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Best & Worst Small SUVs

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 No Haggle and CarsDirect 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

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

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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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