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2020 Kia Soul

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

8.4
$17,490 - $27,490
27 City / 33 Hwy
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2019 Hyundai Kona

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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 »

8.2
$19,990 - $44,900
27 City / 33 Hwy
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7.9
$26,900 - $37,900
24 City / 33 Hwy
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7.8
$23,200 - $30,800
25 City / 30 Hwy
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7.8
$18,640 - $20,970
31 City / 36 Hwy
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2019 Mazda CX-3

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 ranks in the top half of the subcompact SUV class. It offers arguably the sportiest performance in the segment and ... Read full review »

7.5
$20,390 - $27,145
29 City / 34 Hwy
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7.5
$21,895 - $27,195
27 City / 33 Hwy
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2019 Honda HR-V

The 2019 Honda HR-V ranks in the middle of the subcompact SUV class. It has roomy seating and ample cargo space, an upscale interior, ... Read full review »

7.4
$20,620 - $28,640
28 City / 34 Hwy
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2019 Jeep Renegade

The 2019 Jeep Renegade is capable and reasonably athletic, but its sluggish transmission and below-average predicted reliability rating keep it relegated to the bottom ... Read full review »

6.9
$22,025 - $27,895
21 City / 29 Hwy
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6.8
$21,300 - $29,100
26 City / 31 Hwy
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6.6
$22,340 - $29,410
25 City / 32 Hwy
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2019 Toyota C-HR

Though it has a lot of standard safety features and a good predicted reliability rating, the 2019 Toyota C-HR’s many negatives pull it down ... Read full review »

6.6
$21,145 - $26,200
27 City / 31 Hwy
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6.2
$20,945 - $26,545
24 City / 30 Hwy
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2019 FIAT 500X

Although the 2019 Fiat 500X has an energetic engine and a stylish cabin, it lands near the bottom of our subcompact SUV rankings because ... Read full review »

6.1
$24,740 - $29,445
24 City / 30 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 »

5.8
$20,485 - $27,715
27 (Est) City / 29 (Est) 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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