8 Sportiest SUVs Under $30,000

Mazda CX-3
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2017 Mazda CX-3 

U.S. News Performance Score: 9.0 out of 10 (Details Below)

The Mazda CX-3, the top-rated subcompact SUV in our rankings, is known for its athletic handling, composed steering, and best-in-class performance.

The five-passenger crossover is powered by a dynamic 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel drive version achieves an excellent 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

At $19,960, the Mazda CX-3 boasts one of the lowest starting prices in its class.

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