16 Safest Small SUVs for 2020

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Which Small SUVs Are Safest for Your Family?

Small SUVs are popular because they’re just so versatile. They’re small enough to navigate narrow streets and parking garages, while being spacious enough to haul the family – and everyone’s gear – to the lake on the weekend. 

They’re also some of the safest vehicles on the market. Every SUV on this list has some form of driver assistance technology as standard equipment, with some including a full suite of safety tech – even in base trim levels. Advanced features, like front collision mitigation and rear cross traffic alert, are either standard or available on all of these vehicles. 

We’ve included a variety of small SUVs at different price points, from value-focused to luxurious. Notably, the cheapest SUV on this list is not the lowest-ranked for safety, and the most expensive is not the safest. Also, keep in mind that these are the cream-of-the-crop small SUVs in terms of safety, so every vehicle listed here has an excellent safety score. There are simply some small utes that go above and beyond on the safety front.

We looked in part to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to create our scores. These groups conduct independent crash tests in several categories and assign safety ratings to different vehicles. We also took into account the advanced driver assistance systems on board each SUV to create our safety score. Only one small SUV achieved the top score of 10 out of 10, but many others came close.

Read on to learn about the 16 safest small SUVs on the market in 2020.

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