25 Sportiest Compact SUVs in 2019

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Compact SUVs That Combine Practicality With Performance  

When shopping for a new SUV, chances are good that passenger space, cargo room, safety equipment, and strong fuel economy figures rank at the top of many must-have lists. But if the vehicle doesn’t have the horsepower to get out of its own way, or struggles to keep its composure in curves, having loads of luggage room or two dozen cupholders isn’t going to matter. 

Just because you need a roomy and practical vehicle doesn’t mean your next compact SUV should be a limp noodle when it comes to sporty driving. The vehicles we’ve listed here are in ascending order, based on their performance score in our rankings. By performance, we’re talking about handling prowess, a controlled ride, and seamless power from the engine and transmission. 

Keep in mind, we’re not talking about acceleration to rival a Ferrari. However, our 25 entries do range from luxury brands like BMW, Lexus, Porsche, and Land Rover, to mainstream models from Honda, Mazda, Toyota, and Ford. Keep reading to see which compact SUV came away as the clear winner.

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