Reliable and Fuel-Efficient Compact SUVs
These models—recommended by CR—blend SUV utility and small-car practicality with money-saving fuel economy
The most popular SUVs are compact models. Their combination of small-car efficiency and station wagon utility is attractive to practical consumers. With that popularity comes opportunity for growth in the eyes of automakers. This means the selection of compact SUVs increases every year, so choosing the right one can be a daunting task.
Reliability is always a top consideration, and so is fuel economy. The list below includes hybrid and conventional SUVs that scored well in Consumer Reports’ road tests, have average or better predicted reliability ratings, and get 28 mpg overall or better. They’re all recommended, too, which means you won’t find any with poor reliability, low owner satisfaction, or missing safety features. We’ve listed them in order of their Overall Score, which is a combination of these factors.
All of the models come standard with forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB), and we note whether blind spot warning (BSW) is either standard or optional.
Some of these models have our Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions.