Reliable and Fuel-Efficient Compact SUVs

These CR-recommended models blend SUV utility and small-car practicality with money-saving fuel economy

Hyundai Tuscon Hybrid 2022 Photo: Hyundai

The most popular SUVs are compact. Their combination of small-car efficiency and station-wagon-utility is attractive to practical consumers. But the selection of compact SUVs is increasing 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 by 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 if 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.

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