Small affordable SUVs are all the rage and every carmaker offers at least one in this fast growing segment. When reading this best small SUV list keep in mind that small SUVs come in a variety of sizes, some are smaller than others. Here are our eight favorites sold over the last few years listed in alphabetical order.


Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape

Ford’s Escape has been extremely popular for years. It’s consistently fun-to-drive and comfortable, while offering family friendly amounts of rear seat legroom and cargo space. Ford has also offered hybrid models for increased fuel economy.

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Hyundai Kona

2020 Hyundai Kona

First introduced in 2018, the hot-selling Hyundai Kona is one of the smaller SUVs on this best small SUV list. It’s also one of the most attractive. The affordable Kona is comfortable, fun-to-drive and it’s available as an electric vehicle.

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Honda CR-V

2019 Honda CR-V

This is one of the largest and most popular SUVs on this best small SUV list. For many families the CR-V offers the best mix of style, comfort and practicality. Plus it has a reputation for being reliable.

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Jeep Wrangler

2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Most Wranglers have four-doors but Jeep still offers the traditional two-door version. It’s also the only SUV on the list with a removable roof, it’s easily the most capable SUV off-road and it’s more comfortable on road than ever before.

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Kia Soul

2019 Kia Soul GT

The popular Kia Soul offers a sporty driving experience and excellent fuel economy in a small package. Models with the available turbocharged engine are quick and their sport-tuned suspensions offer impressive handling.

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Mazda CX-5

2019 MAZDA CX-5

Over the last few years Mazda has offered two excellent small SUVs, the CX-3 and the larger and more powerful CX-5. We recommend both, however, the CX-5 offers more interior space and it’s more fun-to-drive than most of its competitors.

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Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Based on the Subaru Impreza, the Crosstrek brings standard all-wheel drive to this class along with a smooth carlike ride. It’s smaller than the Subaru Outback, but it’s just as rugged and considerably more affordable. Hybrid models are available.

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Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4

Toyota’s RAV4 is a small SUV icon, and it’s one of the largest and most popular SUVs on this list. It’s also available as a hybrid. Most have a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, but they’re shockingly powerful when equipped with the optional V6.

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Small SUVs are the hottest segment in the country. Hopefully this best small SUV list helps you choose the best one for you and your family.

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Scott Oldham is an award winning automotive journalist with over 25 years of experience. Based in Los Angeles, Scott has written for Car and Driver, Autoweek, Kelley Blue Book,, Popular Mechanics and Autoblog. Scott is also a former President of the Motor Press Guild and is currently on the jury of the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Award. He can be found on Twitter: @RealScottOldham

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