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#1 Honda CR-V Image View Photos
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2019 Honda CR-V

Best Cars for the Money

The 2019 Honda CR-V has few weaknesses, which is why it ranks near the top of the compact SUV class. It boasts a comfortable ... Read full review »

8.8
$24,350 - $34,150
26 City / 32 Hwy
8.8
$24,350 - $34,150
26 City / 32 Hwy
#1 Honda CR-V Image View Photos
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2019 Honda CR-V

Best Cars for the Money

The 2019 Honda CR-V has few weaknesses, which is why it ranks near the top of the compact SUV class. It boasts a comfortable ... Read full review »

8.8
$24,350 - $34,150
26 City / 32 Hwy
8.8
$24,350 - $34,150
26 City / 32 Hwy
#1 Honda CR-V Image View Photos
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2019 Honda CR-V

Best Cars for the Money

The 2019 Honda CR-V has few weaknesses, which is why it ranks near the top of the compact SUV class. It boasts a comfortable ... Read full review »

8.8
$24,350 - $34,150
26 City / 32 Hwy
8.8
$24,350 - $34,150
26 City / 32 Hwy
#1 Mazda CX-5 Image View Photos
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2019 Mazda CX-5

The 2019 Mazda CX-5's athletic handling, precise steering, upscale cabin, and high safety score are among the reasons it ranks near the top of the compact ... Read full review »

8.8
$24,350 - $36,890
25 City / 31 Hwy
8.8
$24,350 - $36,890
25 City / 31 Hwy
#1 Mazda CX-5 Image View Photos
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2019 Mazda CX-5

The 2019 Mazda CX-5's athletic handling, precise steering, upscale cabin, and high safety score are among the reasons it ranks near the top of the compact ... Read full review »

8.8
$24,350 - $36,890
25 City / 31 Hwy
8.8
$24,350 - $36,890
25 City / 31 Hwy
#1 Mazda CX-5 Image View Photos
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2019 Mazda CX-5

The 2019 Mazda CX-5's athletic handling, precise steering, upscale cabin, and high safety score are among the reasons it ranks near the top of the compact ... Read full review »

8.8
$24,350 - $36,890
25 City / 31 Hwy
8.8
$24,350 - $36,890
25 City / 31 Hwy
#3 Subaru Forester Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru Forester

Best Cars for Families

The 2019 Subaru Forester ranks in the top third of the compact SUV class. It offers a smooth, comfortable, and agile ride; its infotainment ... Read full review »

8.5
$24,295 - $34,295
26 City / 33 Hwy
8.5
$24,295 - $34,295
26 City / 33 Hwy
#3 Subaru Forester Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru Forester

Best Cars for Families

The 2019 Subaru Forester ranks in the top third of the compact SUV class. It offers a smooth, comfortable, and agile ride; its infotainment ... Read full review »

8.5
$24,295 - $34,295
26 City / 33 Hwy
8.5
$24,295 - $34,295
26 City / 33 Hwy
#3 Subaru Forester Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru Forester

Best Cars for Families

The 2019 Subaru Forester ranks in the top third of the compact SUV class. It offers a smooth, comfortable, and agile ride; its infotainment ... Read full review »

8.5
$24,295 - $34,295
26 City / 33 Hwy
8.5
$24,295 - $34,295
26 City / 33 Hwy
#3 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid sits in the top third of our compact SUV rankings thanks to its well-rounded performance, high-quality interior, abundance of ... Read full review »

8.5
$27,700 - $35,700
34 (2018) City / 30 (2018) Hwy
8.5
$27,700 - $35,700
34 (2018) City / 30 (2018) Hwy
#3 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid sits in the top third of our compact SUV rankings thanks to its well-rounded performance, high-quality interior, abundance of ... Read full review »

8.5
$27,700 - $35,700
34 (2018) City / 30 (2018) Hwy
8.5
$27,700 - $35,700
34 (2018) City / 30 (2018) Hwy
#3 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid sits in the top third of our compact SUV rankings thanks to its well-rounded performance, high-quality interior, abundance of ... Read full review »

8.5
$27,700 - $35,700
34 (2018) City / 30 (2018) Hwy
8.5
$27,700 - $35,700
34 (2018) City / 30 (2018) Hwy
#5 Toyota RAV4 Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota RAV4

The redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 finishes in the top half of our compact SUV rankings. It's more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the outgoing ... Read full review »

8.4
$25,650 - $35,050
26 City / 35 Hwy
8.4
$25,650 - $35,050
26 City / 35 Hwy
#5 Toyota RAV4 Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota RAV4

The redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 finishes in the top half of our compact SUV rankings. It's more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the outgoing ... Read full review »

8.4
$25,650 - $35,050
26 City / 35 Hwy
8.4
$25,650 - $35,050
26 City / 35 Hwy
#5 Toyota RAV4 Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota RAV4

The redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 finishes in the top half of our compact SUV rankings. It's more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the outgoing ... Read full review »

8.4
$25,650 - $35,050
26 City / 35 Hwy
8.4
$25,650 - $35,050
26 City / 35 Hwy
#6 Ford Escape Image View Photos
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2019 Ford Escape

The 2019 Ford Escape's roomy cargo area, great handling, and powerful available engines help it land in the middle of our compact SUV rankings. ... Read full review »

8.3
$24,105 - $34,120
21 City / 29 Hwy
8.3
$24,105 - $34,120
21 City / 29 Hwy
#6 Ford Escape Image View Photos
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2019 Ford Escape

The 2019 Ford Escape's roomy cargo area, great handling, and powerful available engines help it land in the middle of our compact SUV rankings. ... Read full review »

8.3
$24,105 - $34,120
21 City / 29 Hwy
8.3
$24,105 - $34,120
21 City / 29 Hwy
#6 Ford Escape Image View Photos
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2019 Ford Escape

The 2019 Ford Escape's roomy cargo area, great handling, and powerful available engines help it land in the middle of our compact SUV rankings. ... Read full review »

8.3
$24,105 - $34,120
21 City / 29 Hwy
8.3
$24,105 - $34,120
21 City / 29 Hwy
#6 Hyundai Tucson Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Tucson

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson finishes in the top third of our compact SUV rankings. While it does not deliver the engaging performance that some ... Read full review »

8.3
$23,200 - $32,950
23 City / 30 Hwy
8.3
$23,200 - $32,950
23 City / 30 Hwy
#6 Hyundai Tucson Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Tucson

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson finishes in the top third of our compact SUV rankings. While it does not deliver the engaging performance that some ... Read full review »

8.3
$23,200 - $32,950
23 City / 30 Hwy
8.3
$23,200 - $32,950
23 City / 30 Hwy
#6 Hyundai Tucson Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Tucson

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson finishes in the top third of our compact SUV rankings. While it does not deliver the engaging performance that some ... Read full review »

8.3
$23,200 - $32,950
23 City / 30 Hwy
8.3
$23,200 - $32,950
23 City / 30 Hwy
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#6 Kia Sportage Image View Photos
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2020 Kia Sportage

The 2020 Kia Sportage ranks in the top third of the compact SUV class, largely because of its handsome cabin, intuitive tech features, and ... Read full review »

8.3
$23,990 - $34,990
23 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
8.3
$23,990 - $34,990
23 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
#6 Kia Sportage Image View Photos
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2020 Kia Sportage

The 2020 Kia Sportage ranks in the top third of the compact SUV class, largely because of its handsome cabin, intuitive tech features, and ... Read full review »

8.3
$23,990 - $34,990
23 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
8.3
$23,990 - $34,990
23 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
#6 Kia Sportage Image View Photos
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2020 Kia Sportage

The 2020 Kia Sportage ranks in the top third of the compact SUV class, largely because of its handsome cabin, intuitive tech features, and ... Read full review »

8.3
$23,990 - $34,990
23 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
8.3
$23,990 - $34,990
23 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
#9 Volkswagen Tiguan Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan ranks in the middle of the compact SUV class. It has a big cargo hold, a smooth ride, a good ... Read full review »

8.2
$24,295 - $38,895
22 City / 29 Hwy
8.2
$24,295 - $38,895
22 City / 29 Hwy
#9 Volkswagen Tiguan Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan ranks in the middle of the compact SUV class. It has a big cargo hold, a smooth ride, a good ... Read full review »

8.2
$24,295 - $38,895
22 City / 29 Hwy
8.2
$24,295 - $38,895
22 City / 29 Hwy
#9 Volkswagen Tiguan Image View Photos
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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan ranks in the middle of the compact SUV class. It has a big cargo hold, a smooth ride, a good ... Read full review »

8.2
$24,295 - $38,895
22 City / 29 Hwy
8.2
$24,295 - $38,895
22 City / 29 Hwy
#10 Chevrolet Equinox Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a fairly comfortable, capable compact SUV, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowd, which is why it ... Read full review »

8.1
$23,800 - $35,700
26 City / 32 Hwy
8.1
$23,800 - $35,700
26 City / 32 Hwy
#10 Chevrolet Equinox Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a fairly comfortable, capable compact SUV, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowd, which is why it ... Read full review »

8.1
$23,800 - $35,700
26 City / 32 Hwy
8.1
$23,800 - $35,700
26 City / 32 Hwy
#10 Chevrolet Equinox Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a fairly comfortable, capable compact SUV, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowd, which is why it ... Read full review »

8.1
$23,800 - $35,700
26 City / 32 Hwy
8.1
$23,800 - $35,700
26 City / 32 Hwy
#11 GMC Terrain Image View Photos
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2019 GMC Terrain

The 2019 GMC Terrain ranks in bottom half of the compact SUV class. It offers a luxurious interior and a comfortable ride, but it ... Read full review »

8.0
$25,000 - $39,500
26 City / 30 Hwy
8.0
$25,000 - $39,500
26 City / 30 Hwy
#11 GMC Terrain Image View Photos
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2019 GMC Terrain

The 2019 GMC Terrain ranks in bottom half of the compact SUV class. It offers a luxurious interior and a comfortable ride, but it ... Read full review »

8.0
$25,000 - $39,500
26 City / 30 Hwy
8.0
$25,000 - $39,500
26 City / 30 Hwy
#11 GMC Terrain Image View Photos
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2019 GMC Terrain

The 2019 GMC Terrain ranks in bottom half of the compact SUV class. It offers a luxurious interior and a comfortable ride, but it ... Read full review »

8.0
$25,000 - $39,500
26 City / 30 Hwy
8.0
$25,000 - $39,500
26 City / 30 Hwy
#12 Jeep Cherokee Image View Photos
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2019 Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee gets a midcycle refresh for the 2019 model year, adding more advanced technology features and a new available engine. Though these ... Read full review »

7.8
$25,045 - $38,495
22 City / 31 Hwy
7.8
$25,045 - $38,495
22 City / 31 Hwy
#12 Jeep Cherokee Image View Photos
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2019 Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee gets a midcycle refresh for the 2019 model year, adding more advanced technology features and a new available engine. Though these ... Read full review »

7.8
$25,045 - $38,495
22 City / 31 Hwy
7.8
$25,045 - $38,495
22 City / 31 Hwy
#12 Jeep Cherokee Image View Photos
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2019 Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee gets a midcycle refresh for the 2019 model year, adding more advanced technology features and a new available engine. Though these ... Read full review »

7.8
$25,045 - $38,495
22 City / 31 Hwy
7.8
$25,045 - $38,495
22 City / 31 Hwy
#12 Nissan Rogue Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Rogue

The 2019 Nissan Rogue has an upscale cabin, a generous list of standard safety features, and an expansive cargo area. It also has lackluster ... Read full review »

7.8
$25,020 - $32,840
26 City / 33 Hwy
7.8
$25,020 - $32,840
26 City / 33 Hwy
#12 Nissan Rogue Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Rogue

The 2019 Nissan Rogue has an upscale cabin, a generous list of standard safety features, and an expansive cargo area. It also has lackluster ... Read full review »

7.8
$25,020 - $32,840
26 City / 33 Hwy
7.8
$25,020 - $32,840
26 City / 33 Hwy
#12 Nissan Rogue Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Rogue

The 2019 Nissan Rogue has an upscale cabin, a generous list of standard safety features, and an expansive cargo area. It also has lackluster ... Read full review »

7.8
$25,020 - $32,840
26 City / 33 Hwy
7.8
$25,020 - $32,840
26 City / 33 Hwy
#12 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid ranks in the bottom third of the compact SUV class. Its well-mannered ride, strong safety scores, and upscale cabin ... Read full review »

7.8
$27,600 - $32,890
33 City / 35 Hwy
7.8
$27,600 - $32,890
33 City / 35 Hwy
#12 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid ranks in the bottom third of the compact SUV class. Its well-mannered ride, strong safety scores, and upscale cabin ... Read full review »

7.8
$27,600 - $32,890
33 City / 35 Hwy
7.8
$27,600 - $32,890
33 City / 35 Hwy
#12 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Image View Photos
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2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid ranks in the bottom third of the compact SUV class. Its well-mannered ride, strong safety scores, and upscale cabin ... Read full review »

7.8
$27,600 - $32,890
33 City / 35 Hwy
7.8
$27,600 - $32,890
33 City / 35 Hwy
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#15 Jeep Wrangler Image View Photos
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2019 Jeep Wrangler

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler finishes in the bottom half of our compact SUV rankings. It's a dynamic off-road machine with some noteworthy interior highlights, ... Read full review »

7.7
$28,045 - $41,545
17 City / 25 Hwy
7.7
$28,045 - $41,545
17 City / 25 Hwy
#15 Jeep Wrangler Image View Photos
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2019 Jeep Wrangler

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler finishes in the bottom half of our compact SUV rankings. It's a dynamic off-road machine with some noteworthy interior highlights, ... Read full review »

7.7
$28,045 - $41,545
17 City / 25 Hwy
7.7
$28,045 - $41,545
17 City / 25 Hwy
#15 Jeep Wrangler Image View Photos
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2019 Jeep Wrangler

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler finishes in the bottom half of our compact SUV rankings. It's a dynamic off-road machine with some noteworthy interior highlights, ... Read full review »

7.7
$28,045 - $41,545
17 City / 25 Hwy
7.7
$28,045 - $41,545
17 City / 25 Hwy
#16 Jeep Compass Image View Photos
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2019 Jeep Compass

The 2019 Jeep Compass has nice cabin materials and decent off-roading abilities, but its underpowered engine, subpar predicted reliability rating, and cramped cargo hold help ... Read full review »

7.4
$21,845 - $29,695
23 City / 32 Hwy
7.4
$21,845 - $29,695
23 City / 32 Hwy
#16 Jeep Compass Image View Photos
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2019 Jeep Compass

The 2019 Jeep Compass has nice cabin materials and decent off-roading abilities, but its underpowered engine, subpar predicted reliability rating, and cramped cargo hold help ... Read full review »

7.4
$21,845 - $29,695
23 City / 32 Hwy
7.4
$21,845 - $29,695
23 City / 32 Hwy
#16 Jeep Compass Image View Photos
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2019 Jeep Compass

The 2019 Jeep Compass has nice cabin materials and decent off-roading abilities, but its underpowered engine, subpar predicted reliability rating, and cramped cargo hold help ... Read full review »

7.4
$21,845 - $29,695
23 City / 32 Hwy
7.4
$21,845 - $29,695
23 City / 32 Hwy
#17 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Image View Photos
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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a comfortable ride and decent off-road abilities, but its sloppy handling and limited cargo space contribute to its ... Read full review »

6.9
$23,595 - $28,195
26 City / 29 Hwy
6.9
$23,595 - $28,195
26 City / 29 Hwy
#17 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Image View Photos
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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a comfortable ride and decent off-road abilities, but its sloppy handling and limited cargo space contribute to its ... Read full review »

6.9
$23,595 - $28,195
26 City / 29 Hwy
6.9
$23,595 - $28,195
26 City / 29 Hwy
#17 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Image View Photos
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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a comfortable ride and decent off-road abilities, but its sloppy handling and limited cargo space contribute to its ... Read full review »

6.9
$23,595 - $28,195
26 City / 29 Hwy
6.9
$23,595 - $28,195
26 City / 29 Hwy
#17 Mitsubishi Outlander Image View Photos
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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander ranks near the bottom of the compact SUV class. It has a below-average predicted reliability rating and can’t keep up ... Read full review »

6.9
$24,695 - $41,495
25 City / 30 Hwy
6.9
$24,695 - $41,495
25 City / 30 Hwy
#17 Mitsubishi Outlander Image View Photos
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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander ranks near the bottom of the compact SUV class. It has a below-average predicted reliability rating and can’t keep up ... Read full review »

6.9
$24,695 - $41,495
25 City / 30 Hwy
6.9
$24,695 - $41,495
25 City / 30 Hwy
#17 Mitsubishi Outlander Image View Photos
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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander ranks near the bottom of the compact SUV class. It has a below-average predicted reliability rating and can’t keep up ... Read full review »

6.9
$24,695 - $41,495
25 City / 30 Hwy
6.9
$24,695 - $41,495
25 City / 30 Hwy

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.

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.

Learn more about our rankings »

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