10 Best Compact SUVs

SUVs are so popular nowadays that most manufacturers make a lot of different types of them. As the result, we can see full-size SUVs, mid-size, city SUVs and many others in fact. Here, we will be focused on compact SUVs. They are very interesting in terms of vehicles, due to a simple reason. They are compact, obviously, but they offer a lot of possibilities and a high practicality. Keep in mind that there are a lot of cars of this kind on the market, so you should be focused on the best compact SUVs. Only they will bring all the mentioned benefits.

2016 Mazda CX-5 $22,600

2016 Mazda CX-5; Best Small SUV

When it comes to the best compact SUVs CX-5 is definitely the best choice. It is practical, looks modern, rich in tech features and it is fun to drive, all the advantages an SUV of this kind should have. Engines can produce 155 HP (2.0 L) or 184 HP (2.5 L). In the first case, only front wheel drive and 6 gear transmission is available, but in the seconds, AWD and 6 speed automatic can be chosen. Fuel economy will achieve 24/30 mpg and the top speed is 120 mph. Note: This car comes with an automatic emergency braking.

2016 Honda CR-V $28,000

2016 Honda CR-V

This is another great SUV from Japan. It is a bit more expensive than equivalent models, but we all know how durable Honda is! An engine, responsible for moving this car is 2.4 L and it can be paired with CVT or automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but AWD is optional. This car will manage 29 mpg (combined) which isn’t bad for a medium size car. Still, the must-say the feature is the space inside. CR-V is probably the best SUV in the class when it comes to the cargo space it has to offer.

2017 Ford Escape $24,500


Ford Escape is an affordable, compact SUV that can be used for any application you have in mind. It comes with 168 HP engine, but a more powerful 178 HP turbo is much better. While standard version will come with front wheel drive, all turbo powered units can have 4WD, which is recommended as well. Inside, you will get 8 inch touchscreen and a lot of gadgets. The fuel consumption (for 245 HP version) is 20/27 mpg, which is more than just good. The top speed is 116 mph. In addition: This model has a towing capacity of impressive 3.500 lbs.!

2016 Jeep Cherokee $24,500


Jeep Cherokee for 2016 has to be one of the best compact SUVs you can find. The main reason why this model is so good is the design. It looks like no other car of this type and it is perfect! Beside the look, you can get 174 HP engine, but we will recommend more powerful 271 HP, 3.2 L (V6). As with other SUVs, the front wheel is standard, while the 4WD is optional. Inside, you will get enough space, but not too much. The interior is modern and looks impressive. It is reasonably economical with 19/27 mpg. The top speed is 119 mph, enough for an SUV. Still, the main reason why you should take this car into account is the look of it.

2016 Subaru Forester $23,500

2016 Subaru Forester

When you look at the Subaru Forester, you won’t notice some impressive details or anything that will stand it from the crowd. However, when you drive it, you will realize why so good it is. Range of engines includes 170 HP, 2.5 L and 2.0 L, 250 HP turbo engine. AWD is optional, so as the variable transmission. Inside, you can choose between a lot of optional extras, including the 7.2 or 8 inch touchscreen. EyeSight is available as well. This system will be responsible for automatic braking, alerting a driver for lane departure and etc. Adding the fact this is an economical car, 23/28 mpg, and it is extremely durable, will make it one of the best SUVs of all times.

2016 Toyota RAV4 $25,200

2016 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is probably a pioneer in compact SUVs, so it deserves a special place. A new model is better than ever and it has to be on the list. A 2.5 L engine will produce 176 HP and it can be paired with all-wheel drive, which is great. Other benefits of this car are the practicality, a modern design, and sharp drive. While the petrol-powered unit is great, we like a hybrid version even more. It has all-wheel drive and it will manage 31 mpg (combined). All models will come with a 6.1-inch entertainment unit, but more expensive ones will have a 7 inch screen.

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan $26,000

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan is a bit older SUV, but still, it is focused on a sporty driving. An engine will produce 200 HP and it can be paired with all wheels. A fuel consumption is 21/26 mpg, so it is economical as well. However, this model doesn’t offer a lot of space inside, so it is suitable for people who prefer sporty drive of their SUV car. The top speed is 119 mph.

2016 Nissan Rogue $24,000

2016 Nissan Rogue

This SUV isn’t something special, but it is more than just good in all aspects a car of this kind should have. So, inside it offers a higher level of luxury than most other models and it is very comfortable. It can be powered by a 170 HP engine paired with CVT and 4WD. It is a great family car as well, due to the 7 seats inside. Even more importantly, it actually has space for 7 people.

2016 GMC Terrain $25,000


GMC Terrain is a massive car from the United States. It is probably the most interesting SUV on the list. You can have it with 178 HP or 301 HP engines, both paired only with front or all-wheel drive. You will get a comfortable drive that can be compared with more expensive and more luxurious cars, but braking and steering won’t be as perfect as you may expect. Fuel consumption is 16/23 mpg and this car will do 118 mph.

2017 Acura RDX $36,000


This SUV is designed for those who want safety and the latest gadgets. It comes with a 279 HP engine that can move all or just front wheels. Safety features include collision warning and adaptive cruise control. In general, this is a great car, and it is one of the best SUVs in the class. It is also rare, so you will be able to own a unique car.


All of these cars are treated as the best compact SUVs you can possibly find, so they are the best choices you should make. We compared only the models that are reliable, come with a lot of safety features and practical, so there won’t be severe drawbacks with them.

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