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18 cars RANKING LIST | SORT BY SCORES

2020 Hyundai Kona

The 2020 Hyundai Kona boasts balanced driving dynamics, a strong turbocharged engine option, and a lovely cabin with a straightforward infotainment system. As a ... Read full review »

8.2
$20,300 - $29,350
27 City / 33 Hwy
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2020 Kia Soul

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The fully redesigned 2020 Kia Soul ranks near at the top of the subcompact SUV class. It's spacious and comfortable, and it has plenty of personality, ... Read full review »

8.1
$17,490 - $27,490
27 City / 33 Hwy
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2020 Mazda CX-30

The all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 ranks highly among subcompact SUVs because it has a plush interior, responsive steering, a comfortable ride, and a great ... Read full review »

8.1
$21,900 - $29,600
N/A
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7.8
$28,400 - $41,400
26 City / 33 Hwy
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7.8
$18,870 - $21,120
31 City / 36 Hwy
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2020 Buick Encore

The 2020 Buick Encore ranks in the top half of the subcompact SUV class, largely because of its solid predicted reliability rating, straightforward infotainment ... Read full review »

7.6
$23,200 - $30,800
25 City / 30 Hwy
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7.5
$22,145 - $27,395
27 City / 33 Hwy
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2020 Mazda CX-3

The 2020 Mazda CX-3 offers engaging handling, decent acceleration, and good fuel economy, but it sits in the middle of our subcompact SUV rankings ... Read full review »

7.3
$20,640 - $22,040
29 City / 34 Hwy
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2020 Honda HR-V

The 2020 Honda HR-V ranks midpack among subcompact SUVs. It has a spacious interior, easy handling, and great fuel economy. Its engine is weak, however, ... Read full review »

7.3
$20,820 - $28,890
28 City / 34 Hwy
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7.1
$23,240 - $29,800
25 City / 32 Hwy
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6.8
$22,375 - $28,500
22 City / 30 Hwy
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6.7
$21,300 - $29,100
26 City / 31 Hwy
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2020 Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR has poised handling, and user-friendly tech features, but it ranks toward the bottom of the subcompact SUV class due to its ... Read full review »

6.5
$21,295 - $26,350
27 City / 31 Hwy
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2020 Ford EcoSport

Despite being nimble and offering a stellar infotainment system, the 2020 Ford EcoSport ranks near the bottom of the subcompact SUV class because it ... Read full review »

6.1
$19,995 - $27,715
27 City / 29 Hwy
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6.1
$22,595 - $26,995
24 City / 30 Hwy
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$24,590 - $29,495
24 City / 30 Hwy
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Not Yet Ranked

$17,350 - $22,050
30 City / 34 Hwy
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2021 Kia Seltos

The 2021 Kia Seltos stands out among subcompact SUVs for its excellent passenger and cargo space. Acceleration is a bit lackluster, however. This vehicle ... Read full review »

Not Yet Ranked

$21,990 - $27,890
29 City / 34 Hwy
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More on Subcompact SUVs

When shopping for a subcompact SUV, you should expect to find a moderately powered vehicle that can serve your day-to-day needs and provide a commanding view of the road. The best subcompact SUVs offer a comfortable ride, enough room for passengers and cargo, and useful infotainment and connectivity features in the cabin. Subcompact SUVs are popular with empty-nesters, millennials, and first-time car buyers. Parents can take the kids to school in the morning, head downtown for dinner in the evening, and haul a week's worth of groceries on the weekend with a subcompact SUV.

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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