Best SUVs Under $30,000 From Consumer Reports' Tests

These vehicles offer good performance and are safe, reliable, and satisfying choices

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is one of the best SUVs for under $30,000

There are many subcompact and compact SUVs to choose from. Every brand plays in this popular market segment, and at first blush, many of the vehicles seem strikingly similar. But once you dig into the data to see how they perform and how much their owners like them, significant differences emerge. 

To help you make a smart and informed purchase decision, we present the 10 best SUVs under $30,000 based on Consumer Reports Overall Scores and arranged with higher-scoring models listed first. All are 2020 models and are CR-recommended. We based eligibility on their base price, but several of these could be optioned up to $35,000 and beyond. If your needs and budget are greater, check out our list of the best SUVs under $40,000.

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Be aware that the Overall Scores change over time as new information, such as reliability data, becomes available. The model pages always reflect our latest ratings.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Price Range: $22,145 - $35,145

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