Compact SUVs From $25,000 to $35,000 With Safety Systems Standard

These high-performing SUVs will help keep you safe

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Even though more automakers are making advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) available on their vehicles, sometimes the safety technology isn't available on base trims and automakers make you pay extra to get it.

Consumer Reports believes that forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning (BSW) should come standard on all models.

And even though some automakers fall short, there are options for savvy shoppers who want an SUV with safety equipment that comes standard. 

Below is our list of compact SUVs available from $25,000 to $35,000 that have standard FCW and city- and highway-speed AEB and FCW. Some also have pedestrian detection systems and/or BSW. 

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These compact SUVs are CR–recommended models. That means they scored well in our road tests, which comprise more than 50 objective and subjective evaluations and tests. On top of that, they have good reliability and key advanced safety equipment. They also performed well in government and insurance-industry crash tests if they were tested. We've listed them by their Overall Score, which is a combination of all these factors. Two of the models highlighted are close to the $35,000 ceiling. Though we tested more-expensive all-wheel-drive versions of them, we also recommend the more affordable, front-wheel-drive versions we discuss below.

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2021 Subaru Forester

Price Range: $24,795 - $34,895

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