15 Sporty SUVs Under $30K

Mazda CX-5
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2018 Mazda CX-5

$24,150 | U.S. News Performance Score: 9.0/10 | USN Overall Score: 8.7/10

Very few SUVs in any class can hang with the Mazda CX-5 when it comes to all-around driving fun. With a 187-horsepower engine as the only option, it doesn’t have anything close to the most available horsepower in the compact SUV class, but it puts down that power well, offering competitive acceleration.

Where the CX-5 really shines is on the corners. Steering is tight, but not too heavy and not too light. The ride is firm, so as to reduce body roll and increase grip, but it is not rough. The CX-5’s throttle response is instantaneous, giving the driver a level of control and confidence rarely seen in an SUV of any size or price point.

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