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Best Compact SUVs Under $25K

July 26, 2012

Compact SUVs such as the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V are extremely popular with car shoppers these days. Within the past year, there have been three all-new or redesigned models that have entered the market.

Cars.com recently did a shootout among the main competitors. The rules were that each SUV had to get at least 30 mpg on the highway and be priced below $25,000 (not including destination charge). Note that the Toyota RAV4 did not qualify since it doesn't achieve 30 mpg.

Here were the results of the shootout: (link to full overview)

RankVehiclePointsMSRPCargo SpaceCargo (max)
12012 Honda CR-V809.0$25,425 37.270.9
22013 Mazda CX-5784.0$24,690 34.165.4
32012 Kia Sportage774.0$24,575 26.154.6
42012 Chevrolet Equinox740.0$24,355 31.463.7
52012 Hyundai Tucson721.5$25,820 25.755.8
62013 Ford Escape693.5$23,295 34.368.1
* Cargo Space is in cubic feet. Max Cargo is with the rear seats folded down

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California Residents - Important:

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- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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