Best Small SUVs of 2022

Edmunds' experts test small SUV contenders on both our test track and a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. In between, we take them home and live with them as our daily drivers, typically for two full weeks. The data we gather results in our small SUV ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value. How we rank

X-Small SUVs

Extra-small SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers you can buy, pairing an elevated driving position with excellent maneuverability. Cost-cutting is sometimes apparent, but top-trim versions can feel surprisingly upscale.
2022 Volkswagen Taos
1
Introduced in 2022

Volkswagen Taos

MSRP
$23,495 - $33,645
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 31
2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2
Introduced in 2021

Chevrolet Trailblazer

MSRP
$21,600 - $27,200
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 31
2022 Mazda CX-30
3
Introduced in 2020

Mazda CX-30

MSRP
$22,500 - $34,700
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 26
2021 Buick Encore GX
4
Introduced in 2020

Buick Encore GX

MSRP
$24,200 - $30,600
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 29
2022 Hyundai Kona
4
Introduced in 2018

Hyundai Kona

MSRP
$21,300 - $34,200
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 32
2022 Subaru Crosstrek
4
Redesigned in 2018

Subaru Crosstrek

MSRP
$23,145 - $36,345
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 35
2022 Kia Soul
7
Redesigned in 2020

Kia Soul

MSRP
$19,290 - $27,890
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 30
2021 Mazda CX-3
8
Introduced in 2016

Mazda CX-3

MSRP
$20,790 - $22,190
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 31
2022 Kia Seltos
9
Introduced in 2021

Kia Seltos

MSRP
$22,590 - $28,090
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
27 - 31
2022 Honda HR-V
10
Introduced in 2016

Honda HR-V

MSRP
$21,870 - $28,170
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 30
2022 Hyundai Venue
11
Introduced in 2020

Hyundai Venue

MSRP
$19,000 - $22,250
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
31
2022 Nissan Kicks
11
Introduced in 2018

Nissan Kicks

MSRP
$19,990 - $22,550
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
33
2022 FIAT 500X
13
Introduced in 2016

FIAT 500X

MSRP
$27,965 - $33,945
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
26
2022 Jeep Renegade
14
Introduced in 2015

Jeep Renegade

MSRP
$24,695 - $31,145
Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 27
2022 Toyota C-HR
15
Introduced in 2018

Toyota C-HR

MSRP
$24,280 - $27,300
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
29
2022 Nissan Rogue Sport
16
Introduced in 2017

Nissan Rogue Sport

MSRP
$24,960 - $31,090
Edmunds Rating
6.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
27 - 28
2022 Ford EcoSport
17
Introduced in 2018

Ford EcoSport

MSRP
$22,040 - $28,395
Edmunds Rating
6.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
25
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
18
Introduced in 2011

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MSRP
$21,795 - $28,045
Edmunds Rating
6.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 27


Small SUVs

Small SUVs are among the hottest vehicles in today's market, thanks to virtues like reasonable pricing, excellent versatility and a just-right size. They've even begun to supplant midsize sedans as a sensible family vehicle.
1
Redesigned in 2017

Honda CR-V

MSRP
$26,800 - $36,600
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 30
2
Redesigned in 2017

Mazda CX-5

MSRP
$26,250 - $39,000
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
3
Redesigned in 2022

Hyundai Tucson

MSRP
$24,950 - $38,050
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 38
4
Redesigned in 2019

Subaru Forester

MSRP
$24,795 - $34,895
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
29
5
Redesigned in 2014

Jeep Cherokee

MSRP
$29,995 - $39,345
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 25
6
Redesigned in 2018

Jeep Wrangler

MSRP
$29,995 - $79,595
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
14 - 22
7
Redesigned in 2019

Toyota RAV4

MSRP
$26,975 - $36,915
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
28 - 30
8
Redesigned in 2020

Ford Escape

MSRP
$27,025 - $37,145
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 41
9
Introduced in 2021

Ford Bronco Sport

MSRP
$28,815 - $36,590
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 26
10
Redesigned in 2018

Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP
$26,490 - $37,320
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
11
Redesigned in 2021

Buick Envision

MSRP
$31,800 - $42,200
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 26
12
Redesigned in 2017

Kia Sportage

MSRP
$24,090 - $35,250
Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 26
13
Redesigned in 2018

GMC Terrain

MSRP
$27,900 - $36,600
Edmunds Rating
6.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 28

Small 3-row SUVs

If you need a lot of seats on a tight budget, a small three-row SUV might be a good fit. The third row will be cramped for anyone larger than a child, and there's not much cargo room with the third row deployed, but it's nice to have the option.
1
Redesigned in 2021

Kia Sorento

MSRP
$29,590 - $43,190
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
2
Redesigned in 2022

Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP
$26,995 - $35,345
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 27
3
Redesigned in 2018

Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP
$26,490 - $37,320
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26

X-Small luxury SUVs

Extra-small luxury SUVs offer a prestigious badge at an affordable price. They don't always deliver luxury-grade comfort and performance, but a few gems stand out.
1
Introduced in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

MSRP
$38,600 - $49,950
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 27
2
Redesigned in 2016

BMW X1

MSRP
$35,400 - $37,400
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 27
3
Redesigned in 2021

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

MSRP
$36,400 - $54,950
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 28
4
Redesigned in 2019

Audi Q3

MSRP
$36,400 - $42,000
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
5
Introduced in 2019

Volvo XC40

MSRP
$35,100 - $42,850
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 26
6
Introduced in 2018

Jaguar E-PACE

MSRP
$40,995 - $49,995
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
23
7
Introduced in 2018

BMW X2

MSRP
$36,600 - $46,450
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 27
8
Introduced in 2019

Lexus UX 200

MSRP
$33,450 - $38,490
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
32
9
Introduced in 2019

Cadillac XT4

MSRP
$35,795 - $42,395
Edmunds Rating
6.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26

Small luxury SUVs

Small luxury SUVs cost more than their extra-small counterparts, but the adage about getting what you pay for is true. These crossovers typically offer a more comfortable ride, nicer materials and better performance, as well as a larger cabin, of course.
1
Top Rated vehicle
Introduced in 2022

Genesis GV70

MSRP
$41,500 - $53,100
Edmunds Rating
8.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 24
2
Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

MSRP
$43,850 - $59,900
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 25
3
Redesigned in 2019

Acura RDX

MSRP
$40,600 - $53,800
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 24
4
Introduced in 2015

Porsche Macan

MSRP
$52,100 - $84,600
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 21
5
Redesigned in 2018

BMW X3

MSRP
$43,700 - $57,800
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 25
5
Introduced in 2017

Jaguar F-PACE

MSRP
$50,900 - $86,600
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 24
7
Redesigned in 2018

Audi Q5

MSRP
$43,300 - $64,800
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 26
7
Introduced in 2020

Lincoln Corsair

MSRP
$36,580 - $51,810
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 33
9
Redesigned in 2019

BMW X4

MSRP
$51,800 - $62,400
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 24
10
Redesigned in 2021

Audi Q5 Sportback

MSRP
$50,100 - $58,800
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
25
11
Introduced in 2018

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

MSRP
$45,550 - $84,650
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 25
12
Introduced in 2018

Lexus NX 300

MSRP
$37,610 - $45,460
Edmunds Rating
7.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 25
13
Introduced in 2022

INFINITI QX55

MSRP
$46,500 - $57,050
Edmunds Rating
6.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
25



Small performance SUVs

Don't let the word "small" throw you off. Compact performance SUVs are among the most capable all-around performers on the planet, pairing major driving thrills with plenty of SUV versatility.
1
Introduced in 2017

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S

MSRP
$84,500
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
2
Introduced in 2020

Tesla Model Y Performance

MSRP
$57,990 - $62,990
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
3
Introduced in 2020

BMW X3 M

MSRP
$69,900
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
16
4
Redesigned in 2021

Audi SQ5 Sportback

MSRP
$56,100 - $64,700
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
20
5
Redesigned in 2018

Audi SQ5

MSRP
$55,800 - $65,200
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
21
6
MSRP
$84,650
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
7
Redesigned in 2021

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45

MSRP
$54,950
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
23




Best Small SUVs

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 that small SUVs 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.

What is a subcompact SUV?

A larger compact SUV may make sense for families or people who frequently travel with friends, but you'll pay more for the added utility, and you'll also have a harder time parking the thing. If you don't need all that space or you just want to save a few bucks (who doesn't?), consider a smaller subcompact SUV instead. You still get the elevated ride height and useful cargo bay of a crossover, but you'll enjoy easier parking and likely better fuel efficiency too.

What is a compact SUV?

If a subcompact SUV just doesn't work for you — whether you require extra room, a nicer interior, better ride quality or more power — it's time to try the next size up. Compact crossovers have been around for decades and are certainly more practical as long as you don't mind driving a larger vehicle. They're typically more expensive than subcompacts, but many shoppers will find the upgrades to be worth the premium.

Choosing the best small SUV for you

Choosing between a subcompact and compact crossover is a personal decision. On the one hand, subcompacts are less expensive both up front and over time since they are typically more fuel-efficient than compact crossovers. On the other hand, many prefer the additional interior space, improved ride quality, more upscale cabin and expanded features list of a compact, even though these models cost a bit more. Before you head to your nearest dealer, we recommend assessing your needs to decide which vehicle type is best for you. From there, read Edmunds' expert reviews of specific vehicles to narrow down the field of subcompact or compact SUVs. With impressions from behind the wheel and a comprehensive breakdown of trim levels, these reviews can be invaluable in your shopping journey.