18 Best Compact SUVs for 2021 | U.S. News & World Report

Best Compact SUVs for 2021

If you are looking for more interior and cargo space than sedans offer, compact SUVs can be a great choice. We highlight the best compact SUVs below to help get you started. All Rankings »

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2022 Hyundai Tucson

The redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson ranks at the top of the compact SUV class, thanks in part to its composed ride and handling, spacious … read more »

9.0SCORE

$24,950 - $36,200 MSRP

9.0SCORE

$24,950 - $36,200 MSRP

24-26 City / 29‑33 HwyMPG

2022 Honda CR-V

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The 2022 Honda CR-V finishes near the top of our compact SUV rankings. It’s among the class leaders in several areas, including passenger an read more »

8.9SCORE

$25,750 - $35,550 MSRP

8.9SCORE

$25,750 - $35,550 MSRP

27-28 City / 32‑34 HwyMPG

2021 Mazda CX-5

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 challenges for a top spot in the competitive compact SUV class thanks to its engaging handling and refined interior. read more »

8.9SCORE

$25,370 - $37,505 MSRP

8.9SCORE

$25,370 - $37,505 MSRP

22-25 City / 27‑31 HwyMPG

2022 Kia Sportage

The 2022 Kia Sportage lands in the top half of our compact SUV rankings thanks in part to its classy, spacious cabin and user-friendly … read more »

8.4SCORE

$24,090 - $35,250 MSRP

8.4SCORE

$24,090 - $35,250 MSRP

19-23 City / 24‑30 HwyMPG

2021 Subaru Forester

The 2021 Subaru Forester finishes in the top third of our compact SUV rankings. It's both spacious and comfortable, and it offers capable ha read more »

8.4SCORE

$24,795 - $34,895 MSRP

8.4SCORE

$24,795 - $34,895 MSRP

26 City / 33 HwyMPG

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has composed handling on and off road, solid engine performance, and easy-to-use features, but it also has crampe read more »

8.3SCORE

$27,215 - $38,160 MSRP

8.3SCORE

$27,215 - $38,160 MSRP

N/A City / N/A HwyMPG

2021 Toyota RAV4

The 2021 Toyota RAV4’s refined interior, remarkable fuel economy, and well-balanced performance help it place in the top half of our compact read more »

8.3SCORE

$26,350 - $36,280 MSRP

8.3SCORE

$26,350 - $36,280 MSRP

N/A City / N/A HwyMPG

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2021 Nissan Rogue

The fully redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue offers a comfortable and spacious interior and gentle handling, but it lacks the athletic ride of man read more »

8.2SCORE

$26,050 - $37,230 MSRP

8.2SCORE

$26,050 - $37,230 MSRP

25-26 City / 32‑33 HwyMPG

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

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The Volkswagen Tiguan sits around the middle of our compact SUV rankings. It’s spacious and upscale, but it’s held back by a so-so engine … read more »

8.0SCORE

$25,995 - $36,595 MSRP

8.0SCORE

$25,995 - $36,595 MSRP

21-23 City / 28‑30 HwyMPG

2021 Ford Escape

A fusion of animated performance and a roomy cabin help the Ford Escape stand out in a competitive segment. However, a low-rent interior hel read more »

7.9SCORE

$25,555 - $36,455 MSRP

7.9SCORE

$25,555 - $36,455 MSRP

23-27 City / 31‑33 HwyMPG

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

A long list of features, good fuel economy, and a great predicted reliability rating help keep the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox competitive among read more »

7.8SCORE

$23,800 - $33,100 MSRP

7.8SCORE

$23,800 - $33,100 MSRP

25-26 City / 30‑31 HwyMPG

2021 GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain ranks in the bottom half of the compact SUV class. Though it’s roomy, comfortable, and well-equipped, it's outclassed by riv read more »

7.8SCORE

$25,000 - $37,500 MSRP

7.8SCORE

$25,000 - $37,500 MSRP

25-26 City / 28‑30 HwyMPG

2021 Jeep Cherokee

Despite its great off-roading capability, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee sits in the bottom half of our compact SUV rankings. It suffers from mixed read more »

7.7SCORE

$27,210 - $36,285 MSRP

7.7SCORE

$27,210 - $36,285 MSRP

18-23 City / 24‑31 HwyMPG

2021 Jeep Wrangler

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler finishes in the bottom third of our compact SUV rankings. While it's an outstanding off-roader, it doesn't have the u read more »

7.7SCORE

$29,370 - $74,795 MSRP

7.7SCORE

$29,370 - $74,795 MSRP

17-22 City / 23‑29 HwyMPG

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2021 Jeep Compass

The 2021 Jeep Compass is one of our lowest-ranked compact SUVs. While it has fantastic off-road capability, it's held back by an underpowere read more »

7.2SCORE

$24,495 - $31,395 MSRP

7.2SCORE

$24,495 - $31,395 MSRP

N/A City / N/A HwyMPG

2021 Ford Bronco

The 2021 Ford Bronco barges into the compact SUV class as one of the best off-roaders in the segment. This Ford also boasts a … read more »

Not Yet Ranked

$28,500 - $61,110 MSRP

Not Yet Ranked

$28,500 - $61,110 MSRP

17-18 City / 17‑20 HwyMPG

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has comfortable seats and some easy-to-use tech features, but it isn’t as modern, refined, or u read more »

Not Yet Ranked

$23,695 - $29,295 MSRP

Not Yet Ranked

$23,695 - $29,295 MSRP

25-26 City / 26‑29 HwyMPG

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has a quality interior, intuitive tech features, composed handling, and a large cargo area, but it's held back read more »

Not Yet Ranked

$26,095 - $35,345 MSRP

Not Yet Ranked

$26,095 - $35,345 MSRP

N/A City / N/A HwyMPG

More on Compact SUVs

Compact SUVs tend to offer a high seating position, which provides a vast view of the road in addition to an easier step-in height than smaller cars or larger SUVs. These SUVs can be equipped with a variety of powertrains to fit your driving priorities, be they fuel economy, daily comfort, or rugged off-roading.

They are available with many interior tech and safety features that can be useful to families both small and large. Over the past several years, two-row SUVs have acquired standard or available features that were previously found only in luxury cars. For example, a rearview camera is a common standard feature, and there are a wide variety of high-tech safety features available in most models.

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