Best Small SUVs

The Top-Rated Subcompact and Compact SUVs for 2020
February 4th, 2020

Best Small SUVs for 2020

Small SUVs have exploded in popularity over the past few years, even though they are usually more expensive than comparable hatchbacks or sedans. It's easy to see why, considering they provide a commanding view of the road ahead and a more spacious cargo area than traditional cars, as well as available all-wheel drive. This irresistible blend of visibility and utility, with a little rugged styling thrown in, makes compact and subcompact SUVs appealing to a wide range of new-car shoppers.

Determining which small SUV is right for you can be tough since there are dozens of models to consider. That's why the Edmunds experts rate and review every SUV on the market — so you don't have to. Based on our own vehicle testing, we've put together this guide to help you narrow down your search for the best small SUV.


Best Subcompact SUVs

2020 Hyundai Kona

Starting price (including destination fee):
$21,195
Fuel economy:
27-30 mpg combined
Maximum cargo capacity:
45.8 cubic feet

2020 Honda HR-V

Starting price (including destination fee):
$21,915
Fuel economy:
28-30 mpg combined
Maximum cargo capacity:
44.5 cubic feet

2020 Kia Soul

Starting price (including destination fee):
$18,485
Fuel economy:
27-31 mpg combined
Maximum cargo capacity:
62.1 cubic feet

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Starting price (including destination fee):
$23,155
Fuel economy:
25-30 mpg combined
Maximum cargo capacity:
55.3 cubic feet

2019 Mazda CX-3

Starting price (including destination fee):
$21,435
Fuel economy:
29-31 mpg combined
Maximum cargo capacity:
44.5 cubic feet

Best Compact SUVs

2020 Honda CR-V

Starting price (including destination fee):
$26,145
Fuel economy:
29-30 mpg combined
Maximum cargo capacity:
75.8 cubic feet

2020 Mazda CX-5

Starting price (including destination fee):
$26,290
Fuel economy:
24-28 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
59.6 cubic feet

2020 Subaru Forester

Starting price (including destination fee):
$25,505
Fuel economy:
29 mpg combined
Maximum cargo capacity:
76.1 cubic feet

2020 Hyundai Tucson

Starting price (including destination fee):
$24,445
Fuel economy:
23-25 mpg combined
Maximum cargo capacity:
61.9 cubic feet

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