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#1 Honda CR-V Image View Photos
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2018 Honda CR-V

Best Cars for the Money

Best Cars for Families

The 2018 Honda CR-V ranks near the top of its class. It has a quality interior, plenty of passenger and cargo space, great safety ... Read full review »

8.8
$24,250 - $34,150
26 City / 32 Hwy
8.8
$24,250 - $34,150
26 City / 32 Hwy
#2 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 earn it a spot near the top of our compact ... Read full review »

8.7
$24,105 - $34,120
21 City / 29 Hwy
8.7
$24,105 - $34,120
21 City / 29 Hwy
#2 Mazda CX-5 Image View Photos
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2018 Mazda CX-5

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is one of our highest-rated compact SUV class. It offers athletic handling, excellent safety scores, and an upscale cabin with ... Read full review »

8.7
$24,150 - $30,945
25 (Est) City / 31 (Est) Hwy
8.7
$24,150 - $30,945
25 (Est) City / 31 (Est) Hwy
#4 Kia Sportage Image View Photos
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2019 Kia Sportage

The 2019 Kia Sportage combines above-average performance with one of the best interiors in the class, earning it a spot in the top third ... Read full review »

8.6
$23,750 - $34,600
22 City / 29 Hwy
8.6
$23,750 - $34,600
22 City / 29 Hwy
#4 Subaru Forester Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru Forester

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 »

8.6
$24,295 - $34,295
26 City / 33 Hwy
8.6
$24,295 - $34,295
26 City / 33 Hwy
#6 Hyundai Tucson Image View Photos
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2018 Hyundai Tucson

If safety and security are at the top of your priority list, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson is one of the best compact SUVs you ... Read full review »

8.4
$22,550 - $30,825
23 City / 30 Hwy
8.4
$22,550 - $30,825
23 City / 30 Hwy
#7 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has plenty of passenger and cargo space and a generous list of standard safety tech. That said, it doesn't ... Read full review »

8.3
$27,385 - $34,280
34 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
8.3
$27,385 - $34,280
34 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
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#8 Volkswagen Tiguan Image View Photos
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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

The redesigned 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is a good family vehicle with a sizable cargo hold, spacious first- and second-row seats, and a solid predicted ... Read full review »

8.2
$24,595 - $37,550
22 City / 27 Hwy
8.2
$24,595 - $37,550
22 City / 27 Hwy
#9 Nissan Rogue Image View Photos
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2018 Nissan Rogue

The 2018 Nissan Rogue has an impressive cabin with a long list of safety and infotainment features. However, its performance will likely leave you ... Read full review »

8.1
$24,800 - $32,530
26 City / 33 Hwy
8.1
$24,800 - $32,530
26 City / 33 Hwy
#9 GMC Terrain Image View Photos
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2019 GMC Terrain

The 2019 GMC Terrain ranks in top third of its class. It offers a luxurious interior and a comfortable ride, but it also has ... Read full review »

8.1
$25,000 - $39,500
26 City / 30 Hwy
8.1
$25,000 - $39,500
26 City / 30 Hwy
#9 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 - $35,600
26 (2018) City / 32 (2018) Hwy
8.1
$23,800 - $35,600
26 (2018) City / 32 (2018) Hwy
#12 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 »

7.8
$28,045 - $41,545
17 (Est) City / 25 (Est) Hwy
7.8
$28,045 - $41,545
17 (Est) City / 25 (Est) Hwy
#12 Toyota RAV4 Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota RAV4

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 radiates practicality, as demonstrated by its wealth of standard safety features, expansive cargo area, and easygoing handling. Its less-than-exciting performance ... Read full review »

7.8
$24,660 - $36,400
23 City / 30 Hwy
7.8
$24,660 - $36,400
23 City / 30 Hwy
#14 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 »

7.6
$24,545 - $37,995
22 City / 31 Hwy
7.6
$24,545 - $37,995
22 City / 31 Hwy
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#14 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Image View Photos
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2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid has great fuel economy and a nice interior, but it trails class rivals in many other respects. As a ... Read full review »

7.6
$27,020 - $33,730
33 City / 35 Hwy
7.6
$27,020 - $33,730
33 City / 35 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 and cramped cargo hold help push it toward ... Read full review »

7.4
$21,595 - $29,445
23 City / 32 Hwy
7.4
$21,595 - $29,445
23 City / 32 Hwy
#17 Mitsubishi Outlander Image View Photos
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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact SUV with 3-row seating for seven. It lags behind most of its rivals in terms of quality ... Read full review »

7.1
$23,945 - $40,295
25 City / 30 Hwy
7.1
$23,945 - $40,295
25 City / 30 Hwy
#18 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

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.

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