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Best & Worst Small SUVs

May 15, 2014

As the saying goes, sometimes the best things come in small packages. And with increased roominess, lower price and improved fuel economy, small SUVs certainly help make that adage true.

Consumer Reports recently came up with their list of the best and worst small SUVs available today. When it comes to best overall, the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 all share top honors thanks to excellent handling, impressive fuel economies, and affordable prices.

On the other side of the coin are the ones Consumer Reports advises steering clear of. Those include three Jeep models -- Compass, Patriot, and Cherokee -- and the Mitsubishi Outlander.

If you're considering purchasing a small SUV, make sure to use TrueCar and Edmunds Price Promise to get the lowest price possible.

Best Small SUVs

VehicleCategoriesPrice As TestedOverall MPG
Honda CR-VBest Overall; Most Kid-Friendly$26,45523
Subaru ForesterBest Overall; Most Fuel Efficient$26,81426
Mazda CX-5Best Overall; Most Fuel Efficient$28,09025
Kia SportageMost Kid-Friendly$21,600-$28,400 N/A
Subaru XV CrosstrekMost Fuel-Efficient$21,995-$29,29526
Ford EscapeMost Kid-Friendly$23,100-$30,850 N/A

Worst Small SUVs

Vehicle
Jeep Compass
Jeep Patriot
Mitsubishi Outlander
Jeep Cherokee (2.4L Engine)

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