25 Sportiest Compact SUVs in 2018

2018 Jaguar F-Pace, 2018 Ford Escape, 2018 Mazda CX-5
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Practicality and Performance in One Package

Compact SUVs offer shoppers the best of many worlds, pairing expanded cargo space and utility with the ride and handling of a car. Of course, some cars perform better than others, and thanks to their shared DNA, some compact SUVs have quicker acceleration and sharper handling than others.

Being sporty and fun-to-drive isn’t necessarily a requisite of a daily-driven compact SUV. But if you care about that driving feel, some of the following vehicles should make it easier to transition from sports car to sport utility vehicles.

We've ranked 25 compact SUVs based on performance and overall scores from U.S. News & World Report, starting with the worst performers and ending with the best. Some scores may fluctuate after the publishing of this article, but you’ll get a good idea of which compact SUVs will be fun to drive, and which might let down your inner enthusiast.