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Best Compact SUVs for 2020 & 2021

If you are looking for more interior and cargo space than sedans offer, compact SUVs can be a great choice. We highlight the best compact SUVs below to help get you started. All Rankings »

16 cars

2021 Honda CR-V

Impressive passenger and cargo space, a refined cabin, and a lively, efficient turbocharged engine help the 2021 Honda CR-V vault toward the read more »

8.6SCORE

$25,350 - $35,150 MSRP

28 City / 34 Hwy MPG

8.6SCORE

$25,350 - $35,150 MSRP

28 City / 34 Hwy MPG

2021 Mazda CX-5

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 challenges for a top spot in the competitive compact SUV class thanks to its engaging handling and refined interior. read more »

8.5SCORE

$25,270 - $37,405 MSRP

25 City / 31 Hwy MPG

8.5SCORE

$25,270 - $37,405 MSRP

25 City / 31 Hwy MPG

2021 Kia Sportage

The 2021 Kia Sportage finishes near the top of our compact SUV rankings thanks in part to its good predicted reliability rating, adult-frien read more »

8.3SCORE

$23,990 - $35,150 MSRP

23 City / 30 Hwy MPG

8.3SCORE

$23,990 - $35,150 MSRP

23 City / 30 Hwy MPG

2020 Ford Escape

The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape finishes in the top third of our compact SUV rankings. It has a great predicted reliability rating, a spacio read more »

8.2SCORE

$24,885 - $36,835 MSRP

27 City / 33 Hwy MPG

8.2SCORE

$24,885 - $36,835 MSRP

27 City / 33 Hwy MPG

2021 Nissan Rogue

The fully redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue earns a spot in the top half of our compact SUV rankings thanks in part to its comfortable … read more »

8.1SCORE

$25,650 - $36,830 MSRP

26 City / 33 Hwy MPG

8.1SCORE

$25,650 - $36,830 MSRP

26 City / 33 Hwy MPG

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

A top-notch predicted reliability rating helps keep the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox competitive among compact SUVs. It also has a long list of fe read more »

8.0SCORE

N/A MSRP

26 City / 31 Hwy MPG

8.0SCORE

N/A MSRP

26 City / 31 Hwy MPG

2021 Toyota RAV4

The 2021 Toyota RAV4’s refined interior, remarkable fuel economy, and well-balanced performance help it place near the top of our compact SU read more »

8.0SCORE

$26,050 - $35,980 MSRP

- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy MPG

8.0SCORE

$26,050 - $35,980 MSRP

- TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy MPG

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers a cushioned ride and comes with plenty of standard features, but its weak engine and overall underwhelmi read more »

7.9SCORE

$25,245 - $39,095 MSRP

22 City / 29 Hwy MPG

7.9SCORE

$25,245 - $39,095 MSRP

22 City / 29 Hwy MPG

2021 Subaru Forester

The 2021 Subaru Forester finishes in the middle of our compact SUV rankings. It's spacious and comfortable, but its rock-bottom predicted re read more »

7.7SCORE

$24,795 - $34,895 MSRP

26 City / 33 Hwy MPG

7.7SCORE

$24,795 - $34,895 MSRP

26 City / 33 Hwy MPG

2021 Hyundai Tucson

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson ranks in the middle of the compact SUV class. The Tucson has user-friendly features, a comfortable interior, compose read more »

7.7SCORE

$23,700 - $33,450 MSRP

23 City / 28 Hwy MPG

7.7SCORE

$23,700 - $33,450 MSRP

23 City / 28 Hwy MPG

2021 GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain ranks in the bottom half of the compact SUV class. Though it’s roomy, comfortable, and well-equipped, it's outclassed by riv read more »

7.6SCORE

N/A MSRP

26 City / 30 Hwy MPG

7.6SCORE

N/A MSRP

26 City / 30 Hwy MPG

2021 Jeep Cherokee

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Despite its great off-roading ability, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee sits in the bottom half of the compact SUV class because of its mixed on-road read more »

7.2SCORE

$26,290 - $35,530 MSRP

22 City / 31 Hwy MPG

7.2SCORE

$26,290 - $35,530 MSRP

22 City / 31 Hwy MPG

2021 Jeep Wrangler

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler finishes in the bottom third of our compact SUV rankings. While it's an outstanding off-roader, it doesn't have the u read more »

6.9SCORE

$28,295 - $42,195 MSRP

17 City / 25 Hwy MPG

6.9SCORE

$28,295 - $42,195 MSRP

17 City / 25 Hwy MPG

2021 Jeep Compass

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The 2021 Jeep Compass is one of our lowest-ranked compact SUVs. While it has fantastic off-road capability, it's held back by an underpowere read more »

6.7SCORE

$23,895 - $30,795 MSRP

22 City / 30 Hwy MPG

6.7SCORE

$23,895 - $30,795 MSRP

22 City / 30 Hwy MPG

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross lands near the bottom of the compact SUV class. From engine power and agility to cargo space and interior read more »

6.3SCORE

$22,995 - $28,745 MSRP

26 City / 29 Hwy MPG

6.3SCORE

$22,995 - $28,745 MSRP

26 City / 29 Hwy MPG

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of our lowest-rated compact SUVs. This crossover trails the competition in almost every area, including read more »

6.2SCORE

$24,895 - $41,695 MSRP

25 City / 30 Hwy MPG

6.2SCORE

$24,895 - $41,695 MSRP

25 City / 30 Hwy MPG

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.

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