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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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2018 Ford Escape

Thanks to its eye-catching interior, solid overall performance, high safety scores, and great predicted reliability rating, the 2018 Ford Escape ranks near the top ... Read full review »

8.7
$23,940 - $33,490
21 City / 29 Hwy
8.7
$23,940 - $33,490
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 (Est) City / 29 (Est) Hwy
8.6
$23,750 - $34,600
22 (Est) City / 29 (Est) Hwy
#5 Subaru Forester Image View Photos
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2018 Subaru Forester

The 2018 Subaru Forester is a solid compact SUV that ranks in the top third of its class. Its cabin has a functional design ... Read full review »

8.5
$22,795 - $36,090
26 City / 32 Hwy
8.5
$22,795 - $36,090
26 City / 32 Hwy
#5 GMC Terrain Image View Photos
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2018 GMC Terrain

Completely redesigned for 2018, the GMC Terrain is a highly ranked compact SUV. Its high-quality interior and engaging performance are two of its many ... Read full review »

8.5
$24,995 - $39,300
26 City / 30 Hwy
8.5
$24,995 - $39,300
26 City / 30 Hwy
#7 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
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#8 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
$27,235 - $34,130
34 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
8.3
$27,235 - $34,130
34 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
#9 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
#10 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
#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 - $35,600
26 (2018) City / 32 (2018) Hwy
8.1
$23,800 - $35,600
26 (2018) City / 32 (2018) Hwy
#12 Toyota RAV4 Image View Photos
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2018 Toyota RAV4

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 finishes in the middle third of our rankings. Its drab cabin materials give it a low-rent feeling compared to rivals. ... Read full review »

7.8
$24,660 - $36,400
23 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
7.8
$24,660 - $36,400
23 (Est) City / 30 (Est) Hwy
#13 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
$24,195 - $37,775
22 City / 31 Hwy
7.6
$24,195 - $37,775
22 City / 31 Hwy
#13 Jeep Compass Image View Photos
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2018 Jeep Compass

The 2018 Jeep Compass offers the solid off-roading ability you'd expect from a Jeep, along with a nice cabin that belies its price. However, ... Read full review »

7.6
$21,095 - $29,195
23 City / 32 Hwy
7.6
$21,095 - $29,195
23 City / 32 Hwy
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#15 Jeep Wrangler Image View Photos
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2018 Jeep Wrangler

Fully redesigned for 2018, the Jeep Wrangler sits close to the bottom of our compact SUV rankings. The Wrangler can tackle any terrain, but ... Read full review »

7.5
$23,995 - $41,445
17 City / 25 Hwy
7.5
$23,995 - $41,445
17 City / 25 Hwy
#16 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 »

7.4
$27,020 - $33,730
33 City / 35 Hwy
7.4
$27,020 - $33,730
33 City / 35 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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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The brand-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross marks the return of the Eclipse name to the market. Unfortunately, its run-of-the-mill performance, small cargo hold, and ... Read full review »

6.9
$23,295 - $27,895
26 (Est) City / 29 (Est) Hwy
6.9
$23,295 - $27,895
26 (Est) City / 29 (Est) 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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