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The Best Compact SUV For the Money

June 4, 2015

If you're in the market for a compact SUV, you're not alone -- thanks to their price, space, and rather good fuel economy, compact SUVs are in high demand right now. That also means car manufacturers are flooding the market with their own versions, hoping to win buyers over.

With so many to choose from, how can car buyers know they're making the right choice? Cars.com recently conducted what they call the $28,000 Compact SUV Challenge. They took a look at seven new-model compact SUVs that all cost less than $28,000 and had a city/highway mileage of at least 26 mpg. They then compared and ranked them based on criteria such as comfort, safety, and overall driveability.

The results? At the top of the list was the 2015 Honda CR-V, with a total of 752.8 points. The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox came in second with 735.8 points, and the 2015 GMC Terrain won third place with 705 points. Below is a look at how all seven ranked.

If you are considering any of these top-scoring compact SUVs, make sure to use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise for the lowest price possible.

RankVehicleScore
12015 Honda CR-V752.8
22015 Chevrolet Equinox735.8
32015 GMC Terrain705.0
42015 Nissan Rogue700.8
52015 Subaru Forester696.3
62015 Toyota RAV4675.3
72016 Mazda CX-5673.3

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- Gregg Fidan

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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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