Popular Small SUVs to Avoid and What to Buy Instead
There's no need to settle for what's popular when you can buy a smart, reliable SUV that performs well in CR's tests
Compact SUVs are the fastest-growing type of vehicle. To help you buy one you’ll keep for the long haul—one that’s safe, reliable, fuel-efficient, and satisfying—we’ve compiled a list of winning models and models to stay away from.
All the vehicles we highlight below sell well, so there’s a variety of models on dealer lots to choose from. Some of them may also be discounted.
We focus on models that are popular in their category (though they may not be the top sellers). Then we present two alternatives:
- A better choice: Another vehicle that sells well but has a higher Overall Score.
- An “under-the-radar” alternative: A better-scoring model that doesn’t sell as well, in case you aren’t concerned with following the crowd.