Best Compact Crossovers and SUVs for 2024, Ranked from Best to Worst (2024)

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If you're in the market for a compact SUV or a crossover, you're spoiled for choice. Virtually every mainstream manufacturer sells at least one SUV in this highly popular class, and some even offer more than one model in the same size category. Whether you're looking for something sleek and sporty or practical and reliable, there's a compact SUV or crossover for you. These are our favorites, ranked from best to worst.

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2025 Honda CR-V

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Price: $32,450

The Honda CR-V showcases everything right with Honda right now. Handsome looks and a lovely cabin sit atop a chassis well-tuned for daily-driver duties and rough city commutes.

If we could choose, we'd go for the CR-V Hybrid model. It makes 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque thanks to a 2.0-liter engine and two electric motors. But the base turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder is s solid choice too, delivering 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque.

Check out our full review of the CR-V here


2024 Mazda CX-50

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Price: $31,720

The 2024 Mazda CX-50 is easily the most fun-to-drive vehicle on this list, delivering relatively satisfying chassis control, tight steering, and an overall sense of sportiness tough to find anywhere near this segment.

On top of the CX-50's dynamics, there's its handsome looks and an interior that looks like it came out of a car twice the price. We suggest going for the turbocharged engine. It gets 256 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque, enough for a 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds.

Check out our full review here

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2024 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Price: $30,305

The 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan is a smart choice for those seeking ample space without giving up a taste of fun driving dynamics. There's a German flair here not present in any of the Tiguan's competitors, though some might not like the ultra-minimalist interior. It does offer a third-row of seats on some models, a rarity in this segment.

Under the hood of the Tiguan is a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels as standard (all-wheel drive is an option).

We're big fans of this Tiguan off-roader concept


2024 Toyota RAV4

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Price: $30,025

There's a reason Toyota sells hundreds of thousands of RAV4s every single year. While it's not exactly the most enjoyable car to drive, it blends affordability, practicality, and reliability into a perfect crossover package, satisfying every need for most buyers.

There are many trim levels available, including the TRD Off-Road pictured here, but we think the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid is the trim to have. It uses hybrid power to make a combined 302 hp, enough to rocket the unsuspecting SUV to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, making it the quickest vehicle on this list. The Prime is also the most expensive RAV4, though, starting at $45,040.

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2024 Mazda CX-5

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Price: $30,720

While the CX-50 is the latest and greatest Mazda compact SUV, the similarly sized CX-5 remains a great choice in this segment. It's been around since 2017 in its current form, but the design still looks good and updates have kept its tech offerings and interior fresh.

The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder provides adequate power, but the optional turbo engine available in higher trim levels provides lots more punch. All versions come standard with all-wheel drive.

Read Our Review of the CX-5 Signature


2024 Kia Sportage

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Price: $28,565

The new Sportage is a bit bland to drive but presents well with a stylish exterior and a commendable cabin with well-laid-out controls (save for a missing volume knob).

All of the touch points feel high quality and give a sense of luxuriousness you won't find in a lot of competitors. People with a need for speed will be disappointed by the 187-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder under the hood, though. It's only good enough for a 7.4-second 0-60 time. The hybrid and plug-in-hybrid models provide more power and better and efficient; these would be our choice.

Check out our full review of the Sportage

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2024 Hyundai Tucson

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Price: $28,875

The 2024 Hyundai Tucson is one of the best-looking vehicles on this list, offering a refined, comfortable ride and a cabin with lots of useful tech features. We recommend testing out the capacitive touch buttons on the dash before buying, though, as some people might not like the lack of a volume knob or real buttons.

The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder should be enough for most buyers, but if speed is your thing, go for either of the available hybrid models. The more powerful plug-in model makes a total of 261 hp, while the standard hybrid makes 226 hp, good enough for a 7.1-second 0-60 time.

The hybrid made our list of best hybrid SUVs


2024 Ford Bronco Sport

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Price: $31,390

While the Ford Bronco Sport may share a name and some general styling elements with its bigger Bronco sibling, it's not nearly as capable as its sibling off-road. You can take the Escape-based Bronco Sport on some light trails, sure, but don't expect to be rock-crawling alongside Wranglers.

Of the two powertrains available, we suggest springing for the more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. It's paired to an eight-speed auto, and delivers 245 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque—not bad for something weighing under 3800 pounds.

Read our off-road review of the Bronco Sport here

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2025 Subaru Forester

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Price: $31,090

Redesigned for 2025, the Subaru Forester retains much of what made the previous model successful while evolving its looks inside and out. A boxer-four engine and all-wheel drive remain standard, meaning it's not any more fun to drive than before, but the interior is an improvement. We also found it to be quieter and calmer to drive thanks to additional sound deadening material.

Unfortunately there's no turbo engine available like in Foresters of yore, and the off-road-oriented Wilderness model still wears the old body style for now.

Our Review of the New 2025 Model


2024 Dodge Hornet

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Price: $32,995

The Dodge Hornet uses the same bones as Alfa Romeo's Tonale crossover, but it wears a different face and comes with a nonhybrid base engine. We love how it looks, and thanks to ultra-quick steering and a relatively strong 268-hp gas-only powertrain option in the GT model, it is pretty fun to drive.

Go for the top-range R/T plug-in-hybrid model, and you get a turbo 1.3-liter inline-four paired to an electric motor, for a total of 288 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, enough to rocket the Hornet to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds.

Check out our full review right here

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2024 Nissan Rogue

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Price: $30,240

The Rogue is Nissan's most popular model, offering sleek looks, a comfortable ride, and a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine making 201 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque.

The Rogue's handling isn't anything to write home about, but its pleasant interior and solid fuel economy numbers mean it can satisfy most buyers in this segment—so long as they don't care about fun dynamics.

Here's our full dog owner's test of the Rogue


2024 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Price: $30,075

Mitsubishi's presence in the U.S. is far from what it once was, but rest assured, the Japanese company can still make a solid compact SUV. The Outlander delivers solid looks inside and out, plenty of useful tech features, and a third row, meaning seating for seven.

Buyers with a need for speed will be let down by the Outlander's standard naturally aspirated four-cylinder. We'd opt for the plug-in-hybrid version instead. It adds electric assistance via a 20-kWh battery pack, for 38 miles of all-electric range. It also knocks the 0-60 time down to 6.6 seconds.

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2024 Ford Escape

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Price: $30,990

If simple transportation is all you care about, consider the Ford Escape. It's far less off-road-inclined than its predecessors, simply because the Bronco Sport has stepped in to occupy that spot in Ford's lineup.

The Escape delivers acceptable dynamics and a livable interior that will satisfy most buyers. There are even two hybrid powertrains available, including a plug-in hybrid. We prefer the available turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, though. It makes 250 hp, enough to launch the Escape to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.


2025 Chevrolet Equinox

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Price: $29,995

The previous-gen Equinox was already one of Chevy's best-selling models, and a redesign coming for 2025 should enhance its appeal. It now offers Activ (pictured) and RS trim levels, and while we haven't yet driven the new model, its upgraded interior looks significantly better than before.

We're not expecting much from its powertrain, however, as it's the same 175-hp turbo four-cylinder as before. The Equinox also doesn't offer a hybrid option like many of its competitors—at least not yet. There is an Equinox EV, however, and it surprisingly isn't that much more expensive than the gas model.

Here's what you need to know about the new EV model

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2024 Jeep Compass

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Price: $27,495

The 2024 Jeep Compass is a solid choice for those looking to buy American. For just under $28,000 for the base model you get standard all-wheel-drive, perfect for people who live in snow belt states. You'll want to upgrade to the better-equipped trim levels to get niceties such as leather seats, and there's a Trailhawk model that promises more off-road capability.

Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four making 200 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 0-60 sprint happens in a respectable 7.5 seconds.

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Despite being raised on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Capparella nonetheless cultivated an obsession for the automotive industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first professional auto-writing gig at Automobile Magazine. He has been part of the Car and Driver team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.

Best Compact Crossovers and SUVs for 2024, Ranked from Best to Worst (2024)


Which compact SUV has the least problems? ›

Most reliable small SUVs
  • Suzuki Ignis (2016-present) Reliability rating 99.4% ...
  • Mazda CX-3 (2016-2023) Reliability rating 98.3% ...
  • Hyundai Kona (2017-2023) Reliability rating 98.2% ...
  • Audi Q2 (2016-present) ...
  • Toyota Yaris Cross (2021-present) ...
  • Mini Countryman (2017-present) ...
  • Honda HR-V (2015-2022) ...
  • Volkswagen T-Cross (2019-present)
Mar 16, 2024

What is the most dependable crossover? ›

The Most Reliable Hybrid SUVs
Search Search in Make Model Year Reliability Score Satisfaction Score Road Test Base MSRP
HondaCR-V Hybrid2023
ToyotaHighlander Hybrid2023
SubaruCrosstrek Hybrid2023
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What SUV has the best reliability rating? ›

The Most Reliable SUVs
  • 2024 Kia Seltos: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 87/100.
  • 2024 Chevrolet Blazer: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 88/100.
  • 2024 GMC Terrain: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 88/100.
  • 2024 Nissan Murano: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 89/100.
  • 2024 Chevrolet Equinox: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 90/100.

What midsize SUV has the least mechanical problems? ›

Most Reliable Midsize SUVs in 2024
  • 2024 Honda Pilot: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 80/100.
  • 2024 Ford Edge: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 80/100.
  • 2024 Porsche Cayenne: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 81/100.
  • 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 81/100.
  • 2024 Lexus RX 350: J.D. Power Reliability Score: 81/100.
May 29, 2024

What SUV do mechanics recommend? ›

Top crossover SUVs according to mechanics include the Toyota Highlander and Lexus GX luxury SUV. The GX was named Consumer Report's most reliable vehicle in 2022.

Which crossover will last the longest? ›

Longest-lasting SUVs
  • Toyota Land Cruiser, 47.9%
  • Toyota Sequoia, 47.1%
  • Honda Pilot, 42.7%
  • Toyota 4Runner, 41.0%
  • Acura MDX, 29.2%
  • Honda Element, 27.8%
  • Honda CR-V, 27.5%
  • Subaru Outback, 22.3%
Jun 15, 2023

Which is better SUV or crossover? ›

Crossovers are more compact, lighter, and less capable of going off-road than SUVs and are built for city driving. A crossover is created when an SUV body that has been shrunk down and a vehicle chassis are combined. They are smaller, lighter, quicker, and more fuel-efficient than SUVs.

What is the most economical crossover? ›

SUVs with Best Gas Mileage
  • 2024 Kia Niro. Combined Fuel Economy: Up to 53 mpg. ...
  • 2024 Kia Sportage. Combined Fuel Economy: Up to 43 mpg. ...
  • 2025 Lexus UX. Combined Fuel Economy: Up to 43 mpg. ...
  • 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross. Combined Fuel Economy: Up to 42 mpg. ...
  • 2025 Honda CR‑V. Combined Fuel Economy: Up to 40 mpg. ...
  • 2025 Lexus NX.

What vehicle has the least amount of problems? ›

Here are nine cars for your consideration with the fewest problems.
  1. 2024 Kia Forte (Top-rated compact car) ...
  2. 2024 Kia K5 (Top-rated midsize car) ...
  3. 2022 Toyota C-HR (Top-rated small SUV) ...
  4. 2024 Kia Sportage (Top-rated compact SUV) ...
  5. 2024 Chevrolet Blazer (Top-rated midsize SUV) ...
  6. 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe (Top-rated large SUV)
Jan 2, 2024

What SUV has the longest life expectancy? ›

The longest-lasting cars, trucks and SUVs to reach 250,000 miles and beyond
Top 14 SUVs Most Likely to Last 250,000+ Miles – iSeeCars Study
RankModel% Chance of Lasting 250,000+ Miles
1Toyota Land Cruiser47.9%
2Toyota Sequoia47.1%
3Honda Pilot42.7%
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May 20, 2023

What is the most reliable American made SUV? ›

Best American Midsize SUVs:
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – 8.7 / 10.
  • Jeep Wrangler – 8.7 / 10.
  • Ford Explorer – 8.7 / 10.
  • Chevrolet Blazer – 8.7 / 10.
  • Ford Edge – 8.7 / 10.
Apr 13, 2024

Which small car has the least problems? ›

Most reliable small cars
  • Suzuki Swift (2017-2024) Reliability rating 99.5% ...
  • Toyota Yaris Hybrid (2011-2020) Reliability rating 99.3% ...
  • Honda Jazz (2015-2020) Reliability rating 98.5% ...
  • Kia Picanto (2017-present) Reliability rating 97.5% ...
  • Dacia Sandero (2013-2020) Reliability rating 96.8% ...
  • Mini hatchback (2014-present)
Mar 2, 2024

What Toyota SUV has the least problems? ›

Most Reliable Toyota SUVs
  • Toyota RAV4. The Toyota RAV4 is the highest rated Toyota SUV for reliability according to RepairPal, a website that specializes in vehicle reliability facts. ...
  • Toyota 4Runner. ...
  • Toyota Venza. ...
  • Find the Most Reliable SUV for You in Mt.

What is the easiest small SUV to get in and out of? ›

Acura RDX. Combining adjustable passenger and driver seats with lots of legroom, the Acura RDX is a compact SUV that's easy to get in and out of.

What is the most reliable longest lasting compact SUV? ›

Which small and compact SUV is the most reliable?
  • GMC Terrain.
  • Chevrolet Equinox.
  • Nissan Rogue.
  • Jeep Cherokee.
  • Kia Sportage.
  • Hyundai TUCSON.
  • Volkswagen Tiguan.
  • Mazda CX-5.

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