Best Small SUVs List & Reviews

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4 Seater SUVs:

Vehicle MPG MSRP Motorscore
product_photoJeep Wrangler19MPGFrom $22,04567/100
product_photoMINI Cooper Countryman31MPGFrom $21,75069/100

5 Seater SUVs:

Vehicle MPG MSRP Motorscore
product_photoBMW X322MPGFrom $36,75079/100
product_photoBMW X519MPGFrom $42,50080/100
product_photoAudi Q520MPGFrom $28,35080/100
product_photoAudi Q717MPGFrom $43,50075/100
product_photoAcura RDX19MPGFrom $32,99575/100
product_photoChevrolet Equinox 27MPGFrom $22,61577/100
product_photoFord Edge23MPGFrom $27,52575/100
product_photoHonda Crosstour22MPGFrom $29,99071/100
product_photoSubaru Forester24MPGFrom $24,00070/100
product_photoHyundai Santa Fe24MPGFrom $23,22570/100
product_photoSuzuki Grand Vitara22MPGFrom $19,64968/100
product_photoHonda CR-V27MPGFrom $22,49570/100
product_photoFord Escape25MPGFrom $19,14070/100
product_photoHyundai Tucson / ix3523MPGFrom $19,14573/100
product_photoFord Escape Hybrid33MPGFrom $29,64577/100
product_photoJeep Compass26MPGFrom $19,29561/100
product_photoFord Expedition17MPGFrom $31,34576/100
product_photoJeep Grand Cherokee20MPGFrom $27,19576/100
product_photoToyota 4Runner20MPGFrom $31,09073/100
product_photoJeep Liberty19MPGFrom $23,39562/100
product_photoJeep Patriot26MPGFrom $15,99565/100
product_photoLexus RX 35021MPGFrom $39,31079/100
product_photoVolkswagen Tiguan22MPGFrom $22,84076/100
product_photoToyota FJ Cruiser18MPGFrom $26,11575/100
product_photoKia Sorento25MPGFrom $23,15071/100
product_photoLand Rover Range Rover15MPGFrom $71,20084/100
product_photoKia Sportage25MPGFrom $18,50073/100
product_photoToyota RAV425MPGFrom $22,65075/100
product_photoLincoln MKX22MPGFrom $39,54573/100
product_photoToyota Venza24MPGFrom $27,70074/100
product_photoGMC Terrain27MPGFrom $25,56074/100
product_photoInfiniti FX18MPGFrom $43,70072/100
product_photoInfiniti EX20MPGFrom $35,80074/100
product_photoLand Rover LR4 (Discovery 4)14MPGFrom $47,25081/100
product_photoNissan Juke 29MPGFrom $19,99072/100
product_photoMercedes-Benz GLK-Class18MPGFrom $35,88079/100
product_photoNissan Murano21MPGFrom $29,96073/100
product_photoMercedes-Benz M-Class19MPGFrom $48,99079/100
product_photoMitsubishi Outlander25MPGFrom $22,34574/100
product_photoMitsubishi Outlander Sport27MPGFrom $18,79566/100
product_photoPorsche Cayenne18MPGFrom $48,85081/100
product_photoPorsche Cayenne Hybrid22MPGFrom $69,85076/100
product_photoNissan Xterra19MPGFrom $25,21073/100
product_photoVolkswagen Touareg19MPGFrom $43,37578/100
product_photoVolkswagen Touareg Hybrid22MPGFrom $61,99580/100
product_photoVolvo XC6021MPGFrom $34,20078/100
product_photoMazda CX-723MPGFrom $22,19077/100

6 Seater SUVs:

Vehicle MPG MSRP Motorscore
product_photoBMW X322MPGFrom $36,75079/100
product_photoBMW X519MPGFrom $42,50080/100
product_photoAudi Q520MPGFrom $28,35080/100
product_photoAudi Q717MPGFrom $43,50075/100
product_photoAcura RDX19MPGFrom $32,99575/100
product_photoChevrolet Equinox 27MPGFrom $22,61577/100
product_photoFord Edge23MPGFrom $27,52575/100
product_photoHonda Crosstour22MPGFrom $29,99071/100
product_photoSubaru Forester24MPGFrom $24,00070/100
product_photoHyundai Santa Fe24MPGFrom $23,22570/100
product_photoSuzuki Grand Vitara22MPGFrom $19,64968/100
product_photoHonda CR-V27MPGFrom $22,49570/100
product_photoFord Escape25MPGFrom $19,14070/100
product_photoHyundai Tucson / ix3523MPGFrom $19,14573/100
product_photoFord Escape Hybrid33MPGFrom $29,64577/100
product_photoJeep Compass26MPGFrom $19,29561/100
product_photoFord Expedition17MPGFrom $31,34576/100
product_photoJeep Grand Cherokee20MPGFrom $27,19576/100
product_photoToyota 4Runner20MPGFrom $31,09073/100
product_photoJeep Liberty19MPGFrom $23,39562/100
product_photoJeep Patriot26MPGFrom $15,99565/100
product_photoLexus RX 35021MPGFrom $39,31079/100
product_photoVolkswagen Tiguan22MPGFrom $22,84076/100
product_photoToyota FJ Cruiser18MPGFrom $26,11575/100
product_photoKia Sorento25MPGFrom $23,15071/100
product_photoLand Rover Range Rover15MPGFrom $71,20084/100
product_photoKia Sportage25MPGFrom $18,50073/100
product_photoToyota RAV425MPGFrom $22,65075/100
product_photoLincoln MKX22MPGFrom $39,54573/100
product_photoToyota Venza24MPGFrom $27,70074/100
product_photoGMC Terrain27MPGFrom $25,56074/100
product_photoInfiniti FX18MPGFrom $43,70072/100
product_photoInfiniti EX20MPGFrom $35,80074/100
product_photoLand Rover LR4 (Discovery 4)14MPGFrom $47,25081/100
product_photoNissan Juke 29MPGFrom $19,99072/100
product_photoMercedes-Benz GLK-Class18MPGFrom $35,88079/100
product_photoNissan Murano21MPGFrom $29,96073/100
product_photoMercedes-Benz M-Class19MPGFrom $48,99079/100
product_photoMitsubishi Outlander25MPGFrom $22,34574/100
product_photoMitsubishi Outlander Sport27MPGFrom $18,79566/100
product_photoPorsche Cayenne18MPGFrom $48,85081/100
product_photoPorsche Cayenne Hybrid22MPGFrom $69,85076/100
product_photoNissan Xterra19MPGFrom $25,21073/100
product_photoVolkswagen Touareg19MPGFrom $43,37578/100
product_photoVolkswagen Touareg Hybrid22MPGFrom $61,99580/100
product_photoVolvo XC6021MPGFrom $34,20078/100
product_photoMazda CX-723MPGFrom $22,19077/100

Of four-seater SUVs, the MINI Cooper Countryman at around an average $24,000 is preferred over rival Jeep Rangler. It is the first AWD MINI from the carmaker and it doesn’t disappoint, not on looks and not on fuel economy (27 mpg city and 35 highway). While some reviewers cite that it can be noisy, overall this is a good bet for anyone wishing to enjoy more roominess than in previous incarnations of the model.
For five-seater SUVs, competition is quite a bit stiffer. Motorscore tapped dozens of reviewers’ scores to come up with a best-of. That award goes to the Land Rover Range Rover, which also won the award in the category of SUVs with best gas mileage (even if its actual fuel economy is relatively poor for the class). Rover’s got luxury to spare, and many reviewers are struck by its movie-star looks, opulent sedan-like feel and muscular off roading ability. Its combined ranking was 84, besting 46 other cars.

We also feature the Land Rover LR4, selling for a much more reasonable $47,250 to $48,900, because it’s got a cavernous cabin, a powerful engine, and both superb cabin and powertrain technology. All round, LR4 is a stunner, arguably a very comfortable ride touting ample cargo room and powertrain calibrations to accommodate normal driving, slippery driving, mud, sand and off-roading. It’s not great on fuel mileage, so be forewarned: a dismal 12 mpg city and 17 highway.

Porsche’s spicy Cayenne is equally impressive, and bears the distinctive cachet of the brand. Selling for about $48,850 to $108,750, this sports car does gobble up fuel at 15 mpg city and 22 highway, but you’re falling in love the minute you slide in. Love is not love, after all, if it alters when it alteration finds nor bends …Well, you get the idea. It also holds the road really well and touts a sleek and futuristic exterior.
Finally, don’t overlook the Audi Q5 from a brand that pops up more ubiquitously than Starbucks on American roads. Don’t hold its popularity against it, though. Queue 5 is elegant, boasts a panoramic sunroof, fine cabin features and a manly engine. It’s robust enough for off-roading and sleek enough for that Saturday night out to the opera. Equally compelling are its high-tech goodies on the dash—such as Audi’s Multi-Media Interface infotainment system.