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#1 Hyundai Kona Image View Photos
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2019 Hyundai Kona

The 2019 Hyundai Kona ranks near the top of the subcompact SUV class. It has a nice cabin with an intuitive infotainment system, and ... Read full review »

8.5
$19,990 - $28,900
27 City / 33 Hwy
8.5
$19,990 - $28,900
27 City / 33 Hwy
#2 Buick Encore Image View Photos
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2019 Buick Encore

The 2019 Buick Encore ranks among the top subcompact SUVs. It has one of the nicest interiors in its class and an impressive list of ... Read full review »

8.2
$23,200 - $30,800
26 City / 31 Hwy
8.2
$23,200 - $30,800
26 City / 31 Hwy
#2 Honda HR-V Image View Photos
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2018 Honda HR-V

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The 2018 Honda HR-V owes its high ranking to a versatile, spacious cargo hold and a roomy second row. Read full review »

8.2
$19,670 - $26,540
28 City / 34 Hwy
8.2
$19,670 - $26,540
28 City / 34 Hwy
#4 Kia Niro Image View Photos
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2018 Kia Niro

The 2018 Kia Niro finishes in the top half of our subcompact SUV rankings. It has tremendous fuel economy and looks great inside, but ... Read full review »

8.1
$23,340 - $34,500
52 City / 49 Hwy
8.1
$23,340 - $34,500
52 City / 49 Hwy
#5 Mazda CX-3 Image View Photos
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2019 Mazda CX-3

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 ranks near the top of the subcompact SUV class because it offers arguably the sportiest performance in the class, as ... Read full review »

8.0
$20,390 - $27,145
29 City / 34 Hwy
8.0
$20,390 - $27,145
29 City / 34 Hwy
#5 MINI Cooper Countryman Image View Photos
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2019 MINI Cooper Countryman

The 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman cracks the top half of our subcompact SUV rankings on the strength of its solid performance and upscale, roomy ... Read full review »

8.0
$26,900 - $37,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
8.0
$26,900 - $37,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
#7 Nissan Kicks Image View Photos
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2018 Nissan Kicks

The 2018 Nissan Kicks has intuitive features and tons of cargo space, but it ranks in the middle of the subcompact SUV class because ... Read full review »

7.9
$17,990 - $20,290
31 City / 36 Hwy
7.9
$17,990 - $20,290
31 City / 36 Hwy
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#8 Subaru Crosstrek Image View Photos
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2019 Subaru Crosstrek

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek finishes in the middle of our subcompact SUV rankings. Few class rivals have better interiors, but many competitors deliver better ... Read full review »

7.8
$21,895 - $27,195
27 City / 33 Hwy
7.8
$21,895 - $27,195
27 City / 33 Hwy
#8 Nissan Rogue Sport Image View Photos
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2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport offers a relaxed ride and a generous cargo area. Still, its outdated infotainment system and languid acceleration place it ... Read full review »

7.8
$21,640 - $27,640
25 City / 32 Hwy
7.8
$21,640 - $27,640
25 City / 32 Hwy
#8 Jeep Renegade Image View Photos
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2018 Jeep Renegade

The 2018 Jeep Renegade has an upscale interior and shines off road. However, it ranks in the middle of the competitive subcompact SUV class ... Read full review »

7.8
$18,750 - $27,445
24 City / 31 Hwy
7.8
$18,750 - $27,445
24 City / 31 Hwy
#11 FIAT 500X Image View Photos
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2018 FIAT 500X

The 2018 Fiat 500X finishes in the bottom third of our subcompact SUV rankings. Despite its bold styling, this Fiat is less exciting and ... Read full review »

7.4
$19,995 - $27,415
25 City / 33 Hwy
7.4
$19,995 - $27,415
25 City / 33 Hwy
#12 Chevrolet Trax Image View Photos
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2019 Chevrolet Trax

The 2019 Chevrolet Trax finishes in the bottom third of our subcompact SUV rankings. While there are reasons to like this SUV, it simply ... Read full review »

7.3
$21,300 - $29,100
25 (2018) City / 33 (2018) Hwy
7.3
$21,300 - $29,100
25 (2018) City / 33 (2018) Hwy
#13 Toyota C-HR Image View Photos
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2019 Toyota C-HR

Though it has a lot of standard safety features, the 2019 Toyota C-HR’s many pitfalls pull it down in our subcompact SUVs rankings. It ... Read full review »

7.0
$20,945 - $26,000
27 City / 31 Hwy
7.0
$20,945 - $26,000
27 City / 31 Hwy
#14 Ford EcoSport Image View Photos
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2018 Ford EcoSport

The 2018 Ford EcoSport is an all-new model. It debuts near the bottom of our subcompact SUV rankings because many class rivals are more ... Read full review »

6.8
$19,995 - $27,330
27 City / 29 Hwy
6.8
$19,995 - $27,330
27 City / 29 Hwy
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#15 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Image View Photos
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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport doesn't offer much compared to rivals. Almost every competitor is more athletic, features a higher-quality interior, and earns better ... Read full review »

6.5
$20,395 - $25,995
24 City / 30 Hwy
6.5
$20,395 - $25,995
24 City / 30 Hwy

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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