compact SUV for the Money Award

If you’re planning to shop for a new SUV or crossover this year, it’s never too early to get started. Small SUVs are great alternatives for families who want more room than what sedans can give. Thorough research can help ensure you’re as satisfied as possible when it comes time to buy or lease – and if you’re a discerning shopper, it might not be as simple as getting a good deal on the best-looking or best-driving vehicle. Value is a key component of savvy car shopping, and it’s a little more complicated than you might think. 

Fortunately, the annual U.S. News Best Car for the Money awards can help simplify this process. These awards highlight vehicles that offer the best combination of quality and value, with findings that are backed up by actual data. Quality is measured using overall scores from our reviews, with a methodology that combines safety and reliability data with expert opinions from the automotive press. As for value, we use TrueCar average transaction prices and Vincentric five-year total cost of ownership data.

The following slides will help you learn about each model and its ranking, all based on the scoring for our 2020 Best Compact SUV for the Money award. Please keep in mind that the scores on our site are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews. 

Now, read on to save yourself some stress – and potentially a good chunk of change – when you’re ready to pick up your new small SUV.

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