15 Best Luxury compact SUVs: Photos and Details

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These SUVs Are Posh, Practical, and (Relatively) Affordable 

It used to be that luxury was all about size. If you could afford a bigger vehicle, you bought that one. Instead, today’s car-buyers appreciate the appeal of a well-executed smaller automobile. It’s likely more agile, easier to park, more fuel-efficient, and less expensive than a bigger one. That’s why today’s best luxury compact SUVs deliver all the high-end style, comfort, performance, and feature content you could hope for, just with a little less cargo space and rear legroom than a larger model. 

But which ones are the best? This segment is bursting with appealing choices. Over the following slides, you can learn more about all of today’s best luxury compact SUVs – what makes each one special, where it comes up a little short, and which ones are our top picks overall. Our ranking draws from U.S. News & World Report’s in-depth analysis of each model in the luxury compact SUV segment, including expert reviews, safety scores, and predicted reliability. 

Note that the U.S. News scores you’ll see in this article won’t always match that vehicle’s full review. That’s because we’re constantly updating the scores based on new information, such as a new expert review or crash test result. You’ll also see that several of the vehicles in this segment lack scores as of this writing because of insufficient safety data. Check out each vehicle’s review page to find the most up-to-date information.

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