A compact SUV is the perfect balance between a car and a large SUV because it still provides an ample amount of space and power without sacrificing aspects like fuel efficiency. Compact SUVs are also less expensive than their mid-size counterparts, making them an option for those who cannot afford a larger vehicle but still want the benefits of an SUV. Here are five of the best compact SUVs that provide the roomiest cabins and pack a few bells and whistles as well.
- Honda CR-V
The CR-V, starting at $23,500, earned the top spot on US News & World Report’s "Best Affordable Compact SUVs" for good reason. Reviewers say that even though this vehicle is classified as a compact SUV, it still has 70.9 cubic feet of cargo and cabin space, and it feels like even more than that when you are inside. The CR-V also have five comfortably sized seats with an abundance of legroom, not to mention heated front seats and a dual-zone climate control system.
- GMC Terrain
This popular compact SUV starts at a very reasonable $24,000, and it provides comfortable seating for five people in its 63.9 cubic feet of space. Reviewers say the Terrain offers significantly more front and backseat legroom than its competitors, and it is also packed with features, such as a 7-inch touchscreen, a Pioneer audio system, and GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system.
- Hyundai Tucson
This stylish vehicle was awarded the J.D. Power and Associates Award for the “Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality.” Starting at $23,000, the Tucson seats five people in its ventilated and heated front and rear seats, which are also covered with YES Essentials stain- and odor-resistant fabric. It has 61.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a bit smaller than some of the other vehicles on this list, but reviewers say that it still feels roomy.
- Mazda CX-5ma
What sets the CX-5 apart is that many reviewers have said this compact SUV is without a doubt the most fun to drive. This vehicle starts at only $22,000, seats five passengers, and has 65.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The CX-5 also boasts a Bose Surround Sound System with nine speakers, so all passengers will have equal- quality entertainment, no matter where they’re seated.
- Nissan Rogue
The Rogue, starting at $23,000, has a very large cargo volume of 70 cubic feet and comfortable seating for up to seven passengers because of its extra third row of seats. It's rare for vehicles in this class to have that many seats, so this feature makes the Rogue a good choice for those who know they will be frequently carrying more than five people. The Rogue also has a Bose stereo system, and Around View, which gives you a 360-degree view of the car's surroundings when parking.